Research projects and internships

Research project

At Naturalis there are many opportunities for participating in research. Students at both bachelor and master level can help us answer questions by means of independent projects. Your research can be part of a larger project or it can be a standalone project.

All available researchprojects and internships are listed below:


Michiel Hooykaas

Research projects

Pond Bat Cranium

Cranium and lower jaw development of the Pond bat

Pond bats are insectivorous mammals. Females and males live in segregated habitats. Recently, a DNA based dietary analyses revealed that both sexes have a different diet during the start of the reproductive period of the females. Pregnant females are very…
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It's a newt. What kind? That's the problem with cryptic species.

Phylogenomics of species radiations

In species radiations it is often not clear how many species are included, because ‘cryptic species’ are involved. Cryptic species behave as distinct species, but have gone unnoticed due to their morphological similarity. Deciphering the phylogenetic…
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invasive species (amphibians)

MtDNA barcoding invasive species

As a consequence of increasing globalization, species can reach places that were previously inaccessible. Invasive species are considered to be one of the main threats to global biodiversity. They can threaten native species with extinction via predation…
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Inferring hybrid zone history

Where the ranges of closely related species meet they may hybridize. The regions where this occurs are called hybrid zones. A balance of selection against hybrids and dispersal of parental species determines the width of the hybrid zone, but the…
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Microscopic Images

Leaf anatomy of Macaranga

Macaranga is a large genus of c. 250 species in Africa and Asia, its sister genus Mallotus occurs in the same area, but has less species. Anatomical characters of Mallotus were extremely helpful to separate species and, more important, to characterize…
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tomaat fruit

Positive root pressure and xylem repair

The main aim of this project is to further our understanding of the conditions under which positive root pressures develop in the tomato plant, and to test the hypothesis that the ability to generate positive root pressure enhances drought-resistance.
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ARISE internships

In the project ARISE, Naturalis, together with partners, is building a unique infrastructure that aims to recognize all Dutch species, from all kinds of samples, in all possible ways. It's a great opportunity for biodiversity research - and for students…
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