Research

Research projects

I am currently leading and coordinating the following research projects:

  • LifeWatch Virtual Laboratory Innovation Center (LW-VLIC), the Netherlands. Funded by LifeWatch-ERIC, a European Research Infrastructure Consortium with focus on biodiversity and ecosystem research (20% of my time + 2 full-time positions for scientific developers, 12/2020-11/2022). The aim is to develop workflows, data products, eScience tools and virtual labs for applications in ecology and biodiversity science, with a focus on LiDAR, remote sensing and Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs). [My role: scientific coordinator of LW-VLIC]

  • NIEBA ARISE (Netherlands Infrastructure for Ecosystem and Biodiversity Analysis: Authoritative and Rapid Identification System for Essential biodiversity information). Funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) under the National Roadmap for Large-Scale Research Infrastructure (18 Mio EUR in total, 9/2020–9/2030). The aim is to deliver a unique end-to-end infrastructure for the interpretation of evidence of the occurrence of species from digital sensors (including cameras, sound devices and radar) and eDNA. [My role: project leader of monitoring demonstration sites]

  • EuropaBON (Europa Biodiversity Observation Network: integrating data streams to support policy). A Horizon 2020 research and innovation action funded by the European Commission (3 Mio EUR in total, 12/2020–11/2023). The aim is to design an EU-wide framework for monitoring biodiversity and ecosystem services. [My role: work package leader of 'WP4 Co-design of monitoring system', member of consortium coordination team]

  • eEcoLiDAR (eEcoLiDAR, eScience infrastructure for Ecological applications of LiDAR point clouds: reconstructing the 3D ecosystem structure for animals at regional to continental scales). Funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) through an ASDI (Accelerating Scientific Discovery) grant via the Netherlands eScience Center (>200 k EUR + eScience Research Engineer, 6/2017–5/2021). The aim is to quantify and map the vertical and horizontal complexity of vegetation at high resolution across broad spatial scales using Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology. [My role: PI & project coordinator]

  • LidarAirCloud (Enabling biodiversity applications of ecosystem structure EBVs through massive processing of LiDAR data from airborne laser scanning surveys in cloud environments). Funded by Microsoft through its AI for Earth Grant program (15 k EUR, 12/2020–11/2021). The aim is to use the Microsoft Azure Cloud, a novel open-source software package and a High Throughput Computing (HTC) workflow to process massive amounts of airborne laser scanning data into Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) data products of ecosystem structure. [My role: PI & project coordinator]

  • Vulnerability of Arctic migratory birds to rapid climate change. Funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) under the Netherlands Polar Programme policy-driven call (1 Mio EUR in total, 3/2021–2/2025). The aim is to integrate existing and novel bird data at individual and population level with state-of-the-art climate model simulations and vegetation modelling to assess the vulnerability of arctic migrants to rapid climate change. [My role: Co-PI, work package leader of 'WP3: Important Arctic Bird Areas: current and future distribution']

The following research projects I have finished:

  • Global Ecology & Biodiversity: funding from the University of Amsterdam Faculty Research Cluster ‘Global Ecology’ and through a starting grant from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) (400 k EUR in total). The aim is to quantify the broad-scale distribution of life on Earth, to conduct research on global biodiversity and conservation prioritization, and how global change drivers affect biodiversity and ecosystems. [My role: PI & project coordinator]

  • Frugivory & palm diversification: an 'ALW Open Programme' grant for a Postdoc entitled 'Has frugivory influenced the macroecology and diversification of a tropical keystone plant family?', obtained from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) (>230 k EUR). [My role: PI & project coordinator]

  • GLOBIS-B ('GLOBal Infrastructures for Supporting Biodiversity research'). A coordination & support action funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme (1 Mio EUR). [My role: PI & scientific coordinator]