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
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.
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 SEES.nl
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.
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