Alex Hooft van Huysduynen

Alex Hooft van Huysduynen

With the use of modern DNA sequencing and phylogenetic reconstruction methods, I aim to better understand the evolution of key traits that have shaped current-day biodiversity. My work at Naturalis Biodiversity Center focused on understanding the environmental drivers of repeated independent transitions from herbaceousness towards derived woodiness on continents and islands. I am now carrying out a PhD project at the University of Antwerp.


Evolution of woodiness, biogeography, derived woodiness, Brassicaceae, Canary Islands, next generation sequencing, phylogenetics

Alexander A.C. Hooft van Huysduynen 

Guest researcher 
Functional Traits



A selection of the ongoing research at Naturalis that I am associated with: