Do you want to know whether your ecosystem is in any danger of collapsing? Research by Jim van Belzen and co shows that you can give salt march ecosystems a small punch to check. Our method is outlined in Nature Communications, and is free to use for all!
Would you like to study self-organization in reef forming ecosystems such as coral reefs, oyster beds or mussel beds, using modelling and observations?
Maybe this vacancy, here at NIOZ, is the challenge you need:
Helene de Paoli, PhD student within the Waddensleutels project, defended her thesis last Friday. Maladaptation of the mussels from deeper water to the intertidal environment explains the failure of many mussel restoration projects.
See the (Dutch) press release: https://www.nioz.nl/en/news/nioz-updates/diepwatermosselen-zijn-watjes
New research together with colleagues from the US shows that the humble mussel and marsh grass form an intimate interaction that is critical to helping these ecosystems bounce back from die-off triggered by extreme climatic events such as drought. We published that in the latest issue of Nature Communication.
The original paper can be found here.
Have you ever wondered what a clump of mussels, a herd of grazers, or a spot of bacteria under the microscope have in common? All these aggregations follow from similar physical movement process, where organisms move a lot when alone, but move less when in aggregation.
We outline this new principle in a paper that just appeared online in Physics of Life Reviews, The paper was a collaboration with first author Quan-Xing Liu (a former PhD student of mine) Max Rietkerk, Peter Herman, John Fryxell, and Theunis Piersma.
Pdf: Link to Liu’s Researchgate.
(Elk photo is from: https://chrisandmattcycleacrossamerica.wordpress.com)
I am looking for a highly motivated Postdoc with a keen interest in the modeling of ecological interactions and the resulting spatial pattern formation in marine ecosystems, to join our work on the restoration of seagrass beds in the Wadden Sea.
For a description of the vacancy, see:
The H2020 MERCES project has started at June first, 2016. Two years of funding to study seagrass patterns, with the aim to identify the possibility that bivalves such as mussels could help restore seagrass in the Wadden Sea. This is a project together with Tjisse van der Heide from the Radboud University Nijmegen.
Watch this blog! There will be a postdoc vacancy soon.