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Education and employment

• 2019 – now: Scientific director of the Institute and principal investigator on the common tern project, Institute of Avian Research, Germany

• 2017: Habilitation "Patterns and processes of ageing in wild birds", University of Oldenburg, Germany

• 2016 – 2019: Vice-director of the Institute and principal investigator on the common tern project, Institute of Avian Research, Germany

• 2013 – 2016: Postdoc “Life-history evolution in common terns”, Institute of Avian Research, Germany

• 2012 – 2013: Fellowship “Genetic, ecological and behavioural determinants of mortality”, University of Oxford, UK

• 2011 – 2012: Postdoc “Ecological genetics of lifespan in pre-industrial humans”, University of Sheffield, UK

• 2010 – 2011: Postdoc “Ecological causes and temporal dynamics of selection in great tits”, University of Oxford, UK

• 2005 – 2010: PhD project “Patterns and processes of ageing in a wild bird population”, University of Groningen, the Netherlands & University of Oxford, UK

• 1999 – 2005: Bachelor “Biology” (cum laude) & Topmaster “Evolutionary Biology” (with honours), University of Amsterdam & University of Groningen, the Netherlands

I have 2 daughters, took a total of 12 months of maternity leave in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and cared for my terminally ill mother for 12 months across 2017 and 2018.


Grants & prizes (total €1.093.590)

• Norddeutscher Wissenschaftspreis with Dr. Miriam Liedvogel & Dr. Britta Meyer, 2018 (€50.000)

• Project grant with the city of Wilhelmshaven, NBank, 2018 (€685.975)

• Project grant, German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), 2016 (€125.000)

• Project grant with Dr. Miriam Liedvogel, Max Planck Society, 2016 (€70.000)

• Rubicon postdoctoral fellowship, Dutch Science Foundation (NWO), 2011 (€147.700)

• Small Ecological Project Grant, British Ecological Society, 2009 (£ 1.880)

• Ecological research Grant, Schure-Beijerinck-Popping fund, 2006 & 2009 (€7.000 & €2.805)

• Travel Grant, Dutch Science Foundation (NWO), 2006 (€3.230)


Selection of seminars and conference contributions

• ‘An epigenetic basis to parental age effects in common terns?’, Workshop Talking Evolution, Germany, 2018 (poster)

• Age-specific fitness consequences of developmental conditions in a long-lived seabird, 151st Meeting of the German Ornithological Society, Germany, 2018 (oral)

• ‘Disposable soma or disposable offspring? Partitioning fitness consequences of developmental conditions over age in a long-lived seabird’, 5th Meeting of the Evolutionary Demography Society, France, 2018 (plenary)

• ‘Does crime pay? Kleptoparasitic common terns raise offspring with longer telomeres at the expense of their own’, Workshop on 'Diversity in telomere dynamics', UK, 2017 (oral)

• ‘Partitioning fitness consequences of developmental conditions over age: a method and case study with sibling rank in a long-lived seabird’, Annual Meeting of the German Zoological Society, Germany, 2016 (oral)

• ‘Parental age and offspring performance: patterns and processes of trans-generational effects in birds’, Invited seminars at the (i) Evolutionary Ecology group, University of Oldenburg, Germany, 2015, (ii) Department of Animal Behaviour, Bielefeld University, (iii) Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology Plön, Germany, and (iv) Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, 2016 (oral)

• ‘Ecological causes of multi-level covariance between size and first-year survival in a wild bird population’, Invited seminar at the Department of Behavioural Biology, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 2014 (oral)

• ‘Sex-specific pathways of parental age effects on offspring fitness in a long-lived seabird’, Waterbird Society Meeting, Germany, 2013 (poster)

• ‘Ecological causes of multi-level covariance between size and first-year survival in a wild bird population’, Invited seminar at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK, 2013 (oral)

• ‘Sexual conflict over lifespan in humans’, International Conference on Quantitative Genetics, UK, 2012 (poster)

• ‘Great tits growing old: patterns and processes of ageing in a wild bird population’, Invited seminar at the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK, 2011 (oral)

• ‘Individual variation in the rate of senescence: associations with natal conditions and early life reproduction’, Invited symposium talk at the European Ornithological Conference, Latvia, 2011 (oral)

• ‘Basal metabolic rate and the rate of senescence in the great tit Parus major’, Congress of the International Society for Behavioural Ecology, Australia, 2010 (oral)

• ‘Similar patterns of age-specific reproduction in an island and mainland population of great tits, Parus major’, Hole-breeding Passerines Meeting, UK, 2010 (oral)

• ‘Great tits growing old: reproductive senescence in a wild bird population’, Invited seminar at the Department of Animal Ecology, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 2009 (oral)

• ‘Individual differences and senescence in wild bird populations’, Shared invited seminar with Prof. Ben C. Sheldon at the Department of Statistics, University of Oxford, UK, 2009 (oral)

• ‘Individual variation in the rate of senescence: associations with natal conditions and early life reproduction’, EGI Ornithology Conference, UK, 2009 (oral)

• ‘Great tits growing old: senescence and selective disappearance along a breeding cycle’, EGI Ornithology Conference, UK, 2008 & Annual meeting of the Netherlands Society for Behavioural Biology, The Netherlands, 2008 (oral)

• ‘Individual patterns in reproductive senescence in great tits’, Congress of the European Society of Evolutionary Biology, Sweden, 2007 (poster)

• ‘Individual consistency and phenotypic flexibility in basal metabolic rate in great tits’, Hole-breeding Passerines Meeting, Poland, 2007 (oral)

• ‘Metabolic correlates of exploratory behaviour in great tits’, Congress of the International Society for Behavioural Ecology, France, 2006 (oral)


Workshops

• ‘Causes and consequences of inclusive inheritance', Germany, 2019 (organiser)

• ‘Talking Evolution', Germany, 2018

• ‘Expertise in management and supervision’, Germany, 2018

• ‘Diversity in telomere dynamics', UK, 2017

• ‘Heterogeneity in individual life-history trajectories over age’, Norway, 2015

• ‘Theoretical models of transgenerational effects and developmental plasticity’, UK, 2012

• ‘Wild Animal Model BienniAl Meeting’, France, 2011

• ‘Bayesian population analysis using WinBUGS’, Switzerland, 2011

• ‘Longitudinal studies of senescence’, The Netherlands, 2009 (organiser)

• ‘Modelling individual histories with state uncertainty’, France, 2008

• ‘Avian personality’, The Netherlands, 2007

• ‘Individual variation in basal metabolic rate’, The Netherlands, 2007

• ‘Senescence in wild populations’, UK, 2006


Teaching experience

I have been and am involved in giving lectures, supervising student seminars, supervising practicals and co-organising scientific seminars:

• WS 2017/18   

- Lectures ‘Avian ecology and physiology’, 4.5 h ‘life history evolution’, 30 students

- Student seminars ‘Current themes in ornithology’, 3 h ‘life history evolution’, 16 students

- Practical ‘Ecology of colonial seabirds’, 80 h, 6 students

- Practical 'Animal ecology research', 240 h, 2 students

- Scientific seminars (8)

• WS 2016/17   

- Lectures ‘Avian ecology and physiology’, 4.5 h ‘life history evolution’, 23 students

- Student seminars ‘Current themes in ornithology’, 3 h ‘life history evolution’, 12 students

- Practical ‘Ecology of colonial seabirds’, 80 h, 7 students

- Practical 'Animal ecology research', 240 h, 2 students

- Scientific seminars (10)

• WS 2015/16   

- Lectures ‘Avian ecology and physiology’, 4.5 h ‘life history evolution’ and ‘coloniality’, 29 students

- Student seminars ‘Current themes in ornithology’, 1.5 h ‘life history evolution’, 14 students

- Practical ‘Ecology of colonial seabirds’, 80 hours, 1 student

- Scientific seminars (6)

• WS 2014/15   

- Lectures ‘Avian ecology and physiology’, 3 h ‘life history evolution’ and ‘population biology’, 19 students

- Practical ‘Ecology of colonial seabirds’, 72 h, 10 students

 

In addition, I have (co-)supervised, and am supervising, the following students:

Nathalie Kürten, PhD student University of Oldenburg

• Sina Boettcher, Bsc student University of Oldenburg, handed in 2018

• Vanessa Schreiber, MSc student University of Rostock, handed in 2018

• Mark Hase, MSc student University of Rostock, handed in 2018

• Hanna Kurz, BSc student University of Vechta, handed in 2018

• Finnja Mattig, Jugendforscht, competed in 2018 (3rd place)

• Björn Köhler, BSc student University of Oldenburg, handed in 2018

• Marie Bourgeois, MSc student University of Lyon, handed in 2017

• Nathalie Kürten, MSc student University of Oldenburg, handed in 2017

• Anika Neu, MSc student University of Berlin, handed in 2016

• Alessio Paoletti, MSc student University of Groningen, handed in 2016

• Svenja Wahlen, MSc student University of Oldenburg, handed in 2016

• Matthias Herold, MSc student University of Oldenburg, handed in 2016

• Amke Loots, MSc student University of Oldenburg, handed in 2016

• Mara Ruiz Minano, MSc student University of Groningen, handed in 2015

• Marie Bourgeois, BSc student University of Montpellier, handed in 2015

He Zhang, PhD student University of Oldenburg, handed in 2014

• Sina Lange, BSc student University of Oldenburg, handed in 2014

 

Academic service

I am on the editorial boards of Journal of Animal Ecology and Journal of Ornithology and a member of the British Ecological Society, German Ornithological Society and Society for the Study of Evolution. I served as a Council member of the Waterbird Society in the period 2016-2018. I have examined theses (2) and reviewed papers for the American Naturalist (2), Animal Behaviour (1), Ardea (1), Current Biology (1), Ecology (2), Ecology Letters (3), Evolution (3), Evolutionary Ecology (1), Functional Ecology (2), Ibis (2), Journal of Animal Ecology (12), Journal of Ornithology (14), Methods in Ecology and Evolution (1), Oecologia (2), Oikos (2), PLoS ONE (1), Proceedings of the Royal Society B (9) and Seabirds (1). I have also reviewed grants for the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (2) and Natural Environment Research Council (1), the Polish National Science Centre (1) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (1).

 

Other relevant experience

I hold licences for animal experimentation in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK and a ringing permit in Germany. I act as an Animal Welfare Officer within the Institute of Avian Research. My statistical skills include mixed models, mark-recapture survival analyses and quantitative genetic modelling using MLwiN, E-surge and R. I have organised weekly seminars for the Edward Grey Institute for two academic terms, and have co-organised a symposium on ‘Longitudinal studies of senescence’ for the Benelux Congress of Zoology (2009) and a Waterbird Society Meeting (2013).

 

Outreach

I strongly believe that scientists (and biologists in particular) should share their fascination for, and developing insights in, the natural world with a wide audience. With my team members, I therefore provide public tours (e.g. Meereswelten 2016) and give public talks (e.g. Science PubScience Slam). I am also collaborating with the city of Wilhelmshaven to establish a museum at our field site, maintain an academic Twitter account (@CommonTerns), participate in interviews for radio items and newspaper articles, and contribute to television programmes (BBC’s The One Show, NDR's ‘Unser Norden’ARTE’s ‘Wild medicine’, Friesischer Rundfunk’s daily news). 


 

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