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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.

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Population & conservation genetics
Simulation models & programming (C/C++, NetLogo)
Web & wiki development & maintenance
Research data stewardship
PURE
dr. J. (Joke) Bakker
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ICT developer (TRÊS) & coordinator datamanagement (GELIFES)
Ecology; especially Coastal Conservation Ecology
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K.L. (Kat) Bebbington, PhD
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NWO Veni Research Fellow
dr. M. (Martine) Bérubé
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Researcher_Senior Technicien
K. (Karen) Bisschop, MSc
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PhD student
Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB), physiology & ecology of microalgae
dr. M.K. (Karin) de Boer
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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
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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
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Honorary Professor Biogeomorphological Dynamics and Ecosystem Services of Coastal Zones
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Chair: Ecophysiology of marine microalgae. Key words: marine phytoplankton, marine polar ecology, global change, harmful algal blooms, (micro)algal applications
prof. dr. A.G.J. (Anita) Buma
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Professor and Department head.
Ecophysiology
Island biology
Oxidative stress 
Ornithology
Phylogenetics
J. (Janske) van de Crommenacker, PhD
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Postdoctoral researcher
Animal Ecology, Ecophysiology, Microbiome
dr. M.W. (Maurine) Dietz
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Research Associate
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Coaching and training for PhD students
dr. C.M. (Corine) Eising
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PhD Coordinator
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Microbial Ecology, Genetics
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Professor
Experimental ecology, Wadden Sea benthos, Baltic Sea, Coastal food-webs, Algae, Seagrass ecosystems
prof. dr. B.D.H.K. (Britas Klemens) Eriksson
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Associate Professor Marine Ecology
Behavioral ecology
S. (Selin) Ersoy
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PhD student
Theoretical and evolutionary community ecology
Community phylogenetics, phylogenetic community ecology, diversification models, experimental evolution
prof. dr. R.S. (Rampal) Etienne
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Full professor in theoretical and evolutionary community ecology
Microbial Community Ecology
prof. dr. J. (Joana) Falcao Salles
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Associate Professor
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Keywords: Molecular Ecology | Population genetics / genomics | Bioinformatics | Phylogeography | Speciation | Evolutionary Biology
M.C. (Michael C.) Fontaine, PhD
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Assistant Professor
Microbial Community Ecology
D.E. (Edisa) Garcia-Hernandez, M
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PhD student
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Wolf - deer - plant interactions. Trophic cascades. How wolves can affect an ecosystem
H.A.L. (Annelies) van Ginkel
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PhD-student
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Marine Ecology
Coastal Ecology
Community Ecology
Biogeochemistry
Conservation
Wadden Sea Ecology
Seagrass Ecology
dr. L.L. (Laura) Govers
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Postdoc
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
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Professor
Movement ecology, GPS telemetry, R, ornithology, behavioural ecology
P.R. (Pratik) Gupte
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PhD student
K. (Kiran) Gurung
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PhD student
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Senescence
Social behaviour in animals
Nature conservation
dr. M. (Martijn) Hammers
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Lecturer Ecology & Evolution
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
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Professor of Coastal Ecology
Biogeography, island systems, speciation, microsnails of Sabah (Malaysian Borneo), systematics and taxonomy of birds
K.P. (Kasper) Hendriks, MSc
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PhD student
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Thermobiology
Ecology of fresh water invertebrates
Biomimetics
dr. K.N. (Natan) Hoefnagel
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Microbial Ecology
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PhD student
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Reproductive systems biology; Evolution; Ecology; Botany; Pollination; Flower colour; Optics; Asexual reproduction; Parthenogenesis
dr. C.J. (Casper) van der Kooi
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VENI research fellow
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
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Honorary professor
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Animal Behaviour, Behavioural Ecology, Evolutionary Ecology, Quantitative Genetics
dr. P. (Peter) Korsten
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Postdoctoral researcher
M.K. (Megan) Korte
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PhD student
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A.J. Kruitwagen, BSc
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PhD student
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
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biology, polar regions, arctic, ecology, geese, migration, grazing
dr. M.J.J.E. (Maarten J J E) Loonen
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Associate Professor Arctic Ecology
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animal behaviour, evolution of animal signals, sexual selection and mate choice, sensory ecology, phenotypic plasticity, speciation, biodiversity
prof. dr. M.E. (Martine) Maan
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Rosalind Franklin Fellow
B. (Beatriz) Marin Diaz
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PhD student
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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
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Assistant Professor
Ecology of fear
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PhD student
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Predator-prey coevolution, neural networks, individual-based modelling
C.F.G. (Christoph) Netz, MSc
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PhD Student
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Ecology, Biodiversity, Nature Conservation, Sustainable Landscapes
prof. dr. H. (Han) Olff
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Professor of Community and Conservation Ecology
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J. (Jeroen) Onrust, PhD
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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
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PhD student
Molecular ecology
Population genetics
Conservation genetics
Evolutionary genetics
Marine mammals
prof. dr. P.J. (Per) Palsboll
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Professor of Marine Evolution and Conservation
Phylogenetic Comparative Methods, Macroevolution & Diversification models
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PhD student
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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.
prof. dr. T. (Theunis) Piersma
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Rudi Drent Chair in Global Flyway Ecology
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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
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PhD student
Avian migration
dr. J.W.H. (Jeroen) Reneerkens
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post-doc
Assessment of Research Quality, Research Strategy, Institutional Research, Key figures (research, education), PhD completion rates, University Rankings, Citation impact analysis, Web of Science, Scopus, Research information system (PURE)
dr. J.M. (Jules) van Rooij
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Senior Advisor Research Policy and Institutional Research, Co-ordinator Research Assessment
dr. P.D. (Patrick) Rozema
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Guest scientist
Evolutionary Biology, Animal Ecology, Animal Behaviour
J.M. (Jelmer) Samplonius, MSc
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External Researcher
T. (Tom) Sarraude
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PhD student
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My research is focussed on the complex interaction between people and the natural environment. Some topics within this broad theme have my particular interest:

- the degree to which plant remains (mainly seeds and pollen) in various natural and anthropogenic features reflect the local and region vegetation
- the translation of palaeoecological data into vegetation
- the integration of archaeological and historical sources
- integrated research and publishing strategies of ‘specialists’ and ‘generalists’

Selection of current research projects and cooperations

Arable farming in salt marsh landscape. In 2015, I was awarded a NWO VENI grant to study early crop cultivation in the coastal salt marshes of the Netherlands and Germany. In this project, I participate with a number of people and institutions, both outside and inside academia. An incomplete list:
Prof Dr Karl-Ernst Behre,  Lower Saxony Institute for Historical Coastal Research: review of crops
Dr Welmoed Out, Moesgaard museum: palaeoecological analysis of tillage levels
Dr Niek Scheepens, University of Tübingen: partner for experimental agriculture
It Fryske gea, Landscape organisation of the province of Friesland: experimental agriculture

Swifterbant project. An ongoing project led by Professor Daan Raemaekers studying the Neolithic settlements in the Dutch Flevoland region

Medieval house Agde. Project in cooperation with Professor Henny Groenendijk, focusing on plant remains from early modern mortar obtained from a house in southern France

The ecological impact of Roman Expansion. A project dealing with a Roman agricultural landscape in the vicinity of Rome (Italy). In cooperation with, amongst others, Dr Tymon de Haas and Dr Gijs Tol

Medieval Groningen. A project in cooperation with historian Jeroen Benders, in which we integrate archaeobotanical and historical sources dealing with the availability of various crop plants in the Groningen area between AD 850 and AD 1600

Advent city. A project led by Dr Frigga Kruse, dealing with an early 20th century mining exploration camp on Svalbard

Palaeoassocia 2.0 A project in cooperation with Dr Otto Brinkkemper and Dr Onno van Tongeren to improve a previously published vegetation reconstruction method
dr. M. (Mans) Schepers
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Assistant professor
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A.E. (Almut) Schlaich
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PhD student
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ir. H. (Harm) Smeenge
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PhD student
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community ecology, plant communities, plant-plant interactions, facilitation, grazing, vertebrate herbivory, seed predation, tree recruitment, exclosure studies, ecology of fear,  half-open woodlands, salt marshes, semi-arid steppes, temperate forests
prof. dr. ir. C. (Chris) Smit
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Associate Professor in Experimental Conservation Ecology
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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
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Lecturer MSc Programme Marine Biology
Animal Ecology, Physiological Ecology, Wild Immunology
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.
Medical Microbiology, Human Microbiota, Microbial Ecology, Molecular Microbiology
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Researcher
Experimental ecology
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Fieldwork, observations, bird counts, designing field experiments, programming (VBA), design and maintenance of databases, organization, maintenance of fieldequipment.
drs. R. (Richard) Ubels
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Education / Research Assistant
Molecular DNA techniques
DNA lab
dr. M. (Marco) van der Velde
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Research Assistant
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Telomeres, life history evolution, ageing.
prof. dr. S. (Simon) Verhulst
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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.
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Postdoctoral Researcher
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Professor
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Microbial Population Biology
dr. ir. M.G.J. (Marjon) de Vos
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Assistant Professor
Behavioral ecology, neurogenetics, Drosophila
X. (Xiaocui) Wang
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PhD student
Y. (Yuqi) Wang, B
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PhD student
Cooperation with African universities
Science, Business & Policy
dr. P.D.M. (Peter) Weesie
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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
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Associate Professor & Rosalind Franklin Fellow - Genomic basis of evolutionary adaptations & ecological interactions
B. Zhu
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