Honorary fellows of NIOO-KNAW

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The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) collaborates with many researchers in the Netherlands and abroad. The honorary fellows are a special category in this respect. From within their own institute or university, they collaborate with NIOO colleagues to strengthen the working field by sharing knowledge and ideas. Consequently, they also regularly conduct joint research at NIOO, set up new projects or publish research results together. We currently have nine talented honorary fellows.

Elizabeth Borer

Fellow since 2022

Elizabeth Borer is Professor of Microbial Ecology at the University of Minnesota in the United States. She investigates how worldwide changes (jointly) influence the functioning of ecological communities. Such changes include nitrogen deposition, the emission of carbon dioxide and biological invasions or, conversely, the disappearance of organisms.

Antica Culina

Fellow since 2022 

Antica Culina is a senior scientist at the Ruđer Bošković Institute in Croatia. She is an expert in evolutionary ecology: what do the relationships between organisms mean, which impact do events have during their lives, the analysis of scientific data and adopting standards for (open) data and (open) code. Culina especially wants to optimise research methods and make scientific data accessible. She is, for example, the joint founder of the SPI-Birds netwerk

Jeroen Dickschat

Fellow since 2016

Jeroen Dickschat is Professor of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Bonn in Germany. He focuses on subjects such as biochemistry, biosynthesis, stereochemistry, mycobacteria and organic chemistry.

Carel Dieperink

Fellow since 2021

Carel Dieperink is a senior researcher and lecturer at the Environmental Governance Group of the Copernicus Institute of Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He focuses on water management and is particularly interested in the collaboration between national and international organisations dealing with water quality and quantity issues.

Eelke Jongejans

Fellow since 2021

Eelke Jongejans is Associate Professor of Animal Ecology & Physiology at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. His research primarily focuses on the impact of environmental drivers on population trends of birds and other organisms. Jongejans aims to understand how ecological and evolutionary processes at the individual level lead to changes in the population and uses models to provide the scientific basis for nature conservation.

Lauren McIntyre

Fellow since 2018

Lauren McIntyre is a professor at the University of Florida in the United States. With her research, she wants to gain a better understanding of phenotypes. These are the visible characteristics of an organism. She develops a systematic approach for the statistical analysis of genetic data of fruit flies, bacteria, plants and trees, for example. She wants to discover how genetic variation influences the differences in the phenotype.

Raúl Ochoa-Hueso

Fellow since 2021

Raúl Ochoa-Hueso is a researcher at the University of Cádiz in Spain, where he leads the Ecosystem Ecology Lab. He investigates how worldwide changes influence the biodiversity of terrestial ecosystems. His research focuses on communities of microorganisms, plants and soil animals and how these respond to changes in the soil and climate. In addition, he is interested in the impact of changes on soil fertility, nutrient cycles and carbon storage.

Eric Seabloom

Fellow since 2022

Eric Seabloom is a professor at the University of Minnesota in the United States. His goal is to develop a general, mechanistic understanding of how people influence ecosystems. This concerns subjects such as disease, plant and soil microbiomes, plant invasions and the effects of global changes.

Gilles van Wezel

Fellow since 2016

Gilles van Wezel is Professor of Molecular Biotechnology at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He investigates bacteria that produce antibiotics to discover new antibiotics and improve the production of known antibiotics as well. Many soil fungi and certain bacteria produce antibiotics. These antibiotic-producing bacteria can be found in the soil, even in a teaspoon of garden soil.

How does it work?

  • During their fellowship, honorary fellows are always welcome to work at NIOO and can, in principle, make use of the research facilities here.
  • NIOO Honorary Research Fellows include both talented young researchers and experienced experts.
  • Fellowships are granted for a period of three years with the possibility of an extension. 
  • NIOO director Geert de Snoo officially appoints the fellows.