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. Agroecology in large scale farming: A research agenda

    Tittonell, P., Piñeiro, G., Garibaldi, L. A., Dogliotti, S., Olff, H. & Jobbagy, E. G., 12-Oct-2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems .

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  2. Measuring centimeter-scale sand ripples using multibeam echosounder backscatter data from the Brown Bank area of the Dutch continental shelf

    Koop, L., van der Reijden, K. J., Mestdagh, S., Ysebaert, T., Govers, L. L., Olff, H., Herman, P. M. J., Snellen, M. & Simons, D. G., 9-Dec-2020, In : Geosciences. 10, 12, 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  3. Laat Griend weer wandelen

    Govers, L., van der Heide, T., Olff, H., Smeele, Q. & van der Eijk, A., Sep-2017, In : De Levende Natuur. 118, 5, p. 181-187 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

  4. Biotic resistance affects growth and reproduction, but not survival of a high-impact woody invader in African savannas

    te Beest, M., Mpandza, N. J. & Olff, H., May-2018, In : Journal of Vegetation Science. 29, 3, p. 532-540 9 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

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


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  1. Red de rijkdom

    Han Olff (Consultant)


    Activity: ConsultancyOutreachPopular

  2. 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)


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


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Press / Media
  1. Manure injection detrimental to meadow birds

    Jeroen Onrust, Theunis Piersma & Han Olff


    16 items of Media coverage, 2 Media contributions

    Press/Media: ResearchAcademic

  2. ‘Uitsterven diersoorten minder massaal dan gedacht’: nieuwe waarheid of rekentruc?

    Han Olff


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert CommentAcademic

  3. Hoogleraar ecologie: 'Tijd voor kwaliteitsslag in agrarisch gebied'

    Han Olff & Christian Smit


    1 item of Media coverage, 1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert CommentProfessional

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