I am interested in the effects of anthropogenic sound on fish and other marine animals.
I am interested in the effects of anthropogenic sound on fish and other marine animals. The marine environment is filled with sounds originating from natural sources. Water is an efficient medium for the propagation of sound. Since most - if not all – fish can hear and many produce sounds themselves, it is not surprising that fish use sound for activities that are relevant for survival and reproduction. However, in the last decades the amount of anthropogenic sounds increased. Most anthropogenic sources produce sounds within the hearing range of fish and potentially interfere with other biological relevant sounds. I am interested in how this effects fish behaviour, physiology and ultimately its fitness.
During my PhD I study the effects of anthropogenic sound on fish
behaviour and physiology. A major part of my PhD is the PCAD4Cod project for which we study the effects of seismic surveys on Atlantic cod. I am supervised by Hans Slabbekoorn and Carel ten Cate and work in close collaboration with the other PhD-candidates within the PCAD4Cod-project; James Campbell (Leiden University) and Inge van der Knaap (Gent University). Together we will do experiments indoors, in semi-natural settings and in the wild, these results will be used for a population consequences model.
I obtained a Bachelor of applied sciences in Animal husbandry in Delft. I continued my education at Leiden University with a Master in Biology. During my master internships, I studied the effect of anthropogenic sound on European seabass and did research on musicality in vocal learning birds. After receiving my Master degree I worked on follow-ups on both internships. In 2017, I started my PhD on the effects of anthropogenic sound on fish behaviour and physiology.
There are several opportunities for research internships or field projects within or aligned to my research project. Please contact me for more information.