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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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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.
Veldhuis, M. P., Ritchie, M. E., Ogutu, J. O., Morrison, T. A., Beale, C. M., Estes, A. B., ... Olff, H. (2019). Cross-boundary human impacts compromise the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. Science, 363(6434), 1424–1428.
Olff, H. (Author), & Veldhuis, M. (Author). (2019). Serengeti Squeeze - Interactive storymap. Digital or Visual Products, Retrieved from
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.
El-Hacen, E. H. M., Bouma, T. J., Govers, L. L., Piersma, T., & Olff, H. (Accepted/In press). Seagrass Sensitivity to Collapse Along a Hydrodynamic Gradient: Evidence from a Pristine Subtropical Intertidal Ecosystem. Ecosystems.


van der Reijden, K. J., Koop, L., O'Flynn, S., Garcia, S., Bos, O., van der Sluis, C., ... 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.
van Donk, E., Olff, H., Reumer, J., & Buiter, R. (Eds.) (2018). Natuur in Nederland: Beheren, behouden of beheersen? Cahiers Biowetenschappen en Maatschappij, 37(4).
Olff, H., & Berendse, F. (2018). Oostvaardersplassen: Het dier of het systeem? Cahiers Biowetenschappen en Maatschappij, 37(4), 68-69.
Koerner, S. E., Smith, M. D., Burkepile, D. E., Hanan, N. P., Avolio, M. L., Collins, S. L., ... Smit, C. (2018). Change in dominance determines herbivore effects on plant biodiversity. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2, 1925-1932.
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].
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.
Damveld, J. H., van der Reijden, K. J., Cheng, C., Koop, L., Haaksma, L. R., Walsh, C. A. J., ... 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.
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].
Dokter, A. M., Fokkema, W., Bekker , S. K., Bouten, W., Ebbinge, B. S., Müskens, G., ... 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.
de Fouw, J., van der Heide, T., van Belzen, J., Govers, L. L., Sidi Cheikh, M. A., Olff, H., ... van Gils, J. A. (2018). A facultative mutualistic feedback enhances the stability of tropical intertidal seagrass beds. Scientific Reports, 8, [12988].
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.
Jouta, J., de Goeij, P., Lok, T., Velilla, E., Camphuysen, C. J., Leopold, M., ... 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.
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].
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.
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].


Eriksson, B. K., Westra, J., van Gerwen, I., Weerman, E., van der Zee, E., van der Heide, T., ... Donadi, S. (2017). Facilitation by ecosystem engineers enhances nutrient effects in an intertidal system. Ecosphere, 8(12), [e02051].
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.
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.
Christianen, M. J. A., Middelburg, J. J., Holthuijsen, S. J., Jouta, J., Compton, T. J., van der Heide, T., ... 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.
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.
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.


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., 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].
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.
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., 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. 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.
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., ... Olff, H. (2016). The nature of plant adaptation to salinity stress has trophic consequences. Oikos, 125(6), 804–811.
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., ... van der Heide, T. (2016). Drought, mutualism breakdown, and landscape-scale degradation of seagrass beds. Current Biology, 26, 1051-1056.
van der Zee, E. M., Angelini, C., Govers, L. L., Christianen, M. J. A., Altieri, A. H., van der Reijden, K. J., ... 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.


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.
de Paoli, H., van de Koppel, J., van der Zee, E., Kangeri, A., van Belzen, J., Holthuijsen, S., ... van der Heide, T. (2015). Processes limiting mussel bed restoration in the Wadden-Sea. Journal of Sea Research, 103, 42-49.
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.
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.
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.
van Klink, R., van der Plas, F., van Noordwijk, C. G. E. T., WallisDeVries, M. F., & Olff, H. (2015). Effects of large herbivores on grassland arthropod diversity. Biological Reviews, 90(2), 347-366.
van der Zee, E. M., Tielens, E., Holthuijsen, S., Donadi, S., Eriksson, B. K., van der Veer, H. W., ... 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.
Donadi, S., van der Heide, T., Piersma, T., van der Zee, E. M., Weerman, E. J., van de Koppel, J., ... Eriksson, B. K. (2015). Multi-scale habitat modification by coexisting ecosystem engineers drives spatial separation of macrobenthic functional groups. Oikos, 124(11), 1502-1510.
Smit, C., Ruifrok, J. L., van Klink, R., & Olff, H. (2015). Rewilding with large herbivores: The importance of grazing refuges for sapling establishment and wood-pasture formation. Biological Conservation, 182, 134-142.
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.
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.
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.
Olff, H. (Author). (2015). Interactieve Waddennatuurkaart. Digital or Visual Products, Retrieved from


Veldhuis, M., Howison, R., Fokkema, R., Tielens, E., & Olff, H. (2014). A novel mechanism for grazing lawn formation: large herbivore-induced modification of the plant-soil water balance. Journal of Ecology, 102(6), 1506.
Liu, Q., Herman, P. M. J., Mooij, W. M., Huisman, J., Scheffer, M., Olff, H., & van de Koppel, J. (2014). Pattern formation at multiple spatial scales drives the resilience of mussel bed ecosystems. Nature Communications, 5, [5234].
Ruifrok, J. L., Postma, F., Olff, H., & Smit, C. (2014). Scale-dependent effects of grazing and topographic heterogeneity on plant species richness in a Dutch salt marsh ecosystem. Applied Vegetation Science, 17(4), 615-624.
Hopcraft, J. G. C., Morales, J. M., Beyer, H. L., Borner, M., Mwangomo, E., Sinclair, A. R. E., ... Haydon, D. T. (2014). Competition, predation, and migration: Individual choice patterns of Serengeti migrants captured by hierarchical models. Ecological monographs, 84(3), 355-372.
Liu, Q., Weerman, E. J., Gupta, R., Herman, P. M. J., Olff, H., & van de Koppel, J. (2014). Biogenic gradients in algal density affect the emergent properties of spatially self-organized mussel beds. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 11(96), [20140089].
Veen, G. F. C., de Vries, S., Bakker, E. S., van der Putten, W. H., & Olff, H. (2014). Grazing-induced changes in plant-soil feedback alter plant biomass allocation. Oikos, 123(7), 800-806.
van der Plas, F., & Olff, H. (2014). Mesoherbivores affect grasshopper communities in a megaherbivore-dominated South African savannah. Oecologia, 175(2), 639-649.
du Toit, J. T., & Olff, H. (2014). Generalities in grazing and browsing ecology: Using across-guild comparisons to control contingencies. Oecologia, 174(4), 1075-1083.
van der Heide, T., Tielens, E., van der Zee, E., Weerman, E. J., Holthuijsen, S., Eriksson, B. K., ... Olff, H. (2014). Predation and habitat modification synergistically interact to control bivalve recruitment on intertidal mudflats. Biological Conservation, 172, 163-169.
Garzon-Lopez, C. X., Jansen, P. A., Bohlman, S. A., Ordonez Gloria, A., & Olff, H. (2014). Effects of sampling scale on patterns of habitat association in tropical trees. Journal of Vegetation Science, 25(2), 349-362.
Weerman, E., Eriksson, B. K., Olff, H., & van der Heide, T. (2014). Predation by native brown shrimp on invasive Pacific oyster spat. Journal of Sea Research, 85, 126-130.
Donadi, S., van der Zee, E., van der Heide, T., Weerman, E., Piersma, T., van de Koppel, J., ... Eriksson, K. (2014). The bivalve loop: Intra-specific facilitation in burrowing cockles through habitat modification. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 461, 44.


Donadi, S., Westra, J., Weerman, E. J., van der Heide, T., van der Zee, E. M., van de Koppel, J., ... Eriksson, B. K. (2013). Non-trophic interactions control benthic producers on intertidal flats. Ecosystems, 16(7), 1325-1335.
El-Hacen, E-H. M., Overdijk, O., Lok, T., Olff, H., & Piersma, T. (2013). Home range, habitat selection, and foraging rhythm in Mauritanian spoonbills (Platalea leucorodia balsaci): A satellite tracking study. Waterbirds, 36(3), 277-286.
van der Plas, A., Zeinstra, P., Veldhuis, M., Fokkema, R., Tielens, E., Howison, R., & Olff, H. (2013). Responses of savanna lawn and bunch grasses to water limitation. Plant ecology, 214(9), 1157-1168.
te Beest, M., Elschot, K., Olff, H., & Etienne, R. S. (2013). Invasion success in a marginal habitat: An experimental test of competitive ability and drought tolerance in Chromolaena odorata. PLoS ONE, 8(8), [e68274].
Anderson, T. M., Kumordzi, B. B., Fokkema, W., Valls Fox, H., & Olff, H. (2013). Distinct physiological responses underlie defoliation tolerance in African lawn and bunch grasses. International journal of plant sciences, 174(5), 769-778.
Ordonez, A., & Olff, H. (2013). Do alien plant species profit more from high resource supply than natives? A trait-based analysis. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 22(6), 648-658.
Schrama, M., Jouta, J., Berg, M. P., & Olff, H. (2013). Food web assembly at the landscape scale: Using stable isotopes to reveal changes in trophic structure during succession. Ecosystems, 16(4), 627-638.
Schrama, M., Heijning, P., Bakker, J. P., van Wijnen, H. J., Berg, M., & Olff, H. (2013). Herbivore trampling as an alternative pathway for explaining differences in nitrogen mineralization in moist grasslands. Oecologia, 172(1), 231-243.
Garzon-Lopez, C. X., Bohlman, S. A., Olff, H., & Jansen, P. A. (2013). Mapping tropical forest trees using high-resolution aerial digital photographs. Biotropica, 45(3), 308-316.
van der Plas, F., Howison, R., Reinders, J., Fokkema, W., & Olff, H. (2013). Functional traits of trees on and off termite mounds: Understanding the origin of biotically-driven heterogeneity in savannas. Journal of Vegetation Science, 24(2), 227-238.
Donadi, S., van der Heide, T., van der Zee, E. M., Eklöf, J. S., van de Koppel, J., Weerman, E. J., ... Eriksson, B. K. (2013). Cross-habitat interactions among bivalve species control community structure on intertidal flats. Ecology, 94(2), 489-498.
Kanga, E. M., Ogutu, J. O., Piepho, H-P., & Olff, H. (2013). Hippopotamus and livestock grazing: Influences on riparian vegetation and facilitation of other herbivores in the Mara Region of Kenya. Landscape and Ecological Engineering, 9(1), 47-58.
Schrama, M., Veen, G. F. C., Bakker, E. S. L., Ruifrok, J. L., Bakker, J. P., & Olff, H. (2013). An integrated perspective to explain nitrogen mineralization in grazed ecosystems. Perspectives in plant ecology evolution and systematics, 15(1), 32-44.


Folmer, E. O., van der Geest, M., Jansen , E. J., Olff, H., Anderson, T. M., Piersma, T., & van Gils, J. A. (2012). Seagrass-sediment feedback: An exploration using a non-recursive structural equation model. Ecosystems, 15(8), 1380-1393.
Price, C. A., Weitz, J. S., Savage, V. M., Stegen, J., Clarke, A., Coomes, D. A., ... Chave, J. (Ed.) (2012). Testing the metabolic theory of ecology. Ecology Letters, 15(12), 1465-1474.
Schrama, M., Berg, M. P., & Olff, H. (2012). Ecosystem assembly rules: the interplay of green and brown webs during salt marsh succession. Ecology, 93(11), 2353-2364.
Bhola, N., Ogutu, J. O., Said, M. Y., Piepho, H-P., & Olff, H. (2012). The distribution of large herbivore hotspots in relation to environmental and anthropogenic correlates in the Mara region of Kenya. Journal of Animal Ecology, 81(6), 1268-1287.
van der Heide, T., Eklof, J. S., van Nes, E. H., van der Zee, E. M., Donadi, S., Weerman, E. J., ... Eriksson, B. K. (2012). Ecosystem engineering by seagrasses interacts with grazing to shape an intertidal landscape. PLoS ONE, 7(8), [e42060].
Liu, Q-X., Weerman, E. J., Herman, P. M. J., Olff, H., & van de Koppel, J. (2012). Alternative mechanisms alter the emergent properties of self-organization in mussel beds. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, 279(1739), 2744-2753.
van der Heide, T., Govers, L. L., de Fouw, J., Olff, H., van der Geest, M., van Katwijk, M. M., ... van Gils, J. A. (2012). A three-stage symbiosis forms the foundation of seagrass ecosystems. Science, 336(6087), 1432-1434.
Bhola, N., Ogutu, J. O., Piepho, H-P., Said, M. Y., Reid, R. S., Hobbs, N. T., & Olff, H. (2012). Comparative changes in density and demography of large herbivores in the Masai Mara Reserve and its surrounding human-dominated pastoral ranches in Kenya. Biodiversity and Conservation, 21(6), 1509-1530.
van der Zee, E. M., van der Heide, T., Donadi, S., Eklöf, J. S., Eriksson, B. K., Olff, H., ... Piersma, T. (2012). Spatially extended habitat modification by intertidal reef-building bivalves has implications for consumer-resource interactions. Ecosystems, 15(4), 664-673.
Etienne, R. S., de Visser, S. N., Janzen, T., Olsen, J. L., Olff, H., & Rosindell, J. (2012). Can clade age alone explain the relationship between body size and diversity? Interface Focus, 2(2), 170-179.
Folmer, E. O., Olff, H., & Piersma, T. (2012). The spatial distribution of flocking foragers: disentangling the effects of food availability, interference and conspecific attraction by means of spatial autoregressive modeling. Oikos, 121(4), 551-561.
van der Plas, F., Anderson, T. M., & Olff, H. (2012). Trait similarity patterns within grass and grasshopper communities: Multitrophic community assembly at work. Ecology, 93(4), 836-846.
te Beest, M., Cromsigt, J. P. G. M., Ngobese, J., & Olff, H. (2012). Managing invasions at the cost of native habitat? An experimental test of the impact of fire on the invasion of Chromolaena odorata in a South African savanna. Biological Invasions, 14(3), 607-618.
Veen, G. F. C., Geuverink, E., & Olff, H. (2012). Large grazers modify effects of aboveground-belowground interactions on small-scale plant community composition. Oecologia, 168(2), 511-518.
Hopcraft, J. G. C., Anderson, T. M., Perez-Vila, S., Mayemba, E., & Olff, H. (2012). Body size and the division of niche space: food and predation differentially shape the distribution of Serengeti grazers. Journal of Animal Ecology, 81(1), 201-213.
Gosling, C. M., Cromsigt, J. P. G. M., Mpanza, N., & Olff, H. (2012). Effects of erosion from mounds of different termite genera on distinct functional grassland types in an African savannah. Ecosystems, 15(1), 128-139.
Kanga, E. M., Ogutu, J. O., Piepho, H. P., & Olff, H. (2012). Human–hippo conflicts in Kenya during 1997–2008: vulnerability of a megaherbivore to anthropogenic land use changes. Journal of Land Use Science, 7(4), 395-406.


Buitenwerf, R., Stevens, N., Gosling, C. M., Anderson, T. M., & Olff, H. (2011). Interactions between large herbivores and litter removal by termites across a rainfall gradient in a South African savanna. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 27(4), 375-382.
Anderson, T. M., Shaw, J., & Olff, H. (2011). Ecology's cruel dilemma, phylogenetic trait evolution and the assembly of Serengeti plant communities. Journal of Ecology, 99(3), 797-806.
Kleynhans, E. J., Jolles, A. E., Bos, M. R. E., Olff, H., & Boutin, S. (Ed.) (2011). Resource partitioning along multiple niche dimensions in differently sized African savanna grazers. Oikos, 120(4), 591-600.
van der Geest, M., van Gils, J. A., van der Meer, J., Olff, H., & Piersma, T. (2011). Suitability of calcein as an in situ growth marker in burrowing bivalves. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 399(1), 1-7.
van der Heide, T., van der Zee, E., Donadi, S., Eklöf, J. S., Eriksson, B. K., Olff, H., ... van der Heide, W. (2011). A simple and low-cost method to estimate spatial positions of shorebirds: The Telescope-Mounted Angulator. Journal of Field Ornithology, 82(1), 80-87.
de Visser, S. N., Freymann, B. P., & Olff, H. (2011). The Serengeti food web: Empirical quantification and analysis of topological changes under increasing human impact. Journal of Animal Ecology, 80(2), 484-494.
van der Heide, T., van Nes, E. H., van Katwijk, M. M., Olff, H., & Smolders, A. J. P. (2011). Positive feedbacks in seagrass ecosystems - Evidence from large-scale empirical data. PLoS ONE, 6(1), [16504].
Kanga, E. M., Ogutu, J. O., Olff, H., & Santema, P. (2011). Population trend and distribution of the vulnerable common hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius in the Mara Region of Kenya. Oryx, 45(1), 20-27.
Veen, G. F. C., & Olff, H. (2011). Interactive effects of soil-dwelling ants, ant mounds and simulated grazing on local plant community composition. Basic and Applied Ecology, 12(8), 703-712.


Ordonez, A., Wright, I. J., & Olff, H. (2010). Functional differences between native and alien species: a global-scale comparison. Functional Ecology, 24(6), 1353-1361.
Eriksson, B. K., van der Heide, T., van de Koppel, J., Piersma, T., van der Veer, H. W., & Olff, H. (2010). Major changes in the ecology of the Wadden Sea: Human impacts, ecosystem engineering and sediment dynamics. Ecosystems, 13(5), 752-764.
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Apol, M. E. F., Etienne, R. S., & Olff, H. (2008). Revisiting the evolutionary origin of allometric metabolic scaling in biology. Functional Ecology, 22(6), 1070-1080.
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Freymann, B. P., & Olff, H. (2007). Cardinal Woodpecker (Dendropicos fuscescens) utilises wildebeest carcass horns as a foraging substrate. Ostrich, 78(3), 653-654.
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Bakker, ES., Ritchie, ME., Olff, H., Milchunas, DG., Knops, JMH., Bakker, E. S., ... Knops, J. M. H. (2006). Herbivore impact on grassland plant diversity depends on habitat productivity and herbivore size. Ecology Letters, 9(7), 780-788.
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Bakker, ES., Reiffers, RC., Olff, H., & Gleichman, JM. (2005). Experimental manipulation of predation risk and food quality: effect on grazing behaviour in a central-place foraging herbivore. Oecologia, 146(1), 157-167.
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Bakker, ES., Olff, H., Vandenberghe, C., De Maeyer, K., Smit, R., Gleichman, JM., & Vera, FWM. (2004). Ecological anachronisms in the recruitment of temperate light-demanding tree species in wooded pastures. Journal of Applied Ecology, 41(3), 571-582.
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Bakker, E. S., & Olff, H. (2003). Impact of different-sized herbivores on recruitment opportunities for subordinate herbs in grasslands. Journal of Vegetation Science, 14(4), 465-474.
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Smit, R., Bokdam, J., Ouden, J. D., Olff, H., Schot-Opschoor, H., & Schrijvers, M. (2001). Effects of introduction and exclusion of large herbivores on small rodent communities. Plant ecology, 155(1), 119-127.


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Vijver, C. A. D. M. V. D., Foley, C. A., & Olff, H. (1999). Changes in the woody component of an East African savanna during 25 years. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 15(5), 545-564.
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Olff, H., & Bakker, J. P. (1998). Do intrinsically dominant and subordinate species exist? A test statistic for field data. Applied Vegetation Science, 1(1), 15-20.
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Olff, H., De Leeuw, J., Bakker, JP., Platerink, RJ., Van Wijnen, HJ., & De Munck, W. (1997). Vegetation succession and herbivory in a salt marsh: changes induced by sea level rise and silt deposition along an elevational gradient. Journal of Ecology, 85(6), 799-814.


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Bakker, J. P., & Olff, H. (1995). Nutrient dynamics during restoration of fen meadows by haymaking without fertiliser application. In BD. Wheeler, SC. Shaw, WJ. Fojt, & RA. Robertson (Eds.), RESTORATION OF TEMPERATE WETLANDS (pp. 143-166). CHICHESTER: Wiley.
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Olff, H., Berendse, F., & de Visser, W. (1994). Changes in nitrogen mineralization, tissue nutrient concentrations and biomass compartmentation after cessation of fertilizer application to mown grassland. Journal of Ecology, 82(3), 611-620.
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Tilman, D., & Olff, H. (1991). An experimental study of the effects of pH and nitrogen on grassland vegetation. Acta OEcologica, 12(3), 427-441.
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de Leeuw, J., Olff, H., & Bakker, J. P. (1990). Year-to-Year Variation in Peak Above-Ground Biomass of Six Salt-Marsh Angiosperm Communities as Related to Rainfall Deficit and Inundation Frequency. Aquatic Botany, 36(2), 139-151.
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Olff, H., Kuiper, D., Damme, J. M. M. V., & Kuiper, P. J. C. (1989). Gynodioecy in Plantago lanceolata. VI. Functions of cytokinins in growth, development, and reproduction of two sex types. Canadian Journal of Botany, 67(9), 2765-2769.


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