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Curriculum Vitae


1987-1993 Secondary education:
Diploma “Voortgezet Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs” at the Montessori Lyceum Amsterdam
1993-2007 Academic education:
1993-2001 Master study Biology at the faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam
1993-1994 Propaedeutics Biology
1994-1997 Extra courses (in addition to the Biology Program)
Faculty of political and social-cultural sciences, at the University of Amsterdam:
Social climate of Cities (City sociology)

Faculty of Biology at Utrecht University: Ethology

Faculty of Biology at Groningen University: Animal Ecology (including fieldwork on Eurasian oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus).
1997-1998 Research project: Telemetry study on the red fox (Vulpes vulpes)
1998-2000 Research project Ethological field study on travel leadership in wild Thomas langurs (Presbytis thomasi). Supervised by S. Wich, E.H.M. Sterck and A de Roos.
2001 Literature Thesis: Title: The Evolution of Planning Behaviour: A way to optimise food-search efficiency? University of Amsterdam.
2001-2006 Ph.D. studies Psychology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, U.K.
(One-year discount was granted due to the outbreak of a civil war at the first fieldwork site).
Subject: Fruit localisation strategies in wild mangabey monkeys
2001-2002 8 months field research on the behaviour of sooty mangabeys in the Tai National Park, Ivory Coast.
8 months local project manager of the Taï Monkey Project 2 months research in Zoo of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, while waiting for the political situation to stabilize.
2003-2004 17 months field research on the behaviour of grey-cheeked mangabeys in the Kibale National Park, Uganda. One month research in Zoo of Entebbe, Uganda.
Sept 2006 Passed Viva / defence of PhD thesis with minor corrections.
Examination was conducted by Prof. C. H. Janson & Dr. G. Brown



2000 First degree in teachers training (including teaching at two High Schools (A-level))
2002 Supervision of Ivorian DEA (M.Sc.) student at the University of Cocody, Ivory Coast. Project title: “Are sooty mangabeys (Cercocebus atys) able to keep track of time? A provisioning experiment in the Zoo of Abidjan”.
March 2005 Participation of a primate exhibit at Edinburgh Zoo, involving the public in the scientific activities of the University of St Andrews at National Science week.
May 2005 Developing and teaching of a course on Scientific Presentations Skills to M.Sc. students at the Forestry department of the Makerere University, Uganda.
2004-2006 Voluntary teaching (3 subsequent years) about animal and human behaviour to 12-13 year old pupils at the “Weekend School”, a project that supports children education.
Sep-Jul 06 Teaching basic statistics to first years Biology students, University of Amsterdam
Feb-Jun 06 Demonstrating work for courses in Anatomy, Histology, Neuro-physiology and Ecology (incl. assisting with experiments on foraging behaviour in black ants (Lasius niger)).
Sep07-Mar08 Developing and teaching of a new Bachelor’s course “Evolution & Behaviour” for 100 Psycho-biology students at the University of Amsterdam (designing experiments, writing manual etc.).
May-Jul08 Supervising literature theses of 20 Pycho-biology students (on the origin of intelligent behaviour) and demonstrating work for an Eco-physiology course.
2006-2008 Giving five popular lectures on primate field research for the Dutch Foundation Wijzer.
2008-2010 Postdoctoral research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. Study subject: Mental maps and planning skills in Tai chimpanzees.
2008-2010 Ongoing supervision of an Ivorian PhD student at the University of Cocody, Ivory Coast.



7-1-2001 Oral and Poster presentations: 18th Congress of the International Primatological Society (IPS) in Adelaide, Australia.
12-3-2002 Oral presentation about the studies conducted by researchers of the Taï Monkey Project, local meeting with Park managers, gamekeepers and other researchers, Ivory Coast.
23-4-2002 Oral presentation on activities Taï Monkey Project, at a welcoming ceremony for Prime Minister of Cote d’Ivoire. Broadcasted on Ivorian television and radio.
2003-2004 Oral presentations about my research at three different symposia from the Ugandan Wildlife Authority, in Kibale National Park and Queen Elisabeth National Park, Uganda.
24-8-2004 Invited speaker at Oral presentation: 20th Congress of the IPS in Turin, Italy.
12-3-2005 Oral presentation and Poster presentation (winning first prize):Scottish Conference for Animal Behaviour, Glasgow.
2002-2005 Oral presentations at three seminars of the School of Psychology and a seminar of the Behavioral Discussion Group (±25 scientific members) of the University of St Andrews.
27-8-2005 Oral presentation: 25th International Ethological Conference, Budapest, Hungary.
27-6-2006 Oral and poster presentations: 21th Congress of the IPS  in Entebbe, Uganda.
26-8-2006 Invited speaker at the Symbolic Species Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.
6-8-2008 Oral and poster presentations: 22nd Congress of the IPS in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
17-9-2010 Oral presentation: Invited speaker at 23th Congress of the IPS in Kyoto, Japan



Master study: Research Stipend from Waterworks Company (PWN). Travel and research grants from the European Science Foundation, Dobberke foundation for comparative physiology, Stichting Kronendak and Fonds Dr. Christine Buisman.

Ph.D. study: Studentship from the School of Psychology, University of St Andrews. Travel and Research Grants from the Dobberke foundation for comparative physiology, Luci Burger foundation, Stichting Kronendak, the Catharine van Tussenbroek foundation, Schure-Beijerinck-Popping foundation, Leakey Foundation, Wenner Gren Foundation and Primate Conservation Inc.



Fluent in Dutch and English; Proficient in German, French and Bahasa Indonesia; basic Luganda. Followed a writing seminar by Prof. R. Dawkins.



  • Managed Taï Monkey Project, including activities of 6 Ivorian employees and 2-5 students (8 mth).
  • Employed four volunteers and five local field assistants for my PhD project in Uganda (17mth).
  • Closely collaborated with other mangabey researchers (R Chancellor, W Olupot and  Prof. PA Waser), which resulted in a conference talk and joined publication in a peer reviewed journal.
  • Invited to join the Efficient Wildlife Vaccination Working Group at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) in Santa Barbara, USA.
  • Newly developed field methodology was adopted by E Cunningham at the New York University College and CH Janson at University of Montana in their grant applications.

Referees: Dr. K. Zuberbühler: kz3[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign <<<], Prof. Dr. C.H. Janson: charles.janson[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign <<<]