Meet The Board
Bregje Wertheim (RUG)
My ultimate fascination is how the genome shapes and affects the ability of organisms to adapt to a changing world. I have been investigating the causes and consequences of genomic variation within and among species for at least 20 years, using a combination of experimentation, genomic approaches, and bioinformatics. My scientific expertise further includes evolutionary biology, ecological interactions, ecological and evolutionary genomics, genetics & heredity, and entomology.
Koen Verhoeven (NIOO-KNAW )
I am a senior researcher and group leader in the department of terrestrial ecology at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology in Wageningen. I am a plant microevolutionary biologist: I am interested in how plants respond and adapt to rapid changes in their environment, such as under urbanization, climate change, and biological invasions, and I use genomic and epigenomic analyses to address this question.
Eric Schranz (WUR)
I am the Chair of the Biosystematics group at Wageningen University. My research interests broadly encompass plant evolutionary biology from investigating the evolutionary relationships among species, to comparative chromosomal evolution and to the genetic basis of novel traits.
Kees van Oers (NIOO-KNAW & WUR)
I am a senior researcher and group leader in the department of Animal ecology at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology in Wageningen and special Professor in Animal Personality at Wageningen University. I am an evolutionary behavioural ecologist with interests in how animals behaviourally respond and adapt to rapid changes in their environment and how individuals vary in this. I use genomic and epigenomic analyses to address this question.
Vasilis Kokkoris (VU)
I am an Assistant Professor at the Amsterdam Institute for Life and Environment (A-LIFE) – (research group of Ecology and Evolution) at Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam. My research focuses on better understanding the evolutionary significance of the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi unique nuclear dynamics across scales, and specifically, how they affect the function and fitness of the interconnected fungi and plants, in diverse abiotic and biotic conditions.
Barbara Gravendeel (Naturalis)
I am a group leader at Naturalis Biodiversity Center. I am a botanist and fascinated by the emerging field of research of evolution and development in an ecological context (eco-evo-devo). I investigate how molecular mechanisms determine the morphological diversity of plant organs, focusing on evolutionary development in ancient biomes (vegetation zones) as well as in modern environments, especially in cities.
Former board members who stepped down
Arjan de Visser (WUR) - stepped down in 2023
Liedewij Laan (TU Delft) - stepped down in 2022
Sander van Doorn (UG) - stepped down in 2022
Marcel Visser (NIOO-KNAW , honorary member) - stepped down in 2021
Jacintha Ellers (VU, honorary member) - stepped down in 2021