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Research interests

Themes

I work on species interactions and consequences for the dynamics, biodiversity and spatial organization of natural communities. I typically use large-scale field studies in ecosystems where (large) herbivores play an important role (including temperate savannas, wood pastures, semi-arid steppes, temperate lowland forests, salt marshes, and riverine floodplains). I am much interested in facilitation, i.e. positive interactions between species, and how these interactions are shaped by the interplay of various (a)biotic factors. Furthermore, I work on how predators (including returning wolves, or invasive feral cats) as well as humans, directly or indirectly, affect prey behaviour, with potential cascading impacts on ecosystems (e.g. ecology of fear). I aim to contribute to the advancement of fundamental ecological concepts with relevance for conservation (e.g. rewilding). 

 

Group members

 PhD students:

- Rik Veldhuis (2017-present), jointly supervised by Fons Smolders and Kris Verheyen

- Megan Korte (2017 - present), jointly supervised by Rampal Etienne and Louis van de Zande

- Bjorn Mols (2017 - present), jointly supervised by Dries Kuijper (MRI, Poland) and Joris Cromsigt (SLU, Umea, Sweden)

- Lisa Sanchez (2019 - present), joinlty supervised by Dries Kuijper (MRI, Poland)

- Nicolas Velasco Saragoni (2019 - present), jointly supervised by Ramiro Bustamante (UChile)

- Isabelle Buyens (2020 - present)

- Esther Swankhuisen (2022 - present)

 

Field / lab technicians:

- Iris Kromhout van der Meer (2022 - present)

- Richard Ubels (2021 - present)

- Roy Meijer (2020 - present)

 

Former members:

- Edisa Garcia-Hernandez (PhD student 2016-2022)

- Annelies van Ginkel (PhD student 2014-2020)

- Qingqing Chen (PhD student 2015-2020)

Mathias Dillen (PhD student 2013-2017)

Georgette Lagendijk (Postdoc 2015-2017)

- Mart Verwijmeren (PhD student 2010-2016)

- Ruth Howison (PhD student, 2010-2015)

- Jasper Ruifrok (PhD student, 2010-2014)

- Roel van Klink (Postdoc, 2014)

- Steffi Nolte (Postdoc, 2013)

 

MSc students (research projects):

- Pieter Otten (2022)

- Hilbert de Groot (2022)

- Walter di Nicola (2022)

- Heleen Jansen (2021)

- Annemarie van Olst (2021)

- Jurre Terpstra (2021)

- Patrick Baan (2021)

- Marije Jousma (2020)

- Josefien Tankink (2020)

- Krissie van den Heuvel (2020)

- James Skinkis (2020)

- Jagua Lamfers (2020)

- Esther Swankhuizen (2020)

- Bernhard Budin (2020)

Joe Churchill (2019)

- Evert Lambers (2019)

- Sterre Koops (2018)

- Sanne Moedt (2018)

- Annabet Galema (2018)

- Christina Lijclama a Nije (2018)

- Franck Luicxk (2018)

- Koen Brouwer (2017)

- Jelle Wichers (2017)

- Maarten Doornbos (2016)

- Puck Oomen (2016)

- Sanne Moedt (2016)

- Erik van Haeringen (2016)

- Marjanne Havinga (2016)

- Wypkelien van Gasteren (2015)

- Jildou Schotanus (2015)

- Martijn van der Ende (2015)

- Moniek Gommers (2015)

- Mark Eerkens (2015)

- Kasper Eising (2014)

- Aron te Winkel (2014)

- Kaylee van Dijk (2014)

- Nieck Kromkamp (2014)  

- Jurjen Maris (2013)

- Rutger Steever (2013)

- Myra Boers (2012)

- Marycha Franken (2012)

- Marinka van Puijenbroek (2012)

- Annelies van Ginkel (2012)

- Rogier van de Blaak (2012)

- Tjitse op de Hoek (2012)

- Hidde Zemel (2011)

- Else Langbroek (2011)

- Judith Westveer (2011)

- Liesbeth Versteegde (2010)

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Publications

Large herbivores facilitate a dominant grassland forb via multiple indirect effects

LOTVS: A global collection of permanent vegetation plots

Recreation and hunting differentially affect deer behaviour and sapling performance

Green beach vegetation dynamics explained by embryo dune development

Impediments affect deer foraging decisions and sapling performance

Intra-seasonal rainfall variability and herbivory affect the interaction outcome of two dryland plant species

Linking bacterial communities associated with the environment and the ecosystem engineer Orchestia gammarellus at contrasting salt marsh elevations

Long-term cross-scale comparison of grazing and mowing on plant diversity and community composition in a salt-marsh system

Small herbivores and abiotic heterogeneity promote trait variation of a saltmarsh plant in local communities

With a little help from my friends: Physiological integration facilitates invasion of wetland grass Elymus athericus into flooded soils

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Press/media

Recreation stimulates forest regeneration in nature reserves

Als het aan de vogel lag... bleef de kat binnen

Is Nederland te klein voor de wolf?

Tierende twitteraars in je tijdlijn: Opknopen, die wetenschappers

Hoogleraar ecologie: 'Tijd voor kwaliteitsslag in agrarisch gebied'

Moeten katten buiten verplicht aan de lijn?

‘Lijn de kat aan om weidevogels te beschermen’

Mysterie: Waarom is het water in de Diepenring zo groen?

Even after death, animals are important in ecosystems

De terrormier, de monsterwesp, de jeukrups en de reuzenteek: steeds meer plaagbeestjes in het Noorden

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