Klaas-Douwe ‘KD’ B. Dijkstra
(7 January 1975, Kampen, The Netherlands)
Address Naturalis Biodiversity Centre (formerly: National Museum of Natural History Naturalis; Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis)
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2012-2015 Invited lead author on evolution of freshwater insect diversity for Ann. Rev. Entomology. Postdoc at University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge, on diversification of damselflies.
Co-PI realizing the application of Odonata as practical ecological indicators of freshwater health and biodiversity throughout Africa, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. 2009-2012 Independent researcher at Naturalis.
Author and illustrator of handbook on eastern African Odonata (70% of continental fauna). Built up foremost recent collection of African Odonata: over 610 of 730 species known.
Teacher for Tropical Biology Association, 2011. Participant of Congo Biodiversity Initiative's two-month expedition on Congo River in 2010. Environmental consultant; surveys in Gabon, Katanga, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Tanzania. 2008-2009 Curator at Naturalis, co-funded by Conservation
International, supporting IUCN Global Dragonfly Assessment.
Coordinator, assessor, evaluator and leading report author on Odonata for IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment of Africa.
2007-2008 Curator of invertebrates at National Zoological Collection of Suriname (NZCS), University of Suriname.
Initiator of collaboration NZCS with Naturalis, supported by Dutch Foreign Ministry,
knowledge disclosed in databases and books. 2004-2006 Editor and author of field guide to European
Odonata for British Wildlife Publishing: over 20,000 copies sold in English, French and Dutch.
Participant of Conservation International’s RAPs to Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Ghana.
2001-2006 Research in BIOTA project ‘Biogeography, Diversity & Ecology of East African Odonata’: PhD on systematics and biogeography of Afrotropical Odonata (May 2007) Leiden University, The Netherlands.
Fieldwork in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda. Research in museums in Berlin, Brussels, Bulawayo, London, Madrid, Nairobi, Paris, Stockholm and Tervuren.
1998-2000 Co-editor and co-author of handbook on Dutch Odonata. 1992-1998 MSc in evolutionary biology, biogeography
and systematics (March 1998; cum laude) Leiden University, The Netherlands.
Four months of MSc research in Uganda. Founder of Dutch odonatological society (NVL) and its journal Brachytron.
1988-1992 Rijnlands Lyceum, Oegstgeest; Veenlanden College, Mijdrecht, The Netherlands.
Active member of Dutch youth organisation for natural history (NJN).
1986-1988 British International School Cairo, Egypt.
MSc courses All subjects of general biology, including zoology, general and tropical botany, geology, palaeontology, systematics, biogeography, phylogenetic systematics, evolutionary biology, animal and plant ecology, ethology, mathematics, statistics and environmental biology. MSc research and special courses:
2009 Advanced phylogenetic analysis. Research school Biodiversity, Leiden University.
1997-1998 Phylogeny and biogeography of Philippine and Greater Sunda Coeliccia species (Odonata: Platycnemididae). D. Gassmann, Prof. E. Gittenberger & J. van Tol, Animal Systematics. 1997 Phylogenetic systematics. Research school Biodiversity, Leiden University.
1995-1996 Competition for resources in fruit-feeding butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Conducted in Kibale Forest, Uganda. Prof. P. Brakefield, Evolutionary Biology.
1995 Tropical ecology. Naivasha, Kenya. Tropical Biology Association.
1995 Botany and vegetation. Algarve, Portugal. Prof. D. Mabberley, Oxford University.
1994-1995 Identification key for European Drosophilidae (Diptera). Dr. J. van Alphen, Animal Ecology. Scientific activities
2012-2015 Co-PI with Prof. M.J. Samways (Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, University of Stellenbosch) on project “A practical tool for evaluating freshwater health and biodiversity Africa-wide”, supported by JRS Biodiversity Foundation (USA) with $ 295,900. 2012-2014 Invited lead author (with M.T. Monaghan and S.U. Pauls) of “Fundaments of Freshwater
Biodiversity: Patterns and Process in the Diversification of Aquatic Insects” for Annual Review of Entomology.
2012 Postdoctoral researcher at University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge (with Paul Brakefield), funded by Naturalis, working on review (see above) and diversification of damselflies.
2012 Invited lead author (with seventeen co-authors) on Odonata for “Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification and survey of taxonomic richness”, published by Zootaxa. since 1998 Honorary research associate at Naturalis; member of Damselfly Workers Naturalis (DAWN):
molecular phylogeny and biogeography of Zygoptera; with J. van Tol, F. Stokvis, V.J. Kalkman, M. Hämäläinen & R.A. Dow.
2010 Participant of two-month Congo River expedition organised by the Belgian Royal Museum for Central Africa, Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences and the University of Kisangani to mark the foundation of a national centre for biodiversity in Democratic Republic of Congo. 2007-2008 Curator of invertebrates at National Zoological Collection of Suriname (NZCS), University of
Suriname. Duties included research, education and coordination of two assistant curators. 2005-2008 Invited speaker at odonatological meetings in Freising, Pontevedra, Hong Kong and Nagpur. 2001-2007 PhD researcher in BIOTA project Biogeography, Diversity and Ecology of East African Odonata
funded by the German Government. Author and illustrator of papers, thesis and identification handbook (submitted to Royal Museum for Central Africa for publication). Conducted extensive fieldwork (see overview) and research in museums, including Berlin, Brussels, Bulawayo, London, Madrid, Nairobi, Paris, Stockholm and Tervuren (see grants).
2006 Consultant to Prof. M.J. Samways (Stellenbosch) on monograph of South African Odonata. 2001-2004 Organiser and editor of proceedings of meetings on African Odonata in Gällivare and Bonn. 2002 Co-organiser of the Worldwide Dragonfly Association’s 3rd European meeting, Leiden. Editorships
since 2007 Subject editor of taxonomy for the International Journal of Odonatology (ISI-listed). 2009-2010 Member of editorial board of Tijdschrift voor Entomologie.
Teaching and training
2013 Supervising two PhD students at the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, University of Stellenbosch, as part of the project supported by JRS Biodiversity Foundation. since 2009 Invited lecturer for BSc and MSc courses on biodiversity at Leiden University.
since 2006 Supervisor of MSc research at Naturalis, e.g. F. Stokvis: molecular phylogeny Platycnemididae, 2006-2007; B. van den Heuvel: molecular phylogeny Chlorocyphidae, 2009-2010; M.X. Urrutia: Odonata as bio-indicators in tropics, 2009.
2011 Invited lecturer for Tropical Biology Association (Cambridge) field course at Amani, Tanzania. 2010 Invited lecturer on ecology, diversity, evolution and conservation of Odonata at Center for
Tropical Ecology and Biodiversity of Tung Hai University, Taiwan.
2009 Member of opposition at PhD defence J. van Tol, associate director of Naturalis.
2003 Lecturer and organiser of course on Odonata for East African students as part of IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment; with National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi.
Collections and collaboration
since 1998 Set up collection of Afrotropical Odonata that now includes over 610 of 730 species known. 2007-2011 Initiator/advisor collaboration Naturalis and National Zoological Collection of Suriname
(NZCS); co-author of successful application to Dutch Foreign Ministry worth € 285,000. 2008-2009 As curator at Naturalis digitized over 600 primary types of Odonata.
2008-2009 Databased all Odonata records in Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium.
2006 Catalogued the 118 primary types of Odonata in the Natural History Museum, Zimbabwe. 2003-2004 Revised and restructured the Odonata collections of National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi. Conservation and consultancy
since 2003 Member of the IUCN Odonata Specialist Group.
2009-2012 Consultant to USA’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (2009), Arcelor Mittal (2010-2012) and Severstal (2011) to assess environmental impacts of developments in Liberia and Tanzania. 2005-2010 Coordinator, assessor, evaluator and leading report author on Odonata for IUCN Freshwater
Biodiversity Assessment of Africa.
2008-2009 Curator at Naturalis, co-funded by Conservation International, to support data collection and fundraising for IUCN Global Dragonfly Assessment (GDA).
2007 Evaluator of Odonata for IUCN’s Red List Species Index assessments.
2004-2006 Participant of Conservation International’s RAPs (biodiversity assessments) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2004), Liberia (2005) and Ghana (2006).
1999 Participant of macrofauna assessment of Pripyat (Belarus) with Belarus National Academy of Sciences and Dutch Institute for Inland Water Management RIZA.
Public and popularisation
2010-2012 Interviews about participation Congo 2010 expedition on Belgian TV news, Dutch national radio, major Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant, and French magazine Terre Sauvage. Speaker at PINC12 (www.pinc.nl) and Toneelgroep Amsterdam, foremost Dutch theatre company. 2004-2006 Editor and author of field guide to European Odonata for British Wildlife Publishing: over
20,000 copies sold in English (published 2006), French (2007) and Dutch (2008).
1998-2002 Co-editor and co-author of the handbook of Dutch Odonata; a joint effort of the Dutch society for odonatology (NVL), the youth organisation for natural history research (NJN) and the European Invertebrate Survey (EIS-Nederland).
1988-1999 Active member of Dutch youth organisation for natural history (NJN). 1997 Member of the founding committee of Dutch society for odonatology (NVL).
African experience listed below, also did fieldwork in Western Palaearctic (incl. Belarus, Turkey), Americas (USA, Mexico, Suriname), tropical Asia (Brunei, China, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand) and Australia.
2012 Angola (12 Nov - 03 Dec) with Universidade Kimpa Vita: exploration of new campus at Uíge. 2012 Liberia (19 Feb - 11 Mar) for Arcelor Mittal: further survey of Nimba iron ore concession.
2011 DR Congo (03 - 29 Nov) with Frankfurt Zoological Society: survey of Upemba and Kundelungu NPs. 2011 Tanzania (25 Jul - 26 Aug) with Tropical Biology Association: training at Amani Nature Reserve. 2011 Liberia (16 - 23 Mar) for Arcelor Mittal: further survey of Nimba iron ore concession.
2011 Sierra Leone (23 Feb - 16 Mar) for Birdlife International: survey of Gola NP and community forests. 2011 Liberia (17 Jan - 23 Feb) for Severstal: survey of Putu iron ore concession.
2010 Liberia (25 Sep - 15 Oct; 24 Dec - 14 Jan 2011) for Arcelor Mittal: survey Nimba iron ore concession. 2010 DR Congo (27 Apr - 15 Jun) with Congo Biodiversity Initiative: training expedition on Congo River. 2009 Gabon (27 Dec - 16 Jan 2010): survey of Haut Ogouué Province.
2009 Tanzania (01 - 29 Aug) with Malagarasi Aquatic Rapid Biodiversity Assessment, for Millennium Challenge Corporation (USA): survey of site for proposed Igamba dam.
2009 Egypt (02 - 17 May): survey of Siwa Oasis for Afrotropical pluvial relicts. 2008 Cameroon (22 May - 20 Jun): general surveys.
2007 Namibia (13 - 30 Apr): general surveys.
2006 Ghana (12 Jun - 12 Jul) for CI/Alcoa: survey Atewa bauxite concession.
2006 South Africa and Zimbabwe (15 Jan - 25 Feb): general surveys and museum visits.
2005 Liberia (16 Nov - 14 Dec) for CI/EU: survey three forest reserves for national conservation action. 2004 DR Congo (25 Oct - 11 Nov) for CI/USAID: survey Lokutu oil palm concession.
2004 Ethiopia (11 Mar - 09 Apr) for BIOTA East Africa: survey of threatened endemics.
2003 Kenya and Tanzania (08 Sep - 01 Oct) for BIOTA East Africa: general surveys and museum visits. 2003 Uganda (22 Apr - 15 Jun) for BIOTA East Africa: survey of Semliki and Bwindi Impenetrable NPs.
2001 Malawi and Mozambique (04 Nov - 20 Jan 2002) for BIOTA East Africa; with Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust: study of monotypic genus Oreocnemis, threatened by bauxite mining.
2000 Ghana (04 Apr - 11 May): general surveys.
1995 Uganda (30 Aug - 02 Mar 1996): survey of Kibale NP (during MSc work on butterflies).
Including multiple grants for fieldwork and museum visits, total amount raised so far is around € 700,000: Larger grants
2012 $ 295,900 JRS Biodiversity Foundation (USA)
A practical tool for evaluating freshwater health and biodiversity Africa-wide Principal investigator with Prof. M.J. Samways, University of Stellenbosch (current) 2012 € 19,500 BioFresh Contingency Fund (EU)
Completion and GBIF disclosure Odonata Database of Africa Principal investigator (current)
2012 € 22,160 Naturalis Biodiversity Centre (Netherlands)
Research visit University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge Principal investigator
2007 € 285,000 Twinning Programme (Dutch Foreign Ministry)
Collaboration Naturalis and National Zoological Collection of Suriname Initiator, co-author and project advisor
2007 $ 40,000 Conservation International (USA)
Supporting Global Dragonfly Assessment Principal investigator
Commercial work (estimates)
£ 20,000 British Wildlife Publishing fees and royalties for European Fieldguide $ 70,000 environmental consultancies in Tanzania an Liberia (details above) Personal awards and smaller grants (selection)
Worldwide Dragonfly Association’s outstanding achievement award: 2005 (shared recipient). BIOTA, funded by German Ministry of Science: 2003 (2x), 2004 (2x).
IHP/ARI grants (EU’s Improving Human Potential by Access to Research Infrastructures): ABC (Belgium): 2003, BIOD-IBERIA (Spain): 2004, COLPARSYST (France): 2003, HIGH LAT (Sweden): 2004, SYS-RESOURCE (United Kingdom): 2001.
International Dragonfly Fund: 2001 (2x), 2003.
Organising committee of European odonatological symposium in Freising, Germany: 2005. Organising committee of international odonatological symposium in Pontevedra, Spain: 2005. Organising committee of international odonatological symposium in Hong Kong, China: 2006. Schure-Beijerinck-Popping Fonds for applied ecological research: 2006.
SYNTHESYS grants, funded by Integrated Infrastructure Initiative of EU’s Sixth Framework Programme: BE-TAF (Belgium): 2005.
Uyttenboogaart-Eliasen Stichting of the Dutch Entomological Society NEV: 1997, 1999 (2x), 2001 (2x), 2003, 2006 (2x), 2009 (2x).
Worldwide Dragonfly Association: 2001. Publications
Please refer to separate list provided, or visit http://science.naturalis.nl/dijkstra for the list and PDFs.
Lead author on 78%, including 37% as sole author. Total citations are 633, of which 486 in the last five years, and 170 for best-cited work, the fieldguide to European Odonata. H-index: 11 (Google Scholar Citations). Journals include Annual Review of Entomology (invited), Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Biological Conservation (2x), Conservation Letters, Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution, and Systematics & Biodiversity.