Using self-organization to build virtual ecosystems

Scientific models often produce very abstract prediction of how natural ecosystems will respond to management scenario’s. Here, we present a new technique that uses computer graphics techniques to build virtual representations of predicted developments of ecosystems that are accessible to everybody. They also represent a new a approach in building virtual worlds based on spatial organisation.

See the movie on youtube: https://youtu.be/9EWkxiycA0A

Computer graphics technology: Robert Rooseboom, NIOZ.

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Quan-Xing Liu catches a Chinese national award

Quan-Xing Liu, one of my former PhD students, has received the “2013 National Award for Outstanding Self-financed Chinese Students Abroad” for his work on self-organization in Mussels. Congratulations Quan-Xing!
See Quan-Xing’s website: https://sites.google.com/site/qxliu0724/home

Spatial ecology papers catch two prizes at the NAEM Meeting

On 12 February, two papers from the Spatial Ecology lab in Yerseke received the 2nd and 3rd price in the ‘Best Paper Award’ category at the Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting (NAEM). This concerns the papers by Monique de Jager et al. (‘Mussels confirm theory of Albert Einstein’) and Quan-Xing Liu et al. (‘Musselbeds are as strong as steel‘).

Links to the full papers:

Monique de Jager et al.: http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/281/1774/20132605.full

Quan-Xing et al.: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/06/27/1222339110.abstract

Talk at Studium Generale Zeeland

I am going to give a talk for the Zeeuwse Studium Generale in Middelburg on Februari 5, 2014, in the Zeeuwse Bibliotheek, starting at 19:30. My talk will provide a popular angle to my work on the spatial ecology of intertidal systems. The talk will be in Dutch.

Title (in Dutch): Ruimte! Essentieel voor getijdenatuur.

See link: http://www.zeeuwsebibliotheek.nl/agenda/115555.lezing–ruimte!-essentieel-voor-getijdenatuur.html

Appointed as honorary professor at the University of Groningen

From the first of November onwards, I have been appointed as an honorary professor at the University of Groningen, on the chair called “The spatial ecology of intertidal systems”. I am very pleased with this appointment, as it solidifies a long collaboration with various people at the University, and it allows me to set up a small teaching program in spatial ecology.