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Current PhD Projects


  • S. Ashghali Farahani (BPE/GREEN): Effects of an acanthocephalan parasite behaviour and trophic interaction of the native and invasive amphipods species with their non host predator
  • T.P.M. Bailly (EGDB/TRÊS): Should I stay or should I go? - Mechanisms and evolution of optimal group size determination
  • P. Brinker (EGDB/GREEN): Reproductive parasitism in a love triangle – Wolbachia, master manipulator or microbe mediator?
  • M.M.G. Driessen (BPE/TRÊS): Mosaic aging
  • P. Güler (TRÊS/EGDB): Adaptive parental effects in fluctuating environments - Integration of experimental evolution, genomics, physiology and theoretical modelling
  • P.K. Hoitinga (EGDB/GREEN/TRÊS): Evolution of complex molecular networks in immunity
  • Y. Kahlert (ConsEco): Development of trophic interactions in a newly created wetland
  • G. Karapetsas (NeuBio/BPE): Fitness and reproductive success - Developmental plasticity as tools for adaptation
  • S.C. Kifugo (ConsEco): Spatial pattern of land use change and its driving forces in the greater Serengeti-Mara ecosystem
  • K.P. Lamers (ConsEco): Dispersing to northern breeding areas as adaptation to climate change in migrant birds
  • P.M. Machín Alvarez (ConsEco): Reproductive ecology of waders in Swedish Lapland
  • M.E. Mngulwi (ConsEco): Development and implementation of wildlife policy in Tanzania and Kenya - The case of the greater Serengeti-Mara ecosystem
  • G.S.O. Ojwang (ConsEco): Savannah herbivore dynamics and changing landscapes of the Maasai pastoral lands within the Mara ecosystem, East Africa
  • L. Staal (EGDB/NeuBio): The role of the placenta in transmitting disturbed serotonin levels from the maternal environment - A comparative study with livebearing fish, rats and humans
  • R.F. Storms (TRÊS/BPE): Preventing bird strikes - Developing RoboFalcons to deter bird flocks
  • I.B.C. van der Ouderaa (GREEN/ConsEco): Landscapes of facilitation
  • S.J. van Hasselt (ConsEco/NeuBio): The ecology of sleep - New insights on sleep homeostasis from EEG studies in the wild
  • A.-M. Veenstra-Skirl (GREEN/TRÊS/GBB): Variation and adaptive potential in bacterial gene pools exposed to different mechanisms of mutation
  • E.R. Veldhuis (ConsEco): Impacts of atmospheric deposition on soil chemistry, mycorrhiza, recruitment and vitality of juniper (Juniperus communis)
  • X. Wang (ConsEco/NeuBio): Tracing evolution of annual timing in a long distance migratory song bird - A combined natural behaviour and neuro-genetics approach
  • E. Wilwert (TRÊS/EGDB): Phenotypic plasticity and species divergence - Linking trait architecture, fitness and macro-evolution
  • C.L. Yanos (GREEN/EGDB): Human induced eco-evolutionary feedbacks restructure ecosystems and limit their recovery



  • Q. Chen (GREEN): Beneficial effects of the rhizosphere microbiota on stress tolerance and nutrient efficiency of fodder grasses
  • D.E. Garcia-Hernandez (GREEN/ConsEco): The adaptive capacity of salt marsh biomes to summer inundation stress
  • B.E. Hornix (NeuBio): The functional relationship between sensory cortex functioning and social behaviour
  • K.G.O. Ike (NeuBio): Identification and validation of translational measures for social withdrawal in mice
  • R.R. Jagesar (NeuBio): Innovations in passive mobile health systems
  • X. Jia (GREEN): A functional perspective of microbial community assembly
  • N. Jongs (NeuBio): Data science based innovations in healthcare
  • E.S. Kihwele (ConsEco): The role of water resources on biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services and socio-economic development of the people in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, Tanzania
  • A.J. Kruitwagen (EGDB): Biological control of the new invasive pest species spotted wing Drosophila
  • H. Kruize (TRÊS): Diversity and evolutionary transitions between network architectures of the chemotactic signaling pathway across bacteria
  • S.A. Lemrabott (ConsEco): The interaction between top-predators (rays and sharks) and their prey - Consequences for the food web structure and ecosystem functioning of Banc d’Arguin
  • X. Li (EGDB): Genomic localization and characterization of male-determining factors in the housefly
  • X. Long (BPE/TRES): The evolution of sex roles in birds in relation to sex-specific mortalities
  • A.D.C. Panel (EGDB): Fundamentals of D. suzukii biology in the Netherlands
  • V. Pegoretti (NeuBio): TNFR2 as a target for MS treatment
  • F. Raven (NeuBio): The impact of sleep deprivation on synaptic plasticity critical for learning and memory formation
  • M.A. Schenkel (EGDB/TRES): Is sex chromosome evolution driven by sexual antagonism? - A test with houseflies
  • A.C.H. Schleimer (GREEN): Population structure and demographics of fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) in the North Atlantic
  • K.J. van der Reijden (ConsEco): North Sea bottom community
  • L. van Rosmalen (NeuBio/EGDB): Functional neurogenetics of mammalian photoperiodism as a tool to study latitudinal adaptation in voles
  • P. van Els (TRÊS): The evolution and systematics of birds of Neotropical grass-dominated ecosystems
  • J.F. van Weerden (AI/BPE): Modelling reactions to disturbances in group-living animals
  • L. Wang (GREEN): Selection of grasses with natural high nutritional value under mild stress conditions to improve fodder quality for dairy cattle
  • Y. Wu (NeuBio): Analyzing the biological function of microglia hyper-ramification in neurodegeneration and depression
  • Q. Zhao (BPE): A test of the adaptive benefits of cooperatively breeding ground tits



  • R. Andriana (GREEN): Biological control of sediment stability on tidal flats
  • H.Y. Ben Chehida (GREEN): Ecology and evolution of harbour porpoises and related species
  • K.C.A. Bröker (GREEN ): Monitoring and mitigation impacts of hydrocarbon exploration activities on marine mammal populations
  • Y.C. Chan (ConsEco): Migration ecology of shorebird species in the East-Asian Australasian flyway
  • F. Chen (EGDB): How a reproductive parasite turns its host asexual
  • Q. Chen (ConsEco): Ecological and evolutionary consequences of intra- and interspecific facilitation in steppe grasses along an aridity gradient
  • I.K. de Jonge (ConsEco): The role of wildlife in improving the resilience of village lands
  • T.P. Gobbin (EGDB): The role of parasites in host speciation - Testing for parasite-mediated divergent selection at different stages of speciation in cichlid fish
  • L.S. Herrera Alsina (TRÊS): Effects of geographic range size evolution on biodiversity
  • D.J. Houwing (NeuBio): Antenatal depression and antidepressant use during pregnancy
  • L.M. Klunder (GREEN): Anthropogenic effects on (macro)benthic diversity from shore to deep-sea assessed by metabarcoding and traditional taxonomy
  • G. Laudanno (TRÊS): On the origin of species assemblages - Theory development
  • K. Leung (EGDB): Genomic basis of life history traits and reproductive potential in selected and polyploid strains of Nasonia vitripennis
  • R. Lok (NeuBio): ENERGY4ALL - Optimizing light characteristics to boost alertness at all ages
  • A.H.J. Loonstra (ConsEco): Individual migratory strategies - How early-life experiences shape migratory strategies
  • L. Ma (BPE): The chemical communication and behavior of communal breeding in the burying beetle (Nicrophorus vespilloides)
  • S.M. Ota (NeuBio): Social defeat stress in rodents - The role of sleep disturbance in the development of depression-like behaviour
  • D.B. Patel (NeuBio): Structure and neuroplasticity of the social brain
  • H. Peng (ConsEco): The food distribution and habitat use of migratory shorebirds in a threatened staging area
  • S. Raj Pant (BPE): Investigating the evolutionary forces underlying promiscuity in the Seychelles warbler
  • A.S. Ramsteijn (NeuBio): More good than harm? - Antenatal depression and antidepressant use during pregnancy
  • E.W. Ras (EGDB): Optimization of mass rearing of Bactrocera oleae and its parasitoids
  • V.E. Rivera León (GREEN): Optimization of mass rearing of Bactrocera oleae and its parasitoids
  • R.C. van de Vijsel (ConsEco): Developing an indicator system for estuarine ecosystem transition based on spatial patters
  • J.P. van der Zee (GREEN): Ecology, evolution and conservation of green and hawksbill sea turtles in the Dutch Caribbean
  • L. Xu (TRÊS): On the origin of species assemblages - Mathematical foundation
  • Y. Zou (EGDB): Genomics of sex determination and reproduction in the parasitoids Nasonia and Asobara



  • R.J.C. Bilderbeek (COCON): On the origin of species assemblages - Theory
  • K. Bisschop (COCON): On the origin of species assemblages - Experimental evolution with mites
  • V.M. Bruinenberg (Molecular Neurobiology): Multi-nutrient approach towards phenylketonuria
  • J.J. Bruintjes (Molecular Neurobiology): The protective role of CBS in the brain
  • F.G. Engel (MarECon): Heterotrophic regime shifts - Consequences of climate change for the function of a benthic food web
  • D. Esquivel Franco (Neurobiology): Mapping the genital somatosensory cortex of different copulatory endophenotypes
  • J.A. Gorter (Behavioural Biology): Promiscuous girl - Neurogenetics of polyandry in Drosophila melanogaster
  • K.P. Hendriks (COCON): On the origin of species assemblages - Community assembly of microsnail communities on Borneo
  • B. Jimeno Revilla (Behavioural Biology): Corticosterone as mediator of environmental stress effect on sociality and ageing
  • E.F. Kappers (Animal Ecology): The evolutionary ecology of polymorphisms: do buzzard colour polymorphisms vary in space and time?
  • J.C. Kreutzmann (Chronobiology): The role of sleep in neuronal plasticity and cognitive function
  • V.J.D. Lecheval (BESO): Experimental analysis and modelling of interactions involved in the coordination of collective motion in fish
  • R. Mills (BESO): Optimisation of navigation for intercepting prey during aerial hunting by birds
  • X. Moreira Lopes (MarECon): Timing and genomic fingerprints of marine mammal adaptations to polar climates
  • S. Moreno Gamez (Theoretical Biology): Mechanism and function of phenotypic heterogeneity in populations of bacteria
  • C.J. Nwaogu (Animal Ecology): How immume function arises through diet and environmental variation in tropical environments
  • D.H. Prajapati (Plant Ecophysiology): Whole plant regulation of sulfate uptake by Brassica - An integrated physiologyical and molecular approach
  • A.A.P. Pratama (Microbial Ecology): The role of the virome in natural microbial communities
  • N. Qomariyah (Neuroendocrinology): Anti-diabetic effects of Sansevieria leaves based on endocrine, behavioural and immunohistochemical techniques in the rat
  • P. Roemers (Molecular Neurobiology): Inactivity and specific activity in ApoE4 mice
  • A. Soto Padilla (Behavioural Biology): Interval timing in Drosophila melanogaster
  • H.A.L. van Ginkel (COCON): Landscape of fear in closed-canopy forests - Combined effects of coarse woody debris and wolves on regeneration of palatable and less palatable tree species
  • M.A. Verhoeven (Animal Ecology): Variation in migration - What is the role of ecological context during ontogeny?
  • D.S. Wright (Behavioural Biology): The role of visual adaption in cichlid fish speciation



  • A. Alzate Vallejo (COCON): The impact of spatial structure and species
  • T. Beking (Behavioural Biology/Developmental Neuropsychology): Lateralization, sex hormones and cognitive performance
  • M. Buricova (Evolutionary Genetics): Mutagenesis screen for photoperiodic timing genes in Nasonia
  • M. Busana (BESO): Causes and consequences of variation in dispersal behavior
  • O.H. Brandsma (Animal Ecology):
  • M. Chaib De Mares (Microbial Ecology): Enhancing our understandinig of the ecology of selected sponges - The key role of bacteria
  • L. Cornacchia (COCON): The role of organism traits in self-organization of river vegetation
  • L. Cortes Tolalpa (Microbial Ecology): Metagenomic mining of microbial communities and enzymes involved in lignocellulose breakdown
  • E. Dalla Benetta (Evolutionary Genetics): Molecular genetic regulation of the Nasonia circadian and seasonal clock
  • D.W. Dekens (Molecular Neurobiology): Investigating mechanisms of TNF/TNFRs signaling pathways for neuroprotective and neurodegenerative functions
  • M. Dillen (COCON): The interplay of biodiversity and environmental stress for ecosystem functioning
  • D.M. Ekkers (Theoretical Biology): Experimental evolution of bacterial populations
  • E.M. El Hacen (COCON): Do nutrients derived form birds drive the food web of Banc d'Arguin, Mauritania?
  • K. Fietz (MarECon): The adaptive capacity of pelagic apex predators - The case of the Eastern Tropical Pacific scalloped hammerhead shark, S. lewini
  • T.S.E. Floessner (Chronobiology): Testing models of photoperiodic timing
  • F. Groenewoud (BESO): The cost of helping and the expression of individual phenotypes in cooperative breeders
  • N.A. Kumar (Behavioural Biology): Hormone mediated maternal effects and the role of the embryo
  • R.S. Marfull Castro (BESO): Begging responses in a social and environmental context in blue tits
  • J.M. Mwangi (Animal Ecology): Predation, infection and protection - hHw to enhance survival in birds at a highly fragmented highland grassland
  • J.A. Nakauma Gonzalez(Theoretical Biology): The evolution of the bacterial chemotaxis network
  • J. Prodic (Evolutionary Genetics): Genetic basis of cyclical life-history and behavioural traits in Nasonia
  • J. Riede (Chronobiology): Neuronal mechanisms of adaptive circadian regulation of sleep and energy homeostasis
  • J. Rouhana (Evolutionary Genetics): Evolutionary genomics of the enigmatic sex peptide - A male 'master regulator' of female reproduction
  • M. Rusche (Behavioural Biology): Plasticity of avian sleep
  • J.M. Samplonius (Animal Ecology): Adaptation to climate change in a migratory passerine
  • A.L. Schipper (Neuroendocrinology): Early life nutrition and brain development
  • A.E. Schlaich (Animal Ecology): Surviving in changing agricultureal landscapes in Europe and Africa - Investigating habitat use of Montague's harriers along an intensification gradient
  • A. Sharma (Evolutionary Genetics): Testing theories of sex determination and sex chromosome evolution with houseflies
  • K. Tóth (Molecular Neurobiology): Neuroimmune bases of depression and cognitive decline after myocardial infarction
  • H.P.J. van Veelen (Animal Ecology): Effects of environmental microbial diversity and pathogenic pressure on immune investment in birds
  • D. van Vliet (Molecular Neurobiology): Treatment of PKU by LNAA
  • M. Wang (Microbial Ecology): Plant-bacterial interactions along a primary succession chronosequence in a salt marsh ecosystem
  • Y. Wu (Evolutionary Genetics): The birth and infancy of new sex chromosomes - Do neo-sex chromosomes arise from conflict between the sexes?
  • P. Yang (Microbial Ecology): The mechanisms of inetraction between bacteria and fungi in soil and rhirzosphere
  • G. Zerbini (Chronobiology): Social jetlag



  • A.A. Cabrera Arreola (MarECon): Evolutionary ecology of marine mammals
  • R.W. Fokkema (Animal Ecology): Fitness under competition
  • A. Lelono (Behavioural Biology): Maternal adaptation on zebra finches
  • M. Marutha Muthu (Microbial Ecology): Strategies for improved bioprospection
  • J. Onrust (Animal Ecology): Earthworm availability as key for the presence of wintering, migrating and breeding meadow birds
  • M.A. Sidi Cheikh (COCON): Historical, annual and seasonal dynamics of seagrass meadows at Banc d'Arguin
  • T. Woelders (Chronobiology): The dynamics of light exposure and the impact on alertness in humans
  • E.B. Zeinstra (Molecular Neurobiology): Vibration and the brain - What are the effects and principles of vibration stimulation on cognition and physical functioning?
  • N. Zickert (Behavioural Biology): The function of lateralization



  • R.A. Bom (Animal Ecology): Cascading predator-prey effects in a pristine seagrass based food web
  • Y. Dong (Molecular Neurobiology): Humanized TNFRs knock-in mice as a model for translational research
  • W. Fokkema (COCON): METAWAD - Deelproject Rotgans
  • O. Ivanov (Theoretical Biology): Network design and the response of a system to stress and deterioration
  • J. Jouta (Animal Ecology): Food webs of the Wadden Sea
  • J. Spoelder (Plant Ecophysiology): Endophytes in potato tubers
  • J. Scholte (Neuroendocrinology): Gut factors in feeding and satiety
  • E.M. van Buel (Molecular Neurobiology): Neuroinflammation and depression
  • N. Yu (Plant Ecophysiology): The role of receptor-like kinases in salt-induced changes of root architecture in Arabidopsis thaliana


2010 & before

  • J. Bosman (Chronobiology): Systems biology of the yeast circadian clock
  • M.J. de Groot (Molecular Neurobiology): The PKU mouse model
  • W. Diao (Evolutionary Genetics): Genetics and genomics of presygotic isolation in Nasonia
  • K. Gargar (Chronobiology): Modelling the mammalian circadian pacemaker
  • M. Geerdink (Chronobiology): Light treatment in human sleep disorders
  • E.C. Koppenaal (COCON): Effects of soil subsidence following gas extraction on Ameland related to autonomous dynamics in the Wadden Sea
  • H.K. Ndithia (Animal Ecology): Seasonal dynamics of reproductive strategies and disease in tropical grassland birds
  • S. Perez Vila (Evolutionary Genetics): Ecology and evolution of fly-parasitoid communities
  • A.C. Reijne (Neuroendocrinology): A multi-scale systems biology approach to unravel the relation between calorie restriction, physical activity and biological aging of mice
  • L. Schmaltz (Animal Ecology): Comparative demography of ruff and golden plover
  • J. van der Woude (Animal Ecology): Demographic parameters, life-histories and physiological correlates in the Seychelles warbler
  • H. Yang (Animal Ecology): Red Knots (Calidris cannutus) in Northern Bohai Bay, Yellow Sea during northward migration


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