PhD theses

In this section you will find theses that are related to the Wadden Sea Region for the Research theme Ecology. You can download the pdf version of the theses.

Restoring mussel beds: A guide on how to survive on an intertidal mudflat

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Author: Hélène de Paoli
Date: 10 februari 2017
University: University of Groningen

Download the complete thesis: Restoring mussel beds: A guide on how to survive on an intertidal mudflat via the website of the University of Groningen.

Bottom-up and top-down forces in a tropical a intertidal ecosystem; The interplay between seagrasses, bivalves and birds

Author: Jimmy de Fouw
Date: 29 April 2016
University: University of Groningen

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Seagrass responses to interacting abiotic stresses

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Author: Yayu La Nafie
Date: 8 March 2016
University: Radboud University

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The impact of pelagic mussel collectors on plankton in the western Wadden Sea, the Netherlands

Author: Pascalle Jacobs
Date: 4 december 2015
University: Wageningen University

Download the thesis: The impact of pelagic mussel collectors on plankton in the western Wadden Sea, the Netherlands (pdf 5 Mb).

Eco-evolutionary feedbacks in self-organized ecosystems

Author: Monique de Jager
Date: 13 november 2015
University: University of Groningen

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Effects of vegetation patterns and grazers on tidal marshes

Author: Kelly Elschot
Date: 18 september 2015
University: University of Groningen

Download the complete thesis: Effects of vegetation patterns and grazers on tidal marshes (pdf 5 Mb).

Untying the knot. Mechanistically understanding the interactions between social foragers and their prey

Author: Allert Bijleveld
Date: 19 june 2015
University: University of Groningen

Download the complete thesis: Untying the knot. Mechanistically understanding the interactions between social foragers and their prey from the website of the University of Groningen.

Hydrodynamic processes and the stability of intertidal mussel beds in the Dutch Wadden Sea

Author: Jasper Donker
Date: 20 May 2015
University: Utrecht University

Download the complete thesis: Hydrodynamic processes and the stability of intertidal mussel beds in the Dutch Wadden Sea (pdf 14 Mb). 

Spatial demography of black-tailed godwits - Metapopulation dynamics in a fragmented agricultural landscape

Author: Rosemarie Kentie
Date: 9 januari 2015
University: University of Groningen

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Sex-specific foraging; The distributional ecology of a polychaete-eating shorebird

Author: Sjoerd Duijns
Date: 22 december 2014
University: University of Groningen

Dowload the thesis: Sex-specific foraging; The distributional ecology of a polychaete-eating shorebird (pdf 5,4 Mb), N.B. chapter 7 and 8 are under embargo until 22 december 2015.

The effects of biogeochemical stressors on seagrass ecosystems

Author: Laura Govers
Date: 12 december 2014
University: Radboud University Nijmegen

Download the thesis: The effects of biogeochemical stressors on seagrass ecosystems (pdf 3,4 Mb). N.B. Chapter 9 of this thesis is online under embargo until 12 December 2015.

Toxic pressure of chemical stressors on pelgagic microalgae in Dutch estuarine and coastal waters

Author: Petra Booij
Date: 12 december 2014
University: VU University Amsterdam

The online version of this thesis is embargoed until 12 december 2015.

A full version of the thesis is available on request from the author, see the press release

Lifting the veil. Impact of contaminants on coastal phytoplankton

Author: Sacha Sjollema
Date: 25 november 2014
University: University of Amsterdam

Chapter 2, 3 and 6 are online embargoed until 25 november 2015. The other chapters are online available at the UVA website.

Modelling bivalves in estuaries and coastal areas

Author: Sofia Saraiva
Date: 8 oktober 2014
University: VU University Amsterdam

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Of dwarves and giants. How large herbivores shape arthropod communities on salt marshes

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Author: Roel van Klink
Date: 20 juni 2014
University: University of Groningen

Download the thesis: Of dwarves and giants. How large herbivores shape arthropod communities on salt marshes (pdf 5 Mb).

Soft-bottom intertidal ecosystems shaped by ecosystem engineers. Consequences for trophic structure

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Authorr: Els van der Zee
Date: 28 March 2014
University: University of Groningen

Download the thesis: Soft-bottom intertidal ecosystems shaped by ecosystem engineers. Consequences for trophic structure (pdf 5,6 Mb). Chapter 4, 5 and 7 are not available online, due to embargo rules. They will be available in 2015.

Grazing as a nature-management tool. The effect of different livestock species and stocking densities on salt-marsh vegetation and accretion

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Author: Stefanie Nolte
Date: 24 januari 2014
University: University of Groningen

Download the thesis: Grazing as a nature-management tool. The effect of different livestock species and stocking densities on salt-marsh vegetation and accretion (pdf 5,6 Mb).

Grazing as a nature management tool. An experimental study of the effects of different livestock species and stocking densities on salt-marsh birds

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Author: Freek Mandema
Date: 24 januari 2014
University: University of Groningen

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Bivalve loops. The importance of ecosystem engineering for soft-bottom intertidal ecosystems

Author: Serena Donadi
Date: 15 november 2013
University: University of Groningen

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The emergent properties of spatial self-organization: a study of patterned mussel beds

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Author: Quan-Xing Liu
Date: 15 november 2013
University: Universty of Groningen

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Multi-trophic interactions within the seagrass beds of Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania: a chemosynthesis-based intertidal ecosystem

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Author: Matthijs van der Geest
Date: 15 november 2013
University: University of Groningen

Download the thesis: Multi-trophic interactions within the seagrass beds of Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania: a chemosynthesis-based intertidal ecosystem (pdf 7 Mb).

Spoonbills as a model system: a demographic cost-benefit analysis of differential migration

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Author: Tamar Lok
Date: 15 november 2013
University: University of Groningen

Download the thesis: Spoonbills as a model system: a demographic cost-benefit analysis of differential migration (pdf 4,5 Mb).

A historical ecology of two closely related gull species (Laridae): multiple adaptations to a man-made environment

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Author: Kees Camphuysen
Date: 21 juni 2013
University: University of Groningen

Download the thesis: A historical ecology of two closely related gull species (Laridae): multiple adaptations to a man-made environment (pdf 16 Mb).

Adaptation and dispersal of native salt-marsh species Elytrigia atherica

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Author: Roos Veeneklaas
Date: 14 juni 2013
University: University of Groningen

Download the thesis: Adaptation and dispersal of native salt-marsh species Elytrigia atherica (pdf 13,8 Mb).

Fishing for Food; Feeding ecology of harbour porpoises Phocoena phocoena and white-beaked dolphins Lagenorhynchus albirostris in Dutch waters

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Author: Okka Jansen
Date: 8 March 2013
University: Wageningen University

Download the thesis: Fishing for Food; Feeding ecology of harbour porpoises Phocoena phocoena and white-beaked dolphins Lagenorhynchus albirostris in Dutch waters (pdf 10Mb).

Size-dependent predation risk for young bivalves

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Author: Henrike Andresen
Datum: 8 januari 2013
University: VU University Amsterdam

Download the thesis: Size-dependent predation risk for young bivalves (pdf 5,8 Mb)

Clonal and sexy: The dynamics of sexual and asexual reproduction in dwarf eelgrass, Zostera noltii Hornemann in the northern Wadden Sea

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Author: Andreas Zipperle
Date: 1 oktober 2012
University: University of Groningen

Download the thesis: Clonal and sexy: The dynamics of sexual and asexual reproduction in dwarf eelgrass, Zostera noltii Hornemann in the northern Wadden Sea (pdf 3,4 Mb).

The assembly of a salt-marsh ecosystem. The interplay of green and brown food webs

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Author: Maarten Schrama
Date: 29 juni 2012
University: University of Groningen

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Self-organization on mudflats

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Author: Eelke Folmer
Date: 20 april 2012
University: University of Groningen

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Being at the right place interpreting the annual life cycle of Afro Siberian red knots

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Author: Jutta Leyrer
Date: 3 oktober 2011
University: University of Groningen

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Spatial patterns in phototrophic biofilms. The role of physical and biological interactions

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Author: Ellen Weerman
Date: 11 mei 2011
University: Radboud University Nijmegen

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Living apart together: interactions between aboveground grazers, plants and soil biota

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Author: Ciska Veen
Date: 29 april 2011
University: University of Groningen

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Sustainable Exploitation of Saline Resources ecology, ecophysiology and cultivation of potential halophyte crops

Author: Arjen de Vos
Date: 20 april 2011
University: VU University Amsterdam

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Struggle for safety. Adaptive responses of wintering waders to their avian predators

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Author: Piet van den Hout
Date: 17 december 2010
University: University of Groningen

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The spatial and temporal link between common terns sterna hirundo and their prey fish in de Wadden Sea

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Author: Andreas Dänhardt
Date: 19 november 2010
University: Universität Oldenburg

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What is natural? The scale and consequences of marine bio invasions in the North Atlantic Ocean Cover thesis

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Authorr: Deniz Haydar
Date: 18 juni 2010
University: University of Groningen

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Staging ecology of black-tailed godwits in Portuguese rice fields and correlations with breeding season events

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Author: Pedro Lourenço
Date: 14 juni 2010
University: University of Groningen

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Spatial ecology of intertidal macrobenthic fauna in a changing Wadden Sea

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Author: Casper Kraan
Date: 26 april 2010
University: University of Groningen

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Carrying capacity of a heterogeneous lake for migrating swans

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Author: Abel Gyimesi
Date: 29 januari 2010
University: University Utrecht

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Impact of atmospheric nitrogen deposition on lichen-rich, coastal dune grasslands

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Author: Eva Remke
Date: 14 januari 2010
University: Radboud University Nijmegen

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Individual fitness correlates in the Black-tailed Godwit

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Author: Julia Schröder
Date: 11 januari 2010
University: University of Groningen

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Salt-marsh sediment: natural gamma-radioactivity and spatial patterns

Author: Alma de Groot
Date: 23 Oktober 2009
University: University of Groningen

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Pacific Oysters in Dutch Estuaries - Causes of Success and Consequences for Native Bivalves

Author: Karin Troost
Date: 9 Oktober 2009
University: University of Groningen

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The eco-geography of the brown shrimp Crangon crangon in Europe

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Author: Joana Campos
Date: 10 september 2009
University: VU University Amsterdam

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Bottlenecks, budgets and immunity the costs and benefits of immune function over the annual cycle of red knots (Calidris canutus)

Author: Debbie Buehler
Date: 7 november 2008
University: University of Groningen

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Travels in a changing world: flexibility and constraints in migration and breeding of the Barnacle goose

Author: Götz Eichhorn
Date:    23 juni 2008
University: University of Groningen

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Breeding origins of wader populations utilizing the Dutch Wadden Sea as deduced from body dimensions, body mass, and primary moult

Author: Meinte Engelmoer
Date: 7 Januari 2008
University: Universiteit of Groningen

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Growth and reproduction in bivalves, an energetic approach

Author: Joana Cardoso
Date: 21 september 2007
University: University of Groningen

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Interference competition and patch choice in foraging shore crabs

Author: Isabel Smallegange
Date: 5 September 2007
University: University of Amsterdam

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Common Eiders Somateria mollissima in the Netherlands: The rise and fall of breeding and wintering populations in relation to the stocks of shellfish

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Author: Romke Kats
Date: 20 april 2007
University: University of Groningen

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The role of dispersal constraints in the assembly of salt-marsh communities

Author: Esther Chang
Date: 10 november 2006
University: University of Groningen

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State-dependent life-history strategies; a long-term study on Oystercatchers

Author: Martijn van de Pol
Date: 14 juli 2006
University: University of Groningen

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Restoration of salt marshes

Author: Mineke Wolters
Date: 1 mei 2006
University: University of Groningen

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Ecology and membrane lipid distribution of marine Crenarchaeota: Implications for TEX86 paleothermometry

Author: Cornelia Wuchter
Date: 27 februari 2006
University: University of Utrecht

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Geese on a green wave: flexible migrants in a changing world

Author: Sandra van der Graaf
Date:    10 februari 2006
University: University of Groningen

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Living with gulls : trading off food and predation in the Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis

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Author: Eric Stienen
Date: 20 januari 2006
University: University of Groningen

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Grazing in coastal grasslands : Brent Geese and facilitation by herbivory

Author: Daan Bos
Date: 25 oktober 2002
University: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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Floundering - Processes of tidal transport and accumulation of larval flounder (Platichthys flesus L.) in the Ems-Dollard nursery

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Author: Zwanette Jager
Date: 20 April 1999
University: University of Amsterdam

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Bivalve reproduction in the Wadden Sea : effects of winter conditions on reproductive effort and recruitment

Author: Pieter Honkoop
Date: 11 december 1998
University: University of Groningen

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