Maarten Vonhof

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Maarten Vonhof
Professor of Biological Sciences
Office: 
(269) 387-5626
Location: 
3431 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5410
Mailing address: 
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5410 USA
Research interests: 
  • Conservation biology
  • Evolutionary biology and population genetics
  • Urban and disease ecology
Bio: 

Dr. Maarten Vonhof is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University, with a joint appointment in the environmental and sustainability studies program.

Vonhof is an ecologist and evolutionary biologist with strong emphasis on conservation. His main research focus is on understanding how organisms respond to environmental change.

Within this broad framework he pursues studies in three broad areas:

  • The influence of urbanization on the ecology and behavior (particularly song) of birds.
  • The ecology and genetics of host-parasite and host-disease systems.
  • Comparative population genetic structure and phylogeography.

Vonhof's research combines field studies on animal behavior and ecology with laboratory approaches using molecular markers such as microsatellites and DNA sequences.

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