Being born and raised in the Caribbean (Aruba & St. Maarten), I have always had an affinity with all that has surrounded me, the trees, the ocean, the animals, everything. With the years passing my love for my surroundings has only grown more and more. To be able to make my passion my future I decided to study Biology in the Netherlands at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. During my bachelors I specialized in Behaviour and Cognitive Neuroscience, to later, during my masters, specialize in research. During this time I spent some months abroad in Southern Africa studying begging behaviour and related hormone levels of the Cape Gannet, as well as travelling around the Netherlands studying empathy as well as grooming and mating behaviour in Rhesus Macaques and the effects of testosterone and light on behavioural lateralization in the Domestic Chicken and Rock Pigeon. Other, more theoretical research, such as the long-term effects of stress during adolescence on behavioural disorders and why primates form coalitions were also conducted during this time.
Having finished my studies and having focussed on other functions for the time-being, such as working in the pharmaceutical industry, it was time for me to return home to what I loved and hoped to contribute to. I was offered the function as Senior Policy Worker Environment and Hygiene at the Department of Public Health on St. Maarten and gladly made the step to move back home to St. Maarten at the end of 2010. In this position I have dedicated my time to ensuring that all environment and hygiene related public health matters are adequately addressed which has led to working on many varying projects. Many of which have led to my working together with the local environment and nature organizations as well as advising the Ministry for Environment and many others on related matters. Besides my affiliation through my function, I have also always dedicated my time and knowledge to volunteering with the local nature and environment organizations whenever and wherever needed. Collaborating on such endeavours and working together to try and make a difference, a better St. Maarten, has always been my passion and through my function and my association with other NGO’s I hope to fulfil this task for many more years to come, let it be marine or terrestrial, flora or fauna..