Persoonlijk profiel


In my research I study how flowers and animals get their colours. I want to understand the mechanistic underpinnings of the beautiful flora and fauna around us, as well as how these colours evolve in the eyes of natural observers, such as pollinators or mates. I study this evolutionary question using techniques from biology (evolutionary theory, behavioural experiments) and physics (optics, anatomy). 

I strive to make the world — and especially The Netherlands —a more biodiverse place, and colour is a beautiful way to visualise biodiversity. I use our scientific knowledge on ecology and evolution to advice policy makers and politicians, in the media, and write opinion pieces for newspapers. With my brother (an artist) I am currently working on a children’s book about plant evolution. This book is scheduled to appear late 2024 with Lemniscaat Publishers.



Expertise gerelateerd aan duurzame ontwikkelingsdoelstellingen van de VN

In 2015 stemden de VN-lidstaten in met 17 wereldwijde duurzame ontwikkelingsdoelstellingen (Sustainable Development Goals, SDG's) om armoede te beëindigen, de planeet te beschermen en voor iedereen welvaart te garanderen. Het werk van deze persoon draagt bij aan de volgende duurzame ontwikkelingsdoelstelling(en):

  • SDG 12 – Verantwoordelijke consumptie en productie
  • SDG 15 – Leven op het land