Jordy van der Beek
Jordy van der Beek, BSc, is a Dutch biology student at Leiden University. He works as a mosquito researcher at Naturalis Biodiversity Center and as a researcher in the Museum of Natural History in Rotterdam. As taxonomist (someone who studies species differences) he is fascinated by the subtle beauty of mosquitoes, and their great ability to adapt to changes.
In April 2018 he joined an expedition to the Dutch Caribbean to study mosquitoes. With the mindset of not only seeing mosquitoes as nuisance and transmitter of diseases, the expedition team was able to reveal some part of the hidden life of these biting insects. With his Caribbean research he wants to show the importance of mosquito monitoring and that they are more than a nuisance. Mosquitoes are interesting animals that can quickly adapt to human activities. Saba has all the right conditions to be a mecca for mosquitoes. However, Jordy found out that 'Saba is the mosquito paradise without mosquitoes’.
Jordy van der Beek, along with his colleague Maud Kok, will be presenting on October 11th, 2018. We will be updating our calendar with activity dates and times as we continue to coordinate our event. Stay tuned!