I am an ecologist interested in how we affect the behaviour of animals around us.
During my PhD project within the BioClock consortium, I will research how artificial light at night affects synanthropic bats in an urban gradient. Experiments to test the effects of light intensity and different spectra are carried out in several large municipalities in the Netherlands. Acoustic data from bats, together with faecal samples and insect presence data will be used to paint a picture how bat-prey interactions and the temporal patterns of city dwelling bat species are affected by light at night. The results can be used to minimise the impact of urbanisation on bats.