prof. dr. H. (Han) Olff

Professor of Community and Conservation Ecology

prof. dr. H. (Han) Olff
+31 50 36 32214 (office: +31 50 363 6133)


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Research interests

I am interested in the structure and functioning of diverse communities and ecosystems, with special attention on how plants, herbivores, detritivores and predators interact in ecosystems. Working in a range of temperate to tropical ecosystems, I combine experimental work with the advancement of a various types new ecological theory. I frequently use the outcomes of this research for providing advice on nature conservation issues. 

  1. Small herbivores slow down species loss up to 22 years but only at early successional stage

    Chen, Q., Howison, R. A., Bakker, J. P., Alberti, J., Kuijper, D. P. J., Olff, H. & Smit, C., 26-Jul-2019, In : Journal of Ecology. 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  2. Large herbivore assemblages in a changing climate: Incorporating water dependence and thermoregulation

    Veldhuis, M. P., Kihwele, E. S., Ogutu, J. O., Hoperaft, J. G. C., Owen-Smith, N. & Olff, H., 22-Jul-2019, In : Ecology Letters. 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  3. Conservation: Beyond population growth - Response

    Ogutu, J. O., Veldhuis, M. P., Morrison, T. A., Hopcraft, J. G. C. & Olff, H., 12-Jul-2019, In : Science. 365, 6449, p. 133-134 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  4. Serengeti Squeeze - Interactive storymap

    Olff, H. & Veldhuis, M., 28-Mar-2019

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual ProductsAcademic

  5. Interactieve Waddennatuurkaart

    Olff, H., 2015

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual ProductsAcademic

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    Laura Govers (Advisor), Tjisse van der Heide (Advisor), Han Olff (Advisor)

    Activity: ConsultancyOutreachPopular

  2. LNV: Lunch meeting to elaborate on conclusions from 'North Sea demersal fisheries prefer specific benthic habitats'

    Karin Reijden, van der (Advisor), Niels T. Hintzen (Advisor), Han Olff (Advisor)

    Activity: ConsultancyProfessional

  3. Quartermaster/initiator of the 'Deltaplan Biodiversiteitsherstel'

    Raymond Klaassen (Advisor), Han Olff (Advisor)

    Activity: ConsultancyAcademic

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Press / Media
  1. Wat betekent het stikstofbesluit voor jou?

    Han Olff


    1 media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert CommentPopular

  2. Namibië veilt duizend dieren wegens droogte: 'Zo werd witte neushoorn ook gered'

    Han Olff


    3 media contributions

    Press/Media: Expert CommentProfessional

  3. The Serengeti-Mara squeeze – One of the world’s most iconic ecosystems under pressure

    Michiel Veldhuis, Han Olff & Gordon Ojwang


    58 items of media coverage, 2 media contributions

    Press/Media: ResearchAcademic

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