Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

Prof. Dr. Jaap van der Meer

Senior Scientist
Phone number
+31 (0)222 369 357
Senior Scientist


  • Marine ecology
  • Population ecology
  • Dynamic Energy Budget theory
  • Foraging behaviour
  • Statistical ecology

Research interests

At sea, classic population models, dealing with adults of one, constant size, are of little or no value. As body size of most invertebrates – as well those of fish – constantly changes, more dynamic models, such as the Dynamic Energy Budget theory, are needed. Our group studies the constantly changing interactions between consumer and resource. Body size of individual organisms is the key factor in our research. How does body size influence energy fluxes? How does the size of a predator or the size of a prey influence predation rates and thus: how does body size influence the complete demography of the different organisms? By addressing these questions, our scientists aim to get a better insight in the true dynamics of populations of marine predators and prey, such as invertebrates in the intertidal seas.



1989: Senior scientist, Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research,  department of Coastal Systems

2007: Professor Marine Population Ecology, VU University Amsterdam


Key publications

Van der Meer, J. (2016). A paradox in individual-based models of populations. Conservation Physiology 4: Issue 1. 

Van der Meer, J.; Kooijman, S.A.L.M. (2014). Inference on energetics of deep-sea fish that cannot be aged: The case of the hagfish. Journal of Sea Research 94: 138–143.

Van der Meer, J.; Beukema, J.J.; Dekker, R. (2013). Using stochastic population process models to predict the impact of climate change. Journal of Sea Research 82: 117-121.

Van der Meer, J and Smallegange, I. (2009). A stochastic version of the Beddington-DeAngelis functional response: modelling interference for a finite number of predators. Journal of Animal Ecology 78: 134-142.

J. Van der Meer (2006). An introduction to Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) models with special emphasis on parameter estimation. Journal of Sea Research 56: 85-102.

Please find my complete list of NIOZ-publications at the bottom of this webpage or on Google Scholar. You can download all my publications on ResearchGate.


Professional education

1997, May: Ph.D.University of Groningen; A handful of feathers. Studies on the estimation and modelling of temporal and spatial fluctuations in the numbers of birds and their prey; Promotor Prof. Dr. R.H. Drent

1983, September: M.Sc. Free University Amsterdam, Major: Animal Ecology; Minors: Statistics, Mathematics; Grade: Cum laude



Netherlands Scientific Expedition Edgeøya Spitsbergen

Edgeøya lies approximately 3000 kilometers north of the Netherlands, about 1000 kilometers from the geographic North Pole. It is an island on the east side of Spitsbergen.


DEB Symposia

2017: Fith international symposium on Dynamic Energy Budget theorie; Norway, Tromsø

2015: Fourth international symposium, on Dynamic Energy Budget theorie; France, Marseille

2013: Third International symposium on , Dynamic Energy Budget theorie; The Netherlands, Texel 

DEB Journal issues

2014: Journal of Sea Research 94

2011: Journal of Sea Research 65 issue 1

2010: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society

2009: Journal of Sea Research 62 issue 2,3

2006: Journal of Sea Research 56 issue 2

More about DEB

- DEB Add-my-Pet



Linked news

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NIOZ publications

Linked projects

Mosselwad: how mussel beds thrive
Jaap van der Meer
Project duration
1 Jul 2009 - 30 Jun 2016
Power analysis schrimp fisheries with electro pulse
Jaap van der Meer
Ministry of Economic Affairs
Project duration
1 May 2016 - 31 Oct 2016