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Staff members with discipline Ecology

Academia develops at the interface of different fields. This is one reason why the University of Groningen is home to a wide range of fields, each with a great number of subject specialists. The overview below, which is based on a standard categorization of fields, will help you find the right expert for each field. If you cannot find the expert you are looking for in this list, try searching via a related field or faculty; you may find him or her there.

Overview of all disciplines

Population & conservation genetics
Simulation models & programming (C/C++, NetLogo)
Web & wiki development & maintenance
Research data stewardship
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dr. J. (Joke) Bakker
Contact
joke.bakker rug.nl
+31 50 36 38780
Function
ICT developer (TRÊS) & coordinator datamanagement (GELIFES)
Ecology; especially Coastal Conservation Ecology
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Contact
j.p.bakker rug.nl
Function
Professor
Field / Discipline
K.L. (Kat) Bebbington, PhD PhD
Contact
k.bebbington rug.nl
+31 50 36 32378
Function
NWO Veni Research Fellow
Field / Discipline
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Contact
h.y.ben.chehida rug.nl
Function
Community Ecology, Spatial Ecology, Soil fauna taxonomy, Biogeography, Ecosystem Dynamics, Isopoda, Collembola, Salt marsh, Termites, Dung Beetles, Tropical Savanna, Litter decomposition, Food web Ecology
prof. dr. M.P. (Matty) Berg
Contact
m.p.berg rug.nl
Function
Affiliate Professor Soil fauna and Natural Ecosystem Dynamics
dr. M. (Martine) Bérubé
Contact
m.berube rug.nl
Function
Researcher_Senior Technicien
Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB), physiology & ecology of microalgae
dr. M.K. (Karin) de Boer
Contact
m.k.de.boer rug.nl
+31 50 36 34686
Function
Beta Science Shop & marine biologist; lecturer
Avian Migration, Evolutionary ecology, Climate change, Dispersal, Population ecology, Adaptation to changing environments
prof. dr. ir. C. (Christiaan) Both
Contact
c.both rug.nl
Function
Associate professor
During the last 10 years, I focussed my research on bio-physical interactions between the forces originating from tidal currents and waves, and species that alter these forces and thereby the environment (i.e., ecosystem engineers). Biophysical interactions by ecosystem engineers can have a strong spatial explicit character, with major consequences for the functioning and development of the estuarine and coastal landscape. I’m interested in obtaining a better understanding of ecosystem engineering as a strategy (basic ecology), the thresholds ecosystem engineers encounter in establishing (bottle neck in restoration), the influence ecosystem engineers have on ecosystem functioning by altering resource fluxes, biodiversity, ecosystem resilience and landscape evolution (management implications) and the opportunities this offer for benefiting from ecosystem services (e.g., Building with Nature opportunities for coastal defence). I study these topics, using the broad range of contrasting organisms, mostly on intertidal areas but also in deeper waters.
prof. dr. T.J. Bouma
Contact
t.j.bouma rug.nl
Function
Honorary Professor Biogeomorphological Dynamics and Ecosystem Services of Coastal Zones
Field / Discipline
Chair: Ecophysiology of marine microalgae. Key words: marine phytoplankton, marine carbon cycle, marine polar ecology, global change, harmful algal blooms, (micro)algal applications. I am interested in all factors that control the growth and diversity of marine phytoplankton. In practice I am involved in projects that deal with climate change and (Ant)Arctic algal productivity and diversity, harmful algal blooms and algal applications. We execute experimental work in the lab, based on our extensive culture collection. Furthermore, we participate in field campaigns, for example to the open Atlantic, both polar regions, or Indonesia. For information on current projects click Projects in the menu on the left. For updates on our work check http://www.rug.nl/research/ocean-ecosystems or Like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/OceanEcosystems). Note that due to my upcoming retirement I do not accept new PhD students. 
prof. dr. A.G.J. (Anita) Buma
Contact
a.g.j.buma rug.nl
Function
Professor and Department head.
Ecophysiology
Island biology
Oxidative stress 
Ornithology
Phylogenetics
J. (Janske) van de Crommenacker, PhD
Contact
j.van.de.crommenacker rug.nl
Function
Postdoctoral researcher
Animal Ecology, Ecophysiology, Microbiome
dr. M.W. (Maurine) Dietz
Contact
m.w.dietz rug.nl
+31 50 36 32044
Function
Research Associate
Field / Discipline
Management assistent / Coaching and training for PhD students
dr. C.M. (Corine) Eising
Contact
c.m.eising rug.nl
+31 50 36 39140
Function
Scientific & PhD Coordinator
Field / Discipline
Microbial Ecology, Genetics
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Contact
j.d.van.elsas rug.nl
Function
Professor
Experimental ecology, Wadden Sea benthos, Baltic Sea, Coastal food-webs, Algae, Seagrass ecosystems
prof. dr. B.D.H.K. (Britas Klemens) Eriksson
Contact
b.d.h.k.eriksson rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor Marine Ecology
Behavioral ecology
S. (Selin) Ersoy
Contact
s.ersoy rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Theoretical and evolutionary community ecology
Community phylogenetics, phylogenetic community ecology, diversification models, experimental evolution
prof. dr. R.S. (Rampal) Etienne
Contact
r.s.etienne rug.nl
+31 50 36 32230
Function
Full professor in theoretical and evolutionary community ecology
Microbial Community Ecology
prof. dr. J. (Joana) Falcao Salles
Contact
j.falcao.salles rug.nl
+31 50 36 32162
Function
Professor
Field / Discipline
Keywords: Molecular Ecology | Population genetics / genomics | Bioinformatics | Phylogeography | Speciation | Evolutionary Biology
M.C. (Michael C.) Fontaine, PhD
Contact
m.c.fontaine rug.nl
+31 50 36 32146
Function
Assistant Professor
F.R. (Fabricio) Garcia Furni, MSc
Contact
f.r.garcia.furni rug.nl
+31 50 36 32075
Function
Microbial Community Ecology
D.E. (Edisa) Garcia-Hernandez, M
Contact
d.e.garcia-hernandez rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Animal Behavior | Predator-prey interactions | Forest Ecology | Herbivore-plant interactionsDrone-ecology | Disturbance of birds in the Wadden Sea area | Common tern, Black-headed gull | Wolf - deer - plant interactions | Trophic cascades | How wolves can affect ecosystem functioning.
H.A.L. (Annelies) van Ginkel, MSc
Contact
h.a.l.van.ginkel rug.nl
Function
Postdoctoral researcher
Field / Discipline
A.A. (Aude) Giraud
Contact
a.a.giraud rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Marine Ecology
Conservation Ecology
Coastal Ecology
Community Ecology
Biogeochemistry
Wadden Sea Ecology
Seagrass Ecology
dr. L.L. (Laura) Govers
Contact
l.l.govers rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
Professor Grootjans expertise is on  ecohydrological approaches to nature conservation and restoration ecology. This research is carried out on the landscape scale but also on the habitat scale. Recent research is on or less natural mires in various countries and continents. The focus is on  relationships of wet ecosystems with the hydrological cycle on the landscape level.  Research areas are coastal wetlands in The Netherlands, England, South Africa and West-Australia. The focus is on establishment of restoration perspectives of damaged wetland and peatlands and monitoring long-term results of restoration projects. The hydrological functioning of peatlands and adaptations of peatland species have been studied in Poland, Slovakia, Latvia, South-Africa, Tierra del Fuego (Argentina) and The Netherlands.
prof. dr. A.P. (Ab) Grootjans
Contact
a.p.grootjans rug.nl
+31 50 36 34605
Function
Professor
Movement ecology, GPS telemetry, R, ornithology, behavioural ecology
P.R. (Pratik) Gupte
Contact
p.r.gupte rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
K. (Kiran) Gurung
Contact
k.gurung rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Senescence
Social behaviour in animals
Nature conservation
dr. M. (Martijn) Hammers
Contact
m.hammers rug.nl
Function
Lecturer Ecology & Evolution
Field / Discipline
I’m researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), and a professor of Coastal Ecology at the University of Groningen. I study interactions between organisms and their environment in coastal ecosystems. My research primarily focuses on the ecosystem-level importance and functioning of “ecosystem engineers” – species that significantly modify habitat conditions. Ecosystem engineers are often the “foundation species” of a system, which basically means that many other species depend on them. Over the last decades, human impact has resulted in worldwide declines of foundation species-structured ecosystems such as bivalve reefs, seagrass meadows and salt marshes. In my research, I combine fieldwork, laboratory experiments, GIS and computer models to unravel how these systems function and how to preserve and restore them.
prof. dr. ir. T. (Tjisse) van der Heide
Contact
t.van.der.heide rug.nl
Function
Professor of Coastal Ecology
Microbial Ecology
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Contact
x.jia rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
P. (Pinar Guler) Kohlmeier, MSc
Contact
p.kohlmeier rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Reproductive systems biology; Evolution; Ecology; Botany; Pollination; Flower colour; Optics; Asexual reproduction; Parthenogenesis
dr. C.J. (Casper) van der Kooi
Contact
c.j.van.der.kooi rug.nl
+31 50 36 32277
Function
VENI research fellow
Field / Discipline
Spatial ecology of intertidal systemsMy primary interests are the processes that generate spatial complexity in ecosystems, in the form of spatial patterns, aggregations and fronts in marine intertidal ecosystems. I study the principles that underlie these processes, and how the pattern forming processes affect ecosystem functioning. The focus is on self-organized spatial complexity, e.g., patterns and other spatial structures that result from the interactions between organisms, or between organisms and their physical environment. Examples of systems that have such patterns are mussel beds, arid bush lands, and salt marshes.

Unifying principles
Identification of the unifying principles that explain spatial patterns in a wide range of ecosystems is an important goal of my work. I build on the work of Alan Turing (the activator-inhibitor principle of pattern formation), Albert Einstein (Brownian motion resulting from interactions between organisms, or atoms in Einstein’s case), and John Cahn (the phase separation principle from material science, explaining aggregations of animals).

Using self-organization for virtual ecosystems
Scientific results are not always easily accessible for the general public, creating a communication gap between science and society. To bridge this gap, I use modern computer graphics to visualise my self-organisation models, and to depict how the ecosystems would actually look like. Please look at my personal website for more information: http://johanvandekoppel.nl

Integrating math with experiments
Integration of experimental and mathematical approaches is an important characteristic of my work. I try to develop general concepts that should work in many ecosystems, but provide clear-cut examples of these concepts in my study systems (mussel beds, salt marshes, intertidal flats), and try to experimentally test both the assumptions and predictions of these models.I am a member of the Spatial Ecology group at NIOZ-Yerseke since 2002, first as a postdoc researcher, and as a tenured senior scientist since May 2007. Since November 2011, I am honorary professor at the University of Groningen. My area of expertise is the spatial ecology of intertidal ecosystems, and spatial ecology in general.
prof. dr. J. (Johan) van de Koppel
Contact
j.van.de.koppel rug.nl
Function
Honorary professor
Field / Discipline
Animal Behaviour, Behavioural Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology, Quantitative Genetics
dr. P. (Peter) Korsten
Contact
p.korsten rug.nl
Function
Postdoctoral researcher
M.K. (Megan) Korte
Contact
m.k.korte rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
C.T. (Clarisse) Kraamwinkel, MSc
Contact
c.t.kraamwinkel rug.nl
Function
PhD researcher
J.J. (Jan) Kreider
Contact
j.j.kreider rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
A.J. Kruitwagen, Bsc
Contact
a.j.kruitwagen rug.nl
Function
PhD student
E.M.J. (Elise) Laetz, PhD
Contact
e.m.j.laetz rug.nl
Function
Postdoctoral Researcher (FSE Fellowship)
Virus ecology and evolution
dr. S.J.J. (Sebastian) Lequime
Contact
s.j.j.lequime rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor
Biology and ecology of sharks and rays (elasmobranchs), mainly focused on intertidal ecosystems and tropical systems. Species that I have worked with include the great hammerhead shark, white shark, various reef shark species, stingrays, guitarfish and silky sharks.
G.H.L. (Guido) Leurs, MSc
Contact
g.h.l.leurs rug.nl
Function
L. (Lei) Liu
Contact
l.liu umcg.nl
Function
PhD Student
biology, polar regions, arctic, ecology, geese, migration, grazing
dr. M.J.J.E. (Maarten J J E) Loonen
Contact
m.j.j.e.loonen rug.nl
+31 50 36 36056
Function
Associate Professor Arctic Ecology
Field / Discipline
No picture available
Contact
long.ma rug.nl
Function
animal behaviour, evolution of animal signals, sexual selection and mate choice, sensory ecology, phenotypic plasticity, speciation, biodiversity
prof. dr. M.E. (Martine) Maan
Contact
m.e.maan rug.nl
+31 50 36 32196
Function
Rosalind Franklin Fellow
Field / Discipline
B. (Beatriz) Marin Diaz
Contact
b.marin.diaz rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
My research is concerned with the diversity on coral reefs, with the main focus on reef-associated taxa.

Key words: adaptive divergence, biogeography, biodiversity, (co-)evolution, coral reefs, (co-)speciation, Crustacea, genetics, host specificity, human impact, marine invertebrates, Mollusca, morphology, phylogeny reconstruction, phylogeography, Scleractinia, systematics, taxonomy
S.E.T. (Sancia) van der Meij, PhD
Contact
sancia.van.der.meij rug.nl
+31 50 36 35274
Function
Assistant Professor
No picture available
Contact
m.mendez-arostegui rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Ecology of fear
No picture available
Contact
b.mols rug.nl
+32 477 4070 43
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Predator-prey coevolution, neural networks, individual-based modelling
C.F.G. (Christoph) Netz, MSc
Contact
c.f.g.netz rug.nl
Function
PhD Student
Field / Discipline
M. (Marion) Nicolaus, PhD
Contact
m.nicolaus rug.nl
Function
Ecology, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Conservation, Nature Conservation, Sustainable Landscapes
prof. dr. H. (Han) Olff
Contact
h.olff rug.nl
+31 50 36 32214
Function
Professor of Community and Conservation Ecology
J. (Jeroen) Onrust, PhD
Contact
j.onrust rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
LANDSCAPES OF FACILITATION

In a wide range of ecosystems, facilitative interactions take place between different species. So-called facilitation cascades can play an important role in structuring species communities on both the long and short-range scale, and may positively influence biodiversity. By studying these interactions, I intend to show the importance of facilitation cascades for nature conservation policies.
I.B.C. (Isabelle) van der Ouderaa
Contact
i.b.c.van.der.ouderaa rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Molecular ecology
Population genetics
Conservation genetics
Evolutionary genetics
Marine mammals
prof. dr. P.J. (Per) Palsboll
Contact
p.j.palsboll rug.nl
+31 6 4870 3295
Function
Professor of Marine Evolution and Conservation
Theoretical and evolutionary community ecology
Phylogenetic Comparative Methods, Macroevolution & Diversification models
T.S.C. (Théo) Pannetier, MSc
Contact
t.s.c.pannetier rug.nl
+31 50 36 38085
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Habitat selection and distributional ecology; organismal design; marine biology; physiological, behavioural, population and community ecology; evolutionary and molecular ecology; animal migration; evolution. I am a firm adherent of an integrative biology in which the organism in its natural world takes centre stage in the search for evolution-based explanations.

Also visit our tracking site of Gobal Flyway Network: https://www.globalflywaynetwork.org/
prof. dr. T. (Theunis) Piersma
Contact
t.piersma rug.nl
Function
Rudi Drent Chair in Global Flyway Ecology
Field / Discipline
-Macroevolution
-Macroecology
-Biogeography
-Phylogenetics
-Canidae evolution
L.M.V. (Lucas) Porto
Contact
l.m.v.porto rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
During my PhD project, I will investigate the spatial distribution of various benthic communities of the North Sea bottom at the Dutch Continental Shelf and their resilience to natural and anthropogenic disturbances. This project is collaborative with a PhD in Yerseke (NIOZ) and a PhD in Delft (TU Delft), all three projects using different spatial scales to study benthic communities. 
With multibeam scatter data (Delft), underwatervideo (me) and box core data (Yerseke), the total Dutch Continental Shelf is investigated, determining vulnerability of the various communities to ease environmental policy and management.
K.J. (Karin van der Reijden) van der Reijden, MSc MSc
Contact
k.j.van.der.reijden rug.nl
+31 6 2524 7672
Function
PhD student
dr. B.J. (Bernd) Riedstra
Contact
b.j.riedstra rug.nl
Function
docent 3
Assessment of Research Quality, Research Strategy, Institutional Research, Responsible metrics, Benchmarking, University Rankings, Bibliometrics, Open Science, Current Research information Systems (CRIS)
dr. J.M. (Jules) van Rooij
Contact
j.m.van.rooij rug.nl
+31 6 8152 0257
Function
Senior Adviser Research Policy and Institutional Research, Co-ordinator Research Assessment
With Herpetology in the center, I have a background in infectious diseases, microbiology, genetics, transcriptomics, and developmental biology.
J.I. (Joana) Sabino Pinto, PhD
Contact
j.i.sabino.pinto rug.nl
+31 50 36 32378
Function
Evolutionary Biology, Animal Ecology, Animal Behaviour
J.M. (Jelmer) Samplonius, MSc
Contact
j.m.samplonius rug.nl
Function
External Researcher
Field / Discipline
T. (Tom) Sarraude, MSc
Contact
t.sarraude rug.nl
Function
PhD Student
Field / Discipline
A.E. (Almut) Schlaich
Contact
a.e.schlaich rug.nl
+31 6 5045 9766
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
ir. H. (Harm) Smeenge
Contact
harm.smeenge rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
community ecology, plant communities, plant-plant interactions, facilitation, grazing, vertebrate herbivory, seed predation, tree recruitment, exclosure studies, ecology of fear, return of the wolf, half-open woodlands, salt marshes, semi-arid steppes, temperate forests
prof. dr. ir. C. (Chris) Smit
Contact
c.smit rug.nl
+31 50 36 38833
Function
Associate Professor in Experimental Conservation Ecology
Field / Discipline
R programming
Python programming
Bioinformatics
M. (Marianthi) Tangili
Contact
m.tangili rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Marine ecology & ecological parasitology - biodiversity and disease risk - climate change, species invasions and parasitism - parasite biogeography and macroecology - ecology of the Wadden Sea
dr. D.W. (David) Thieltges
Contact
d.w.thieltges rug.nl
Function
Lecturer MSc Programme Marine Biology
Animal Ecology, Physiological Ecology, Wild Immunology
prof. dr. B.I. (Irene) Tieleman
Contact
b.i.tieleman rug.nl
Function
Professor and Rosalind Franklin fellow
Pablo Tittonell is Principal Research Scientist by Argentina’s National Council for Science and Technology (CONICET) with a seat at the Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria(INTA), in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, and holds a part time WWF-endorsed Chair Professorship on Resilient Landscapes by the Groningen Institute of Evolutionary Life Sciences, in The Netherlands. He is the former national coordinator of the Natural Resources and Environment Program of INTA and former Chair Professor of Farming Systems Ecology at Wageningen University, in The Netherlands. He acts as external Professor at the Ecole Doctorale GAïA of the University of Montpellier, France and at the National University of Lomas de Zamora, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is an agronomist by training and worked both in the private sector and in academic/research organisations. He holds a PhD in Production Ecology and Resource Conservation and his areas of expertise include soil fertility, agroecology, biodiversity and farming systems analysis. He participated in a diversity of research and development projects around the world on design, resilience and adaptation of farming systems, with a focus on social-ecological processes at the agriculture-nature interphase. His career in the international research arena (UN-CGIAR) started at the Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility (TSBF) Institute of CIAT in Nairobi, Kenya, and includes a period at the University of Zimbabwe, where he run research and educational programmes on soil fertility, conservation agriculture and agroecosystems modelling. He worked at CIRAD (Centre de coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement) in Montpellier, France where he led a research team on Systems Design and Evaluation with activities in La Réunion, Brazil, Vietnam, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Benin, Kenya and Zimbabwe. He is a board member of the Montpellier-based Agropolis Foundation, of the Latin American Society for Agroecology (SOCLA). Chief editor of Agricultural Systems and editorial board member of the journals Global Food Security, Agronomy for Sustainable Development and Land Degradation and Development. He published more than 100 scientific papers in international journals, consults for the FAO and for three of the collaborative CGIAR programs, and supervises a number of PhD students with fieldwork in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa.
prof. dr. P.A. (Pablo) Tittonell
Contact
p.a.tittonell rug.nl
Function
Medical Microbiology, Human Microbiota, Microbial Ecology, Molecular Microbiology
No picture available
Contact
s.p.van.tongeren umcg.nl
+31 50 361 3480
Function
Researcher
Experimental ecology
No picture available
Contact
m.trienens rug.nl
Function
Fieldwork, observations, bird counts, designing field experiments, programming (VBA), design and maintenance of databases, organization, maintenance of fieldequipment.
drs. R. (Richard) Ubels
Contact
r.ubels rug.nl
Function
Education / Research Assistant
Molecular DNA techniques
DNA lab
dr. M. (Marco) van der Velde
Contact
m.van.der.velde rug.nl
+31 50 36 32055
Function
Research Assistant
Field / Discipline
Telomeres, life history evolution, ageing.
prof. dr. S. (Simon) Verhulst
Contact
s.verhulst rug.nl
+50 .363 2059
Function
Professor of the Evolutionary Biology of Ageing
I am a community microbial ecologist with expertise in community composition of a variety of different soil organisms. My primary interest is in assessing the relationship between microbial and above-ground plant communities in semi-natural ecosystems and low-input agriculture.

I have a broad knowledge in plant and microbial (bacteria and fungi) ecology and have competence in bioinformatics and data analysis of molecular data.
No picture available
Contact
s.n.vink rug.nl
+31 50 36 32161
Function
Postdoctoral Researcher
Field / Discipline
No picture available
Contact
m.e.visser rug.nl
Function
Professor
Field / Discipline
Microbial Population Biology
Microbial Evolutionary Medicine
dr. ir. M.G.J. (Marjon) de Vos
Contact
m.g.j.de.vos rug.nl
+31 50 36 32169
Function
Assistant Professor
W. (Wenxia) Wang
Contact
wenxia.wang rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Behavioral ecology, neurogenetics, Drosophila
X. (Xiaocui) Wang
Contact
xiaocui.wang rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Y. (Yuqi) Wang, B
Contact
yuqi.wang rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Cooperation with African universities
Science, Business & Policy
dr. P.D.M. (Peter) Weesie
Contact
p.d.m.weesie rug.nl
+31 50 36 32256
Function
Project leader
Theoretical Biology; Behaviour, Ecology, Evolution; Evolutionary Game Theory; Dynamical Systems; Cultural Evolution; Evolutionary Systems Biology.
Ecological and evolutionary genomics
Host-parasite interactions
Innate immunity in insects

prof. dr. B. (Bregje) Wertheim
Contact
b.wertheim rug.nl
+31 50 36 39039
Function
Associate Professor & Rosalind Franklin Fellow - Genomic basis of evolutionary adaptations & ecological interactions
B. Zhu
Contact
b.zhu rug.nl
Function
Field / Discipline
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