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Coen  Westerduin

Coen Westerduin

Project Researcher

Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, Forestry and Technology

My work combines ecological research with molecular tools to answer questions that were previously out of reach.

In the Ruspolia project, I aid in developing a DNA-based method to identify the focal bush-cricket Ruspolia differens from its close relatives, and afterwards apply this to new samples in order to learn more of R. differens‘ favoured habitats. In addition, I have developed the bioinformatics for the Tropical Rainforest Restoration project, in which we identify the lepidopterans and their parasitoids using DNA-based methods.