prof. dr. H. (Han) Olff

Hoogleraar Ecologie

prof. dr. H. (Han) Olff
050 36 32214 (secretariaat: 050 363 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. Body stores persist as fitness correlate in a long-distance migrant released from food constraints

    Dokter, A. M., Fokkema, W., Bekker , S. K., Bouten, W., Ebbinge, B. S., Müskens, . G., Olff, H., van der Jeugd, H. P. & Nolet, B. A. 10-Sep-2018 In : Behavioral Ecology. 29, 5, p. 1157–1166 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Ecological autocatalysis: A central principle in ecosystem organization?

    Veldhuis, M. P., Berg, M. P., Loreau, M. & Olff, H. Aug-2018 In : Ecological monographs. 88, 3, p. 304-319 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  3. Unexpected dietary preferences of Eurasian Spoonbills in the Dutch Wadden Sea: Spoonbills mainly feed on small fish not shrimp

    Jouta, J., de Goeij, P., Lok, T., Velilla, E., Camphuysen, C. J., Leopold, M., van der Veer, H. W., Olff, H., Overdijk, O. & Piersma, T. Jul-2018 In : Journal of ornithology. 159, 3, p. 839-849 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Dispersal-competition tradeoff in microbiomes in the quest for land colonization

    Dini-Andreote, F., van Elsas, J. D., Olff, H. & Salles, J. F. 21-Jun-2018 In : Scientific Reports. 8, 1, 9 p., 9451

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  1. Data from: Body stores persist as fitness correlate in a long-distance migrant released from food constraints

    Dokter, A. M. (Creator), Crets - Fokkema, W. (Creator), Bekker, S. K. (Creator), Bouten, W. (Creator), Ebbinge, B. S. (Creator), Müskens, G. J. D. M. (Creator), Olff, H. (Creator), van der Jeugd, H. (Creator), Nolet, B. A. (Creator), Dryad Digital Repository, 15-Feb-2018


  2. Data from: How the litter-feeding bioturbator Orchestia gammarellus promotes late successional salt marsh vegetation

    Schrama, M. (Creator), van Boheemen, L. (Creator), Olff, H. (Creator), Berg, M. (Creator), University of Groningen, 30-Apr-2015


  3. Data from: Different-sized grazers have distinctive effects on plant functional composition of an African savannah

    Plas ,van der, A. (Creator), Howison, R. (Creator), Mpandza, N. J. (Creator), Cromsigt, J. (Creator), Olff, H. (Creator), University of Groningen, 1-Feb-2016


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  1. Eric Higgs

    Olff, H. (Host)

    Activity: ScientificHosting a visitor

  2. Hoorzitting provinciale staten ten aanzien van het beheer van de Oostvaardersplassen

    Olff, H. (Invited speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  3. NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (External organisation)

    Olff, H. (Member)
    2016 → …

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