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prof. dr. P.H. (Peter) van Tienderen

Executive Staff
Photographer: Dirk Gillissen

Visiting address
  • Science Park 904
  • Room number: C2.138
Postal address
  • Postbus 94248
    1090 GE Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Current position

    Prof. Peter van Tienderen is dean of the Faculty of Science as of 1 January 2017. He had been vice-dean of the Faculty since 2014.

    Previous positions

    Peter H. van Tienderen (1958) studied biology at the University of Utrecht with ecology & evolution and informatics as subject areas. He did his PhD work at the Netherlands Institute for Ecology (NIOO) and defended his thesis in 1989 at Utrecht University. He worked as postdoc at Duke University, before accepting a tenured position at the Wageningen UR, and later a dual research position at Wageningen/NIOO. 

    In 2001 he became Professor of Experimental Plant Systematics at the University of Amsterdam, and was director of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) from 2005-2014.

    IBED institute


    The group Experimental Plant Systematics studies the origin and maintenance of genetic variation in plants, its relationship with the plant's breeding system, and its role in the process of adaptation. Van Tienderen’s own research interests focus on adaptation and differentiation in higher plant species, in relation to their breeding system. He published over 60 papers in peer reviewed journals, recent work addressing the consequences of the introduction of genetically modified (GM) crops, and the origins of functional biodiversity.

    Webpage Experimental Plant Systematics


    Van Tienderen has lectured in many courses at all levels, from the Plant Biology course for first year Biology Bachelor’s students to advanced courses for PhD students. He helped with the start of the highly successful interdisciplinary Bachelor’s programme Future Planet Studies, which was initiated by Prof. Willem Bouten. In this programme he contributes as lecturer to the courses Future of the Earth (1st year) and Food production (2nd year).


    In 2010 he became the project leader for LifeWatch in the Netherlands, an ESFRI Landmark project and the European research infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystem research. Modern research relies heavily on the analysis of complex and heterogeneous data, coming from, for instance, high throughput genetic analyses, sensor networks, remote satellite sensing, as well as user communities (‘citizen science’). This means that this research depends on the use of modern eScience methods for data acquisition, data mining, visualisation, analysis and modeling.

    Website LifeWatch

  • Publications


    • Meirmans, P. G., Liu, S., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2018). The Analysis of Polyploid Genetic Data. Journal of Heredity, 109(3), 283-296. DOI: 10.1093/jhered/esy006  [details] 
    • Heo, J-Y., van Tienderen, P., & Schranz, E. (2018). Cloning and Functional Analysis of three Cold Regulated CBF Genes in the Overwintering Crucifer Boechera stricta. International Journal of Agriculture and Biology, 20(3), 594-600. DOI: 10.17957/IJAB/15.0528  [details] 


    • Akman, M., Kleine, R., van Tienderen, P. H., & Schranz, E. M. (2017). Identification of the Submergence Tolerance QTL Come Quick Drowning1 (CQD1) in Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of Heredity, 108(3), 308-317. DOI: 10.1093/jhered/esx014  [details] 


    • van Veen, H., Vashisht, D., Akman, M., Girke, T., Mustroph, A., Reinen, E., ... Sasidharan, R. (2016). Transcriptomes of Eight Arabidopsis thaliana Accessions Reveal Core Conserved, Genotype- and Organ-Specific Responses to Flooding Stress. Plant Physiology, 172(2), 668-689. DOI: 10.1104/pp.16.00472  [details] 


    • Heo, J-Y., Feng, D., Niu, X., Mitchell-Olds, T., van Tienderen, P. H., Tomes, D., & Schranz, M. E. (2014). Identification of quantitative trait loci and a candidate locus for freezing tolerance in controlled and outdoor environments in the overwintering crucifer Boechera stricta. Plant, cell and environment, 37(11), 2459-2469. DOI: 10.1111/pce.12365  [details] 
    • van Veen, H., Akman, M., Jamar, D. C. L., Vreugdenhil, D., Kooiker, M., van Tienderen, P., ... Sasidharan, R. (2014). Group VII Ethylene Response Factor diversification and regulation in four species from flood-prone environments. Plant, cell and environment, 37(10), 2421-2432. DOI: 10.1111/pce.12302  [details] 
    • Hartman, Y., Hooftman, D. A. P., Uwimana, B., Schranz, M. E., van de Wiel, C. C. M., Smulders, M. J. M., ... van Tienderen, P. H. (2014). Abiotic stress QTL in lettuce crop-wild hybrids: comparing greenhouse and field experiments. Ecology and Evolution, 4(12), 2395-2409. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1060  [details] 
    • van Hengstum, T., Hooftman, D. A. P., Oostermeijer, J. G. B., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2014). Impact of plant invasions on local arthropod communities: a meta-analysis. Journal of Ecology, 102(1), 4-11. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12176  [details] 
    • Wei, Z., Julkowska, M. M., Laloë, J. O., Hartman, Y., de Boer, G. J., Michelmore, R. W., ... Schranz, M. E. (2014). A mixed-model QTL analysis for salt tolerance in seedlings of crop-wild hybrids of lettuce. Molecular Breeding, 34(3), 1389-1400. DOI: 10.1007/s11032-014-0123-2  [details] 



    • Akman, M., Bhikharie, A. V., McLean, E. H., Boonman, A., Visser, E. J. W., Schranz, M. E., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2012). Wait or escape? Contrasting submergence tolerance strategies of Rorippa amphibia, Rorippa sylvestris and their hybrid. Annals of Botany, 109(7), 1263-1275. DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcs059  [details] 
    • Hartman, Y., Hooftman, D. A. P., Uwimana, B., van de Wiel, C. C. M., Smulders, M. J. M., Visser, R. G. F., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2012). Genomic regions in crop-wild hybrids of lettuce are affected differently in different environments: implications for crop breeding. Evolutionary Applications, 5(6), 629-640. DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-4571.2012.00240.x  [details] 
    • van Hengstum, T., Hooftman, D. A. P., den Nijs, H. C. M., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2012). Does insect netting affect the containment of airborne pollen from (GM-) plants in greenhouses? Aerobiologia, 28(3), 325-335. DOI: 10.1007/s10453-011-9237-8  [details] 
    • van Hengstum, T., Lachmuth, S., Oostermeijer, J. G. B., den Nijs, J. C. M., Meirmans, P. G., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2012). Human-induced hybridization among congeneric endemic plants on Tenerife, Canary Islands. Plant Systematics and Evolution, 298(6), 1119-1131. DOI: 10.1007/s00606-012-0624-6  [details] 
    • Uwimana, B., Smulders, M. J. M., Hooftman, D. A. P., Hartman, Y., van Tienderen, P. H., Jansen, J., ... Visser, R. G. F. (2012). Hybridization between crops and wild relatives: the contribution of cultivated lettuce to the vigour of crop-wild hybrids under drought, salinity and nutrient deficiency conditions. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 125(6), 1097-1111. DOI: 10.1007/s00122-012-1897-4  [details] 
    • Uwimana, B., Smulders, M. J. M., Hooftman, D. A. P., Hartman, Y., van Tienderen, P. H., Jansen, J., ... van de Wiel, C. C. M. (2012). Crop to wild introgression in lettuce: following the fate of crop genome segments in backcross populations. BMC plant biology, 12, 43. [43]. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2229-12-43  [details] 


    • Stift, M., Reeve, R., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2010). Inheritance in tetraploid yeast revisited: segregation patterns and statistical power under different inheritance models. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 23(7), 1570-1578. DOI: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2010.02012.x  [details] 
    • Stift, M., Bregman, R., Oostermeijer, J. G. B., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2010). Other tetraploid species and conspecific diploids as sources of genetic variation for an autotetraploid. American Journal of Botany, 97(11), 1858-1866. DOI: 10.3732/ajb.1000048  [details] 


    • Stift, M., Berenos, C., Kuperus, P., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2008). Segregation models for disomic, tetrasomic and intermediate inheritance in tetraploids: A general procedure applied to Rorippa (yellow cress) microsatellite data. Genetics, 179(4), 2113-2123. DOI: 10.1534/genetics.107.085027  [details] 
    • Stift, M., Luttikhuizen, P. C., Visser, E. J. W., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2008). Different flooding responses in Rorippa amphibia and Rorippa sylvestris, and their modes of expression in F1 hybrids. New Phytologist, 180(1), 229-239. DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2008.02547.x  [details] 
    • van Geel, B., Aptroot, A., Baittinger, C., Birks, H. H., Bull, I. D., Cross, H. B., ... van Tienderen, P. (2008). The ecological implications of a Yakutian mammoth’s last meal. Quaternary Research, 69(3), 361-376. DOI: 10.1016/j.yqres.2008.02.004  [details] 


    • Luttikhuizen, P. C., Stift, M., Kuperus, P., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2007). Genetic diversity in diploid vs. tetraploid Rorippa amphibia (Brassicaceae). Molecular Ecology, 16, 3544-3553. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2007.03411.x  [details] 
    • Venhuis, C., Venhuis, P., Oostermeijer, J. G. B., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2007). Morphological systematics of Serapias L. (Orchidaceae) in Southwest Europe. Plant Systematics and Evolution, 265, 165-177. DOI: 10.1007/s00606-007-0519-0  [details] 
    • van Asch, M., van Tienderen, P. H., Holleman, L. J. M., & Visser, M. E. (2007). Predicting adaptation of phenology in response to climate change, an insect herbivore example. Global Change Biology, 13, 1596-1604. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2007.01400.x  [details] 


    • Meirmans, P. G., den Nijs, J. C. M., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2006). Male sterility in triploid dandelions: asexual females vs asexual hermaphrodites. Heredity, 96, 45-52. DOI: 10.1038/sj.hdy.6800750 
    • Stift, M., Kuperus, P., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2006). Development of highly conserved primers for 12 new polymorphic microsatellite loci for the genus Rorippa Scop. (Brassicaceae), yellow-cress. Molecular Ecology Notes, 6(4), 1129-1131. DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-8286.2006.01460.x  [details] 


    • Volis, S., Bohrer, G., Oostermeijer, J. G. B., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2005). Regional Consequences of Local Population Demography and Genetics in Relation to Habitat Management in Gentiana pneumonanthe. Conservation Biology, 19(2), 1-11. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2005.01874.x  [details] 


    • Meirmans, P. G., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2004). GENOTYPE and GENODIVE: two programs for the analysis of genetic diversity of asexual organisms. Molecular Ecology Notes, 4, 792-794. DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-8286.2004.00770.x  [details] 
    • Volis, S., Bohrer, G., Oostermeijer, J. G. B., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2004). Regional Consequences of Local Population Demography and Genetics in Relation to Habitat Management in Gentiana pneumonathe. Conservation Biology, 19(2), 1-11. DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2005.01874.x  [details] 
    • van Tienderen, P. H. (2004). Hybridization in Nature: Lessons for the Introgression of Transgenes into Wild Relatives. In J. C. M. den Nijs, D. Bartsch, & J. Sweet (Eds.), Introgression from Genetically Modified Plants into Wild Relatives (pp. 7-25). Wallingford, UK: CABI Publishing. [details] 
    • van der Hulst, R. G. M., Meirmans, P. G., van Tienderen, P. H., & van Damme, J. M. M. (2004). Nuclear-cytoplasmic male-sterility in diploid dandelions. Heredity, 93, 43-50. DOI: 10.1038/sj.hdy.6800478  [details] 
    • Elberse, I. A. M., Vanhala, T. K., Turin, J. H. B., Stam, P., van Damme, J. M. M., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2004). Quantitative trait loci affecting growth-related traits in wild barley (Hordeum spontaneum) grown under different levels of nutrient supply. Heredity, 93, 22-33. DOI: 10.1038/sj.hdy.6800467  [details] 


    • Boneh, L., Kuperus, P., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2003). Microsatellites in the bromeliads Tillandsia fasciculata and Guzmania monostachya. Molecular Ecology Notes, 3, 302-303. DOI: 10.1046/j.1471-8286.2003.00432.x  [details] 
    • Elberse, I. A. M., Turin, J. H. B., Wackers, F. L., van Damme, J. M. M., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2003). The relationship between relative growth rate and susceptibility to aphids in wild barley under different nutrient levels. Oecologia, 137, 564-571. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-003-1383-4  [details] 
    • Elberse, I. A. M., van Damme, J. M. M., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2003). Plasticity of growth characteristics in wild barley (Hordeum spontaneum) in response to nutrient limitation. Journal of Ecology, 91, 371-382. DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2745.2003.00776.x  [details] 


    • van Tienderen, P. H., de Haan, A. A., van der Linden, C. G., & Vosman, B. (2002). Biodiversity assessment using markers for ecologically important traits. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 17(12), 577-582. DOI: 10.1016/S0169-5347(02)02624-1  [details] 
    • Kuittinen, H., Aguadé, M., Charlesworth, D., Haan, A. D. E., Lauga, B., Mitchell-Olds, S., ... Savolainen, O. (2002). Primers for 22 candidate genes for ecological adaptations in Brassicaceae. Molecular Ecology Notes, 2, 258-262. DOI: 10.1046/j.1471-8286.2002.00210.x  [details] 


    • Smekens, M. J., & van Tienderen, P. H. (2001). Genetic variation and plasticity of Plantago coronopus under saline conditions. Acta Oecologica, 22(4), 187-2000. DOI: 10.1016/S1146-609X(01)01120-1  [details] 


    • De Meester, L., van Tienderen, P., Werger, M., Hector, A., Wörheide, G., Niemelä, J., ... Owens, I. (2010). Challenges for biodiversity research in Europe. (Advice paper; No. 4). Leuven, Belgium: League of European Research Universities (LERU). [details] 


    • van Geel, B., Birks, H., Aptroot, A., Baittinger, C., Mol, D., Pals, J. P., ... van Tienderen, P. H. (2005). Environmental reconstruction based on the Yukagir Mammoth's last meal. In Proceedings International Symposium on Yukagir Mammoth: Recent advance in Yukagir Mammoth researches (pp. 13-14). Aichi, Japan: Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition. [details] 


    • Groot, M. H. M., van de Wiel, C. C. M., van Tienderen, P. H., & den Nijs, J. C. M. (2003). Hybridization and introgression between crops and wild relatives. Bilthoven, NL: Commissie Genetische Modifiactie, COGEM-VROM. [details] 

    Talk / presentation

    • van Tienderen, P. H. (invited speaker), Meirmans, P. G. (invited speaker) & Oostermeijer, J. G. B. (invited speaker) (12-2-2013). Conceptual issues in eco-evolutionary dynamics: transient habitats, genetic diversity and scale, Lorentz Workshop Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics, Leiden, The Netherlands.
    • van Tienderen, P. H. (speaker), Meirmans, P. G. (speaker) & Oostermeijer, J. G. B. (speaker) (6-2-2013). Effect of habitat suitability and connectivity on adaptation, inbreeding and metapopulation viability, Netherlands Annual Ecological Meeting, Lunteren.
    • van Tienderen, P. H. (invited speaker) & Meirmans, P. G. (invited speaker) (9-5-2012). The analysis of inheritance, diversity and population structure in polyploids: old problems and new solutions, International Conference on Polyploidy, Hybridization, and Biodiversity, Pruhonice, Czech Republic.
    • van Tienderen, P. H. (speaker) & Hartman, Y. (speaker) (13-7-2011). Hitchhiking of transgenes from crop to wild relatives due to selection on crop (domestication) genes, Workshop: Transgenes Going Wild? Risk Assessment of Transgene Introgression from Crops into Wild Relatives, Leiden.
    • van Tienderen, P. H. (invited speaker), Bouten, W. (invited speaker) & Veen, L. E. (invited speaker) (1-12-2010). Building the LifeWatch Exchange: a new infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystem research, SARA Superdag: The importance of High Performance Computing for the knowledge economy, Amsterdam.
    • van Tienderen, P. H. (speaker) (20-6-2007). Predicting the long-term effects of GM crops, EFSA Colloquium 8 on Environmental Risk Assessment of Genetically Modified Plants, Tabiano, Italy.
    • van Tienderen, P. H. (speaker) (23-3-2007). Self incompatibility and hybridisation in the genus Yellow Cress (Rorippa), EPS Symposium 'Ecology and Experimental Plant Sciences: From molecules to multitrophic interactions', Wageningen.
    • van Tienderen, P. H. (speaker) (10-3-2004). Matrix Projection Models in GMO research, Workshop Matrix Projection Models in GMO research, Dorchester, UK.
    • van Tienderen, P. H. (speaker) (22-1-2003). Keynote lecture: Hybridization as an evolutionary principle, International Congress 'Introgression from Genetically Modified Plants into wild relatives and its consequences', Amsterdam.
    • van Tienderen, P. H. (speaker) & den Nijs, J. C. M. (speaker) (15-11-2002). Origins and history of polyploid species: what DNA variation can and can not tell us., Plant species-level systematics: patterns, processes and new applications. A 3-day international symposium from 13 to 15 November 2002 in Leiden, The Netherlands. Keynote Lecture., Leiden.
    • van Tienderen, P. H. (speaker) (2-7-2002). Experimental Plant Systematics of Rorippa species., Invited seminar University Osnabrueck., Osnabrueck.


    • van Tienderen, P. H. (other) (2003). Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Evolutionary Biology (other).




    • Stift, M. (2007). Polyploidy and hybridisation in the Rorippa x anceps hybrid complex Amsterdam: Universiteit van Amsterdam, IBED [details] 


    • Cascante Marín, A. M. (2006). Establishment, reproduction and genetics of epiphytic bromeliad communities during premontane forest succession in Costa Rica Amsterdam: Universiteit van Amsterdam [details] 


    • Meirmans, P. G. (2005). Ecological and genetic interactions between diploid sexual and triploid apomictic dandelions Amsterdam: UvA-IBED [details] 
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