During my study of Forest and Nature Conservation at Wageningen University I had a broad interest in species interactions and biodiversity research. I also took an interest in aquatic ecology.
After my study, I worked for almost three years in ecological consultancy. After a while, I decided I wanted to be able to perform in depth ecological research again where a good portion of fieldwork is involved. Because I grew up in the Duin- and Bollenstreek and previously already worked on nature development on former flower bulb fields, the topic at NIOO on biodiversity restoration in the Duin- and Bollenstreek had my name written all over it.
The focus of my part of the project is on understanding the current state of biodiversity in the rural part of the Duin- and Bollenstreek and to provide tools and insight in biodiversity improvement and the ecology of restoration measures. This should all result in practical measures and indicators that can be implemented to restore biodiversity in rural landscapes and move towards sustainable agricultural land use with room for biodiversity. Such measures could be directed at restoring hedgerows, farming practices or land-water connections.
You can read more about the topic here: https://nioo.knaw.nl/nl/news/living-labs or here: https://www.samenvoorbiodiversiteit.nl/doen-leren-beter-doen