PhD theses

Below, a summary is presented of theses that are related to the Wadden Sea Region and have been kindly supplied by the authors to the Wadden Academy. A pdf file is available for download. Up until now, most theses have been supplied by PhDs affiliated to Dutch universities. However, we strongly encourage students from German, Danish or other universities to submit their work.

Red knot habits: An optimal foraging perspective on tidal life at Banc d’Arguin

Author: Thomas Oudman
Date: June 2 2017
University: University of Groningen

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Sediments and functional traits; Applying a functional trait approach to assess marine macrobenthic function

Author: J.B. Leite Gusmao Junior
Date: 21 april 2017
University: University of Groningen

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Seagrasses under threat; Understanding the resilience of temperate seagrass meadows in a changing environment

[Translate to english:] Cover thesis Laura Soissons

Author: Laura Soissons
Date: 31 March 2017
University: Radboud University Nijmegen

Download the complete thesis: Seagrasses under threat; Understanding the resilience of temperate seagrass meadows in a changing environment (pdf 8 Mb).

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

[Translate to english:] Cover thesis Helene de Paoli

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.

Governing knowledge: Understanding the interplay between knowledge and coastal governance

[Translate to english:] Cover thesis Franke van der Molen

Author: Franke van der Molen
Date: 13 January 2017
University: University of Groningen

Download the complete thesis: Governing knowledge: Understanding the interplay between knowledge and coastal governance via the website of the University of Groningen.

Morphodynamics of ebb-tidal areas

Author: Wim Ridderinkhof
Date: 8 juni 2016
University: Utrecht University

Download the thesis: Morphodynamics of ebb-tidal areas (via the website of UU)

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

Download the thesis: Bottom-up and top-down forces in a tropical a intertidal ecosystem; The interplay between seagrasses, bivalves and birds (pdf 13,6 Mb)

Rethinking the economic valuation of natural land

Author: Michiel Daams
Date: 24 March 2016
University: University of Groningen

Download the thesis: Rethinking the economic valuation of natural land: Spatial analyses of how deeply people value nature in rural areas and in cities.

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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Leisuring landscapes; On emergence, transitions and adaptation

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Author: Stefan Hartman
Date: 7 januari 2016
University: University of Groningen

Download the thesis: Leisuring landscapes; On emergence, transitions and adaptation (via the RUG website).

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

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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.

Interactive Knowledge development in coastal projects

Author: Chris Seijger
Date: 17 december 2014
University: University of Twente

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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.

Salt marshes for flood protection; long-term adaptation by combining functions in flood defences

Author: Jantsje van Loon
Date: 8 oktober 2014
University: Wageningen University

Download the summary of the thesis: Salt marshes for flood protection; long-term adaptation by combining functions in flood defences (pdf 0,5 Mb). The complete thesis will be available online in October 2015.

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

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Reconstructing vegetation diversity in coastal landscapes

Author: Mans Schepers
Date: 15 mei 2014
University: University of Groningen

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

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Author: 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.

Energy generation from mixing salt water and fresh water: Smart flow strategies for reverse electrodialysis

Auteur: David Vermaas
Datum: 17 januari 2014
Universiteit: Universiteit Twente

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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

Download the thesis: Grazing as a nature management tool. An experimental study of the effects of different livestock species and stocking densities on salt-marsh birds (pdf 12,6 Mb).

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

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

Download the thesis: Bivalve loops. The importance of ecosystem engineering for soft-bottom intertidal ecosystems (pdf 9 Mb).

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

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Microalgal primary producers and their limiting resources

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Author: Juliette LY
Date: 10 oktober 2013
University: University of Amsterdam

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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

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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

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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

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Migration to less popular rural areas : the characteristics, motivations and search process of migrants

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Author: Rixt Bijker
Date: 17 januari 2013
University: University of Groningen

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Size-dependent predation risk for young bivalves

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

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Long-term process-based morphological modeling of large tidal basins

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Author: Ali Dastgehib
Date: 12 november 2012
University: Delft University

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Swarm Planning. The Development of a Planning Methodology to Deal With Climate Adaptation.

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Author: Rob Roggema
Date: 2 oktober 2012
University: Delft University

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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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Macrophytes in Estuarine Gradients: Flow through flexible vegetation

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Author: Jasper Dijkstra
Date: 6 March 2012
University: Delft University

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Smart move? The spatial mobility of higher education graduates

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Author: Viktor Venhorst
Date: 1 March 2012
University: University of Groningen

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The Institutional Survival Path. A Case Study on Mechanical Cockle Fishery and Gas Extraction in the Dutch Wadden Sea

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Author: Kim van Nieuwaal
Date: 10 november 2011
University: VU University Amsterdam

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Being at the right place at the right time: 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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Testing Times: The Effectiveness of Five International Biodiversity-Related Conventions

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Author: Karin Baakman
Date: 9 september 2011
University: Tilburg University

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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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Reverse Electro-dialysis - Design and optimization by modeling and experimentation

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Author: Joost Veerman
Date: 1 oktober 2010
University: University of Groningen

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Dense Water and Fluid Sand: Optical properties and methods for remote sensing of the extremely turbid Wadden Sea

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Author: Annelies Hommersom
Date: 28 juni 2010
University: VU University Amsterdam

more information about this thesis at the VU website.

 

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

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Author: 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

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

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

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Language Change on the Dutch Frisian Island of Ameland. Linguistic and sociolinguistic findings

Author: Mathilde Jansen
Date: 8 april 2010
University: VU University Amsterdam

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Carrying capacity of a heterogeneous lake for migrating swans

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

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Flood Preparedness; thoughts feelings and intentions of the Dutch public

Author: Teun Terpstra
Date: 15 januari 2010
University: University Twente

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

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

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Individual fitness correlates in the Black-tailed Godwit

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

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From river valley to estuary : the early-mid Holocene transgression of the Rhine-Meuse valley, The Netherlands

Author: Marc Hijma
Date: 23 december 2009
University:  Utrecht University

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A high resolution version (pdf 74 Mb) of this thesis is available at Utrecht University.

Stressors and feedbacks in temperate seagrass ecosystems

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Author: Tjisse van der Heide
Date: 14 december 2009
University: Radboud University Nijmegen

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Blue Energy: electricity production from salinity gradients by reverse electrodialysis

Author: Jan Post
Date: 3 November 2009
University: Wageningen University

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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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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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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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An approach to medium-term coastal morphological modelling

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Author: Giles Lesser
Date: 4 juni 2009
University: Delft University of Technology

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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: Universiteit 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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Ferry-observed variability of currents and bedforms in the Marsdiep inlet

Author: Maarten Buijsman
Date: 10 Oktober 2007
University: Utrecht University

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The arctic pulse. Timing of breeding in long-distance migrant shorebrids

Author: Ingrid Tulp
Date: 5 oktober 2007
University: University 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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Shallow water benthic foraminifera as proxy for natural versus human-induced environmental change

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Author: Lennart de Nooijer
Date: 17 januari 2007
University: University of Utrecht

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Functional aspects of seasonal variation in preen wax composition of sandpipers (Scolopacidae)

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Author: Jeroen Reneerkens
Date: 12 januari 2007
University: University 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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Project evaluation, sustainability and accountability

Author: Frans Sijtsma
Date: 19 oktober 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: Universiteit 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 february 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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Preserving the heritage of humanity? Obtaining world heritage status and the impact of listing

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Author: Bart van der Aa
Datum: 26 mei 2005
University: University of Groningen

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Slipping through our hands. Population dynamics of the European eel

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Author: Willem Dekker
Date: 11 oktober 2004
University: University of Amsterdam

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Born to fly - migratory strategies and stopover ecology in the European Wadden Sea of a long-distance migrant, the Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)

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Auteur: Gregor Scheiffarth
Datum: 25 april 2003
Universiteit: Universität Oldenburg

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The adaptive value of migrations for the bivalve Macoma balthica

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Author: Johan Gerrit Hiddink
Date: 8 november 2002
University: University Groningen

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Grazing in coastal grasslands : Brent Geese and facilitation by herbivory

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

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

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: Universiteit of Groningen

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