Scientists and research groups


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:

Research group Biodiversity discovery

Research group Biodiversity Dynamics

Research group Endless forms

Research group Biesmeijer

Research group Marine biodiversity

Research group Taxonomy and systematics

Research Understanding evolution

Bhutan Biodiversity Project


  • Arjen Speksnijder - head of laboratoria
  • Kees van den Berg - senior research technician
  • Roland Bûtot - senior research technician
  • Elza Duijm - senior research technician
  • Oscar Vorst - senior research technician
  • Bertie Joan van Heuven - senior research technician
  • Rob Pastoor - senior research technician
  • Frank Stokvis - senior research technician
  • Marcel Eurlings - senior research technician/preventiemedewerker
  • Rob Langelaan - research technician
  • Dirk van der Marel - research technician