Master student projects
Application for our Master student projects 2015-2016 is now open. More projects will still be added.
Genetic diversity of tropical bryophytes
Genetic diversity of tropical bryophytes along altitudinal gradients in Southeast Asia
Meta-analyses of genetic diversity patterns
Meta-analyses of genetic diversity patterns in Dutch bryophytes and vascular plants
Relationships macroinvertebrates and their environment
Investigation of the relationships between environmental variables and freshwater macroinvertebrates
Stem anatomical characters of grass populations
Investigating stem anatomical characters amongst 17 populations of the grass Dactylis glomerata L. across Europe.
Biodiversity data for the 'Leidse Ommelanden'
What biodiversity data are available for the 'Leidse Ommelanden'
Everwet and dry monsoon in Malesia?
Do everwet and dry monsoon distribution patters in Malesia really exist?
Baileyan trends in asterids
Are major evolutionary shifts in wood anatomy triggered by paleoclimatic events? A thorough study of the Baileyan trends in asterids
Resource allocation in fig wasps
Fig trees belong to a large and ecologically diverse genus of at least 750 species occurring globally in tropical forests.
Mysterious Bodies of the Plant Kingdom
Mysterious Bodies of the Plant Kingdom: an illustrated Dutch medicinal plant handbook from 1800.
Medicinal plants of Sri Lanka
Medicinal plants of Sri Lanka: botanical drawings and plant use from colonial Ceylon (ca. 1700).
Speciation in the alpine bushcricket genus Anonconotus
Speciation and species delimitation in the alpine bushcricket genus Anonconotus.
Biodiversity of Sint Eustatius
The biodiversity inventory of Sint Eustatius is designed to investigate how different taxonomic groups predict the biodiversity patterns of other groups.
Pollinator attraction by fig trees
Pollinator attraction by fig trees and host plant finding by fig wasps.
Historical ecology of reef corals at Curaçao
The students will verify whether changes in the reef fauna over time can be discerned and they will test the hypothesis that ...
Interstitial fauna of Curaçao coastal subsoil waters
The location and microhabitat of small groundwater crustaceans determines their species and history. The student will test the hypothesis that the interstitial ...
Coral barnacles as bio-indicator on Curaçao reefs
The student will test the hypothesis that the coral barnacle fauna depends on host availability and that it varies with depth and ...
Ontogenetic host-use patterns in symbiotic shrimp
It has recently been observed that symbiotic shrimps can have other hosts in their juvenile phase than in their adult phase. The ...
Underground networks at a small spatial scale
The goal is to learn with which mycorrhizal fungi each plant species is associated and to which extent there is a clear ...
Genetic markers for chromosome 1 syndrome in newts
Testing independently developed genetic markers for the chromosome 1 syndrome in newts.
Climate risk atlas Dragonflies and Damselflies
The climate risk atlas will show which European species of Dragonflies and Damselflies are expected to show the largest decline and which ...
Urban evolution: heat islands and snail shell color
The students will test the hypothesis that shell color adapts to raised urban temperatures.
Identification of Dryopteris affinis fern taxa
Producing an identification key to the representatives of the Dryopteris affinis-complex (Pteridophyta, Dryopteridaceae) in the Netherlands.
Monitoring environmental quality
Monitoring environmental quality by analyzing environmental DNA samples
Molecular dating of insular woody lineages
A molecular dating approach of insular woody Canary Island lineages to assess a potential link between wood development and drought stress.
Investigating woody transitions in Brassicaceae
Investigating massive convergent evolutionary shifts towards secondary woodiness within Brassicaceae: a molecular phylogenetic approach
Dark pigmentation in liverworts
Is dark pigmentation in liverworts in the Amazon rainforest an adaptation to high light conditions?
Resolving the cryptic species in the Dutch flora
Resolving the identity of little known and cryptic species in the Dutch bryophyte flora
Gradiënts in species occurrences
Gradiënts in species occurrences along the green-blue recreative network between the surrounding counties of Leiden and the Singelpark as indication of ...
Dispersal in the Amazonian canopy
Assessing the diversity of spores and pollen through DNA metabarcoding
From grass to forest: Evolution of Burmanniaceae
Analysing the evolutionary relationships and investigating the morphological evolution and diversification history of this intriguing family of plants.
The biogeographic history of Triuridaceae
Testing the hypothesis that the early diversification events in the family Triuridaceae are caused by the breakup of Gondwana.