I am an evolutionary biologist, interested in analysing physiological, genetic, and evolutionary mechanisms by which individuals and populations cope with environmental change, including climate change. My research uses temperate and tropical butterflies to study how phenotypic plasticity and evolutionary adaptation interact, and how genetic, regulatory, and developmental cascades that accomplish environmental responses may act as constraints on rapid adaptation.
I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Amsterdam, and received my PhD from Leiden University. I moved to the UK in 2014 where I did post-doctoral work at the University of Cambridge, and University College London, with a Marie Curie Fellowship. I then spent a year as a postdoc at the University of Helsinki, at the Research Centre for Ecological Change, until I joined DEEB as an Independent Research Fellow in 2019.