For almost 15 years, Maarten has been involved in on-the-ground conservation work throughout the world in projects focusing on a diversity of animals, ranging from large mammals and bats to birds, reptiles and amphibians. Equipped with a BSc in Wildlife Management from the Netherlands and a MSc in Ecology from Uppsala University in Sweden, he has been working on landscape ecology and connectivity modelling in Belgium before joining Ya'axché Conservation Trust in Belize as Research Coordinator in 2010. Here, he worked together with the Protected Areas Manager to further develop Ya'axché's biodiversity monitoring programme, conduct ecological research and liaise with national and international academic institutions to initiate biological, socio-economical and archaeological research in Ya'axché's protected areas and their buffer communities. Currently, Maarten is working as a FONASO PhD candidate at the universities of Göttingen (Germany) and Bangor (Wales), and his focus is again on landscape connectivity, specifically for large mammals in the forests of Belize.
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