Marloes Leeflang


  • Conservation
  • Ecological genetics
  • Small population management


As a research assistant at the Centre for Research and Conservation (CRC) of Antwerp ZOO and Planckendael ZOO I support colleagues in research projects focused on conservation genetics and population management. Currently I work on a project where I use computer simulations and modelling to discover the influence of inheritance patterns on the fitness of captive populations.


My research interests vary widely, from conservation genetics to behavioural ecology and the role of zoos in in-situ and ex-situ conservation.


During my Bachelor degree in Biology at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, I focused mainly on studying behavioural ecology. After an exchange to Macquarie University, Sydney Australia, I discovered my interest for applied conservation and ecological genetics. This year I finished my MSc Conservation Genetics at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK, and shortly after I started here at the Centre for Research and Conservation. During my study I enjoyed extracurricular activities, such as writing for and editing the magazine for the UU department of Biology and I have done multiple volunteer projects abroad supporting wildlife conservation.