Ever since I can remember I've been fascinated by insects. I'm interested in pollination, social insects (mostly ants), biological control and forensic entomology. I graduated as a lab technician and worked a few years in a distillery but started working as a production manager for companies involved in mass rearing of insects and other arthropods for biological control. In 2009, I became education manager in an insect museum. My job involves content development for the insect museum exhibitions and our guided tours. The insect museum is part of a visitors center, which in turn is one of the six gateways to the only National Park in Belgium. Originally founded as a fertilisation station for carnica honey bees, Lieteberg still has a bee house.
In my sparce free time I work as a volunteer for the Limburg Nature Study Group (LIKONA) and recently I've finished a Bachelor in Environmental Sciences at Open University. I plan to start a Master in Biology next September.
Since 1996, I live in Alken, a small town in Belgium. I keep my own bees but currently own just one hive. I plan to expand to three hives but keep them mainly out of interest in social insects.