Rampal Etienne

Rampal Etienne is the recipient of the 2020 Descartes-Huygens Prize. He, who explores the relationship between evolution and plant, animal and bacterial species, has been awarded the prize for his outstanding research and his contribution to Franco-Dutch relations.

Rampal Etienne, professor at the University of Groningen and researcher at the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences, specialises in theoretical and evolutionary community ecology. His research explores how an ecological community made up of all kinds of organisms (from fungi and bacteria to plants and animals) influences the emergence of new species and their evolution.

Etienne's involvement in Franco-Dutch research cooperation dates back to the early 2000s. Since then, he has studied how such factors as island size and distance from the mainland affect species diversification on islands. As a follow-up to this research, Etienne and his French counterparts will investigate how the traits of species forming a community influence the emergence of new species.

Photo Heleen Etienne-Laan