Brief CV

2019 - Present Senior Researcher, Naturalis Biodiversity Center
                           Assistant Professor, University of Groningen

2016 - 2019 Research Associate, DFG German Research Foundation, Eigene Stelle ('Own position'). Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany

2013-2016 Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Potsdam. Project “Understanding the dynamics of assembly of oceanic island biotas over evolutionary timescales"

2011-2013  Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Imperial College London. Project BIRDISLAND  “Ecological and genomic approaches to speciation in island birds”. Host: Professor Vincent Savolainen.

2010  PhD (Evolutionary biology), Royal Botanic Gardens Madrid. “Contrasting evolutionary patterns between Mediterranean floristic regions”. Advisors: Dr. Pablo Vargas and Prof Vincent Savolainen.

2006  MSc in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, Imperial College London.  Dissertation conducted at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

2005  BSc in Biology, University College London.

GRANTS (Main applicant)

2019-2024  NWO VIDI Grant
2016-2019  DFG Eigene Stelle
2013-2015  Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship. Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany.
2011-2013  Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship. European Commission (FP7).

2015 Brandenburg Postdoc Prize, Awarded by Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the state of Brandenburg.

2006-2009  Marie Curie Early-Stage Researcher Fellowship. European Commission (FP6 Early-Stage Training Network “HOTSPOTS” (

2006 Southwood Prize. Imperial College London, awarded to students with exceptional achievements in postgraduate studies.

2004  Nuffield Foundation Scholarship. Project: “Behavioural ecology of the sweat bee Halictus rubicundus”, University College London.