Profile and Curriculum

See my profile on Google Scholar and ResearchGate, and an overview of my research (in French) in Esprit Libre (ULB), in FNRS News, EOS Sciences and Athéna.

2004. MSc in Agricultural Sciences at Gembloux Agro-Bio-Tech (ULg, Belgium).

2008. PhD in Biological Sciences (FRIA) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Belgium), supervised by Prof. Jean-Christophe de Biseau (ULB, Belgium) and co-supervised by Prof. Florian P. Schiestl (University of Zürich, Switzerland).

2008-2012. Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Belgian Fund for Scientific Research (FRS-FNRS), based at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Belgium), co-supervised by Prof. Florian P. Schiestl (University of Zürich, Switzerland).

2013-present. Professor with tenure (Chair of Tropical Agroecology) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Belgium).

Five key publications

Vereecken NJ, Dorchin A, Dafni A, Hötling S, Schulz S & Watts S, 2013. A pollinators’ eye view of a shelter mimicry system. Annals of Botany 111(6): 1155-1165.

Vereecken NJ, Wilson CA, Hötling S, Schulz S, Banketov S & Mardulyn P, 2012. Pre-adaptations and the evolution of pollination by sexual deception: Cope’s rule of specialisation revisited. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 279(1748): 4786-4794.

Vereecken NJ, Cozzolino S & Schiestl FP, 2010. Hybrid floral scent novelty drives pollinator shift in sexually deceptive orchids. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10: 103.

Vereecken NJ & Schiestl FP, 2009. On the roles of colour and scent in a specialized floral mimicry system. Annals of Botany 104(6): 1077–1084.

Vereecken NJ & Schiestl FP, 2008. The evolution of imperfect floral mimicry. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 105(21): 7484–7488.


Editorial Board of Plant Biology and Frontiers in Ecology & Evolution (Chemical Ecology section).

Referee for Annals of Botany, Annales de la Société Entomologique de France, Apidologie, Behavioural Ecology, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Botanica Helvetica, Chemoecology, Ecology, Evolution, Functional Ecology, Israel Journal of Botany, Plant Biology, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B.

Member of the scientific board of the Jean-Marie Delwart Foundation for the Study of Biochemical Communication and Evolution in Plants, Animals and Man (

Editor of the newsletter OSMIA on the ecology and behaviour of solitary bees, member of the International Society of Chemical Ecology (ISCE).

Founding member of the Observatoire des Abeilles (OA), see


Agroecology & Pollination Group - Group leader

Website designed by NJ Vereecken

Dr. Nicolas J. Vereecken

Professor - Agroecology & Pollination Group

Landscape Ecology & Plant Production Systems

Interfaculty School of Bioengineering

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Email: nicolas.vereecken(at)

Research Interests

- Agroecology and sustainability sciences

  1. -Agroecosystems biodiversity & ecosystem services

  2. -Evolutionary biology

  3. -Ecology of pollination & specialization

  4. -Chemical ecology of insect-plant interactions

Landscape Ecology and Plant Production Systems