prof. dr. ir. C. (Chris) Smit

Associate Professor in Experimental Conservation Ecology

prof. dr. ir. C. (Chris) Smit
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c.smit rug.nl

Research

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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 ecology of fear, i.e. how large predators (and human activities) affect herbivore behaviour, with potential cascading impacts on the ecosystem. I aim to contribute to the advancement of fundamental ecological concepts with relevance for conservation (e.g. rewilding). 

 

Group members

 PhD students:

- Edisa Garcia-Hernandez (2016-present), jointly supervised by Joana Salles and Matty Berg

- 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)

 

Former members:

- 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):

- Josefien Tankink (2020)

- Krissie van den Heuvel (2020)

- Jagua Lamfers (2020)

- Esther Swankhuizen (2020)

- Bernhard Budin (2020)

- Marije Jousma (2019)

- 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)

Publications
  1. Long-term management is needed for conserving plant diversity in a Wadden Sea salt marsh

    Chen, Q., Bakker, J. P., Alberti, J. & Smit, C., Jun-2020, In : Biodiversity and Conservation. 29, 7, p. 2329-2341 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  2. Grazing as a conservation management tool: Responses of voles to grazer species and densities

    Lagendijk, D. D. G., Howison, R. A., Esselink, P. & Smit, C., Feb-2019, In : Basic and Applied Ecology. 34, p. 36-45 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  3. Keep the wolf from the door: How to conserve wolves in Europe's human-dominated landscapes?

    Kuijper, D. P. J., Churski, M., Trouwborst, A., Heurich, M., Smit, C., Kerley, G. I. H. & Cromsigt, J. P. G. M., Jul-2019, In : Biological Conservation. 235, p. 102-111 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  4. Rewilding with large herbivores: Positive direct and delayed effects of carrion on plant and arthropod communities

    van Klink, R., van Laar-Wiersma, J., Vorst, O. & Smit, C., 2020, In : PLoS ONE. 15, 1, e0226946.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  5. Behavioral response of naïve and non-naïve deer to wolf urine

    van Ginkel, H. A. L., Smit, C. & Kuijper, D. P. J., 27-Nov-2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 11, e0223248.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Datasets
  1. Replication Data for: Behavioral response of naïve and non-naïve deer to wolf urine

    Ginkel, van, A. (Creator), Smit, C. (Creator), Kuijper, D. P. J. (Creator), University of Groningen, 20-Sep-2019

    Dataset

  2. Data from: Phytophagous insects on native and non-native host plants: Combining the community approach and the biogeographical approach

    Meijer, K. (Creator), Zemel, H. (Creator), Chiba, S. (Creator), Smit, C. (Creator), Beukeboom, L. (Creator), Schilthuizen, M. (Creator), University of Groningen, 9-Jun-2015

    Dataset

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Activities
  1. The Collective Landscape

    Han Olff (Advisor), Theunis Piersma (Advisor), Raymond Klaassen (Advisor), Selin Ersoy (Advisor), Henk Folmer (Advisor), Allert Bijleveld (Advisor), Roeland Bom (Advisor), Christian Smit (Advisor), Yvonne Kahlert (Advisor), Laura Govers (Advisor)
    28-Sep-20195-Jan-2020

    Activity: ConsultancyOutreachPopular

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Press / Media
  1. Opnieuw schapen gedood door wolven

    Christian Smit

    19/05/2020

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert CommentAcademic

  2. Gaan we dankzij de coronacrisis de natuur meer waarderen én beschermen?

    Martijn Hammers & Christian Smit

    10/04/202023/04/2020

    2 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert CommentPopular

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