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. 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

  2. Serengeti Squeeze - Interactive storymap

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

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual ProductsAcademic

  3. Interactieve Waddennatuurkaart

    Olff, H., 2015

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual ProductsAcademic

  4. Cross-boundary human impacts compromise the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem

    Veldhuis, M. P., Ritchie, M. E., Ogutu, J. O., Morrison, T. A., Beale, C. M., Estes, A. B., Mwakilema, W., Ojwang, G. O., Parr, C. L., Probert, J., Wargute, P. W., Hopcraft, J. G. C. & Olff, H., 29-Mar-2019, In : Science. 363, 6434, p. 1424–1428 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  5. Earthworm activity and availability for meadow birds is restricted in intensively managed grasslands

    Onrust, J., Wymenga, E., Piersma, T. & Olff, H., 8-Feb-2019, In : Journal of Applied Ecology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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  1. Dataset for: Benthic primary producers are key to sustain the Wadden Sea food web: Stable carbon isotope analysis at landscape scale

    Christianen, M. (Creator), Middelburg, J. J. (Creator), Holthuijsen, S. (Creator), Jouta, J. (Creator), Compton, T. J. (Creator), Heide, van der, T. (Creator), Piersma, T. (Creator), Sinninghe Damste, J. S. (Creator), van der Veer, H. W. (Creator), Schouten, S. (Creator), Olff, H. (Creator), University of Groningen, 19-Mar-2017


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  1. Lunchmeeting at LNV: North Sea demersal fisheries prefer specific benthic habitats

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

    Activity: ConsultancyProfessional

  2. Quartermaster/initiator of the 'Deltaplan Biodiversiteitsherstel'

    Raymond Klaassen (Advisor), Han Olff (Advisor)

    Activity: ConsultancyAcademic

  3. Eric Higgs

    Han Olff (Host)

    Activity: Hosting a visitorAcademic

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Press / Media
  1. Namibië veilt duizend dieren wegens droogte: 'Zo werd witte neushoorn ook gered'

    Han Olff


    3 media contributions

    Press/Media: Expert CommentProfessional

  2. 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

  3. Natuurmonumenten gebruikt landbouwgif waar ze zelf tegen strijdt

    Han Olff


    1 media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert CommentProfessional

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