Short CV/Education and training

  • 1984 – 1990
    M.Sc. degree in Biology, Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands. Graduation date: March 26, 1990. Majors: Plant Cytology & Morphology, Plant Physiology, Organic Chemistry (Phytochemistry)

  • 1990 – 1995
    Ph.D. training Leiden University, at the Institute of Evolutionary and Ecological Sciences, and the Institute for Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences. Graduation date: January 18, 1995, with designation "cum laude"

  • 1990 – 1994
    Ph.D. research associate, University of Leiden, Institute of Evolutionary and Ecological Sciences. Graduation 18 January 1995, with distinction ("cum laude")

  • 1994 – 1995
    Post-doctoral research associate (30% FTE), University of Leiden, Institute of Evolutionary and Ecological Sciences

  • 1995 – 1997
    Post-doctoral research associate at the University of California Riverside, Department of Entomology, Riverside (CA), USA

  • 1997 – 2000
    Post-doctoral fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute of Chemical Ecology, Department of Molecular Ecology, Jena, Germany

  • 2000 – 2003
    Post-doctoral research associate at NIOO-KNAW, The Netherlands

  • 2003 – 2005
    Research scientist at NIOO-KNAW, The Netherlands

  • 2005 – 2009
    Senior research scientist at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), Department of Multitrophic Interactions (MTI), Heteren, The Netherlands

  • 2010 – 2014
    Full Professor Ecogenomics, IWWR, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

  • 2014 – 2019
    Personal chair in Molecular Interaction Ecology, IWWR, Nijmegen (0.2 fte)

  • since 2014
    Full professor Molecular Interaction Ecology at the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, and head of the research group Molecular Interaction Ecology (MIE) at the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, in Leipzig, Germany

Selected publications

  • Danner, H., Desurmont, G. A., Cristescu, S. M. and van Dam, N. M. (2017), Herbivore-induced plant volatiles accurately predict history of coexistence, diet breadth, and feeding mode of herbivores. New Phytol. doi:10.1111/nph.14428

  • Mathur V, Tytgat TOG, Hordijk CA, Harhangi HR, Jansen JJ, Reddy AS, Harvey JA, Vet LEM, van Dam NM (2013) An ecogenomic analysis of herbivore induced plant volatiles in Brassica juncea. Molecular ecology, 22, 6179?6196

  • Amo L, Jansen JJ, van Dam NM, Dicke M, Visser ME (2013) Birds exploit herbivore induced plant volatiles to locate herbivorous prey. Ecology Letters 16, 1348?1355

  • Tytgat TOG, Verhoeven KJF, Jansen JJ, Raaijmakers CE, Bakx-Schotman T, McInytre L, van der Putten WH, Biere A, van Dam NM (2013) Plants know where it hurts: Root and shoot jasmonic acid induction elicit differential responses in Brassica oleracea. PLoS ONE 8(6), e65502. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065502

  • Mathur V, Wagenaar R, Caissard J-C, Reddy AS, Vet LEM, Cortesero AM, van Dam NM (2013) A novel indirect defence in Brassicaceae: Structure and function of extrafloral nectaries in Brassica juncea. Plant Cell and Environment 36, 528-541.

  • Crespo E, Hordijk CA, De Graaf R, Cristescu SM, Harren FJM, van Dam NM (2012) On-line detection of root-induced volatiles in Brassica nigra plants infested by Delia radicum L. rootfly larvae. Phytochemistry, online

  • van Dam NM, Heil M (2011) Multitrophic interactions belowground and aboveground: en route to the next level. Journal of Ecology 99: 77-88

  • van Dam NM, Qiu BL, Hordijk CA, Vet LEM, Jansen JJ (2010) Identification of biologically relevant compounds aboveground and belowground induced volatile blends. Journal of Chemical Ecology 36: 1006-1016

  • van Dam NM (2009) Belowground Herbivory and Plant Defenses. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 40: 373-391

  • Hopkins RJ, van Dam NM, van Loon JJA (2009) Role of glucosinolates in insect-plant relationships. Annual Review of Entomology 54: 56-83

  • Jansen JJ, Allwood JW, Marsden-Edwards E, van der Putten WH, Goodacre R, van Dam NM (2009) Metabolomic analysis of the interaction between plants and herbivores. Metabolomics 5:150?161

  • Bezemer TM, van Dam NM (2005). Linking aboveground and belowground interactions via induced plant defenses. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 20: 617-624

  • Hare JD, Elle EE, van Dam NM (2003) Costs of glandular trichomes in Datura wrightii: A three year study. Evolution 57: 793-805

  • van Dam NM, Baldwin IT (1998) Costs of jasmonate-induced responses in plants competing for limited resources. Ecology Letters 1: 30-33

  • van Dam NM, de Jong TJ, Iwasa Y, Kubo T (1996) Optimal defence distribution within rosette plants of Cynoglossum officinale L.: are plants smart investors? Functional Ecology 10: 128-136



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Current research projects:

  • PhD project Onno Calf (RU NIjmegen) "Molecular mechanisms and ecological consequences of slug-induced resistance in Solanum dulcamara (Bittersweet nightshade)" ( funded by ALW-NWO, 2014-2018)

  • PhD project Holger Danner n the European Science Foundation-EuroVOL program (EuroCORES) – InvaVol: Consequences of insect invasions for plant-insect interactions mediated by volatile organic compounds (Funded by ESF/ ALW-NWO, 2011-2015)

  • PhD project Duy Nguyen in the Ecogenomics programme ALW-NWO – Ecogenomic analysis of interactions between biotic and abiotic stress responses (funded by AL-W NWO, 2011-2015)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Memberships of scientific committees and editorial boards:

  • Advisory board member Institute for Gender Studies (IGS), Radboud University Nijmegen, since 2014

  • Member of Lorentz Centre Life Sciences Advisory Board, Leiden, since 2012

  • Elected Vice-Chair (2013) and Chair (2016) for the Gordon Research Conference Plant-Herbivore Interactions, 2010 – 2017

Editorial boards:

  • Journal of Chemical Ecology, Journal of Integrative Plant Biology, Ecology Letters

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married with 2 children


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