Since 2005 I'm Docent (Assist. Professor) at the University of Antwerpen within the Department of Biology. I am a staff member of the Ecosystem Management research group. I am teaching courses in Earth Sciences for Bachelor and Master students in Biology and Applied Biological Sciences (see more details here). My research focusses on the dynamics and management of (tidal) rivers, with focus on interactions between vegetation ecology, flow hydrodynamics, sediment transport and geomorphology (see more details below).
From 2004 to 2005, I worked at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology as a post-doctoral researcher with a Marie Curie grant of the European Community. I studied the interactions between plant growth, flow hydrodynamics and sediment transport in coastal marsh ecosystems, and how these biological-physical feedbacks lead to the formation of landform patterns and vegetation patterns in tidal salt marshes. This project was in collaboration with WL|Delft Hydraulics (now part of Deltares).
From 2000 to 2003, I did my PhD at the Catholic University of Leuven within the research group for Physical and Regional Geography. My PhD research focussed on sediment accretion in tidal marshes, in response to environmental changes, such as sea level rise. This project was carried out in the Schelde estuary (Belgium, SW Netherlands).
In 1999, I graduated as MSc in Physical Geography at the Catholic University of Leuven.