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. The abiotic template for the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park's landscape heterogeneity

    Howison, R. A., Olff, H., Owen-Smith, N., Cromsigt, J. P. G. M. & Archibald, S., 2-Mar-2017, Conserving Africa's Mega-Diversity in the Anthropocene: The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park Story. Cambridge University Press, p. 33-55 23 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

  2. The interactive role of predation, competition and habitat conditions in structuring an intertidal bivalve population

    de Fouw, J., van der Zee, E. M., van Gils, J. A., Eriksson, B. K., Weerman, E. J., Donadi, S., van der Veer, H. W., Olff, H., Piersma, T. & van der Heide, T., Feb-2020, In : Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 523, 7 p., 151267.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  3. 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. 107, p. 2688-2696 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  4. 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., Oct-2019, In : Ecology Letters. 22, 10, p. 1536-1546 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  5. 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

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  1. Data from: Quantifying water requirements of African ungulates through a combination of functional traits

    Veldhuis, M. (Creator), Kihwele, E. (Creator), Mchomvu, V. (Creator), Owen-Smith, N. (Creator), Hetem, R. (Creator), Hutchinson, M. (Creator), Potter, A. (Creator), Olff, H. (Creator), Dryad Digital Repository, 29-Jan-2020


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  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)

    Activity: ConsultancyOutreachPopular


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

    Activity: ConsultancyOutreachPopular

  3. 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

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Press / Media
  1. 'Uitspraak over herten Oostvaardersplassen waarschuwing voor provincies'

    Frans Vera & Han Olff


    3 items of Media coverage, 1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert CommentPopular

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

    Michiel Veldhuis, Han Olff & Gordon Ojwang


    62 items of Media coverage, 2 Media contributions

    Press/Media: ResearchAcademic

  3. Bosbranden in Australie

    Han Olff


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert CommentPopular

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