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After my career in the hospitality sector I was looking for a new challenge. During my sabbatical in SE-Asia I decided to go for a dream: become a biologist. Now, 5 years and two sons later I'm on the point of graduating at the university of Antwerp. I can't wait to start a new career as researcher/conservationist/nature manager, no matter where it is!


Past Experience

  • Applied Conservation Genetics
    July 2013 --- July 2013
    Short learning program: Applied Conservation genetics 1 to 6 july 2013 Presenters: Prof. JP Grobler (UFS, South Africa), Dr. FE Zachos (NHM, Austria), Dr. J Roberts (Virginia Tech, USA) Software: Arlequin, Geneclass2, Structure, ClustalX, dnaSP, TCS, Beast, BayeSSC, MEGA, Artemis, MSToolkit (an add-on for excell), FSTAT, Theta estimator (a microsoft excell spreadsheet), LDNe, GenBank. Content of the course: - Sample collection - Organising data - Genetic diversity - the Hardy-Weinberg principle - Assignment tests - Demographics - Animal forensics - Genetic drift - Hybridisation - Phylogenetics Learning outcomes: In the feeld of conservation genetics I'm able to: - plan research projects and arrange data for further analysis - determine levels of diversity and testing for Hardy-Weinberg - apply assignment tests - apply methods of wildlife forensics - quantify genetic drift and hybridisation - perform phylogenetic analyses

  • Owner
    May 2003 --- December 2009
    5 FTE's and some extra employees. Open 7 days a week.


Self Assessment :
Critical thinkingAttention to detailCollaborationFlexibilityInterest in knowledgeOptimismProblem solvingResponsibilitySelf-disciplineSociabilityTrust


Self Assessment :
people management BiostatisticsEnglishGeneticsMicrosoft ExcelMicrosoft OfficeMicrosoft PowerpointOxidative stressStatisticsTeam Leadership
LinkedIn Assessment :
EcologyEntrepreneurshipscienceTeam LeadershipPADIAquatic EcologyGeneticsdutchPhotographyMarine BiologyLeadershipConservation geneticsPadi Advanced DiverHorecaTroubleshootingHospitalityNature restorationWildlife ManagementResearch


  • Master's Degree in Biodiversity: conservation and restoration from University of Antwerp in 2015
  • Bachelor's Degree in Biology, General from Ugent in 2013
  • Ondernemersopleiding in Traiteur - Banketaannemer from Syntra Gent in 2001
  • Bachelor in Physical Education Teacher from Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven in 1998

Work Preferences

  • Work From Home:
    Yes, 0 to 5 days per week
  • International:

Area / Region

Aalst, Belgium


Driving License
  • Yes