Though I'm originally from the Netherlands, I grew up in the beautiful country of Tanzania. Tanzania is not only home, it is also where I learned of my interest in natural history, ecology, and conservation. I have just graduated from Yale University, where I majored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and wrote my thesis on the evolution of Galapagos tortoises. I love reading, science writing, jazz bars, card games, hiking, and going for runs. Traveling is a passion of mine, and I have been to over 20 countries so far. One of my favorite ways to get know a new destination before traveling there is by reading a novel set in the place where I'm headed.