About me

First name: Julia

Last name: Samson

Occupation: Senior Associate @ Boston Consulting Group in Amsterdam

Climate range: -10˚C to 35˚C, low humidity

Dietary needs: Belgian chocolate, dairy products

Exercising needs: horse riding, diving, dancing

Intellectual needs: reading, traveling, music

Care instructions: thrives best in a multidisciplinary, international environment

Taking measurements of the camera set-up used for 3D video recording in the field.

Taking measurements of the camera set-up used for 3D video recording in the field.

After spending almost my whole professional life in academic settings, I felt it was time to go explore new horizons. I got the opportunity to join the Boston Consulting Group in June 2019 and am looking forward to gaining new skills, working on a variety of topics with very diverse clients, and learning how people and processes function in different fields. I'm standing at the beginning of my journey as a consultant and I'm excited to see what new interests it will spark and what new ideas it will help me develop.

Before I embarked on this new adventure, I studied (marine) organisms, their behavior, and their interactions with the physical environment. My PhD and postdoctoral research focused on the fluid dynamics of pulsing behavior in xeniid corals. These soft corals generate fluid flows that influence local nutrient and gas exchange and I tried to figure out whether there is a pattern to the collective pulsing behavior, what influences this behavior, and how differences in the collective pulsing (for example different timings or pulse frequencies) affect local flow fields.

My background is in biology, with a tendency towards biomechanics and mathematical modeling of biological systems. Whether I'm doing research or working in consulting, I aim to integrate different approaches to the questions I tackle and strive to look for solutions outside my own expertise through collaborations and teamwork. The more pieces we have, the better we can solve the puzzle!

Keep track of my work!

You can keep track of my latest work and publications on Researchgate and LinkedIn and download the latest version of my C.V. here (last updated on May 28, 2018).