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

Associate Professor in Experimental Conservation Ecology

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:

- Annelies van Ginkel (2014-present), jointly supervised by Dries Kuijper, Mammal Research Institute, Poland

- Qingqing Chen (2015-present), jointly supervised by Han Olff 

- 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)

 

Former members:

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:

- 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. Reciprocal facilitation between large herbivores and ants in a semi-arid grassland

    Li, X., Zhong, Z., Sanders, D., Smit, C., Wang, D., Nummi, P., Zhu, Y., Wang, L., Zhu, H. & Hassan, N., 10-Oct-2018, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences. 285, 1888, 9 p., 20181665.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  2. Change in dominance determines herbivore effects on plant biodiversity

    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., Beard, K. H., Beever, E. A., Bohlen, P. J., Boughton, E. H., Canestro, D., Cesa, A., Chaneton, E., Cheng, J., D'Antonio, C. M., Deleglise, C., Dembélé, F., Dorrough, J., Eldridge, D. J., Fernandez-Going, B., Fernández-Lugo, S., Fraser, L. H., Freedman, B., García-Salgado, G., Goheen, J. R., Guo, L., Husheer, S., Karembé, M., Knops, J. M. H., Kraaij, T., Kulmatiski, A., Kytöviita, M-M., Lezama, F., Loucougaray, G., Olff, H., Sankaran, M. & Smit, C., Dec-2018, In : Nature Ecology & Evolution. 2, p. 1925-1932 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  3. Global-change effects on early-stage decomposition processes in tidal wetlands: Implications from a global survey using standardized litter

    Mueller, P., Schile-Beers, L. M., Mozdzer, T. J., Chmura, G. L., Dinter, T., Kuzyakov, Y., de Groot, A. V., Esselink, P., Smit, C., D'Alpaos, A., Ibanez, C., Lazarus, M., Neumeier, U., Johnson, B. J., Baldwin, A. H., Yarwood, S. A., Montemayor, D. I., Yang, Z., Wu, J., Jensen, K. & Nolte, S., 30-May-2018, In : Biogeosciences. 15, 10, p. 3189-3202 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  4. Wolves and tree logs: Landscape-scale and fine-scale risk factors interactively influence tree regeneration

    van Ginkel, H. A. L., Kuijper, D. P. J., Schotanus, J. & Smit, C., Jan-2019, In : Ecosystems. 22, 1, p. 202-212 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  5. Molecular identification of temperate Cricetidae and Muridae rodent species using fecal samples collected in a natural habitat

    Verkuil, Y. I., van Guldener, W. E. A., Lagendijk, D. D. G. & Smit, C., 1-Jul-2018, In : Mammal Research. 63, 3, p. 379-385 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Datasets
  1. 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

  2. Replication Data for: Wolves and tree logs: Landscape-scale and fine-scale risk factors interactively influence tree regeneration

    Ginkel, van, A. (Creator), Kuijper, D. P. J. (Creator), Schotanus, J. (Creator), Smit, C. (Creator), University of Groningen, 11-May-2018

    Dataset

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Activities
  1. Evoscope

    Martine Maan (Advisor), Christian Smit (Advisor)
    8-Jun-2019

    Activity: ConsultancyOutreachPopular

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Press / Media
  1. Vijf vragen over eendenkroos

    Christian Smit

    04/09/2018

    1 media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert CommentPopular

  2. Wat te doen als je oog in oog staat met een wolf

    Christian Smit

    29/05/2018

    1 media contribution

    Press/Media: ResearchPopular

  3. RUG: Wolf is goed voor natuur

    Christian Smit

    28/05/2018

    1 media contribution

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