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.



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.