Taxonomy & systematics

Poetsgarnaal

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 from coral reefs in the Caribbean to forests of Central Africa, and in groundwater, wet- and dryland ecosystems of Europe. We also have specialists working on the geology of volcanism and meteorites, and on the geology and classification of gemstones.

Group leader a.i.

Prof. Dr. Erik Smets
erik.smets@naturalis.nl

Who
work here

Our programmes
& research themes

Pseudopontonides principis on black coral

Caribbean marine biodiversity

The Caribbean flora and fauna is well represented in the collections of Naturalis because of an historical presence by the Netherlands. Four workers in the group have a focus on this area researching marine invertebrates. Aspects of coral reef health are…
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Deep and early earth

Deep and early earth

Based on our collections, which cover a broad spectrum of natural history, we are interested in the fundamentals of System Earth, the environment of life. Studying volcanism and the impact of meteorites during the early history of the Earth, and…
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Phylogeny of Tipulomorpha

Phylogeny of Tipulomorpha

Phylogeny, character evolution and historical biogeography of Tipulomorpha (Insecta, Diptera). This team work on the evolution of the Lower Diptera with special emphasis on Tipulomorpha (crane flies and allies, currently with approximately 15,750 described…
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Revisions of selected angiosperm taxa

Revisions of selected angiosperm taxa

Jan Wieringa works in Naturalis as scientific collection manager and as researcher in Taxonomy and Systematics. His focus is on African plants. His curent projects are about the parasitic plants of the genus Cassytha (Lauraceae), the phylogeny and…
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Grafiek salamanders

Evolution of European amphibians

Pim Arntzen’s research team focuses on the species boundary in European amphibians. They employ genome-scale data to elucidate the pattern and process of hybrid zone movement, based on the geography of introgression and the size of the chromosome linkage…
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Teaching
activities

Our group is strongly involved in the teaching programs of Naturalis, and in public outreach and education.