Dr. Casper H.A. van Leeuwen
Junior Group Leader and Marie S-Curie Fellow studying the movement of plants and animals. I aim to understand how, why and when species move - and how their presence or absence affects communities and ecosystem functioning. Therefore I study ecology and evolution in freshwater ecosystems, using field- and lab-based experiments, population genetic analyses, radio-telemetry and advanced statistics.
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Van Leeuwen Junior Group
Department of Aquatic Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, The Netherlands
Feb 2019 - A warm welcome to PhD student Victor Martin from Donana Biological Station (Spain) for his research stay at NIOO-KNAW!
Jan 2019 - Robin de Vries started his MSc internship to investigate interactions between hydrochory and zoochory!
Dec 2018 - Two new publications on how aquatic plants may respond to global changes
22 Nov - Presented the weekly seminar at Donana Biological Station, Sevilla, Spain. My talk on "Species movement across aquatic ecosystems" is also available on Youtube
17 Oct - Submitted my ERC Starting Grant, aiming to unravel the importance of zoochory in wetland ecosystems
1 Oct - Started my research stay of three months at Doñana Biological Station in Seville, Spain
28 Sep - PhD student Peiyu Zhang successfully defended his thesis on climate and eutrophication effects on aquatic plants!
25 Sep - New paper online showing how eutrophication increases top-down control of aquatic plants
5 Sep - Our work on fen formation features in todays newspaper de Volkskrant!
28 Aug - New paper online on the restoration of fen ecosystems from my project at Utrecht University
22 Jun - Joined an excursion of the Vissennetwerk to discuss about opportunities for fish in Lake IJsselmeer
10 Jun - Laura Vandionant will join my Junior Group as an assistent to carry out experiments July-October
20 Apr - Had a very inspiring week at the Pan-European Duck Symposium in Scotland
9 Apr - Presented an overview of my work on "Species movement in aquatic systems" in the NIOO seminar series
30 Mar - We already have 19 abstracts in our Frontiers Research Topic on Animal-mediated dispersal!
12 Feb - Presenting my newly accepted review paper at the Netherlands Annual Ecological Meeting
11 Feb - Welcoming two new students today on the seed dispersal experiments!
29 Jan - My review is now accepted! How do alien plant species affect animal-mediated dispersal of native plants species?
23 Jan - New publication on biotic resistance of aquatic plants in Frontiers in Plant Sciences - with Antonella Petruzella
14 Dec - Presenting my talk on dispersal at the annual BES conference: "Ecology Across Borders"
1 Dec - Launched a Research Topic for Frontiers EcolEvol: "Animal-mediated dispersal in understudied systems".