The lab

The PhD students that I supervise are involved the development of theory of the mechanism of spatial self-organization, and its implications for ecosystem functioning and for animals that live in spatially self-organized ecosystems.

Roeland van de Vijsel

Modeling patterns formation on tidal flats to indicatie critical shifts in salt marsh establishment and mussel bed dynamics (2015-2019).

Helene de Paoli

Key processes in the restoration of mussel beds in the Wadden Sea (2010-2014), as a part of the Waddensleutels project.


Jim van Belzen
Modeling salt marsh dynamics as a critical system; Together with Tjeerd Bouma.
Vacancy Postdoc Vacancy

There is a Vacancy for a postdoc to work on seagrass restoration and pattern formation in the MERCES project, see the blog post.

Visiting scholars

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Jiaguo Yan
Jiaguo Yan has joined the lab as a visiting PhD student from China, to work on top-down control and pattern formation on intertidal systems.

Valentina Cusseddu
Valentina has joined the lab in 2015 on a self-acquired travel grant to join the Hedwige project for a number of months.

I am currently co-supervising the following PhD students:


Loreta Cornacchia

Unraveling interacting feedback loops that control non-linear salt-marsh dynamics: combining experiments and modeling (2008-2012); Together with Tjeerd Bouma.

Technical assistent

Aniek van den Berg

Restauration of mussel beds in the Waddensea, making use of laserscanners, underwater camera’s and kyte aerial photography to study the development of mussel beds. Technical assistent to the Mosselwad project.

Former lab members

Liu Quan-Xing

Implications of aggregation in bivalves for intertidal ecosystems (2009-2013)

Monique de Jager

Testing for spatial self-organisation in mussel beds (2008-2012)


Ellen Weerman

Spatial patterns in phototrophic biofilms. The role of physical and biological interactions (2005-2009). You can download her thesis here.Ellen Weerman is currently a Postdoc at the University of Groningen.

Bregje van Wesenbeeck
Thresholds and shifts: consequences of habitat modification in salt-marsh pioneer zones (2002-2006). You can download her thesis
here. Bregje now works at Deltares.

Nicholas Azza
The dynamics of shoreline wetlands and sediments of northern Lake Victoria (Unesco-IHE: 2000-2005). You can download his thesis here.Nicholas works at the Directorate of Water Development (DWD) in Entebbe, Uganda.