I’m an FWO-funded PhD fellow at Ghent University, Belgium, and aspiring nature photographer. I try to combine scientific research with creating awareness about the world around us – either through divulgation or photography.

My general research interest lies in understanding how species or communities respond to environmental change, and which mechanisms underlie these responses. The climate is changing, habitats are becoming fragmented due to human encroachment, and the number of invasive species is ever-increasing – finding out how species or communities cope with these threats, and if they are even able to do so, is critical for developing mitigation strategies to conserve biodiversity. I combine experimental, empirical and theoretical approaches to this aim, while field work remains the basis of most of my research activities. Currently, I focus on invasion ecology of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans in Western Europe. I’m a herpetologist at heart, and therefore often focus on amphibians, and especially salamanders, as study organisms.

In my free time, I enjoy nature (especially herping!), reading, cooking, and graphic art – preferably while travelling.


Career

2015-today: Ghent University, Belgium. FWO-funded Doctor of Philosophy Fellow.

2013-2014: Cátedra Rui Nabeiro – Biodiversidade, University of Évora (CIBIO/InBio), Portugal: Research technician in Herpetology and Ecophysiology.

2010-2012: University of Twente, the Netherlands. MSc in Geo-informatics and Earth Observation.

2005-2010: Applied University Van Hall-Larenstein, the Netherlands. BSc in Animal Management, with a major in Wildlife Management.


Contact

Department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Avian Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University
Salisburylaan 133/VRB
9820 Merelbeke, Belgium

E-mail: wouter.beukema[@]ugent.be

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