Nico M. van Straalen

Nico M. van Straalen, Emeritus professor of Animal Ecology, Guest researcher

n.m.van.straalen@vu.nl

I am greatly interested in the evolution of body plans in the animal kingdom, phylogenetic reconstruction of the tree of life, and the origin of life, to support my teaching. I have a special interest in human evolution (human development, human genetic variation and paleontology).

Running book projects:

  • “Soil Invertebrates; Kaleidoscope of Adaptations” (CRC Press, due end 2018)
  • “Do Humans Still Evolve” (English translation of the Dutch textbook, due beginning 2019)
  • “Evolueren wij nog?” (second edition of the Dutch textbook, 2019)
  • “De nieuwe boom van het leven” (in preparation)
  • “Het geknutselde lichaam” (in preparation)

I supervise a number PhD students working in ecotoxicology, ecogenomics and evolution, with D. Roelofs and C.A.M. van Gestel.

Selected Publications

Faddeeva-Vakhrusheva A, Kraaijeveld K, Derks MFL, Yahya Anvar S, Agamennone V, Suring W, Kampfraath AA, Ellers J, Le Ngoc G, Van Gestel CAM, Mariën J, Smit S, Van Straalen NM, Roelofs D (2017) Coping with living in the soil: the genome of the parthenogenetic springtail Folsomia candida. BMC Genomics. 18: 493.

Janssens TKS, Del Rio Lopez R, Mariën J, Timmermans MJTN, Montagne-Wajer M, Van Straalen NM, Roelofs D (2008) Comparative population analysis of metallothionein promoter alleles suggests stress-induced microevolution in the field. Environmental Science and Technology. 42: 3873-3878.

Suring W, Meusemann K, Blanke A, Mariën J, Schol T, Agamennone V, Faddeeva-Vakhrusheva A, Berg MP, The 1KITE Basal Hexapod Consortium, Brouwer A, Van Straalen NM, Roelofs D (2017) Evolutionary ecology of beta-lactam gene clusters in animals. Molecular Ecology. 26: 3217-3229.

Van der Heijden MGA, Bardgett RD, Van Straalen NM (2008) The unseen majority: soil microbes as drivers of plant diversity and productivity in terrestrial ecosystems. Ecology Letters. 11: 296-310.

Van Straalen NM, Roelofs d (2006, 2012) An Introduction to Ecological Genomics. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Link to full publication list in PURE

https://research.vu.nl/en/persons/nm-van-straalen