Antica Culina

Dr. Antica Culina

Honorary Fellow


Droevendaalsesteeg 10
6708 PB Wageningen

+31 (0) 317 47 34 00

The Netherlands



I mostly do meta-science and open science. Why? Because I strive to enable ecology (& ecologist) to do the best possible science with the highest impact on nature and society. Why? Cos we really need this! I also play piano & advocate for equity.


I am a senior scientist at the Ruder Boskovic Institute (Zagreb, Croatia) and honorary fellow at NIOO-KNAW.

My expertise covers evolutionary ecology of bonding, life-history trade offs, evidence synthesis, and data and code standards. I strive to apply my knowledge of different modelling approaches and Open Science to study and optimize scientific process itself - called meta-science and to enable ecological research to reach its full potential.

As a sole carer of a toddler, I have been experiencing many obstacles in managing my scientific career. I hope that being vocal about this can help in changing the current evaluation, expectation, and promotion systems in science, and encourage practices that accommodate those in less-common life-situations.

Get in touch if you have any questions about my work, ideas for collaborative projects, or if you think your group would benefit from a workshops on open practices, meta-science, or meta-analysis.




  • 2022–Present
    Senior Research Fellow, Ruder Boskovic Institute, Croatia
  • 2022–Present
    Honorary Fellow, NIOO-KNAW
  • 2018–2022
    Veni Research Fellow, NIOO-KNAW
  • 2016–2018
    Postdoc, NIOO-KNAW
  • 2015–2016
    Postdoc, University of Oxford


  • 2010–2014
    DPhil in Zoology, University of Oxford, UK
  • 2003–2008
    BSc & MSc in Ecology, University of Zagreb


  • 2018
    Veni Individual Fellowship
    Budget: €250,000
  • 2022
    NLBIF Grant
    Budget: €30,000
  • 2021
    Lorentz Center Workshop Grant
    Budget: €25,000
    DANS-KNAW, University of Antwerp
  • 2020
    Dutch Data Prize and Open Science Use Case Award
    Budget: €2,000
  • 2017
    NWO Scientific Meetings Grant
    Budget: €10,000
  • 2017
    RDA EU Early Career support Programme
    Budget: €2,000

Editorial board memberships

Journal of Animal Ecology

Invited talks and keynote addresses on symposia and conferences

  • 2022
    Open Science Fund day
  • 2021
    AIMOS (Association for Interdisciplinary Meta-research and Open science) Conference
  • 2021
    Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution Annual meeting 2021
  • 2021
    Software Management Plans
  • 2021
    FAIRsFAIR National Roadshow
  • 2020
    Better Research Through Better Data
  • 2020
    National Open Science Festival
  • 2019
    Wildlife Research & Conservation 2019
  • 2017
    Open Science Fair
  • 2014
    International Conference on Evolution and Behaviour


Belangrijkste publicaties

Projecten & samenwerkingen


  • SPI-Birds Network and Database

    Project 2019
    SPI-Birds Network and Database ( is a centralized and community-driven initiative that connects researchers working on wild bird populations in which individuals are uniquely marked and recognized. SPI-Birds makes research groups and their datasets visible, provides systematic data archiving, ensures data quality and integrity, and facilitates data sharing and comparative, cross-dataset analyses. For this purpose, we have developed a data standard and series of data quality checks agreed upon by the community, which adhere to the FAIR principles.
    Blue tit on a tree branch, getting ready to fly.


In my outreach I focus on communicating:
1) my work to the general public
2) struggles and wins of an everyday scientists. Science must be more inclusive, and I hope my story can show that you do not have to work long hours, nor weekends, not do you have to over-publish to be a good (and happy) scientist!

Nature Careers Webcast (2020): Tips from Nature Careers on managing time and childcare during the coronavirus pandemic

Evolution Video contest by National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (winner 2012)

It's Everyone's D.A.N.C.E: Debunking homosexuAl humaN prejudiCe & stereotypEs Cedric Tan 39 subscribers

Do your D.A.N.C.E: Debunking sAme-sex aNimal prejudiCe and stereotypEs