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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In 2018 I am coordinating and teaching: Things to do with Texts. Natural History from the Renaissance to Darwin at Leiden University (Humanities Lab).

In 2017 I coordinated and taught: Things to do with Texts. The Exploration of Nature (1550-1850) through word and image at Leiden University (Humanities Lab).

In 2016 I coordinated and taught: Things to Do With Texts: Capturing Nature in Word and Image  at Leiden University (Humanities Lab).

In 2016 I have co-taught the course: Natural History in Word and Image (800-1600) within the Medieval and Early Modern Studies research master programme at Leiden University.

I gave an annual History of Biological Illustrations Workshop for Amsterdam University College BA/BSc students at the Artis Library in Amsterdam in 2012, 2013, and 2014.




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