Maarten Vonhof

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Maarten Vonhof
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Professor and also in Biological Sciences
(269) 387-5626 or (269) 387-5646
3431 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5424
Mailing address: 
School of Environment, Geography, and Sustainability
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5424 USA
  • Ph.D., Biology, York University, 2002
  • M.Sc., Ecology, University of Calgary, 1995
  • B.Sc., Ecology, University of Calgary, 1992
Teaching interests: 
  • Introductory Biology
  • Ecology
  • Field Ecology
Research interests: 
  • Urban Ecology
  • Host-Parasite Interactions
  • Evolutionary Biology and Population Genetics
Creative interests: 
  • Lapidary (rock cutting and polishing)
  • Photography

I am an ecologist and evolutionary biologist with a strong emphasis on conservation. I pursue studies in three broad areas: The influence of land use change (particularly urbanization) on species interactions, such predator-prey, host-parasite, or host-microbiome interactions; The ecology and genetics of host-parasite interactions with a focus on bat and bird parasites; Comparative population genetics and genomics of bats. My research combines field studies on animal behavior and ecology with laboratory approaches using molecular markers to understand evolutionary patterns and process.