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N.L. (Naomi) Zweerus MSc

PhD Candidate
Faculty of Science
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics
Photographer: P. Commandeur

Visiting address
  • Science Park 904
Postal address
  • Postbus 94240
    1090 GE Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Research

    I started my PhD, supervised by Astrid T. Groot, in August 2016. My research focuses on chemical sexual communication in moths to better understand mating preferences and resulting sexual selection.

    In a laboratory setting, I investigate mate choice in the tobacco budworm Heliothis virescens (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). This generalist insect species is a major pest in North America, feeding on crop plants like tobacco, soy bean, and cotton. While the female sex pheromone attracts males over a long range, the male emits pheromone in proximity to the female. My aim is to determine the effect of male traits involved in close-range courtship on mate choice and reproductive success.

    Tobacco budworm larvae on a Nicotiana plant in North Carolina, USA
  • More info

    Besides my doctoral research, I am enthusiastic about contributing to a vibrant community of PhD candiates to create a supportive work environment. For this purpose, I joined the IBED PhD/Postdoc council in 2016 with role to facilitate an active dialogue between the PhDs/Postdocs at IBED and the PE&RC graduate school. In 2019, I chaired the PhD council of the PE&RC graduate school (PPC) and was a member of the board. Since Novemeber 2019, I work part-time as a PhD programme coordinator at the PE&RC graduate school. This gives me the great opportunity to broaden my skill set even further.

  • Publications


    • Zweerus, N. L., van Wijk, M., Smallegange, I. M., & Groot, A. T. (2022). Mating status affects female choice when females are signalers. Ecology and Evolution, 12(4), e8864.


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