Casper van LeeuwenDr. 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 
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ResearcherID: B-9166-2012


Latest news

23 April 2019 - From May onwards I will start a new position at NIOO-KNAW to investigate fish at Marker Wadden!
17 April 2019 - Seed dispersal symposium at NIOO-KNAW, see program here.
Feb 2019 - Awarded a fieldwork grant from the Ecology Fund of the KNAW - this allows PhD Maria Jose Navarro to work on seed dispersal by geese!
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 DoƱana 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