Prof Dr Marcel E. Visser (1960) graduated from Leiden University in 1987, and continued there as a PhD student in the Animal Ecology Group for four years, working on the life-history of insect parasitoids.
After his PhD he obtained an EC Science Programme Fellowship to continue his parasitoids research at Imperial College (UK). In 1993 he shifted systems when he became a post-doc at the NIOO-KNAW, working on lseasonal timing in great tits. In 1996 he was appointed as a Senior Researcher and in 2002 as Head of Department.
His main interests are the interaction between ultimate and proximate aspects of timing, particularly in the Oak - Winter Moth - Great Tit/Pied Flycatcher system. In January 2007 he obtained a personal VICI grant from NWO and in January 2014 his ERC Advanced grant started. Both in 2015 and in 2016 he was included in the Thomson Reuters list of Highly Cited Researcher. He is currently subject editor for Global Change Biology and on the Editorial board of Philosophical Transactions B.
In June 2005 he was appointed as Professor on Seasonal Timing of Behaviour at Groningen University and in April 2012 Professor on Ecological genetics at Wageningen University but he remains based at the NIOO-KNAW.
This project is carried out in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Martien A.M. Groenen from the Animal Breeding and Genetics department of the WUR, Dr. Kees van Oers of the NIOO, Dr. Jon Slate (Univ of Sheffield) and Prof. Dr. Ben Sheldon (University of Oxford). The Dutch component of the project has been funded by the NGI Horizon program and is currently largely funded by my ERC Advanced grant.
This project is carried out in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Frank Berendse and Dr. Elmar M. Veenendaal from the Nature Conservation and Plant Ecology department of the WUR and Dr. Theo Verstrael of the VOFF and is funded by STW, Philips and the NAM and has recently been extended until the end of 2017.
I am a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics (CBD) of the University of Trondheim (Norway): https://www.ntnu.edu/cbd
Master Class A master course "Ecology of animal life histories: the interactions between ecology and life history from an evolutionary perspective" at the Wageningen University - 20 February - 17 March 2017 Schedule
Opgewarmd Nederland (Book (2004) on climate change in the Netherlands, with a chapter by M.E. Visser & F. Rienks on Ecologische relaties lopen stuk op warmere lentes): http://www.opgewarmdnederland.nl/