Field and labwork pictures

Mesocosm experiment at the Sydney Institute or Marine Science. Here, I looked at the effect of marine heatwaves on the interaction between the seagrass species Zostera muelleri and their below-ground microbiome, and how seagrass growth is affected by these microbes.

Zostera muelleri growing at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science.

Mesocosm experiment looking at the effect of soil origin on the soil microbiome and insect abundance on native vs. non-native plants.

Weeding in the rain!
Taking soil cores for soil microbiome analyses.

Experiment at UNESCO World Heritage site Maasheggen, The Netherlands, where I looked at the effect of land use on insect biodiversity. 

Preparing all the pitfall traps.
Burying the pitfall traps in the field.
Ground-dwelling insects caught in a pitfall trap.

Group picture at NIOO-KNAW after setting up the second phase of our mesocosm experiment to study plant-soil feedback effects of plant species and plant functional groups on soil bacterial and fungal communities.

For my master thesis at The University of Adelaide (2017-2018) I studied the effects of ocean warming and acidification on the foraging behaviour of the 8 most common mangrove- and salt marsh associated juvenile fish species of Gulf Saint Vincent, South Australia. The behaviour of the fish was studied in 1800 L mesocosms using GoPro camera’s.

Collecting juvenile fish using a seine net attached to a bucket.
Placing a food vial inside one of the mesocosms.

During my master thesis at The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (2015-2016) I studied the phenology of the winter moth (Operophtera brumata) under global warming. I specifically aimed to disentangle the role of photoperiod, the developmental state of oak (Quercus robur) leaves at the timing of egg hatching and the temperature during egg development on the phenology of the winter moth. 

Scoring the timing of oak tree bud burst.
A male winter moth on a rolled up piece of paper that mimics tree bark for the females to lay eggs in.
Female winter moths are wingless and only have rudimentary wing stubs.

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