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MSc Research Projects

As the ability to adjust to environmental, developmental or physiological changes is a key aspect of living systems, this adaptation is a key issue in our research. Our research fields cover a wide array of expertise, ranging from neurobiology, physiology, genomics and behaviour to ecology and evolution, from molecular genetics, theoretical modeling and brain analyses to organismal and species interaction studies in semi-natural conditions and in the field. Studying mechanisms within an evolutionary and ecological framework requires the use of a large diversity of model organisms. Therefore we study a wide array of species, from microbes, algae, plants and insects to vertebrates such as fish, birds, rodents, marine mammals and humans.

The research groups within the institute offer a broad spectrum of research projects that may form the basis of a MSc thesis. MSc projects range from 'hands on' field-oriented work, through practical projects in a controlled laboratory setting to theoretical modelling projects on your computer. The list of projects on this page presents a general overview of available projects that is mainly intended to give an indication of the possibilities. For more detailed information on a particular subject, please check the website of the associated research group.

Projects overview

2018 Master’s project at NIOZ Texel18 May 2018
MSc student project at the University of Groningen and NIOZ Texel09 March 2018
Master project Chile (Patagonia) and Groningen26 February 2018
Will the benthic community of the intertidal Wadden Sea help to prevent the mudflats from drowning?02 February 2018
The ontogeny of migration: the interplay of genes and early environmental conditions in shaping migration strategies of spoonbills02 February 2018
Should I stay of should I go? Dispersal ecology02 February 2018
Disentangling the effect of inundation frequency, nutrient accumulation and grazing on plant diversity in the salt marsh02 February 2018
Ontogentic effects of diet: applying DNA barcoding to reveal relationship between insect diet and intestinal microbiome and repercussions on growth in Pied Flycatchers02 February 2018
Special relationships between the sexes in primates27 July 2017
Mechanisms underlying dominance interactions27 July 2017
The evolution of milling of schools of fish to protect against predation27 July 2017
Modelling aggregations of gulls27 July 2017
Master project with fieldwork in Chile29 June 2017
Food competition among microsnails20 December 2016
Migratory behaviour of the great spotted cuckoo08 July 2016
Why is it important to be clean?08 July 2016
Urbanization and health in birds08 July 2016
Field work possibility and volunteers March, April, May and June 201708 July 2016
Tolerance or cooperation?08 July 2016
On the division of labour in a faithful seabird08 July 2016
Heart rate in embryos and adults of the common tern08 July 2016
Small-scale spatial variability of micorphytobenthos in intertidal areas15 June 2016
Density-dependent movement and front formation in Sea stars20 April 2016
Seagrass & Sea turtles St. Eustatius24 February 2016
Potential mechanisms for protracted speciation24 November 2015
Seagrass & sea turtles Bonaire07 October 2015
Testing for the importance of density-dependent movement in the interaction between mussels and seastars24 September 2015
Does higher species diversity increase resilience in naturally assembled diatom communities?23 September 2015
Populations at microscales27 August 2015
The age of Diplommatinids27 August 2015
Ecosystem engineers and benthic functional diversity19 August 2015
Genomics of host-parasitoid interactions17 August 2015
Evolutionary rates of immune-defense genes13 August 2015
The evolution of the bacterial chemotaxis network13 August 2015
Sensory drive speciation in East African cichlids13 August 2015
Micro-evolution in Arctic ringed seals13 August 2015