Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research
Phone number
+31 (0)113 577 322
Location
Yerseke
Function
Postdoc
University
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

MSc. Jim van Belzen

Postdoc

Expertise

  • Stability and resilience of self-organised adaptive systems
  • Scientific modelling & computation
  • Experimental ecology
  • Scale-bridging in ecology
  • Coastal ecosystems (focus on tidal marshes)

Linked news

Wednesday 17 July 2019
Sea level rise requires extra management to maintain salt marshes
Salt marshes are important habitats for fish and birds, and protect coasts under sea level rise against stronger wave attacks. However, salt marshes themselves are much more vulnerable to these global change threats than previously thought.
Friday 14 June 2019
NIOZ nieuws | Kleine stapjes, grote sprongen – hoe helmgras duinen bouwt
In Europa zijn ze hoog en smal, in Amerika laag en breed: vorm en hoogte van duinen verschillen wereldwijd sterk. Dit komt mede doordat planten duinen bouwen met verschillende ‘bewegingsstrategieën’ waarmee ze de vorm van de duin bepalen, vonden…
Wednesday 19 December 2018
Nieuw onderzoek toont hoe de natuur Hedwige-Prosperpolder zich ontwikkelt na ontpoldering
Dát zeewater weer de ruimte krijgt in de Hedwige-Prosperpolder stond al vast, maar hóe het Vlaams-Nederlandse gebied zich na de ontpoldering precies gaat ontwikkelen was nog niet bekend. Daarom hebben onderzoekers van het NIOZ Koninklijk Nederlands…
Monday 16 July 2018
Nieuw inzicht in de dominante rol van planten bij landschapsvorming in kustgebieden
Planteigenschappen en hun interactie met stromend water en transport van zand en slib spelen een dominante rol in het ontstaan van karakteristieke landschapsvormen in kustgebieden. Dat is de vernieuwende conclusie van een internationaal team van…
Friday 09 June 2017
Langzamer herstel kondigt kantelpunten aan in kustecosystemen
~ ENGLISH version below Dutch version ~ Ecosystemen kunnen plotseling verloren gaan wanneer de druk te groot wordt. Het voorspellen van het kantelpunt is dan ook van groot belang. Wiskundige modellen lieten al mogelijke waarschuwingssignalen zien.…
Wednesday 17 May 2017
Klimaatverandering maakt schorren kwetsbaarder voor zeespiegelstijging
Schorren langs de Middellandse Zee kust zijn belangrijk om de nadelige effecten op de kust van hogere golven bij zeespiegelstijging tegen te gaan. De schorrenplanten zorgen ervoor dat zand en slib makkelijker bezinkt waardoor deze schorren kunnen…
Tuesday 18 October 2016
Ragworms sprout cached seeds to get a more nutritious meal
Ragworms that live in the seabed of tidal flats and marshes are opportunistic feeders and known to eat practically anything. Nevertheless, it was a big surprise to researchers from the NIOZ, Deltares and the Japanese company TechnoSuruga Laboratory…

NIOZ publications

  • 2019
    Fivash, G.S.; van Belzen, J.; Temmink, R.J.M.; Didderen, K.; Lengkeek, W.; van der Heide, T.; Bouma, T.J. (2019). Elevated micro-topography boosts growth rates in Salicornia procumbens by amplifying a tidally-driven oxygen pump: implications for natural recruitment and restoration. Ann. Bot. Early view. https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcz137
    Gourgue, O.; van Belzen, J.; Schwarz, C.; Bouma, T.J.; van de Koppel, J.; Temmerman, S. (2019). A new bio-geomorphic model approach accounting for subgrid-scale heterogeneity of biogenic structures, in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) Book of abstracts – VLIZ Marine Science Day. Bredene, Belgium, 13 March 2019. VLIZ Special Publication, 83: pp. 40
    Reijers, V.C.; Siteur, K.; Hoeks, S.; van Belzen, J.; Borst, A.C.W.; Heusinkveld, J.H.T.; Govers, L.; Bouma, T.J.; Lamers, L.P.M.; van de Koppel, J.; van der Heide, T. (2019). A Lévy expansion strategy optimizes early dune building by beach grasses. Nature Comm. 10: 2656. https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-10699-8
  • 2018
    de Fouw, J; van der Heide, T.; van Belzen, J.; Govers, L.; Cheikh, M.A.S.; Olff, H.; van de Koppel, J.; van Gils, J.A. (2018). A facultative mutualistic feedback enhances the stability of tropical intertidal seagrass beds. NPG Scientific Reports 8(1): 10. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-31060-x
    Hu, Z.; van der Wal, D.; Cai, H.; van Belzen, J.; Bouma, T.J. (2018). Dynamic equilibrium behaviour observed on two contrasting tidal flats from daily monitoring of bed-level changes. Geomorphology (Amst.) 311: 114-126. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.03.025
    Nieuwhof, S.; van Belzen, J.; Oteman, B.; van de Koppel, J.; Herman, P.M.J.; van der Wal, D. (2018). Shellfish reefs increase water storage capacity on intertidal flats over extensive spatial scales. Ecosystems 21(2): 360-372. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s10021-017-0153-9
    Schwarz, C.; Gourgue, O.; van Belzen, J.; Zhu, Z.; Bouma, T.J.; van de Koppel, J.; Ruessink, G.; Claude, N.; Temmerman, S. (2018). Self-organization of a biogeomorphic landscape controlled by plant life-history traits. Nature Geoscience 11(7): 672-677. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-018-0180-y
    van Belzen, J. (2018). Qualitative growth potential test for brackish Vaucheria species. Protocol Exchange april 2018. https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/protex.2018.041
  • 2017
    Lo, V.B.; Bouma, T.J.; van Belzen, J.; Van Colen, C.; Airoldi, L. (2017). Interactive effects of vegetation and sediment properties on erosion of salt marshes in the Northern Adriatic Sea. Mar. Environ. Res. 131: 32-42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2017.09.006
    Schwarz, C.; Cox, T.; van Engeland, T.; van Oevelen, D.; van Belzen, J.; van de Koppel, J.; Soetaert, K.; Bouma, T.J.; Meire, P.; Temmerman, S. (2017). Field estimates of floc dynamics and settling velocities in a tidal creek with significant along-channel gradients in velocity and SPM. Est., Coast. and Shelf Sci. 197: 221-235. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2017.08.041
    Strain, E.M.A.; van Belzen, J.; Comandini, P.; Wong, J.; Bouma, T.J.; Airoldi, L. (2017). The role of changing climate in driving the shift from perennial grasses to annual succulents in a Mediterranean saltmarsh. J. Ecol. 105(5): 1374-1385. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2745.12799
    van Belzen, J.; van de Koppel, J.; Kirwan, M.L.; Guntenspergen, G.R.; Bouma, T.J. (2017). Disturbance-recovery experiments to assess resilience of ecosystems along a stress gradient . Protocol Exchange June 2017. https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/protex.2017.028
    van Belzen, J.; van de Koppel, J.; Kirwan, M.L.; van der Wal, D.; Herman, P.M.J.; Dakos, V.; Kéfi, S.; Scheffer, M.; Guntenspergen, G.R.; Bouma, T.J. (2017). Vegetation recovery in tidal marshes reveals critical slowing down under increased inundation. Nature Comm. 8: 15811. https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms15811
    van Belzen, J.; van de Koppel, J.; van der Wal, D.; Herman, P.M.J.; Dakos, V.; Kéfi, S.; Scheffer, M.; Bouma, T.J. (2017). Timing recovery of ecosystems in sequential remotely sensed and simulated data . Protocol Exchange June 2017. https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/protex.2017.038
    Wang, H.; van der Wal, D.; Li, X.; van Belzen, J.; Herman, P.M.J.; Hu, Z.; Ge, Z.; Zhang, L.; Bouma, T.J. (2017). Zooming in and out: scale dependence of extrinsic and intrinsic factors affecting salt marsh erosion. Journal of Geophysical Research-Earth Surface 122(7): 1455-1470. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2016JF004193
  • 2016
    Bouma, T.J.; van Belzen, J.; Balke, T.; van Dalen, J.; KLaassen, P.; Hartog, A.M.; Callaghan, D.P.; Hu, Z.; Stive, M.J.F.; Temmerman, S.; Herman, P.M.J. (2016). Short-term mudflat dynamics drive long-term cyclic salt marsh dynamics. Limnol. Oceanogr. 61(6): 2261-2275. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/lno.10374
    de Fouw, J.; Govers, L.; van de Koppel, J.; van Belzen, J.; Dorigo, W.; Sidi Cheikh, M.A.; Christianen, M.J.A.; van der Reijden, K.J.; van der Geest, M.; Piersma, T.; Smolders, A.J.P.; Olff, H.; Lamers, L.P.M.; van Gils, J.A.; van der Heide, T. (2016). Drought, mutualism breakdown, and landscape-scale degradation of seagrass beds. Curr. Biol. 26(8): 1051-1056. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2016.02.023
    Silinski, A.; van Belzen, J.; Fransen, E.; Bouma, T.J.; Troch, P.; Meire, P.; Temmerman, S. (2016). Quantifying critical conditions for seaward expansion of tidal marshes: a transplantation experiment. Est., Coast. and Shelf Sci. 169: 227-237. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2015.12.012
    Zhu, Z.; van Belzen, J.; Hong, T; Kunihiro, T.; Ysebaert, T.; Herman, P.M.J.; Bouma, T.J. (2016). Sprouting as a gardening strategy to obtain superior supplementary food: evidence from a seed-caching marine worm. Ecology 97(12): 3278–3284. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ecy.1613
  • 2015
    de Paoli, H.; van de Koppel, J.; van der Zee, E.; Kangeri, A.; van Belzen, J.; Holthuijsen, S.; van den Berg, A.; Herman, P.M.J.; Olff, H.; van der Heide, T. (2015). Processes limiting mussel bed restoration in the Wadden-Sea. J. Sea Res. 103: 42-49. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.seares.2015.05.008
    Hu, Zhan; van Belzen, J.; Van der Wal, D.; Balke, T.; Wang, Z.B.; Stive, M.; Bouma, T. (2015). Windows of opportunity for salt marsh vegetation establishment on bare tidal flats: The importance of temporal and spatial variability in hydrodynamic forcing. J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosciences: 120(7): 1450-1469. dx.doi.org/10.1002/2014JG002870
    Monbaliu, J.; Bi, Q.; Bouma, T.J.; Toorman, E.A.; van Belzen, J.; Willems, P. (2015). Extreme estuarine water levels and channel morphology, effect on flood extents and habitat resilience: the Scheldt Estuary, Belgium and the Netherlands, in: Coastal Risk Management in a Changing Climate. pp. 332-357. dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-397310-8.00007-5
    Strain, E.M.A.; van Belzen, J.; van Dalen, J.; Bouma, T.J.; Airoldi, L. (2015). Management of Local Stressors Can Improve the Resilience of Marine Canopy Algae toGlobal Stressors. PLoS One 10(3): e0120837. dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0120837
  • 2014
    Bouma, T.J.; van Belzen, J.; Balke, T.; Zhu, Z.; Airoldi, L.; Blight, A.J.; Davies, A.J.; Galván, C.; Hawkins, S.J.; Hoggart, S.P.G.; Lara, J.L.; Losada, I.J.; Maza, M.; Ondiviela, B.; Skov, M.W.; Strain, E.M.; Thompson, R.C.; Yang, S.L.; Zanuttigh, B.; Zhang, L.; Herman, P.M.J. (2014). Identifying knowledge gaps hampering application of intertidal habitats in coastal protection: Opportunities & steps to take. Coast. Eng. 87: 147-157. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2013.11.014
    Firth, L.B.; Thompson, R.C.; Bohn, K.; Abbiati, M.; Airoldi, L.; Bouma, T.J.; Bozzeda, F.; Ceccherelli, V.U.; Colangelo, M.A.; Evans, A.; Ferrario, F.; Hanley, M.E.; Hinz, H.; Hoggart, S.P.G.; Jackson, J.E.; Moore, P.; Morgan, E.H.; Perkol-Finkel, S.; Skov, M.W.; Strain, E.M.; van Belzen, J.; Hawkins, S.J. (2014). Between a rock and a hard place: Environmental and engineering considerations when designing coastal defence structures. Coast. Eng. 87: 122-135. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2013.10.015
    Hoggart, S.; Hawkins, S.J.; Bohn, K.; Airoldi, L.; van Belzen, J.; Bichot, A.; Bilton, D.T.; Bouma, T.J.; Colangelo, M.A.; Davies, A.J.; Ferrario, F.; Firth, L.; Galvan, C.; Hanley, M.; Heurtefeux, H.; Lara, J.L.; Rodriquez, I.L.; Maza, M.; Ondiviela-Eizaguirre, B.; Rundle, S.D.; Skov, M.W.; Strain, E.M.; White, A.; Zhang, L.; Zhu, Z.; Thompson, R.C. (2014). Ecological Approaches to Coastal Risk Mitigation, in: Zanuttigh, B. et al. Coastal Risk Management in a Changing Climate. pp. 171-236. dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-397310-8.00004-X
    Ondiviela, B.; Losada, I.J.; Lara, J.L.; Maza, M.; Galván, C.; Bouma, T.J.; van Belzen, J. (2014). The role of seagrasses in coastal protection in a changing climate. Coast. Eng. 87: 158-168. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coastaleng.2013.11.005
    Sanders, D.; Jones, C.G.; Thébault, E.; Bouma, T.J.; van der Heide, T.; van Belzen, J.; Barot, S. (2014). Integrating ecosystem engineering and food webs. Oikos (Kbh.) 123(5): 513–524. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1111/j.1600-0706.2013.01011.x
  • 2013
    Christianen, M.J.A.; van Belzen, J.; Herman, P.M.J.; van Katwijk, M.M.; Lamers, L.P.M.; Bouma, T.J. (2013). Low-canopy seagrass beds still provide important coastal protection services. PLoS One 8(5): e62413. hdl.handle.net/10.1371/journal.pone.0062413
  • 2012
    van Belzen, J.; Van de Koppel, J.; Herman, P.; Bouma, T. (2012). Disturbing signs: do real ecosystems slow down towards the verge of collapse? Poster presented at the Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting 7 & 8 February, 2012 (NAEM). Department of Spatial Ecology, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research: Yerseke.
    Weerman, E.J.; Van Belzen, J.; Rietkerk, M.; Temmerman, S.; Kéfi, S.; Herman, P.M.J.; Van de Koppel, J. (2012). Changes in diatom patch-size distribution and degradation in a spatially self-organized intertidal mudflat ecosystem. Ecology 93(3): 608-618. dx.doi.org/10.1890/11-0625.1
  • 2011
    van Belzen, J.; van der Wal, D.; Bouma, T.; Herman, P.; Van de Koppel, J. (2011). Chess at the mudflat: Disturbance and recovery at salt-marsh pioneer zones. Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), Centre for Estuarine and Marine Ecology: Yerseke. 1 poster pp.