I am interested in reconstructing the environments of the past and studying how these changes led to migration and evolution. Studying past ecosystems and climate change can provide us with tools to tackle current crises.
Some scientists believe humans earliest, ape-like ancestors originated in Europe. In order to migrate to Africa, it seems these European hominids had to survive the savannah like conditions of Anatolia (Turkiye). Was a migration route present in Anatolia or was it a barrier these hominids could not cross?
By reconstructing the paleoenvironments of the Neogene of Eurasia, I want to find out if there was a possibility that our earliest ancestors originated in Europe, before moving to Africa – and evolving into humans and modern Great apes.
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Mosaic 2.0 2021-2022
Born and raised in Rotterdam. Finished Gymnasium at Dalton Lyceum Barendrecht. Studied biology at Leiden University (BSc & MSc). Passion for education and science communication. Active as Biology teacher at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague. Involved in projects that bring workshops to (less privileged) children. Active in several musical projects.
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