Curriculum Vitae

Short CV

Below is a short version of my CV. A full version can be made available upon request.



Academic education


Postgraduate Diploma (PGDipl.) in wildlife management, Zoology Department, Otago University, New Zealand


Master of Science (M.Sc.) in plant ecology, Botany Department, Otago University, New Zealand


Diplom (Dipl. Laök) in landscape ecology & nature conservation, Institut für Botanik und Landschaftsökologie, University of Greifswald, Germany


Doctor of Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat.) in macroecology, Institute of Zoology, Department of Ecology, University of Mainz, Germany


Career and positions

2005 - 2008

Doctoral scientist, Department of Ecology, University of Mainz, Germany (2 1/2 years)

2008 - 2009

Postdoc, Ecology, Behavior & Evolution Section, University of California, San Diego, USA (1 year)

2010 - 2011

Postdoc, Ecoinformatics & Biodiversity Research Group, Aarhus University, Denmark (2 years)

2012 - 2013

Assistant Professor, Integrative Ecology and Evolution Section, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Denmark (2 years)

Since 2014

Associate Professor of Quantitative Biodiversity,
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Other roles & outstanding distinctions

2020 - 2023 Scientific coordinator of the Virtual Laboratory Innovation Center (LW-VLIC) of LifeWatch-ERIC (secondment with 20% of my time)


Designated by the scientific publisher Elsevier as the 'most prolific author in biodiversity research' in the Netherlands, based on scholarly output in the period from 2017–2022. See report 'Biodiversity research in the Netherlands and worldwide'.


Professional services

2018 – 2020 Member of the scientific advisory committee of the Netherlands Biodiversity Information Facility (NLBIF)
2017 – 2020 Co-leader of data task force and member of the implementation committee, Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON)
2017 – 2018 Member of the lab & infrastructure advisory committee (LIAC), Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), University of Amsterdam
2009 – 2018 Associate editor of The Condor (2009–2010), associate editor of Ecography (2014–2018), associate editor of Journal of Biogeography (2012–2018), and guest associate editor for PLOS Computational Biology (2014)

since 2006

Ad-hoc reviews for scientific journals, incl. Biological Reviews, The Condor, Conservation Biology, Current Forestry Reports, Diversity and Distributions, Ecography, Ecological Modelling, Ecology, Ecology Letters, Global Change Biology, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Journal of Biogeography, Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of Field Ornithology, Journal of Vegetation Science, Methods in Ecology & Evolution, Nature, Nature Climate Change, Nature Communications, New Phytologist, Oecologia, Oikos, Perspectives in Plant Ecology Evolution and Systematics, PLoS ONE, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, The Quarterly Review of Biology

since 2008

Ad-hoc reviews for funding agencies: US National Science Foundation, Fulbright Commission, Czech Science Foundation