Vincent Kalkman

Vincent J Kalkman

I am an entomologist interested in freshwater diversity and conservation with a main focus on dragonflies and damselflies.


Conservation, dragonflies, damselflies, freshwater, Dutch Caribbean, Indonesia, Surinam

Dr. Ing. Vincent J. Kalkman

Evolutionary Ecology
+31 (0)645662151


Freshwater habitats such as rivers, brooks and lakes are among the most attractive landscapes our planet has on offer. Although these habitats are on a global scale relatively scarce, they are nonetheless of vital importance for biodiversity. Climate change combined with the ever-increasing demand for fresh water by humans will put severe pressure on the biodiversity of these habitats. My work aims at describing and understanding patterns and changes in freshwater biodiversity. I do so by working on the taxonomy, distribution and phylogeny of the most beautiful of all insects: dragonflies and damselflies.

In addition, I work on facilitating the work of citizens scientist and volunteer experts by contributing to the development of image- and sound recognition and by organising citizens scientist expeditions.

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A selection of the topics I am currently working on.


Dragonfly & Damselfly diversity

My work on dragonflies and damselflies is focused at two main questions: (1) what historical factors shaped the diversity patterns we see nowadays and (2) how will climate change impact on these diversity patterns? In order to address these questions, I…
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Bhutan biodiversity project

Bhutan biodiversity project

Bhutanese and Dutch scientists are involved in a common effort to describe and better understand the biodiversity of Bhutan (Bhutan Biodiversity Project). This cooperation has since 2015 resulted in numerous small expeditions and the discovery and…
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ARISE: knowing Nature in the Netherlands

In the ARISE project, Naturalis, together with the Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute and the universities of Amsterdam and Twente, is building an infrastructure that knows and recognizes all (multicellular) Dutch species. Every species, every sample…
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Stichting Fonds Pontium for systematic zoology

Fonds Pontium provides funding to projects which promote the scientific field of systematic zoology in general and in particular alpha taxonomy at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden. In general grant sizes will vary between 1000 and 2500 euro. The…
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  • Boudot JP & VJ Kalkman (2015). Atlas of the European dragonflies and damselflies. KNNV-Publishing, the Netherlands
  • Cuppen JGM, VJ Kalkman, G Tacoma-Krist (2017). Verspreiding, biotoop en fenologie van de Nederlandse lieveheersbeestjes (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Entomologische Berichten 77: 147-187
  • Kalkman VJ, JP Boudot, R Bernard, G De Knijf, F Suhling, T Termaat (2018). Diversity and conservation of European dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata). Hydrobiologia 811: 269-282
  • Kalkman VJ, KDB Dijkstra, RA Dow, FR Stokvis, J van Tol (2018). Out of Australia: the Argiolestidae reveal the Melanesian arc system and East Papua composite terrane as possible ancient dispersal routes to the Indo-Australian archipelago. International journal of odonatology 21: 1-14
  • Orr B & VJ Kalkman (2015). Field Guide to the dragonflies of New Guinea. Brachytron 17: 3-156

All publications in Google Scholar

In the

From 16 June (Sunday evening 9 p.m.) the Tower will be broadcast on NPO with a leading role for our work in Bhutan in the first episode. View the trailer of the series

Volkskrant: Ontwikkeling automatische cameraval voor insecten

Bionieuws: Beeldherkenning en veldbiologie

Bhutan research