My teaching

I am teaching at the University of Amsterdam at the BSc and MSc level. Below you'll find more information about the courses that I am involved, an overview of recent BSc and MSc projects that I have supervised, and opportunities for students and Postdocs to get involved in ongoing projects.


I teach in the following courses at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

  • Biodiversity & Global Change: I am the coordinator and main lecturer of the 3rd year bachelor course "Biodiversity & Global Change". This course provides knowledge about the geographic distribution of species and ecosystems and about biodiversity changes in the past, the present and the future. The course consists of ca. 20 lectures, paper discussions and a computer practicum (GIS and relational databases). It runs each year in October/November.

  • Spatial Processes in Ecology and Evolution: I am contributing with lectures and a short computer practicum (R software) to this course within the track Ecology & Evolution of the MSc in Biological Sciences. My contribution is focused on macroecology and spatial autocorrelation in biodiversity datasets.

Recent BSc and MSc projects

A selection of BSc and MSc projects that I have supervised in the last few years:

BSc projects

  • Frank Hopman (2017): Bird community body size, forest fragmentation and biodiversity.

  • Daphne Vink (2016): Functional diversity of frugivorous primates within and across biogeographic regions.

  • Gerben IJntema (2016): Depletion of an island ecosystem: possible disturbances in seed dispersal and pollination relevant traits in the Hawai'i archipelago.

  • Joliene Wennink (2015): Functional trait spaces of avian frugivores can be reduced by extinctions.

  • Roelof E. Zwaan (2015): Explaining agamid lizard diversity across Africa using migration route simulations.

MSc projects

  • Aurisel J. Mata Velasquez (2017): Mapping ecosystem services: the current role of remote sensing.

  • Samantha-Leigh Jamison (2017): Unlocking bird-tree relationships: exploring biogeographical patterns across southern Africa.

  • Daphne Vink (2017): Environmental factors and palm fruit colour as drivers for trichromatic primate diversity across the world.

  • Julia Heinen (2016): Extinction-driven changes in insular frugivore communities.

  • Gabriel Muñoz (2016): Palm seed dispersal networks in Afrotropics and Neotropics: analysis of structure and biogeographical differences.

Opportunities for students and Postdocs

I welcome highly motivated BSc and MSc students as well as PhD students and postdocs to develop research projects under my supervision and guidance. If you are interested, then get in touch with me. Before doing that, please review my webpages and read some of my papers to understand what I am doing. With your enquiry, please send a CV, an overview of previous grades, and a statement about your research interest, your motivation and specific skills (e.g. related to programming, modelling, software, GIS knowledge, database handling). Please be aware that funding is very limited (e.g. for PhD and Postdocs). I am open to discuss the writing of joint grant proposals for hosting post-doctoral research fellows in my lab. When inquiring about opportunities please make sure that your project falls clearly within the scope of my research.