Vecna pot 2, 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386-1-200 7800
Fax: +386-1-257 3589
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dr. Maarten De Groot

Name: dr. Maarten De Groot
Telephone: 01 200 78 65
Department: Department of Forest Protection
Functions: entomologist
Job description: Diagnostics of forest pest insects, Research in the field of entomology

Spheres of work
  • Diagnostics of forest pest insects
  • Research in the field of entomology

Educational qualification

1997- 2002     HBO Environmental science, Van Hall Instituut, Leeuwarden, the Netherlands

Internship 2000: Dragonflies and peat waterbodies: an ecological research in de Wieden. Natuurmonumenten & Dutch butterfly foundation. Mentors: Tieneke de Groot and Drs. Robert Ketelaar

Thesis 2001: Tropical butterflies and disturbance: A research about the effects of disturbance on butterfly species composition, richness, abundance and diversity in a Northern Sierra Madre forest, Philippines. Centre for environmental science in Leiden and het Van Hall Instituut. mentors: Drs. Merlijn van Weerd, Dr. Denyse Snelders and Drs. Ben Helming

2001-2004 MSc Biology, Wageningen University and research, Wageningen, the Netherlands

Thesis 2003: Insect responses to invasive plant species: A case study about the effect of Solidago canadensis on butterfly, hoverfly and carabid diversity in the surroundings of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Department for Plant ecology and nature conservation, Wageningen University and Research  & University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Mentors: Dr. David Kleijn and Dr. Nejc Jogan

Thesis 2004: Testing White mustard (Sinapis alba) and Sweet alyssum (Lobularia maritima) as potential trap crops for the pest insect Diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella). Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University and Research. Mentors: Dr. Karin Winkler & Dr. Roel Potting

2007-2010 PhD Biology, University of Ljubjana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Thesis: Recognition, search initiation and localization in hemipteran insects mediated by vibrational signals. National Institute of Biology. Department of Biology. Mentors: Dr. Andrej Čokl and Dr. Meta Virant-Doberlet

  • 2005: Project assistant, Ecological Consultancy Bureau Waardenburg, The Netherlands
  • 2005-2006: Fieldworker, Centre of Cartography Fauna and Flora, Slovenia
  • 2006-2011: Young Researcher, National Institute of Biology, Slovenia
  • 2011- till now: Researcher and entomologist, Slovenian Forestry Institute, Slovenia
Scholarships, awards
  • 2007–2010: Young Researcher Grant  (by the Slovenian Research Agency)
  • Slovenian Entomological Society  

Selected publications:
  • De Groot, M., Čokl, A., Virant-Doberlet, M. 2011. Species identity cues : possibilities for errors during vibrational communication on plant stems. Behav. Ecol. 22: 1209-1217.
  • De Groot, M., Čokl, A., Virant-Doberlet, M. 2010. Effects of heterospecific and conspecific vibrational signal overlap and signal-to-noise ratio on male responsiveness in Nezara viridula (L.). J. Exp. Biol. 213: 3213-3222.
  • De Groot, M., Kleijn, D., Jogan, N. 2007. Species groups occupying different trophic levels respond differently to the invasion of semi-natural vegetation by Solidago canadensis. Biol. Conserv. 136: 612-617.

SICRIS Bibliography

Open Access publications in Repository Sci Vie


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