My name is Thomas, I'm 23-years old and from Belgium. I'm a tropical biologist specialized in ecological monitoring research methods for terrestrial vertebrates. These methods include camera trapping, distance sampling, acoustic monitoring and genetic sampling (eDNA & iDNA). I apply these skills in conservation and ecology-based research, with a primary interest in the influence of anthropogenic disturbance on vertebrate population dynamics, trophic cascades, and the efficacy of spatial conservation measures such as protected areas.
For my masters, I conducted research in Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. After, I worked as an Erasmus+ funded ecological monitoring research assistant at University College London. Here, I was active on the Biome Health Project (https://www.biomehealthproject.com/) in Nepal, conducting acoustic monitoring and camera trapping along a human disturbance gradient.
Currently, I'm starting a PhD at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) investigating terrestrial vertebrate communties across the Brazilian Amazon.
I look forward to interacting with you all on this forum - if you have any questions, don't be shy!