Willem is a Masters of Science in the Environment student at Alaska Pacific University. He got a Bachelors of Science in Oceanography and a minor in Marine Biology at the University of Washington. He has been returning to the Friday Harbor Laboratories annually since 2017. His primary advisor is Dr. David Scheel at Alaska Pacific University who has been studying octopus ecology for more than two decades. For his Masters Thesis Willem is investigating octopus odor tracking at the Friday Harbor Laboratories.