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The tell-tale isotopes

Towards indicators of the health of the Wadden Sea ecosystem
PhD ceremony:Ms J. Jouta
When:February 22, 2019
Start:11:00
Supervisors:prof. dr. T. (Theunis) Piersma, prof. dr. H. (Han) Olff
Co-supervisor:H. van der Veer
Where:Academy building RUG
Faculty:Science and Engineering
The tell-tale isotopes

The thesis of Jeltje Jouta describes the complexity of food webs, analysed mainly with help of stable isotopes. Who eats whom in an ecosystem, and can this be translated to a food web that integrates time and space? How can food web studies by valuable? Jouta searched for the possibilities to use the food web position of indicator species as an indicator for the (spatially) variable state of the Wadden Sea food web.