Personal profile

Research interests

I am a behavioural and evolutionary ecologist who seeks to uncover why animals of the same population differ tremendously and consistently in behaviour (so-called animal personality), how such variation can help predict adaptive capacities of wildlife and help design the best possible conservation measures.

In my research, I use wild three-spined sticklebacks, pied flycatchers and great tits, species that are very well suited to study personality, ecological and evolutionary processes. My group is making use of a unique unintended experiment in the field (isolation of a migratory stickleback population), a bird population on Zernike campus (nest boxes hang along an urbanisation gradient) and experiments in semi-natural conditions (sticklebacks) to study how personality variation emerges, evolves and feeds back on eco-evolutionary processes. 

You can also find me on Researche Gate ; Google Scholar ; Twitter (@sticklelab) and my personal blog

Education/Academic qualification

UTQ, University of Groningen

Award Date: 30-Nov-2021

PhD, University of Groningen


Award Date: 30-Oct-2009

MSc, UNIV LOUIS PASTEUR, University of Strasbourg


Award Date: 1-Jul-2003

BSc, Univ Paris 11, University of Paris Sud - Paris XI


Award Date: 1-Jul-2001

Postdoc, Universidad Pablo de Olavide


Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (Seewiesen)


External positions

postdoctoral position, Univ Pablo de Olavide, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Dept Mol Biol & Biochem Engn


Postdoctoral position, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (Seewiesen)


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