Ever since I started working as zookeeper at Apenheul Primate Park during my high school period, I became intrigued by the variety of the species-specific behaviours within the primate order. During the years that I worked with several primate species, I grew a scientific interest in their behaviour. Determined to achieve my goal of becoming a primatologist, I finished a bachelor in Biology and a master in Environmental Biology, with a specialisation in Behavioural Ecology, from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
During my studies I worked on several topics regarding primatology. For my second internship (supervised by Dr. Mariska Kret and Evy van Berlo, I studied emotional attention biases and emotional contagion in orang-utans. Because of some, unfortunate, touchscreen breaking activities of the orangutans, the study on emotional attention bias was paused. After finishing my internship with the study on emotional contagion, I was still very motivated to finish the other research, which is how I became a research assistant for the CoPAN labgroup. Additionally, in 2017 I was fortunate to join Evy to study wild chimpanzees in Rwanda.