Researchers and specialists

Scientist

Our work is strongly internationally oriented; our scientists work closely with colleagues from different universities and from all other major natural history institutes in the world. The emphasis of Naturalis' scientific research is on nature in Brazil, South East Asia and the Caribbean.

Please contact the Research Coordination Office with questions about PhD’s, postdocs, financing and teaching: rco@naturalis.nl.

Research groups
and departments

Planten en schimmels

Understanding evolution

We study how the interplay of interactions determines evolutionary processes. We integrate a combination of phylogenetic, ecological, genomic, morphological, and anatomical approaches and apply these to several target taxa, mainly in plants and fungi. Our…
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Amazone woud

Biodiversity dynamics

We aim to contribute to the challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change by answering the question: what determines terrestrial species diversity and how is it affected by human actions? Specifically we focus on terrestrial forest systems, ecosystem…
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researcher at sea

Marine biodiversity

Our seas and oceans are changing rapidly: increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations cause warming, acidification, and deoxyxenation at rates higher than in the previous millions of years. These global challenges interact with regional and local processes…
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Poetsgarnaal

Taxonomy & systematics

Naming and describing the earth’s organisms (taxonomy) and arranging them in a system of evolutionary origins (systematics) is one of the main tasks of Naturalis. Our research group collects, describes, and investigates plant and animal species. We do this…
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Pollination by bee

Pollinator Ecology

Pollinators are crucial for the natural environment and for food production – so also for mankind. We aim to use the results of our research directly in societal projects and include citizen science and awareness in our work. Our research activities are a…
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Dunkleosteus

Vertebrate evolution, development and ecology

Vertebrate history ranges back in time over 535 million years documenting major changes in biodiversity, evolutionary success and ecological adaptations. Although vertebrates are a relatively small group in the animal kingdom, their skeletons are well…
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Teide Echium wildprettii7

Functional Traits

Since plants cannot run away, they have developed a wide array of functional adaptations throughout evolution to survive changing conditions. Our research group focuses on wood formation, one of the most fundamental evolutionary innovations that gave rise…
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Laboratories

Naturalis laboratories

The Naturalis laboratories offer a wide range of opportunities to perform biological or geological scientific analyses. A group of 8 research technicians with specialist knowledge annually support 80 students, 60 internal research projects, 10PhDs, 40…
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ICT

ICT more than just data

For an optimal exchange of digital biodiversity information, our advanced IT infrastructure is linked to worldwide networks and databases. Naturalis provides more than just data. We also develop tools to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and the use of…
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Researchers in the field

Research Coordination Office (RCO)

The Research Coordination Office (RCO) supports the Naturalis Research and Education (R&E) sector with the aim to realise the institute’s ambition to perform excellent and high impact science. We assist in positioning the institute strategically in the…
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Scientific
directors

Scientific Advisory Board
(SAB)

Currently our Board exists of:

  • Prof. Dr Paul Brakefield (Chairman, ad interim) - Director of the Cambridge University Museum of Zoology
  • Prof. Eric Schranz - Professor of Biosystematics at Wageningen University & Research 
  • Prof. Dr. Richard Lane - Independent consultant in international health, biodiversity and science policy
  • Prof. Dr. David Harper - Professor of Palaeontology at Durham University, UK
  • Prof. Dr. Dennis Stevenson - Deputy director of laboratory research and curator of botany at New York Botanical Garden
  • Professor Peter de Ruiter - Professor of Theoretical Ecology with Biometris at Wageningen University and Research.
  • Dr. Roy Erkens - senior lecturer on Evolution and Biodiversity at Maastricht University