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Treub Maatschappij - Society for the Advancement of Research in the Tropics & the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), University of Amsterdam, invites you to join this symposium.

Event details of Advances in tropical research
Date 15 November 2018
Time 13:00 -17:00
Location Science Park 904
Room Location: lecture room H0.08


13.30-13.45: Welcome

13.45-14.15: Dr Robert-Jan Wille
History Department, Utrecht University
Dutch colonial science in the age of Melchior Treub: evolution, development and symbiosis as political and scientific themes in the late nineteenth century

14.15-14.45Dr Sancia E.T. van der Meij 
Marine Evolutionary Ecology, University of Groningen
Cospeciation on tropical coral reefs

14.45-15.15: Alex de Meyer 
MSc Student University of Amsterdam – Treub Travel Fund awardee
A (re)discovery of Ecuador's Natural Beauties: validating physical and geographical data

15.15-15.45: Coffee/tea break

15.45-16.45: Dr Christine D. Bacon 
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
The road to evolutionary success: insights from Mauritia flexuosa

16.45: Drinks


Science Park 904

Room Location: lecture room H0.08

Science Park 904
1098 XH Amsterdam


Dr. M.C. (Carina) Hoorn

Faculty of Science

Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Dr. rer. nat. W.D. (Daniel) Kissling

Faculty of Science

Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics


Short biography of the speakers

Robert-Jan Wille is historian of science and politics at the history department of Utrecht University. This Fall will see the publication of his monography on late nineteenth century biology and politics in the Dutch empire and their national lobby for more laboratories in the field: Mannen van de microscoop. De laboratoriumbiologie op veldtocht, 1840-1910 (Vantilt).

Sancia van der Meij is an Assistant professor in Marine Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Groningen. She is interested in all aspects related to the origin and diversity of associated fauna on tropical coral reefs. As a model taxon she mostly works on coral-dwelling gall crabs (Cryptochiridae), with forays into other invertebrate taxa. Prior to her position in Groningen she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford in the UK. She did her PhD degree at Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Leiden University.

Alex de Meyer is a 2nd years Masters student (Ecology and Evolution) at the University of Amsterdam. He obtained his bachelors degree in Future Planet Studies at the UvA where he developed an increasing interest in sustainability and global biogeography. He did research on the influence of environmental aspects on the presence of mosquito larvae to reduce nuisance in a plague-infested area. His aim is to reduce global warming through sustainable consumption and to improve conservation efforts on a global scale to minimize biodiversity loss.

Christine Bacon is an Assistant professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and associate researcher the CES University in Medellín, Colombia. She did her PhD in Colorado in the USA, one post-doc at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute with Carlos Jaramillo and another with Alexandre Antonelli, at her current institution. Christine’s research is focused on two main themes: palm systematics and evolution, and major global biogeographic barriers and patterns. She has worked extensively on Neotropical plant diversity and routinely conducts field work in Brazil and Colombia.