Personal profile

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. 

External positions

Board of Directors WWF netherlands

Board Ark Natuurontwikkeling

Chair Scientific Council Netherlands Institute for Sea Research NIOZ

Chair NWA route Environmental Quality

Advisory Council of the One Mara Hub, Kenya

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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