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Olff, Prof. Han

Han Olff
Han Olff

Han Olff is Professor of Ecology at the Faculty of Science and Engineering. He is specialised in ecology, biodiversity, nature management, nature protection and sustainable landscapes. Olff graduated with a degree in biology from the University of Groningen in 1988. In 1992, he gained his PhD in Groningen in the field of ecology, after which he worked as a researcher at the University of Wageningen and in the United States. In 2002, Olff was appointed as Professor of Community and Conservation Ecology at the UG. Here, he researched biodiversity and nature management in the Netherlands as well as in the tropical savannahs and rainforests.

In his research, Olff has a focus on the structure and functioning of diverse communities and ecosystems, giving special attention to the interaction between plants, herbivores, detrivores and predators. Olff uses the outcomes of his research to give regular advice about nature protection. Alongside his work at the UG, Olff is a member of the supervisory board of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and of ARK Nature. Olff also sits on the Academic Advisory Board of the Parc National du Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania and of the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research. In addition, he is a board member of the Netherlands Ecological Research Network (NERN).

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Bakker, J., Berg, M., Grootjans, A. P., Olff, H., Schrama, M., Reijers, V., & van der Heide, T. (2023). Biogeomorphological aspects of a model barrier island and its surroundings - interactions between abiotic conditions and biota shaping the tidal and terrestrial landscape: a synthesis. Ocean & Coastal Management, 239, [e106624].
El- Hacen, H., Lemrabott, S. Y., Meijer, K., Piersma, T., Govers, L., van Gils, J., & Olff, H. (2023). Growth and population structure of bloody cockles Senilia senilis at Banc d’Arguin and Bijagós with different environmental conditions and harvesting regimes. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 710, 71-83. [M 14291].
de Jonge, I. K., Veldhuis, M. P., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Berg, M. P., & Olff, H. (2023). The metamicrobiome: Key determinant of the homeostasis of nutrient recycling. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 38(2), 183-195.
Marin-Diaz, B., van der Wal, D., Kaptein, L., Martinez-Garcia, P., Lashley, C. H., de Jong, K., Nieuwenhuis, J. W., Govers, L. L., Olff, H., & Bouma, T. J. (2023). Using salt marshes for coastal protection: Effective but hard to get where needed most. Journal of Applied Ecology.
Leurs, G., Nieuwenhuis, B. O., Zuidewind, T. J., Hijner, N., Olff, H., & Govers, L. L. (2023). Where land meets sea: Intertidal areas as key-habitats for sharks and rays. Fish and Fisheries, 24(3), 407-426.


de Jonge, I. K., Veldhuis, M. P., Vrieling, A., & Olff, H. (2022). Camera traps enable the estimation of herbaceous aboveground net primary production (ANPP) in an African savanna at high temporal resolution. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, 8(5), 583-600.
Meijer, K. J., Franken, O., van der Heide, T., Holthuijsen, S. J., Visser, W., Govers, L., & Olff, H. (2022). Characterizing bedforms in shallow seas as an integrative predictor of seafloor stability and the occurrence of macrozoobenthic species. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation.
van Leeuwen, C., Temmink, R., Jin, H., Kahlert, Y., Robroek, B., Berg, M., Lamers, L., van den Akker, M., Posthorn, R., Boosten, A., Olff, H., & Bakker, E. (2022). Ecosysteemherstel door vijf jaar oude Marker Wadden. De Levende Natuur, 123(1).
Olff, H., Aerts, R., Bobbink, R., Cornelissen, J. H. C., Erisman, J. W., Galloway, J. N., Stevens, C. J., Sutton, M. A., de Vries, F. T., Wamelink, G. W. W., & Wardle, D. A. (2022). Explanations for nitrogen decline. Science, 376(6598), 1169-1170.
El- Hacen, H., Mens, T., Bouma, T., Piersma, T., Leroy, S. A. G., Olff, H., & Sangiorgi , F. (2022). Fossilized diatoms as indirect indicators of the origin of carbon stored in intertidal flats. Frontiers in Marine Science, 9, [1006847].
Temmink, R. J. M., van den Akker, M., van Leeuwen, C. H. A., Thöle, Y., Olff, H., Reijers, V. C., Weideveld, S. T. J., Robroek, B. J. M., Lamers, L. P. M., & Bakker, E. S. (2022). Herbivore exclusion and active planting stimulate reed marsh development on a newly constructed archipelago. Ecological engineering, 175, [106474].
Garzon-Lopez, C. X., Barcenas, E. M., Ordoñez, A., Jansen, P. A., Bohlman, S. A., & Olff, H. (2022). Recruitment limitation in three large-seeded plant species in a tropical moist forest. Biotropica, 54(2), 418-430.
Dobson, A., Hopcraft, G., Mduma, S., Ogutu, J. O., Fryxell, J., Anderson, T. M., Archibald, S., Lehmann, C., Poole, J., Caro, T., Holt, R. D., Berger, J., Rubenstein, D. I., Kahumbu, P., Chidumayo, E. N., Milner-Gulland, E. J., Schluter, D., Otto, S., Balmford, A., ... Sinclair, A. R. E. (2022). Savannas are vital but overlooked carbon sinks. Science, 375(6579), 392.
de Jonge, I. K., Olff, H., Wormmeester, R., & Veldhuis, M. P. (2022). Spatiotemporal habitat use of large African herbivores across a conservation border. Conservation Science and Practice, 4(8), [e12754].
Marin-Diaz, B., Govers, L. L., van der Wal, D., Olff, H., & Bouma, T. J. (2022). The importance of marshes providing soil stabilization to resist fast-flow erosion in case of a dike breach. Ecological Applications, 32(6), [e2622].


Temmink, R. J. M., Fivash, G. S., Govers, L. L., Nauta, J., Marin-Diaz, B., Cruijsen, P. M. J. M., Didderen, K., Penning, E., Olff, H., Heusinkveld, J. H. T., Lamers, L. P. M., Lengkeek, W., Christianen, M. J. A., Reijers, V. C., Bouma, T. J., & van der Heide, T. (2022). Initiating and upscaling mussel reef establishment with life cycle informed restoration: Successes and future challenges. Ecological engineering, 175, [106496].
van der Reijden, K. J., Govers, L. L., Koop, L., Damveld, J. H., Herman, P. M. J., Mestdagh, S., Piet, G., Rijnsdorp, A. D., Dinesen, G. E., Snellen, M., & Olff, H. (2021). Beyond connecting the dots: A multi-scale, multi-resolution approach to marine habitat mapping. Ecological indicators, [107849].
van der Reijden, K., Koop, L., Mestdagh, S., Snellen, M., Herman, P. M., Olff, H., & Govers, L. L. (2021). Conservation implications of Sabellaria spinulosa reef patches in a dynamic sandy-bottom environment. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8, [642659].
van Leeuwen, C. H. A., Temmink, R. J. M., Jin, H., Kahlert, Y., Robroek, B. J. M., Berg, M. P., Lamers, L. P. M., van den Akker, M., Posthoorn, R., Boosten, A., Olff, H., & Bakker, E. S. (2021). Enhancing ecological integrity while preserving ecosystem services: Constructing soft-sediment islands in a shallow lake. Ecological Solutions and Evidence, 2(3), [e12098].
Govers, L., Reijers, V., Smeele, Q., Olff, H., van der Zee, E., Temmink, R., Marin Diaz, B., Fivash, G., Nauta, J., & van der Heide, T. (2021). Habitat-overstijgende interacties in het Waddengebied. VBNE, Vereniging van Bos- en Natuurterreineigenaren.
Marin-Diaz, B., Govers, L. L., van der Wal, D., Olff, H., & Bouma, T. J. (2021). How grazing management can maximize erosion resistance of salt marshes. Journal of Applied Ecology, 58(7), 1533-1544.
Leurs, G., van der Reijden, K. J., Lemrabott, S. Y., Barry, I., Nonque, D. M., Olff, H., Ledo Pontes, S., Regalla, A., & Govers, L. (2021). Industrial fishing near West African Marine Protected Areas and its potential effects on mobile marine predators. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8, [602917].
Chen, Q., Bakker, J. P., Alberti, J., Bakker, E. S., Smit, C., & Olff, H. (2021). Long-term cross-scale comparison of grazing and mowing on plant diversity and community composition in a salt-marsh system. Journal of Ecology, 109(10), 3727-3737.
Meijer, K. J., El-Hacen, E-H. M., Govers, L. L., Lavaleye, M., Piersma, T., & Olff, H. (2021). Mangrove-mudflat connectivity shapes benthic communities in a tropical intertidal system. Ecological indicators, 130, [108030].
Marin-Diaz, B., Fivash, G. S., Nauta, J., Temmink, R. J. M., Hijner, N., Reijers, V. C., Cruijsen, P. P. M. J. M., Didderen, K., Heusinkveld, J. H. T., Penning, E., Maldonado-Garcia, G., van Belzen, J., de Smit, J. C., Christianen, M. J. A., van der Heide, T., van der Wal, D., Olff, H., Bouma, T. J., & Govers, L. L. (2021). On the use of large-scale biodegradable artificial reefs for intertidal foreshore stabilization. Ecological engineering, 170, [106354].
van der Molen, J., van Leeuwen, S. M., Govers, L. L., van der Heide, T., & Olff, H. (2021). Potential micro-plastics dispersal and accumulation in the North Sea, with application to the MSC Zoe incident. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8, [607203].
Qiu, D., Cui, B., Ma, X., Yan, J., Cai, Y., Xie, T., Gao, F., Wang, F., Sui, H., Bai, J., van de Koppel, J., & Olff, H. (2021). Reciprocal facilitation between annual plants and burrowing crabs: Implications for the restoration of degraded saltmarshes. Journal of Ecology, 109(4), 1828-1841.
Chen, Q., Smit, C., Pen, I., & Olff, H. (2021). Small herbivores and abiotic heterogeneity promote trait variation of a saltmarsh plant in local communities. PeerJ, 9, [e12633].
Kihwele, E. S., Veldhuis, M. P., Loishooki, A., Hongoa, J. R., Hopcraft, J. G. C., Olff, H., & Wolanski, E. (2021). Upstream land-use negatively affects river flow dynamics in the Serengeti National Park. Ecohydrology and Hydrobiology, 21(1), 1-12.


Tittonell, P., Piñeiro, G., Garibaldi , L. A., Dogliotti , S., Olff, H., & Jobbagy , E. G. (2020). Agroecology in Large Scale Farming—A Research Agenda: A research agenda. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems , 4, [584605].
Mestdagh, S., Amiri-Simkooei, A., van der Reijden, K. J., Koop, L., O'Flynn, S., Snellen, M., van Sluis, C., Govers, L. L., Simons, D. G., Herman, P. M. J., Olff, H., & Ysebaert, T. (2020). Linking the morphology and ecology of subtidal soft-bottom marine benthic habitats: A novel multiscale approach. Estuarine coastal and shelf science, 238, [106687].
El-Hacen, E-H. M., Sidi Cheikh, M. A., Bouma, T. J., Olff, H., & Piersma, T. (2020). Long-term changes in seagrass and benthos at Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania, the premier intertidal system along the East Atlantic Flyway. Global Ecology and Conservation, 24, [e01364].
Koop, L., van der Reijden, K. J., Mestdagh, S., Ysebaert, T., Govers, L. L., Olff, H., Herman, P. M. J., Snellen, M., & Simons, D. G. (2020). Measuring centimeter-scale sand ripples using multibeam echosounder backscatter data from the Brown Bank area of the Dutch continental shelf. Geosciences, 10(12), [495].
Fokkema, W., van der Jeugd, H. P., Lameris, T. K., Dokter, A. M., Ebbinge, B. S., de Roos, A. M., Nolet, B. A., Piersma, T., & Olff, H. (2020). Ontogenetic niche shifts as a driver of seasonal migration. Oecologia, 193(2), 285–297.
Kihwele, E., Mchomvu, V., Owen-Smith, N., Hetem, R. S., Hutchinson, M. C., Potter, A. B., Olff, H., & Veldhuis, M. (2020). Quantifying water requirements of African ungulates through a combination of functional traits. Ecological monographs, 90(2), [e01404].
Ogutu, J. O., Kifugo, S. C., Senteu, J., Obath, C., Amoke, I., & Olff, H. (2020). Reversing the disintegration of the Mara Ecosystem: A feasibility study.


de Fouw, J., van der Zee, E. M., van Gils, J. A., Eriksson, B. K., Weerman, E. J., Donadi, S., van der Veer, H. W., Olff, H., Piersma, T., & van der Heide, T. (2020). The interactive role of predation, competition and habitat conditions in structuring an intertidal bivalve population. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 523, [151267].
Ogutu, J. O., Veldhuis, M. P., Morrison, T. A., Hopcraft, J. G. C., & Olff, H. (2019). Conservation: Beyond population growth - Response. Science, 365(6449), 133-134.
Veldhuis, M. P., Ritchie, M. E., Ogutu, J. O., Morrison, T. A., Beale, C. M., Estes, A. B., Mwakilema, W., Ojwang, G. O., Parr, C. L., Probert, J., Wargute, P. W., Hopcraft, J. G. C., & Olff, H. (2019). Cross-boundary human impacts compromise the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. Science, 363(6434), 1424–1428.
Onrust, J., Wymenga, E., Piersma, T., & Olff, H. (2019). Earthworm activity and availability for meadow birds is restricted in intensively managed grasslands. Journal of Applied Ecology, 56(6), 1333-1342.
Veldhuis, M. P., Kihwele, E. S., Ogutu, J. O., Hoperaft, J. G. C., Owen-Smith, N., & Olff, H. (2019). Large herbivore assemblages in a changing climate: Incorporating water dependence and thermoregulation. Ecology Letters, 22(10), 1536-1546.
El-Hacen, E. H. M., Bouma, T. J., Oomen, P., Piersma, T., & Olff, H. (2019). Large-scale ecosystem engineering by flamingos and fiddler crabs on West-African intertidal flats promote joint food availability. Oikos, 128(5), 753-764.
Reijers, V. C., Cruijsen, P. M. J. M., Hoetjes, S. C. S., van den Akker, M., Heusinkveld, J. H. T., van de Koppel, J., Lamers, L. P. M., Olff, H., & van der Heide, T. (2019). Loss of spatial structure after temporary herbivore absence in a high-productivity reed marsh. Journal of Applied Ecology, 56(7), 1817-1826.
El-Hacen, E. H. M., Bouma, T. J., Govers, L. L., Piersma, T., & Olff, H. (2019). Seagrass Sensitivity to Collapse Along a Hydrodynamic Gradient: Evidence from a Pristine Subtropical Intertidal Ecosystem. Ecosystems, 22(5), 1007-1023.
Olff, H. (Author), & Veldhuis, M. (Author). (2019). Serengeti Squeeze - Interactive storymap. Digital or Visual Products
Chen, Q., Howison, R. A., Bakker, J. P., Alberti, J., Kuijper, D. P. J., Olff, H., & Smit, C. (2019). Small herbivores slow down species loss up to 22 years but only at early successional stage. Journal of Ecology, 107, 2688-2696.


van der Reijden, K. J., Koop, L., O'Flynn, S., Garcia, S., Bos, O., van der Sluis, C., Maaholm, D. J., Herman, P. M. J., Simons, D. G., Olff, H., Ysebaert, T., Snellen, M., Govers, L. L., Rijnsdorp, A. D., & Aquilar, R. (2019). Discovery of Sabellaria spinulosa reefs in an intensively fished area of the Dutch Continental Shelf, North Sea. Journal of Sea Research, 144, 85-94.
de Fouw, J., van der Heide, T., van Belzen, J., Govers, L. L., Sidi Cheikh, M. A., Olff, H., van de Koppel, J., & van Gils, J. A. (2018). A facultative mutualistic feedback enhances the stability of tropical intertidal seagrass beds. Scientific Reports, 8, [12988].
Dokter, A. M., Fokkema, W., Ebbinge, B. S., Olff, H., van der Jeugd, H. P., & Nolet, B. A. (2018). Agricultural pastures challenge the attractiveness of natural saltmarsh for a migratory goose. Journal of Applied Ecology, 55(6), 2707-2718.
te Beest, M., Mpandza, N. J., & Olff, H. (2018). Biotic resistance affects growth and reproduction, but not survival of a high-impact woody invader in African savannas. Journal of Vegetation Science, 29(3), 532-540.
Dokter, A. M., Fokkema, W., Bekker , S. K., Bouten, W., Ebbinge, B. S., Müskens, G., Olff, H., van der Jeugd, H. P., & Nolet, B. A. (2018). Body stores persist as fitness correlate in a long-distance migrant released from food constraints. Behavioral Ecology, 29(5), 1157–1166.
Koerner, S. E., Smith, M. D., Burkepile, D. E., Hanan, N. P., Avolio, M. L., Collins, S. L., Knapp, A. K., Lemoine, N. P., Forrestel, E. J., Eby, S., Thompson, D. I., Aguado-Santacruz, G. A., Anderson, J. P., Anderson, T. M., Angassa, A., Bagchi, S., Bakker, E. S., Bastin, G., Baur, L. E., ... Smit, C. (2018). Change in dominance determines herbivore effects on plant biodiversity. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2, 1925-1932.
Dini-Andreote, F., van Elsas, J. D., Olff, H., & Salles, J. F. (2018). Dispersal-competition tradeoff in microbiomes in the quest for land colonization. Scientific Reports, 8(1), [9451].
Veldhuis, M. P., Berg, M. P., Loreau, M., & Olff, H. (2018). Ecological autocatalysis: A central principle in ecosystem organization? Ecological monographs, 88(3), 304-319.
El-Hacen, E-H. M., Bouma, T. J., Fivash, G. S., Sall, A. A., Piersma, T., Olff, H., & Govers, L. L. (2018). Evidence for 'critical slowing down' in seagrass: a stress gradient experiment at the southern limit of its range. Scientific Reports, 8(1), [17263].
van Donk, E., Olff, H., Reumer, J., & Buiter, R. (Eds.) (2018). Natuur in Nederland: Beheren, behouden of beheersen? Cahiers Biowetenschappen en Maatschappij, 37(4).
van der Reijden, K. J., Hintzen, N. T., Govers, L. L., Rijnsdorp, A. D., & Olff, H. (2018). North Sea demersal fisheries prefer specific benthic habitats. PLoS ONE, 13(12), [e0208338].
Olff, H., & Berendse, F. (2018). Oostvaardersplassen: Het dier of het systeem? Cahiers Biowetenschappen en Maatschappij, 37(4), 68-69.
Mas-Carrio, E., Dini-Andreote, F., Brossi, M. J. D. L., Salles, J. F., & Olff, H. (2018). Organic amendment under increasing agricultural intensification: Effects on soil bacterial communities and plant productivity. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9, [2612].
Howison, R. A., Piersma, T., Kentie, R., Hooijmeijer, J. C. E. W., & Olff, H. (2018). Quantifying landscape-level land-use intensity patterns through radar-based remote sensing. Journal of Applied Ecology, 55(3), 1276-1287.
Veldhuis, M. P., Gommers, M. I., Olff, H., & Berg, M. P. (2018). Spatial redistribution of nutrients by large herbivores and dung beetles in a savanna ecosystem. Journal of Ecology, 106(1), 422-433.
Jouta, J., de Goeij, P., Lok, T., Velilla, E., Camphuysen, C. J., Leopold, M., van der Veer, H. W., Olff, H., Overdijk, O., & Piersma, T. (2018). Unexpected dietary preferences of Eurasian Spoonbills in the Dutch Wadden Sea: Spoonbills mainly feed on small fish not shrimp. Journal of Ornithology, 159(3), 839-849.
Damveld, J. H., van der Reijden, K. J., Cheng, C., Koop, L., Haaksma, L. R., Walsh, C. A. J., Soetaert, K., Borsje, B. W., Govers, L. L., Roos, P. C., Olff, H., & Hulscher, S. J. M. H. (2018). Video transects reveal that tidal sand waves affect the spatial distribution of benthic organisms and sand ripples. Geophysical research letters, 45(21), 11,837-11,846.


Christianen, M. J. A., Middelburg, J. J., Holthuijsen, S. J., Jouta, J., Compton, T. J., van der Heide, T., Piersma, T., Sinninghe Damsté, J. S., van der Veer, H. W., Schouten, S., & Olff, H. (2017). Benthic primary producers are key to sustain the Wadden Sea food web: Stable carbon isotope analysis at landscape scale. Ecology, 98(6), 1498-1512.
Howison, R. A., Olff, H., van de Koppel, J., & Smit, C. (2017). Biotically driven vegetation mosaics in grazing ecosystems: The battle between bioturbation and biocompaction. Ecological monographs, 87(3), 363-378.
Eriksson, B. K., Westra, J., van Gerwen, I., Weerman, E., van der Zee, E., van der Heide, T., van de Koppel, J., Olff, H., Piersma, T., & Donadi, S. (2017). Facilitation by ecosystem engineers enhances nutrient effects in an intertidal system. Ecosphere, 8(12), [e02051].
Alberti, J., Bakker, E. S., van Klink, R., Olff, H., & Smit, C. (2017). Herbivore exclusion promotes a more stochastic plant community assembly in a natural grassland. Ecology, 98(4), 961-970.
Govers, L., van der Heide, T., Olff, H., Smeele, Q., & van der Eijk, A. (2017). Laat Griend weer wandelen. De Levende Natuur, 118(5), 181-187.
van der Plas, F., van Klink, R., Manning, P., Olff, H., & Fischer, A. (2017). Sensitivity of functional diversity metrics to sampling intensity. Methods in ecology and evolution, 8(9), 1072-1080.
Veldhuis, M. P., Laso, F. J., Olff, H., & Berg, M. P. (2017). Termites promote resistance of decomposition to spatiotemporal variability in rainfall. Ecology, 98(2), 467-477.
Howison, R. A., Olff, H., Owen-Smith, N., Cromsigt, J. P. G. M., & Archibald, S. (2017). The abiotic template for the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park's landscape heterogeneity. In Conserving Africa's Mega-Diversity in the Anthropocene: The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park Story (pp. 33-55). Cambridge University Press.


Christianen, M. J. A., van der Heide, T., Holthuijsen, S. J., van der Reijden, K. J., Borst, A. C. W., & Olff, H. (2017). Biodiversity and food web indicators of community recovery in intertidal shellfish reefs. Biological Conservation, 213(Part B), 317-324.
Schrama, M., van der Plas, F., Berg, M. P., & Olff, H. (2017). Decoupled diversity dynamics in green and brown webs during primary succession in a salt marsh. Journal of Animal Ecology, 86(1), 158-169.
Veldhuis, M. P., Rozen-Rechels, D., le Roux, E., Cromsigt, J. P. G. M., Berg, M. P., & Olff, H. (2016). Determinants of patchiness of woody vegetation in an African savanna. Journal of Vegetation Science, 28(1), 93-104.
van der Plas, F., Howison, R. A., Mpanza, N., Cromsigt, J. P. G. M., & Olff, H. (2016). Different-sized grazers have distinctive effects on plant functional composition of an African savannah. Journal of Ecology, 104(3), 864-875.
de Fouw, J., Govers, L. L., van de Koppel, J., van Belzen, J., Dorigo, W., Sidi Cheikh, M. A., Christianen, M. J. A., van der Reijden, K. J., van der Geest, M., Piersma, T., Smolders, A. J. P., Olff, H., Lamers, L. P. M., van Gils, J. A., & van der Heide, T. (2016). Drought, mutualism breakdown, and landscape-scale degradation of seagrass beds. Current Biology, 26, 1051-1056.
Howison, R. A., Olff, H., van Puijenbroek, M. E. B., & Smit, C. (2016). Facultative grazing and bioturbation by macrodetritivores alter saltmarsh plant-plant interactions under stress. Journal of Ecology, 104(4), 1149-1157.
Veldhuis, M., Fakkert, H. F., Berg, M. P., & Olff, H. (2016). Grassland structural heterogeneity in a savanna is driven more by productivity differences than by consumption differences between lawn and bunch grasses. Oecologia, 182(3), 841. [DOI: 10.1007/s0042-016-3698-y].
van der Zee, E. M., Angelini, C., Govers, L. L., Christianen, M. J. A., Altieri, A. H., van der Reijden, K. J., Silliman, B. R., van de Koppel, J., van der Geest, M., van Gils, J. A., van der Veer, H. W., Piersma, T., de Ruiter, P. C., Olff, H., & van der Heide, T. (2016). How habitat-modifying organisms structure the food web of two coastal ecosystems. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, 283(1826), 1-9.
Gosling, C. M., Schrama, M., van Erk, A., Olff, H., & Cromsigt, J. P. G. M. (2016). Mammalian herbivores, grass height and rainfall drive termite activity at different spatial scales in an African savanna. Biotropica, 48, 656-666.
Howison, R. A., Berg, M. P., Smit, C., van Dijk, K., & Olff, H. (2016). The importance of coprophagous macrodetritivores for the maintenance of vegetation heterogeneity in an African Savannah. Ecosystems, 19(4), 674-684.
Fokkema, W., de Boer, W., van der Jeugd, H. P., Dokter, A., Nolet, B. A., De Kok, L. J., Elzenga, J. T. M., & Olff, H. (2016). The nature of plant adaptation to salinity stress has trophic consequences. Oikos, 125(6), 804–811.
Veldhuis, M. P., Hulshof, A., Fokkema, W., Berg, M. P., & Olff, H. (2016). Understanding nutrient dynamics in an African savanna: Local biotic interactions outweigh a major regional rainfall gradient. Journal of Ecology, 104(4), 913-923.


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