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Staff members with discipline Biodiversity Conservation

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
dr. J. (Joke) Bakker
ICT developer (TRÊS) & coordinator datamanagement (GELIFES)
My main field of research is conservation genetics that studies the consequences of habitat fragmentation and particularly the accompanying genetic process of genetic drift, which causes loss of fitness (inbreeding depression) and loss of genetic variation. The main question addressed is how this so called process of genetic erosion affects the adaptability and persistence of small fragmented populations of endangered species. This includes both applied aspects, studying the genetic structures of endangered species in their natural habitat, and more fundamental aspects by doing decisive experiments using Drosophila melanogaster (banana fly, vinegar fly, fruitvlieg) as model organism.

Professor "Population and Conservation Genetics"
Experimental ecology, Wadden Sea benthos, Baltic Sea, Coastal food-webs, Algae, Seagrass ecosystems
prof. dr. B.D.H.K. (Britas Klemens) Eriksson

Associate Professor Marine Ecology
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
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
PhD student
Economics and space; Real estate and green; Evaluation ecology versus economy; Cost-Benefit Analysis, Multi-Criteria Analysis.
Animal Ecology, Physiological Ecology, Wild Immunology
Wildlife Trafficking; Illicit Trade; Terrorist Finance; Illicit Finance and Money Laundering; Conflict Economies; African Studies (esp. Somalia, East Africa, and the Indian Ocean region)
dr. T.S. (Tim) Wittig

Assistant Professor of Globalisation Studies and Humanitarian Action
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