I am a DPhil (= PhD) student in Philosophy of Physics at Oxford University. My primary supervisor is Oliver Pooley; my secondary supervisor David Wallace. Some of my research interests are the metaphysics of physical magnitudes & scale, philosophy of spacetime, (broken) symmetries, metaphysics of space, philosophy of science, and high energy physics & cosmology—in particular ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays and the underdetermination of theory choice (Dark Matter vs Modified Gravity) by astrophysical, cosmological & LHC data.
I have studied theoretical physics and philosophy of physics at the University of Groningen, interrupted by a brief excursion into psychology at the Australian National University, a developmental internship in Cairo, and a research project in theoretical astroparticle physics at Oxford University. After having completed a Master’s degree in Philosophy of Physics at Oxford University I am now continuing with the DPhil. As of 1 December 2016 I will be taking up a postdoc position with the “Epistemology of the Large Hadron Collider” Research Unit, dividing my time between RWTH Aachen University, CalTech and BU Wuppertal. I will be working on the “LHC and gravity” project with Michael Krämer, Dennis Lehmkuhl and Erhard Scholz.
I am a big fan of Octopush (underwaterhockey) (check out my latest skill), Canoe Polo, SCUBA-Diving, Quidditch, Rowing, Backpacking, Surfing, Ballroom & Latin Dancing, Lord of the Rings, The Big Bang Theory, Dodgeball and of course that which The Netherlands is* most famous for: Symphonic Gothic Metal.*should be