Jolien Wevers

PhD student

Master in Biology

Joined the group in October 2016

Research project: Wild boar in an urban protected area: understanding the effect of humans, habitat and season on its space use.

At the moment, I am studying the space use of wild boar in relation to human activities and ecological conditions in the context of a landscape of fear theory. To do this I apply a standardised, randomised deployment of camera traps within an urban protected area. By researching this, I aim at contributing to methodological improvements of camera trap studies by comparing different spatial distribution models to analyse the same research question. Moreover the insights will provide objective data input for a locally adapted and integrated wild boar management, ultimately contributing to a more efficient sharing of valuable green space and thus to human-wildlife coexistence.

My favorite quote: “I began to realize how important it is to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.” -Roald Dahl

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