Iris Kirsten graduated from Leiden University in August 2008.
Within her Masters degree Sustainability and Biodiversity, she specialized in environmental science and nature conservation.
Her Masters thesis was on the impact of different management regimes on herbivore behaviour and abundance in the Bénoué National Park Complex in Northern Cameroon, and a diet study of small and large carnivores.
Her primary research interests are nature conservation, large carnivores and sustainable development. Furthermore, she'd to play a wide variety of sports, mainly racket sports such as badminton and table tennis.
Other hobbies of Iris Kirsten are ancient mythology, playing computer games and watching movies.