Academic Background

I started my undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, followed by a graduate degree in Forest and Nature conservation at the University of Wageningen. In both courses I concentrated on plant ecology and physiology, tropical ecology and nature conservation. During my graduate course I did a 3-month internship at the Forestry Institute of Ghana, collaborating in a research project on carbon use efficiency of tropical forests. The research for my dissertation was at the University of Brasília, about the competitive effect of grass on savannah tree seedlings that occur in the Cerrado of Brazil. With great passion for nature and agronomy and a background in Ecology, my curriculum has taken a more theoretical diversion, I was granted a Project Sunshine award to start this project to develop an optimal foraging theory for plant roots.