Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research
Phone number
+31 (0)113 577 455
Location
Yerseke
Function
Senior Scientist
Expertise
  • Spatial Ecology
  • Self-organisation spatial patterns
  • Ecosystem complexity
  • Animal movement

Prof. Dr. Johan van de Koppel

Senior Scientist

Current positions

The study of Spatial Ecology

My primary interests are the processes that generate spatial complexity in ecosystems, in the form of spatial patterns, aggregations and fronts in marine intertidal ecosystems. I study the principles that underlie these processes, and how the pattern forming processes affect ecosystem functioning. The focus is on self-organized spatial complexity, e.g., patterns and other spatial structures that result from the interactions between organisms, or between organisms and their physical environment. Examples of systems that have such patterns are mussel beds, arid bush lands, and salt marshes.

Mussels making a self-organized pattern

Unifying principles

Identification of the unifying principles that explain spatial patterns in a wide range of ecosystems is an important goal of my work. I build on the work of Alan Turing (the activator-inhibitor principle of pattern formation), Albert Einstein (Brownian motion resulting from interactions between organisms, or atoms in Einstein’s case), and John Cahn (the phase separation principle from material science, explaining aggregations of animals).

Why work links to universal principles outlined by Turing, Einstein and Cahn

Integrating math with experiments

Integration of experimental and mathematical approaches is an important characteristic of my work. I try to develop general concepts that should work in many ecosystems, but provide clear-cut examples of these concepts in my study systems (mussel beds, salt marshes, intertidal flats), and try to experimentally test both the assumptions and predictions of these models.

Click on the image to run this model

I am a member of the Spatial Ecology group at NIOZ-Yerseke since 2002, first as a postdoc researcher, and as a tenured senior scientist since May 2007. Since November 2011, I am honorary professor at the University of Groningen. My area of expertise is the spatial ecology of intertidal ecosystems, and spatial ecology in general.

To see more about me, go to: https://www.johanvandekoppel.nl

Linked news

Tuesday 14 July 2020
River plants counter both flooding and drought to protect biodiversity
'Water plants are a nuisance in streams, blocking the flow. You should remove them'. This notion has for many years determined how streams were managed to prevent flooding during high rainfall events. Research by NIOZ scientist Loreta Cornacchia,…
Monday 29 June 2020
Historic floods reveal how salt marshes can save lives in the future
Coastal wetlands like salt marshes are increasingly recognized as valuable natural defenses that protect coasts against strong wave attacks. Yet their performance during real-world, extreme storms has rarely been told. By digging into major historic…
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…
Saturday 28 April 2018
WADfilm: Mosselen luiden het voorjaar in van de Waddenzee
De lente is begonnen en daarmee breekt voor veel dieren en organismen in de Waddenzee de paringstijd aan. Wanneer het zeewater de 10 graden bereikt, is dat voor de mossel hét teken om te gaan ‘kuitschieten’. Een vrouwelijke mossel kan wel een miljoen…
Monday 19 February 2018
Zelforganisatie onderwaterplanten houdt rivieren gezond
Onderwaterplanten spelen een essentiële rol om rivieren en waterlopen gezond te houden. Biologe Loreta Cornacchia van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee (NIOZ) ondervond dat de waterplant sterrenkroos een regelmatig verspreid 'klonterig'…
Tuesday 11 July 2017
Mosselpatronen blijken blauwdruk voor landschapsherstel wadplaten
Mosselbanken zijn de koraalriffen van de Waddenzee. Deze krachtige biobouwers trekken vissen, vogels en kleine organismen aan en houden het getijde-ecosysteem veerkrachtig. Op welke manier mosselen deze veerkracht bewerkstelligen, wisten onderzoekers…
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.…

NIOZ publications

  • 2020
    Schotanus, J.; Walles, B.; Capelle, J.J.; van Belzen, J.; van de Koppel, J.; Bouma, T.J. (2020). Promoting self‐facilitating feedback processes in coastal ecosystem engineers to increase restoration success: Testing engineering measures. J. Appl. Ecol. Early view. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13709
    Gourgue, O.; van Belzen, J.; Schwarz, C.; Bouma, T.J.; van de Koppel, J.; Temmerman, S. (2020). A convolution method to assess subgrid‐scale interactions between flow and patchy vegetation in biogeomorphic models. J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst. Early view. https:// doi.org/10.1029/2020MS002116
    van der Kaaden, A.-S.; van Oevelen, D.; Rietkerk, M.; Soetaert, K.; van de Koppel, J. (2020). Spatial self-organization as a new perspective on cold-water coral mound development. Front. Mar. Sci. 7: article 631. https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.00631
    Bertolini, C.; Capelle, J.J.; Ter Veld, J.; van de Koppel, J.; Bouma, T.J. (2020). Understanding scales of density-dependence to improve the use of resources in benthic mussel aquaculture. Aquaculture 528: 735477. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2020.735477
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    Gagnon, K.; Rinde, E.; Bengil, E.G.T.; Carugati, L.; Christianen, M.J.A.; Danovaro, R.; Gambi, C.; Govers, L.L.; Kipson, S.; Meysick, L.; Pajusalu, L.; Tüney Kizilkaya, I.; van de Koppel, J.; van der Heide, T.; van Katwijk, M.M.; Boström, C. (2020). Facilitating foundation species: The potential for plant–bivalve interactions to improve habitat restoration success. J. Appl. Ecol. 57(6): 1161-1179. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13605
    Cornacchia, L.; Wharton, G.; Davies, G.; Grabowski, R.C.; Temmerman, S.; van der Wal, D.; Bouma, T.J.; van de Koppel, J. (2020). Self-organization of river vegetation leads to emergent buffering of river flows and water levels. Proc., Sect. B Biol. Sci. 287(1931): 20201147. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2020.1147
    Zhu, Z.; Vuik, V.; Visser, P.J.; Soens, T.; van Wesenbeeck, B.K.; van de Koppel, J.; Jonkman, S.N.; Temmerman, S.; Bouma, T.J. (2020). Historic storms and the hidden value of coastal wetlands for nature-based flood defence. Nature Sustainability online: [1-13]. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1038/s41893-020-0556-z
    de Jager, M.; van de Koppel, J.; Weerman, E.J.; Weissing, F.J. (2020). Patterning in mussel beds explained by the interplay of multi-level selection and spatial self-organization. Front. Ecol. Evol. 8: 7. https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2020.00007
    van de Vijsel, R.C.; van Belzen, J.; Bouma, T.J.; van der Wal, D.; Cusseddu, V.; Purkis, S.J.; Rietkerk, M.; van de Koppel, J. (2020). Estuarine biofilm patterns: modern analogues for Precambrian self‐organization. Earth Surf. Process. Landforms 45(5): 1141-1154. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/esp.4783
    Zhu, Z.; van Belzen, J.; Zhu, Q.; van de Koppel, J.; Bouma, T.J. (2020). Vegetation recovery on neighboring tidal flats forms an Achilles' heel of saltmarsh resilience to sea level rise. Limnol. Oceanogr. 65(1): 51-62. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1002/lno.11249
  • 2019
    Bertolini, C.; Hlebowicz, K.; Schlichta, F.; Capelle, J.J.; van de Koppel, J.; Bouma, T.J. (2019). Are all patterns created equal? Cooperation is more likely in spatially simple habitats. Mar. Ecol. (Berl.) 40(6): e12572. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/maec.12572
    Schotanus, J.; Capelle, J.J.; Leuchter, L.; van de Koppel, J.; Bouma, T.J. (2019). Mussel seed is highly plastic to settling conditions: the influence of waves versus tidal emergence. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 624: 77-87. https://dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps13039
    Bertolini, C.; Cornelissen, B.; Capelle, J.; van de Koppel, J.; Bouma, T.J. (2019). Putting self‐organization to the test: labyrinthine patterns as optimal solution for persistence. Oikos (Kbh.) 128(12): 1805-1815. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/oik.06373
    Reijers, V.C.; Cruijsen; Hoetjes; Akker; Heusinkveld, J.H.T.; van de Koppel, J.; Lamers, L.P.M.; Olff, H.; van der Heide, T. (2019). Loss of spatial structure after temporary herbivore absence in a high‐productivity reed marsh. J. Appl. Ecol. 56(7): 1817-1826. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2664.13394
    Silliman, B.R.; He, Q.; Angelini, C.; Smith, C.S.; Kirwan, M.L.; Daleo, P.; Renzi, J.J.; Butler, J.; Osborne, T.Z.; Nifong, J.C.; van de Koppel, J. (2019). Field experiments and meta-analysis reveal wetland vegetation as a crucial element in the coastal protection paradigm. Curr. Biol. 29(11): 1800-1806.e3. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2019.05.017
    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
    Zhao, L.-X.; Xu, C.; Ge, Z.-M.; van de Koppel, J.; Liu, Q.-X. (2019). The shaping role of self-organization: linking vegetation patterning, plant traits and ecosystem functioning. Proc. - Royal Soc., Biol. Sci. 286(1900): 20182859. https://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.2859
    Siero, E.; Siteur, K.; Doelman, A.; van de Koppel, J.; Rietkerk, M.; Eppinga, M.B. (2019). Grazing away the resilience of patterned ecosystems. American Naturalist 193(3): 472-480. https://dx.doi.org/10.1086/701669
    Bertolini, C.; Capelle, J.; Timmermans, K.; Bouma, T.J.; van de Koppel, J. (2019). Timing it right: Non-consumptive effects on prey recruitment magnify overtime. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 513: 47-54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2019.03.001
    Cornacchia, L.; Folkard, A.; Davies, G.; Grabowski, R.C.; van de Koppel, J.; van der Wal, D.; Wharton, G.; Puijalon, S.; Bouma, T.J. (2019). Plants face the flow in V formation: A study of plant patch alignment in streams. Limnol. Oceanogr. 64(3): 1087-1102. https://doi.org/10.1002/lno.11099
    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
    Cornacchia, L.; van der Wal, D.; van de Koppel, J.; Puijalon, S.; Wharton, G.; Bouma, T.J. (2019). Flow-divergence feedbacks control propagule retention by in-stream vegetation: the importance of spatial patterns for facilitation. Aquat. Sci. 81(1): 17. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00027-018-0612-1
    He, Q.; Silliman, B.R.; van de Koppel, J.; Cui, B. (2019). Weather fluctuations affect the impact of consumers on vegetation recovery following a catastrophic die-off. Ecology 100(1): e02559. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.2559
    Cornacchia, L.; Licci, S.; Nepf, H.; Folkard, A.; van der Wal, D.; van de Koppel, J.; Puijalon, S.; Bouma, T.J. (2019). Turbulence-mediated facilitation of resource uptake in patchy stream macrophytes. Limnol. Oceanogr. 64(2): 714-727. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/lno.11070
  • 2018
    Beninger, P.G.; Cuadrado, D.; van de Koppel, J. (2018). Sedimentary and biological patterns on mudflats, in: Beninger, P.G. Mudflat ecology. Aquatic Ecology Series, 7: pp. 185-211. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-99194-8_8
    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
    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
    Cornacchia, L.; van de Koppel, J.; van der Wal, D.; Wharton, G.; Puijalon, S.; Bouma, T.J. (2018). Landscapes of facilitation: how self-organized patchiness of aquatic macrophytes promotes diversity in streams. Ecology 99(4): 832-847. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.2177
    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
  • 2017
    Eriksson, B.K.; Westra, J.; van Gerwen, I.; Weerman, E.; van der Zee, E.; van der Heide, T.; van de Koppel, J.; Olff, H.; Piersma, T.; Donadi, S. (2017). Facilitation by ecosystem engineers enhances nutrient effects in an intertidal system. Ecosphere 8(12): e02051. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ecs2.2051
    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.; 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
    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
    de Jager, M.; Weissing, F.J.; van de Koppel, J. (2017). Why mussels stick together: spatial self-organization affects the evolution of cooperation. Evolutionary Ecology 31(4): 547-558. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10682-017-9888-1
    Onrust, B.; Bidarra, B.; Rooseboom, R.; van de Koppel, J. (2017). Ecologically Sound Procedural Generation of Natural Environments. International Journal of Computer Games Technology 2017: 7057141. https://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2017/7057141
    Howison, R.A.; Olff, H.; van de Koppel, J.; Smit, C. (2017). Biotically driven vegetation mosaics in grazing ecosystems: the battle between bioturbation and biocompaction. Ecol. Monogr. 87(3): 363-378. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ecm.1259
    de Paoli, H.C.; van der Heide, T.; van den Berg, A.; Silliman, B.R.; Herman, P.M.J.; van de Koppel, J. (2017). Behavioral self-organization underlies the resilience of a coastal ecosystem. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 114(30): 8035-8040. https://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1619203114
    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
  • 2016
    Liu, Q-X; Rietkerk, M.; Herman, P.M.J.; Piersma, T.; Fryxell, J.M.; van de Koppel, J. (2016). Bridging physics and biology Reply to comments on “Phase separation driven by density-dependent movement: A novel mechanism for ecological patterns”. Physics of Life Reviews 19: 142-146. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.plrev.2016.11.006
    Liu, Q-X; Rietkerk, M.; Herman, P.M.J.; Piersma, T.; Fryxell, J.M.; van de Koppel, J. (2016). Phase separation driven by density-dependent movement: A novel mechanism for ecological patter. Physics of Life Reviews 19: 107-121. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.plrev.2016.07.009
    Wang, C.; Wang, Q.; Meire, D.; Ma, W.; Wu, C.; Meng, Z.; van de Koppel, J.; Troch, P.; Verhoeven, R.; De Mulder, T.; Temmerman, S. (2016). Biogeomorphic feedback between plant growth and flooding causes alternative stable states in an experimental floodplain. Adv. Water Resour. 93(Part B): 223-235. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.07.003
    Reynolds, A.M.; Bartumeus, F.; Kölzsch, A.; van de Koppel, J. (2016). Signatures of chaos in animal search patterns. NPG Scientific Reports 6: 23492. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep23492
    Angelini, C.; Griffin, J.N.; van de Koppel, J.; Lamers, L.P.M.; Smolders, A.J.P.; Derksen-Hooijberg, M.; van der Heide, T.; Silliman, B.R. (2016). A keystone mutualism underpins resilience of a coastal ecosystem to drought. Nature Comm. 7: 12473. dx.doi.org/10.1038/NCOMMS12473
    Van der Zee, E.M.; Angelini, C.; Govers, L.; Christianen, M.J.A.; Altieri, A.H.; van der Reijden, K.J.; Silliman, B.R.; van de Koppel, J.; van der Geest, M.; van Gils, J.A.; van der Veer, H.W.; Piersma, T.; de Ruiter, P.C.; Olff, H.; van der Heide, T. (2016). How habitat-modifying organisms structure the food web of two coastal ecosystems. Proc. - Royal Soc., Biol. Sci. 283(1826): 20152326. https://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.2326
    Cornacchia, L.; Licci, S.; van de Koppel, J.; van der Wal, D.; Wharton, G.; Puijalon, S.; Bouma, T.J. (2016). Flow Velocity and Morphology of a Submerged Patch of the Aquatic Species Veronica anagallis-aquatica L., in: Rowinski, P. et al. Hydrodynamic and Mass Transport at Freshwater Aquatic Interfaces : 34th International School of Hydraulics. pp. 141-152
    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
  • 2015
    Silliman, B.R.; Schrack, E.; He, Q.; Cope, R.; Santoni, A.; van der Heide, T.; Jacobi, R.; Jacobi, M.; van de Koppel, J. (2015). Facilitation shifts paradigms and can amplify coastal restoration efforts. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 112(46): 14295-14300. dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1515297112
    Kölzsch, A.; Alzate, A.; Bartumeus, F.; de Jager, M.; Weerman, E.; Hengeveld, G.M.; Naguib, M.; Nolet, B.A.; Van de Koppel, J. (2015). Experimental evidence for inherent Lévy search behaviour in foraging animals. Proc. - Royal Soc., Biol. Sci. 282(1807): 20150424. dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.0424
    Donadi, S.; van der Heide, T.; Piersma, T.; van der Zee, E.M.; Weerman, E.J.; van de Koppel, J.; Olff, H.; Devine, C.; Hernawan, U. E.; Boers, M.; Planthof, L.; Eriksson, B.K. (2015). Multi-scale habitat modification by coexisting ecosystem engineers drives spatial separation of macrobenthic functional groups. Oikos (Kbh.) 124: 1502–1510. dx.doi.org/10.1111/oik.02100
    van de Koppel, J.; van der Heide, T.; Altieri, A.H.; Eriksson, B.K.; Bouma, T.J.; Olff, H.; Silliman, B.R. (2015). Long-Distance Interactions Regulate the Structure and Resilience of Coastal Ecosystems. Ann. Rev. Mar. Sci. 7: 139-158. dx.doi.org/ 10.1146/annurev-marine-010814-015805
    Elschot, K.; Bakker, J.P.; Temmerman, S.; van de Koppel, J.; Bouma, T.J. (2015). Ecosystem engineering by large grazers enhances carbon stocks in a tidal salt marsh. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 537: 9-21. dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps11447
    Agüera, A.; van de Koppel, J.; Jansen, J.M.; Smaal, A.C.; Bouma, T.J. (2015). Beyond food: a foundation species facilitates its own predator. Oikos (Kbh.) 124(10): 1367–1373. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/oik.01949
    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
  • 2014
    Silliman, B.R.; Mozdzer, T.; Angelini, C.; Brundage, J.E.; Esselink, P.; Bakker, J.P.; Gedan, K.B.; van de Koppel, J.; Baldwin, A.H. (2014). Livestock as a potential biological control agent for an invasive wetland plant. PeerJ 2: e567. dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.567
    Donadi, S.; van der Zee, E.M.; van der Heide, T.; Weerman, E.J.; Piersma, T.; van de Koppel, J.; Olff, H.; Bartelds, M.; van Gerwen, I.; Eriksson, B.K. (2014). The bivalve loop: Intra-specific facilitation in burrowing cockles through habitat modification. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 461: 44–52. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2014.07.019
    Altieri, A.H.; Van de Koppel, J. (2014). Foundation species in marine ecosystems, in: Bertness, M.D. et al. Marine community ecology and conservation.
    van der Heide, T.; Tielens, E.; van der Zee, E.M.; Weerman, E.J.; Holthuijsen, S.; Eriksson, B.K.; Piersma, T.; van de Koppel, J.; Olff, H. (2014). Predation and habitat modification synergistically interact to control bivalve recruitment on intertidal mudflats. Biol. Conserv. 172: 163-169. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2014.02.036
    Liu, Q.X.; Herman, P.M.J.; Mooij, W.M.; Huisman, J.; Scheffer, M.; Olff, H.; de Koppel, J. (2014). Pattern formation at multiple spatial scales drives the resilience of mussel bed ecosystems. Nature Comm. 5: 5234. hdl.handle.net/10.1038/ncomms6234
    Liu, Q.X.; Weerman, E.J.; Gupta, R.; Herman, P.M.J.; Olff, H.; van de Koppel, J. (2014). Biogenic gradients in algal density affect the emergent properties of spatially self-organized mussel beds. J. R. Soc. Interface 11(96): 20140089 . dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2014.0089
    de Jager, M.; Bartumeus, F.; Kölzsch, A.; Weissing, F.J.; Hengeveld, G.M.; Nolet, B.A.; Herman, P.M.J.; de Koppel, J. (2014). How superdiffusion gets arrested: ecological encounters explain shift from Levy to Brownian movement. Proc. - Royal Soc., Biol. Sci. 281(1774): 20132605 . dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2013.2605
    Matthews, B.; De Meester, L.; Jones, C.G.; Ibelings, B.W.; Bouma, T.J.; Nuutinen, V.; van de Koppel, J.; Odling-Smee, J. (2014). Under niche construction: an operational bridge between ecology, evolution, and ecosystem science. Ecol. Monogr. 84(2): 245-263. dx.doi.org/10.1890/13-0953.1
    Christianen, M.J.A.; Herman, P.M.J.; Bouma, T.J.; vn Katwijk, M.M.; Lamers, L.P.M.; van der Heide, T.; Mumby, P.J.; Silliman, B.R.; Engelhard, S.L.; van de Kerk, M.V.; Kiswara, W.; van de Koppel, J. (2014). Habitat collapse due to overgrazing threatens turtle conservation in marine protected areas. Proc. - Royal Soc., Biol. Sci. 281(1777): 20132890. dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2013.2890
  • 2013
    Donadi, S.; Westra, J.; Weerman, E.J.; van der Heide, T.; van der Zee, E.M.; van de Koppel, J.; Olff, H.; Piersma, T.; van der Veer, H.W.; Eriksson, B.K. (2013). Non-trophic Interactions Control Benthic Producers on Intertidal Flats. Ecosystems 16: 1325-1335. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s10021-013-9686-8
    Donadi, S.; van der Heide, T.; van der Zee, E.M.; Eklöf, J.S.; van de Koppel, J.; Weerman, E.J.; Piersma, T.; Olff, H.; Eriksson, B.K. (2013). Cross-habitat interactions among bivalve species control community structure on intertidal flats. Ecology 94(2): 489-498. dx.doi.org/10.1890/12-0048.1
    Adams Krumins, J.; van Oevelen, D.; Bezemer, T.M.; de Deyn, G.B.; Hol, W.H.G.; van Donk, E.; de Boer, W.; de Ruiter, P.C.; Middelburg, J.J.; Monroy, F.; Soetaert, K.; Thébault, E.; van de Koppel, J.; van Veen, J.A.; Viketoft, M.; van der Putten, W.H. (2013). Soil and Freshwater and Marine Sediment Food Webs: Their Structure and Function. BioScience 63(1): 35-42. dx.doi.org/10.1525/bio.2013.63.1.8
    Liu, Q.X.; Doelman, A.; Rottschäfer, V.; de Jager, M.; Herman, P.M.J.; Rietkerk, M.; van de Koppel, J. (2013). Phase separation explains a new class of self-organized spatial patterns in ecological systems. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 110(29): 11905-11910. dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1222339110
    Bouma, T.J.; Temmerman, S.; van Duren, L.A.; Martini, E.; Vandenbruwaene, W.; Callaghan, D.P.; Balke, T.; Biermans, G.; Klaassen, P.C.; van Steeg, R.; Dekker, F.; van de Koppel, J.; Herman, P.M.J.; de Vries, M.B. (2013). Organism traits determine the strength of scale-dependent bio-geomorphic feedbacks: A flume study on three intertidal plant species. Geomorphology (Amst.) 180-181: 57-65. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.09.005
  • 2012
    Wang, R.H.; Jin, Z.; Liu, Q.X.; van de Koppel, J.; Alonso, D. (2012). A Simple Stochastic Model with Environmental Transmission Explains Multi-Year Periodicity in Outbreaks of Avian Flu. PLoS One 7(2): e28873. dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0028873
    van de Koppel, J.; Van Andel, J.; Biere, J. (2012). Ecology of ecosystems and biotic communities, in: Van Andel, J. et al. (Ed.) (2006). Restoration ecology: the new frontier. pp. 59-72
    Silliman, B.R.; van de Koppel, J.; McCoy, M.W.; Diller, J.; Kasozi, G.N.; Earl, K.; Adams, P.N.; Zimmerman, A.R. (2012). Degradation and resilience in Louisiana salt marshes after the BP-Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 109(28): 11234-11239. dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1204922109
    Scheffer, M.; Carpenter, S.R.; Lenton, T.M.; Bascompte, J.; Brock, W.; Dakos, V.; van de Koppel, J.; van de Leemput, I.A.; Levin, S.A.; van Nes, E.H.; Pascual, M.; Vandermeer, J. (2012). Anticipating Critical Transitions. Science (Wash.) 338(6105): 344-348. dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1225244
    Fagherazzi, S.; Kirwan, M.L.; Mudd, S.M.; Guntenspergen, G.R.; Temmerman, S.; D'Alpaos, A.; van de Koppel, J.; Rybczyk, J.M.; Reyes, E.; Craft, C.; Clough, J. (2012). Numerical models of salt marsh evolution: ecological, geomorphic, and climatic factors. Rev. Geophys. 50(1). dx.doi.org/10.1029/2011RG000359
    Biere, J.; Van Andel, J.; van de Koppel, J. (2012). Populations: Ecology and genetics, in: Van Andel, J. et al. (Ed.) (2006). Restoration ecology: the new frontier. pp. 73-87
    Liu, Q.X.; Weerman, E.J.; Herman, P.M.J.; Olff, H.; van de Koppel, J. (2012). Alternative mechanisms alter the emergent properties of self-organization in mussel beds. Proc. - Royal Soc., Biol. Sci. 279(1739): 2744-2753. dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2012.0157
    van der Heide, T.; Govers, L.L.; de Fouw, J.; Olff, H.; van der Geest, M.; van Katwijk, M.M.; Piersma, T.; van de Koppel, J.; Silliman, B.R.; Smolders, A.J.P.; van Gils, J.A. (2012). A three-stage symbiosis forms the foundation of seagrass ecosystems. Science (Wash.) 336(6087): 1432-1434. dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1219973
    Van de Koppel, J.; Bouma, T.J.; Herman, P.M.J. (2012). The influence of local- and landscape-scale processes on spatial self-organization in estuarine ecosystems. J. Exp. Biol. 215(6): 962-967. dx.doi.org/10.1242/jeb.060467
    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

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