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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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2024

Lemrabott, S., van Leeuwen, A., Piersma, T., Braham, C.-B., Ball, A. C., Araujo, A., Olff, H., & El-Hacen, H. (2024). The chronology of overfishing in a remote West-African coastal ecosystem. Ecology and Society, 29(1), Article 9. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-13902-290109

2023

Leurs, G., Verkuil, Y. I., Hijner, N., Saalmann, F., Dos Santos, L., Regalla, A., Ledo Pontes, S., Yang, L., Naylor, G. J. P., Olff, H., & Govers, L. L. (2023). Addressing data-deficiency of threatened sharks and rays in a highly dynamic coastal ecosystem using environmental DNA. Ecological indicators, 154, Article 110795. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2023.110795
Nauta, J., Christianen, M. J. A., Temmink, R. J. M., Fivash, G. S., Marin-Diaz, B., Reijers, V. C., Didderen, K., Penning, E., Borst, A. C. W., Heusinkveld, J. H. T., Zwarts, M., Cruijsen, P. M. J. M., Hijner, N., Lengkeek, W., Lamers, L. P. M., van der Heide, T., Bouma, T. J., van der Wal, D., Olff, H., & Govers, L. L. (2023). Biodegradable artificial reefs enhance food web complexity and biodiversity in an intertidal soft-sediment ecosystem. Journal of Applied Ecology, 60(3), 541-552. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.14348
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, Article e106624. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2023.106624
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. Article M 14291. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps14291
Kanga, E. M., Ogutu, J. O., Piepho, H. P., & Olff, H. (2023). Hippopotamus and livestock grazing near water points: Consequences for vegetation cover, plant species richness and composition in African savannas. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 11, Article 1161079. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2023.1161079
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2022.10.003
Meijer, K. J., Bosco Gusmao, J., Bruil, L., Franken, O., Grimm, I. A., van der Heide, T., Hijner, N., Holthuijsen, S., Hübner, L., Thieltges, D. W., Olff, H., Eriksson, B. K., & Govers, L. L. (2023). The seafloor from a trait perspective: A comprehensive life history dataset of soft sediment macrozoobenthos. Scientific Data, 10(1), Article 808. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-023-02728-5
Lemrabott, S. Y. C., El-Hacen, E.-H. M., Piersma, T., Sall, A. A., Sidina, E., Mahmoud, L. Y. A., Olff, H., & van Leeuwen, A. (2023). Twenty years of monitoring reveal overfishing of bony fish stocks in the coastal national park Banc d’Arguin, in Mauritania. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 33(8), 833-844. https://doi.org/10.1002/aqc.3948
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, 60(7), 1286-1301. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.14413
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/faf.12735

2022

Meijer, K. J., Franken, O., van der Heide, T., Holthuijsen, S. J., Visser, W., Govers, L., & Olff, H. (2023). Characterizing bedforms in shallow seas as an integrative predictor of seafloor stability and the occurrence of macrozoobenthic species. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, 9(3), 323-339. https://doi.org/10.1002/rse2.312
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. https://doi.org/10.1002/rse2.263
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. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.abq7575
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, Article 1006847. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2022.1006847
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, Article 106474. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2021.106474
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/btp.13063
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. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.abn4482
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), Article e12754. https://doi.org/10.1111/csp2.12754
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), Article e2622. https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.2622

2021

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, Article 106496. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2021.106496
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, Article 107849. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2021.107849
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, Article 642659. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.642659
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), Article e12098. https://doi.org/10.1002/2688-8319.12098
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. https://www.natuurkennis.nl/Uploaded_files/Publicaties/obn-2016-77-dk-eindrapportage.pdf
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13888
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, Article 602917. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.602917
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13753
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, Article 108030. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2021.108030
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, Article 106354. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2021.106354
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, Article 607203. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.607203
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13608
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, Article e12633. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.12633
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecohyd.2020.12.004

2020

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, Article 584605. https://doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2020.584605
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, Article 106687. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2020.106687
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, Article e01364. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2020.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), Article 495. https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences10120495
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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-020-04682-0
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), Article e01404. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecm.1404
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.

2019

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, Article 151267. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2019.151267
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. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aay3049
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. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aav0564
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13356
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.13350
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/oik.05261
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13394
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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10021-018-0319-0
Olff, H. (Author), & Veldhuis, M. (Author). (2019). Serengeti Squeeze - Interactive storymap. Digital or Visual Products https://arcg.is/01CjXW
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.13236

2018

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seares.2018.11.008
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, Article 12988. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-31060-x
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13168
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/jvs.12633
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. https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/ary080
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. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-018-0696-y
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), Article 9451. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-27783-6
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. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecm.1292
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), Article 17263. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-34977-5
van Donk, E., Olff, H., Reumer, J., & Buiter, R. (Eds.) (2018). Natuur in Nederland: Beheren, behouden of beheersen? Cahiers Biowetenschappen en Maatschappij, 37(4). https://www.biomaatschappij.nl/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Natuur-in-Nederland.pdf
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), Article e0208338. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0208338
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, Article 2612. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2018.02612
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13077
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.12874
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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10336-018-1551-2
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. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018GL079858

2017

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. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.1837
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. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecm.1259
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), Article e02051. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.2051
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. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.1741
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. http://www.delevendenatuur.nl/tijdschrift.php?editie=11224
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X.12728
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. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.1658
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. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781139382793.007

2016

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.09.028
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.12602
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/jvs.12461
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.12549
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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2016.02.023
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.12581
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. Article DOI: 10.1007/s0042-016-3698-y. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-016-3698-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. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.2326
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/btp.12337
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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10021-016-9960-7
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/oik.02757
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.12569

2015

van der Plas, F., Janzen, T., Ordonez, A., Fokkema, W., Reinders, J., Etienne, R. S., & Olff, H. (2015). A new modeling approach estimates the relative importance of different community assembly processes. Ecology, 96(6), 1502-1515. https://doi.org/10.1890/14-0454.1
Ruifrok, J. L., Janzen, T., Kuijper, D. P. J., Rietkerk, M., Olff, H., & Smit, C. (2015). Cyclical succession in grazed ecosystems: The importance of interactions between different-sized herbivores and different-sized predators. Theoretical Population Biology, 101, 31-39. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tpb.2015.02.001
van Klink, R., van der Plas, F., van Noordwijk, C. G. E., WallisDeVries, M. F., & Olff, H. (2015). Effects of large herbivores on grassland arthropod diversity. Biological Reviews, 90(2), 347-366. https://doi.org/10.1111/brv.12113
te Beest, M., Mpandza, N. J., & Olff, H. (2015). Fire and simulated herbivory have antagonistic effects on resistance of savanna grasslands to alien shrub invasion. Journal of Vegetation Science, 26(1), 114-122. https://doi.org/10.1111/jvs.12208
van der Zee, E. M., Tielens, E., Holthuijsen, S., Donadi, S., Eriksson, B. K., van der Veer, H. W., Piersma, T., Olff, H., & van der Heide, T. (2015). Habitat modification drives benthic trophic diversity in an intertidal soft-bottom ecosystem. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 465, 41-48. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2015.01.001
Schrama, M., van Boheemen, L. A., Olff, H., & Berg, M. P. (2015). How the litter-feeding bioturbator Orchestia gammarellus promotes late-successional saltmarsh vegetation. Journal of Ecology, 103(4), 915-924. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.12418
Garzon-Lopez, C. X., Ballesteros-Mejia, L., Ordoñez, A., Bohlman, S. A., Olff, H., & Jansen, P. A. (2015). Indirect interactions among tropical tree species through shared rodent seed predators: A novel mechanism of tree species coexistence. Ecology Letters, 18(8), 752-760. https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.12452
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Howison, R. A., Olff, H., Steever, R., & Smit, C. (2015). Large herbivores change the direction of interactions within plant communities along a salt marsh stress gradient. Journal of Vegetation Science, 26(6), 1159-1170. https://doi.org/10.1111/jvs.12317
van de Koppel, J., van der Heide, T., Altieri, A. H., Eriksson, B. K., Bouma, T. J., Olff, H., & Silliman, B. R. (2015). Long-Distance Interactions Regulate the Structure and Resilience of Coastal Ecosystems. Annual Review of Marine Science, 7, 139-158. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-marine-010814-015805
Donadi, S., van der Heide, T., Piersma, T., van der Zee, E. M., Weerman, E. J., van de Koppel, J., Olff, H., Devine, C., Hernawan, U. E., Boers, M., Planthof, L., & Eriksson, B. K. (2015). Multi-scale habitat modification by coexisting ecosystem engineers drives spatial separation of macrobenthic functional groups. Oikos, 124(11), 1502-1510. https://doi.org/10.1111/oik.02100
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