Research & Teaching



My research concentrates on the development of ichthyology as a field of study, and in relation to this on representations and dicussion of fish in literature, art, and in a culinairy context. My PhD thesis focusses on Conrad Gessner’s Historia Piscium (1558) within a broad corpus of primary sources, including well-known authors such as Pierre Belon, Hippolito Salviani, and Guillaume Rondelet, as well as lesser-known authors such as Gregor Mangolt and Johann Kentmann. In addition, other discussions of fish, primarily in scholarly works, but also in emblem books, poetry, calendars, and cookery books are taken into account.

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2019: ‘Things to do with Texts. Natural History from the Renaissance to Darwin’. Leiden University Humanities Lab.

2017: ‘Things to do with Texts. The Exploration of Nature (1550-1850) through word and image’. Leiden University Humanities Lab.

2016: ‘Things to Do With Texts: Capturing Nature in Word and Image ’. Leiden University Humanities Lab.

2016: ‘Natural History in Word and Image (800-1600)’. Arts and Culture research master, Leiden University.

2012, 2013, 2014 ‘History of Biological Illustrations Workshop’ Amsterdam University College.




Conrad Gessner’s Historia piscium (1558), more information: Rare Fish Books