Professional experience

2017-present – Freelance Data Analyst, Adviser and Project Manager, specialized mainly in handling & visualizing big data, advising on grant applications of both NGOs & private persons and providing assistance in managing projects

2017-present – Guest Researcher at the Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen

2016-present – Teaching fellow at the A.P. Leventis Ornithological Research Institute in Jos, Nigeria

2016 – Invited Researcher at the Department of Zoology, University of Granada, Spain, working on the origin of wintering Hoopoes in southern Spain

2011-2012 – Coordinator of the distribution of duplicate plant collections from the Wageningen UR Herbarium ‘Vadense’ for the Naturalis Biodiversity Center , Leiden, the Netherlands


2012-2016 – PhD student at the Swiss Ornithological Institute & the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zürich, on the migration ecology of Hoopoes (Upupa epops) and Wrynecks (Jynx torquilla).

2008-2010 – MSc. Biology, specialization Ecology, minor Geo-Information Science at Wageningen University, The Netherlands

2010 – MSc. Thesis on nest predation characteristics of the Grasshopper buzzard (Butastur rufipennis) in the Extreme North of Cameroon

2010 – Research internship on testing the Green wave hypothesis for White Fronted Geese (Anser albifrons) at The Netherlands Institute for Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)

2005-2009 – B.Sc. Biology (Ecology) at Wageningen University, The Netherlands


 2013-2015 – Grant of “Stiftung Accentus” of 25.000,- CHF to expand the migration ecology research of Hoopoes using geolocators on populations throughout Europe

2016 – Internal grant of 5.000,- EUR from the Doñana Biological Station in Seville, Spain, to work on the non-breeding ecology of Hoopoes using stable isotopes


2012 – Data Analyses in Life Sciences Using Linear Models with R, OIKOSTAT
2012 – Introductory Course in Individual-, and Agent Based Modelling, TU Dresden
2013 – Effectively writing and publishing your work, University of Groningen
2013 – Ecology of Animal Migration, Lund University
2014 – Filmmaking for Scientists, University of Zürich

Extracurricular activities

2014-present – Treasurer for the foundation “Migrant Landbird Study Group (MLSG)” that aims to form an independent study group to streamline research efforts that will inform conservation action for migrant landbirds mainly on the African-Eurasian flyways (

2013-present – Treasurer for the foundation “CONCETA Bolivia” that strives to promote and implement research and educational outreach activities aimed at the conservation and protection of the Bolivian River Dolphin (Bufeo boliviensis) (


LanguagesDutch: mother tongue, Danish: excellent proficiency, English: excellent proficiency, German: excellent proficiency, French: good proficiency, Spanish: good proficiency

Computer – Advanced on R, GIS software (e.g. ArcGIS), data management (e.g. Access), MaxEnt & Office, advanced on layouting programs such as Inkscape, moderate with Adobe Illustrator & Publisher