College: College of Life and Environmental Sciences
Department: Environmental Biology
I started my Biology career at the Radboud University of Nijmegen in the Netherland in 2005. After two years I moved up to the north coast of the Netherlands to specialise in Marine Biology at the State University of Groningen (RuG) in 2007. I completed my BSc in Biology in 2008 and my MSc in Marine Biology in 2010. During my Masters I fulfilled two independent research projects, each of which lasted 7 months. For the first project I investigated the hybridisation and toxicity in Fibrocapsa japonica (a raphidophyte alga) strains at the RuG. My second project took place in Townsville, Australia, at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. For this project I assessed the extent of self-recruitment in the Tridacna gigas (giant clam) populations of the Great Barrier Reef by exploiting a large number of closely related adults, using a genetic approach with self-developed microsatellite markers.
In September 2012 I joined Tamara Galloway’s group at University of Exeter. My PhD focuses on nuclear receptors in the bivalve species, Crassostrea gigas (Pacific oyster), and their potential for ecotoxicological disruption. During my PhD I also took the opportunity to work with Prof Taisen Iguchi and his workgroup at the National Institute for Basic Biology in Okazaki, Japan.
My main research interests are marine ecotoxicology and molecular biology with a strong focus on invertebrate species, which make up a great majority of all macroscopic life in the ocean. Research on marine invertebrates is of particular relevance as many invertebrate species have the potential to serve as reliable model organisms when investigating anthropological effects