for ecotoxicology and ecology
Type of activities offered by DEBtox Research
DEBtox Research specialises in the development and application of mechanistic models in eco(toxico)logy. My focus is on working with models based on Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) theory (at the moment especially DEBkiss) and the General Unified Threshold model for Survival (GUTS), but I am also experienced in toxicokinetic modelling. My modelling expertise comes with an extensive knowledge of the statistics associated with fitting models to data and the calculation of confidence intervals (incl. intervals on model predictions). And, last but not least, I love to write, as you can see from my publication record.
These models can be applied to a wide range of species (basically: all), and an enormous range of fundamental and applied research questions. You can think of studies aimed at understanding stressor effects of toxicants and environmental factors (e.g., ocean acidification, starvation), but also more fundamental topics (e.g., biology of ageing, linking the molecular level to life-history traits, inter- and intra-species differences in life history). I am happy to discuss the possibilities of these models to address your research question, so please contact me if you are interested.
I prefer to work on multi-year research projects with a scientific (or applied-scientific) character, that include the possibilities for dedicated experimental work to be performed (I do not have access to laboratory facilities myself). I can also be hired for a single data analyses (or scientific consult) with full confidentiality, albeit at a higher hourly rate. Furthermore, I would consider providing courses, guest lectures or training on my core topics. More concretely, my activities include:
Even when I have insufficient time available to work on your project within a given time frame, it is useful to contact me. For more standard GUTS analyses in a regulatory setting, I would like to redirect you to Bongers EcoTox Services, where I act as an advisor. For DEB-based work, I collaborate within the DEBnet network of professionals.
Every other year, we try to organise a summer course on TKTD modelling (with some TK and GUTS, but specifically, using the DEBkiss model). If you want to learn about the basics of TKTD modelling, DEB theory, coding and fitting, in a friendly way: this is the course for you. More information.
There are some course opportunities for GUTS and openGUTS as well. Look at the openGUTS website for more details. We also offer a DIY, on-demand, on-line short course on openGUTS.