Dr. Casper H.A. van Leeuwen
Aquatic Ecologist studying species movement and species interactions in wetland ecosystems. I aim to understand how, why and when organisms move – and how their presence or absence affects food webs, populations and communities. I study interactions within and among phytoplankton, zooplankton, invertebrates, plants, fish and waterbirds – often in the context of habitat restoration and global changes. Methods include field- and lab-based experiments, population genetic analyses, acoustic telemetry and advanced statistics. Welcome to my website! Please do not hesitate to contact me.
Aquatic Ecology & Environmental Biology, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Nov 2021 - New publication on vegetation establishement in newly created wetlands
Sep 2021 - New publication on the first findings of the Marker Wadden project
Aug 2021 - Our research featuring in the Dutch evening news
May 2021 - Starting a new position at Radboud University Nijmegen
Jan 2021 - Two new publications on seed dispersal, one on gulls and one on fish!
Nov 2020 - Presented my view on the role of piscivorous birds as connectors of ecosystems at annual birding event "Landelijke dag SOVON"
Sept 2020 - Finished our fish larvae sampling campaign at the Marker Wadden
July 2020 - Our fish research at the Marker Wadden featuring in the Dutch newspaper NRC
Apr 2020 - Succesfully equipped 90 fish with acoustic transmitters at Marker Wadden to study their habitat selection!
Mar 2020 - Three new publications accepted, in Journal of Ecology, Oikos and Scientific Reports.
Feb 2020 - Our Ebook with 14 new papers on Animal-mediated dispersal in understudied systems is available online now
Feb 2020 - New paper on interactive effects of temperature rise and nutrient enrichment on aquatic plants!
Jan 2020 - Editorial paper published for our Special Issue on "Animal-mediated dispersal in understudied systems", in which we identify seven key lessons in 14 new publications on zoochory.
Dec 2019 - New paper accepted on biovectoring by gulls, in collaboration with Victor Martin, Andy Green and others at Doñana Biological Station.
Nov 2019 - Presenting the first results of the fish work on Marker Wadden at the RAVON annual day.
Oct 2019 - Excited to welcome two new MSc students working on respectively fish and zooplankton to the group.
Sept 2019 - Showing Vroege Vogels television our research on Marker Wadden! Watch the result here online.
Aug 2019 - Enjoying field days at Marker Wadden, see more at www.markerwaddenresearch.com
June 2019 - Successful defense of co-supervised PhD student Antonella Petruzzella on biotic resistance to invasive species
April 2019 - Seed dispersal symposium at NIOO-KNAW, see program here.