Onderzoeksprojecten en stages

Planten en schimmels

Bij Naturalis zijn er veel mogelijkheden om deel te nemen aan onderzoek. Studenten op zowel bachelor- als masterniveau kunnen ons helpen vragen te beantwoorden door middel van zelfstandige projecten. Je onderzoek kan deel uitmaken van een groter project of op zichzelf staan.

Alle beschikbare onderzoeksprojecten en stages staan hieronder vermeld:


Michiel Hooykaas


Kayapó-Xikrin necklace made of unknown seeds and fruits, Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, São Paulo, Brazil

Amazonian seeds in indigenous body ornaments

Many ethnographic body ornaments are kept in European museums, made by indigenous people from Amazonian seeds. Many of these artefacts miss the associated information on who made these objects and when, what seeds are included, and what information we can…
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Bioinformatics at Naturalis

At Naturalis, research and development in bioinformatics and biodiversity informatics takes place on an ongoing basis. Projects are available that range from the fundamental, when a new research idea needs to be tested out, to the highly applied, for…
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Archerfish brain anatomy model in 3D

Brains of teleost fish are generally thought to be simple. However, teleost fish can exhibit complex behavior. Archerfish (Toxotes jaculatrix) are famous for spitting jets of water at above-water insects to shoot them down and catch them at the water…
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Phylogenomics of the mustard family (Brassicaceae)

In the flowering plants, herbaceous plants have evolved into woody plants hundreds of times independently from each other during evolutionary history. With over 100 documented cases, this rigorous morphological transition is especially common in the…
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Evolution of structural plumage color in birds

Many bird species display bright blue, green and purple colors across their bodies. Think for example of the wings of a kingfisher or the head of a blue tit. Instead of pigments, these colors are produced by organized nanostructures inside their feathers…
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It's a newt. What kind? That's the problem with cryptic species.

Phylogenomics of species radiations

In species radiations it is often not clear how many species are included, because ‘cryptic species’ are involved. Cryptic species behave as distinct species, but have gone unnoticed due to their morphological similarity. Deciphering the phylogenetic…
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invasive species (amphibians)

MtDNA barcoding invasive species

As a consequence of increasing globalization, species can reach places that were previously inaccessible. Invasive species are considered to be one of the main threats to global biodiversity. They can threaten native species with extinction via predation…
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Inferring hybrid zone history

Where the ranges of closely related species meet they may hybridize. The regions where this occurs are called hybrid zones. A balance of selection against hybrids and dispersal of parental species determines the width of the hybrid zone, but the…
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Positive root pressure and xylem repair

The main aim of this project is to further our understanding of the conditions under which positive root pressures develop in the tomato plant, and to test the hypothesis that the ability to generate positive root pressure enhances drought-resistance.
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