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Rosyta (Rosy) Andriana

R. (Rosy) Andriana

Supervisors: Klemens Eriksson (GREEN), Joana Falcao Salles (GREEN), Birte Matthiessen (GEOMAR, Kiel)

Biological control of sediment stability on tidal flats


H. Yacine Ben Chehida

H. Yacine Ben Chehida

Supervisors: Per Palsbøll (GREEN), Michael Fontaine (GREEN)


Ecology and evolution of harbour porpoises and related species


Jasper Bosman

Jasper Bosman

Supervisor: Martha Merrow (NeuBio)


Systems biology of the yeast circadian clock


Obe H. Brandsma

Obe H. Brandsma

Supervisors: Theunis Piersma (ConsEco)




Koen C.A. Bröker

Koen C.A. Bröker

Supervisors: Per Palsbøll (GREEN), Kees Camphuysen (NIOZ)

Monitoring and mitigation impacts of hydrocarbon exploration activities on marine mammal populations


J.J. (Jojanneke) Bruintjes

J.J. (Jojanneke) Bruintjes

Supervisors: Rob Henning (UMCG), Eddy van der Zee (NeuBio)

The protective role of CBS in the brain


Michela Busana

Michela Busana

Supervisors: Jan Komdeur (BPE), Terry Burke (University of Sheffield), David Richardson (University of East Anglia)

Causes and consequences of variation in dispersal behaviour


Y.C. (Ginny) Chan

Y.C. (Ginny) Chan

Supervisors: Theunis Piersma (ConsEco), Christiaan Both (ConsEco)

Migration ecology of shorebird species in the East-Asian Australasian flyway


Fangying Chen

Fangying Chen

Supervisors: Leo Beukeboom (EGDB), Louis van de Zande (EGDB)


How a reproductive parasite turns its host asexual


Qian Chen

Qian Chen

Supervisors: Theo Elzenga (GREEN), Dick van Elsas (GREEN)

Beneficial effects of the rhizosphere microbiota on stress tolerance and nutrient efficiency of fodder grasses


David M. Ekkers

David M. Ekkers

Supervisors: Franjo Weissing (TRÊS), Sander van Doorn (TRÊS), Oscar Kuipers (GBB)

Experimental evolution of bacterial populations


D. Edisa Garcia-Hernandez

D. Edisa Garcia-Hernandez

Supervisors: Joana Falcao Salles (GREEN), Matty Berg (ConsEco/VU Amsterdam), Chris Smit (ConsEco)

The adaptive capacity of salt marsh biomes to summer inundation stress


Tiziana P. Gobbin

Tiziana P. Gobbin

Supervisors: Ton Groothuis (EGDB), Martine Maan (EGDB), Ole Seehausen (University of Bern)

The role of parasites in host speciation - Testing for parasite-mediated divergent selection at different stages of speciation in cichlid fish


Betty E. Hornix

Betty E. Hornix

Supervisors: Martien Kas (NeuBio), Robbert Havekes (NeuBio)

The functional relationship between sensory cortex functioning and social behaviour


Kevin G.O. Ike

Kevin G.O. Ike

Supervisors: Martien Kas (NeuBio), Sietse de Boer (NeuBio), Bauke Buwalda (NeuBio)

Identification and validation of translational measures for social withdrawal in mice


Raadj (Raj) R. Jagesar

R.R. (Raj) Jagesar

Supervisors: Martien Kas (NeuBio), Marco Spruit (Utrecht University), Jacob Vorstman (UMCU)

Innovations in passive mobile health systems


Emilian S. Kihwele

Emilian S. Kihwele

Supervisors: Han Olff (ConsEco), Eric Wolanski (James Cook University, Australia), Grant Hopcraft (University of Glasgow)

The role of water resources on biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services and socio-economic development of the people in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, Tanzania


Elizabeth C. (Elske) Koppenaal

E.C. (Elske) Koppenaal

Supervisors: Han Olff (ConsEco), Stijn Temmerman (University of Antwerp), Han van Dobben (WUR)

Effects of soil subsidence following gas extraction on Ameland related to autonomous dynamics in the Wadden Sea


Astrid J. Kruitwagen

Astrid J. Kruitwagen

Supervisors: Leo Beukeboom (EGDB), Bregje Wertheim (EGDB), Bart Pannebakker (WUR)

Biological control of the new invasive pest species spotted wing Drosophila


Sidi Yahya Lemrabott

Sidi Yahya Lemrabott

Supervisors: Han Olff (ConsEco), Theunis Piersma (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


Xuan Li

Xuan Li

Supervisors: Leo Beukeboom (EGDB), Louis van de Zande (EGDB), Daniel Bopp (University of Zurich)

Genomic localization and characterization of male-determining factors in the housefly


Renske Lok

Renske Lok

Supervisors: Domien Beersma (NeuBio), Roelof Hut (NeuBio)

ENERGY4ALL - Optimizing light characteristics to boost alertness at all ages


Xiaoyan Long

Xiaoyan Long

Supervisors: Jan Komdeur (BPE), Franjo Weissing (TRÊS), Tamás Szekély (University of Bath)

The evolution of sex roles in birds in relation to sex-specific mortalities


Reinaldo S. Marfull Castro

Reinaldo S. Marfull Castro

Supervisors: Jan Komdeur (BPE), Franjo Weissing (TRÊS)

Begging responses in a social and environmental context in blue tits


Robin Mills

Robin Mills

Supervisors: Charlotte Hemelrijk (TRÊS), Graham Taylor (University of Oxford)

Optimisation of navigation for intercepting prey during aerial hunting by birds


Xenia Moreira Lopes

Xenia Moreira Lopes

Supervisors: Per Palsbøll (GREEN), Martine Bérubé (GREEN), Jooke Robbins (CCS, Provincetown)

Timing and genomic fingerprints of marine mammal adaptations to polar climates


Aurore D.C. Panel

Aurore D.C. Panel

Supervisors: Bregje Wertheim (EGDB), Marcel Dicke (WUR), Leo Beukeboom (EGDB), Bart Pannebakker (WUR)

Fundamentals of D. suzukii biology in the Netherlands


Valentina Pegoretti

Valentina Pegoretti

Supervisors: Uli Eisel (NeuBio), Jon Laman (UMCG), Wia Baron (UMCG)

TNFR2 as a target for MS treatment


Hebo Peng

Hebo Peng

Supervisors: Theunis Piersma (Conseco), Jan van Gils (NIOZ), Zhijun Ma (Fudan University, Shanghai)

The food distribution and habitat use of migratory shorebirds in a threatened staging area


Dharmendrakumar H. Prajapati

Dharmendrakumar H. Prajapati

Supervisors: Theo Elzenga (GREEN), Luit de Kok (GREEN)

Whole plant regulation of sulfate uptake by Brassica - An integrated physiologyical and molecular approach


Jelena Prodic

Jelena Prodic

Supervisors: Leo Beukeboom (EGDB), Louis van de Zande (EGDB)

Genetic basis of cyclical life-history and behavioural traits in Nasonia


Nur Qomariyah

Nur Qomariyah

Supervisors: Gertjan van Dijk (NeuBio), Anton Scheurink (NeuBio)

Anti-diabetic effects of Sansevieria leaves based on endocrine, behavioural and immunohistochemical techniques in the rat


J. (Sjaak) Riede

J. (Sjaak) Riede

Supervisors: Gertjan van Dijk (NeuBio), Roelof Hut (NeuBio)

Neuronal mechanisms of adaptive circadian regulation of sleep and energy homeostasis


Vania E. Rivera León

Vania E. Rivera León

Supervisors: Per Palsbøll (GREEN), Martine Bérubé (GREEN), Jooke Robbins (CCS, Provincetown)

Evolution of seasonal philopatry in the marine realm


Peter Roemers

Peter Roemers

Supervisors: Eddy van der Zee (NeuBio), Peter De Deyn (UMCG), Marieke van Heuvelen (UMCG)

Inactivity and specific activity in ApoE4 mice


Maria Rusche

Maria Rusche

Supervisors: Simon Verhulst (BPE), Peter Meerlo (NeuBio), Niels Rattenborg (MPIO, Seewiesen)

Plasticity of avian sleep


Tom Sarraude

Tom Sarraude

Supervisors: Ton Groothuis (EGDB), Suvi Ruuskanen (University of Turku)

Maternal thyroid hormones in birds - Investigating the mechanisms, function and environmental correlates


Martijn A. Schenkel

Martijn A. Schenkel

Supervisors: Leo Beukeboom (EGDB), Ido Pen (TRÊS), Jean-Christophe Billeter (EGDB)

Is sex chromosome evolution driven by sexual antagonism? - A test with houseflies


Jan Scholte

Jan Scholte

Supervisor: Anton Scheurink (NeuBio)


Gut factors in feeding and satiety


Mohamed A. Sidi Cheikh

Mohammed A. Sidi Cheikh

Supervisor: Han Olff (ConsEco)

Historical, annual and seasonal dynamics of seagrass meadows at Banc d'Arguin


Jan Spoelder

Jan Spoelder

Supervisors: Theo Elzenga (GREEN), Dick van Elsas (GREEN)


Endophytes in potato tubers


Kata Tóth

Kata Tóth

Supervisors: Eddy van der Zee (NeuBio), Regien Schoemaker (NeuBio/UMCG), Csaba Nyakas (University of Physical Education, Hungary)

Neuroimmune bases of depression and cognitive decline after myocardial infarction


Karin J. van der Reijden

Karin J. van der Reijden

Supervisors: Han Olff (ConsEco), Laura Govers (ConsEco), Adriaan Rijnsdorp (WUR)

North Sea bottom community


Jildou van der Woude

Jildou van der Woude

Supervisors: Jan Komdeur (BPE), Joost Tinbergen (ConsEco), David Richardson (University of East Anglia)

Demographic parameters, life-histories and physiological correlates in the Seychelles warbler


Laura van Rosmalen

Laura van Rosmalen

Supervisors: Roelof Hut (NeuBio), Louis van de Zande (EGDB)

Functional neurogenetics of mammalian photoperiodism as a tool to study latitudinal adaptation in voles


H. Pieter J. van Veelen

H. Pieter J. van Veelen

Supervisors: Irene Tieleman (BPE), Joana Falcao Salles (GREEN)

Effects of environmental microbial diversity and pathogenic pressure on immune investment in birds


J.F. (Fransje) van Weerden

J.F. (Fransje) van Weerden

Supervisors: Rineke Verbrugge (ALICE-AI), Charlotte Hemelrijk (TRÊS)

Modelling reactions to disturbances in group-living animals


Liping Wang

Liping Wang

Supervisors: Theo Elzenga (GREEN), Luit de Kok (GREEN)

Selection of grasses with natural high nutritional value under mild stress conditions to improve fodder quality for dairy cattle


Yingying Wu

Yingying Wu

Supervisors: Uli Eisel (NeuBio), Regien Schoemaker (NeuBio/UMCG)

Analyzing the biological function of microglia hyper-ramification in neurodegeneration and depression


Hongyan (Nicky) Yang

H. (Nicky) Yang

Supervisor: Theunis Piersma (ConsEco)

Red Knots (Calidris cannutus) in Northern Bohai Bay, Yellow Sea during northward migration


Qingtian Zhao

Qingtian Zhao

Supervisors: Jan Komdeur (BPE), Xin Lu (Wuhan University)

A test of the adaptive benefits of cooperatively breeding ground tits


B. (Drew) Zhu

B. (Drew) Zhu

Supervisors: Theunis Piersma (ConsEco), Z. Zhang (China)


Migration ecology of the Black-tailed Godwit in Asia


Nele Zickert

Nele Zickert

Supervisors: Ton Groothuis (EGDB)


The function of lateralization


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