Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting 2018

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Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting

Tuesday 13 & Wednesday 14 February 2018

Conference Centre "De Werelt", Westhofflaan 2, Lunteren, The Netherlands


Each year, on the second Tuesday and Wednesday of February, the Netherlands Ecological Research Network (NERN) organises her annual conference, the Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting (NAEM). This conference is particularly geared towards people working in the field of ecology and/or evolution. It aims to strengthen the network of ecologists in the Netherlands, Belgium, and surrounding countries and provides an overview of the work carried out by the people in the network. The NAEM meeting is two full days, each day consisting of a plenary session, in which a Dutch/Flemish and an international world leader present their view on a specific topic in ecology or evolution, two sets of five parallel sessions (including more workshop-like sessions), and a poster session. Parallel sessions generally consists of 6 oral presentations, thus leading to a total of approximately 125 oral presentations. On average, we have about 75-100 scientific poster presentations during the meeting. On Tuesday evening, a more relaxed and thought-provoking presentation is generally scheduled. The NAEM meeting is organised in collaboration with the Dutch-Flemish Ecological Society (NecoV) and is financially supported by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

This year will be the 11th edition of the Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting (NAEM). As always, the meeting will be held at Conference Centre "De Werelt" in Lunteren. At this stage, the four plenary speakers have been confirmed, and the call for submissions of parallel session proposals is now open (deadline for submissions = Wednesday 25 October 2017, 12 NOON). Below, you can find more details about the general set-up of the programme and about the deadlines for submission of contributions to the 2018 NAEM meeting. You are cordially invited to register your participation.

Call for submission of abstracts for an oral presentation in one of the parallel sessions is now closed

The call for submitting an abstract for a presentation in one of the parallel sessions is now closed. People that have submitted an abstract for a presentation in one of the parallel sessions will be informed about the decision to accept or reject their talk in that session before 23 December 2017. Accordingly, the full programme for NAEM 2018 will become available online soon.

Important deadlines
  • Opening call for submissions of proposals for parallel sessions: Tuesday 5 September 2017
  • Deadline for submissions of proposals for parallel sessions: Wednesday 25 October 2017, 12 NOON CLOSED
  • Opening call for submissions of abstracts for an oral presentation in one of the parallel sessions: Friday 3 November 2017
  • Deadline for submissions of abstracts for an oral presentation in one of the parallel sessions: Monday 11 December 2017, 12 NOON POSTPONED TO: Monday 18 December 2017, 4 PM CLOSED
  • Full programme online: Thursday 11 January 2018
  • Deadline for submission of poster titles for a slot in one of the poster sessions: Tuesday 23 January 2018
  • Early-Bird deadline for registration of participation: Tuesday 23 January 2018 Early Bird deadline has passed. the regular fee now applies.
Tuesday 13 February
  Main Entrance Hall
08:30 Registration and coffee in the Lounge and setting up posters
10:15 Word of Welcome
  Plenary 1: “Ecosystem functioning in a changing world: the role of higher trophic levels”
The rapid current rate of global change has led to increased interest in relation between the structure of ecological communities and the functioning of ecosystems. Most work in this field has addressed the consequences changing species richness of grasslands for primary productivity. However, much less is know how changes in other trophic levels as herbivores, predators or decomposers will affect key aspects of ecosystem functioning, including strong feedbacks to vegetation processes. This plenary session will address this topic.
10:30 How altered animal communities change the functioning of ecosystems, and possibly our climate​ (Trisha B. Atwood, The Department of Watershed Sciences, Utah State University, United States of America)
11.15 Understanding multiplex networks of species interactions in a changing world​ (Han Olff, Community and Conservation Ecology, GELIFES — Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
12:00 Lunch in the restaurant
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13:30 Parallel 1a:
COMMUNITY ECOLOGY; Ecosystem functioning in a changing world - the role of higher trophic levels
Parallel 1b:
DISEASE ECOLOGY; Ecology of pathogen-host-community interactions of vector-borne pathogens
Parallel 1c:
DECOMPOSITION; Integrating drivers of decomposition across time and space
Parallel 1d:
Parallel 1e:
EXOTICS AND INVASIVES; Biotic interactions of exotic and invasive species
  1. Han Olff (University of Groningen)
  1. Maarten Schrama (Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) - Leiden University)
  2. Quirine Astrid ten Bosch (Institut Pasteur)
  3. Yin Shenglai (Wageningen University & Research)
  1. Hans Cornelissen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  2. Joost Keuskamp (Utrecht University)
  3. Marta Manrubia Freixa (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  1. Merel Soons (Utrecht University)
  2. Nadia Soudzilovskaia (Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML) - Leiden University)
  1. Kadri Koorem (University of Tartu / Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  2. Kelly S. Ramirez (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  3. Suzanne Lommen (University of Fribourg)
  The rapid current rate of global change has led to increased interest in relation between the structure of ecological communities and the functioning of ecosystems. Most work in this field has addressed the consequences changing species richness of grasslands for primary productivity. However, much less is know how changes in other trophic levels as herbivores, predators or decomposers will affect key aspects of ecosystem functioning, including strong feedbacks to vegetation processes. This plenary session will address this topic. Improved understanding of vector-borne pathogens (VBP) is essential for mitigating threats to human and veterinary health. Spread of pathogens is governed by a complex interplay between environmental drivers, vector ecology, and host-pathogen-interactions. It is increasingly recognized that, to reduce the ‘pathogenicity of landscapes’, we need a holistic understanding of all levels of the transmission cycle. This session aims to unite and synthesize research on interactions between vectors, pathogens and ecosystems, ultimately leading to policy recommendations. Decomposition is a crucial ecosystem function. Plant traits, the decomposer community and the decomposition environment shape early and late stages of decomposition. Unraveling the relative contribution of these drivers and their interactions across temporal and spatial scales is key to improving our understanding of decomposition. This session welcomes empirical or theoretical research on decomposition that addresses research gaps in this field. This open session welcomes all talks related to plant ecology. The movement of exotic species outside their native range, whether from human-assisted migration or climate-warming driven range expansion, is not expected to slow. In all ecosystems, from aquatic to terrestrial, and for all taxonomic groups, the establishment of exotic species is influenced by interactions with the native biota. In this session, we will bring together researchers, who are exploring the biotic interactions of exotic species and their consequences.
13:30 Trophic rewilding under global change: risks and opportunities for butterfly communities
(Michiel Wallis de Vries, Dutch Butterfly Conservation / Wageningen University & Research)
Host–tick–pathogen interactions along a Neotropical disturbance gradient
(Helen Esser, Wageningen University & Research)
Is there a tree economics spectrum of decomposability?
(Juan Zuo, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Not only trees: Grasses fundamentally determine African tropical biome distribution via water limitation and fire
(Mara Baudena, Utrecht University)
Alien interference with animal-mediated dispersal of native aquatic plants
(Casper van Leeuwen, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
13:50 An up close view on methane oxidation in Sphagnum-dominated peatlands in novel mesocosm experiments
(Martine Kox, Radboud University Nijmegen)
Tick abundance and phenology, the link with vegetation and climatic factors
(Nienke Hartemink, Wageningen University & Research)
Does tree cover enhance decomposition in a silvopastoral system in Southern Mexico?
(Alejandra Hernández Guzmán, Wageningen University & Research / El Colegio de la Frontera Sur)
Ancient human disturbances may be skewing our understanding of Amazonian ecology
(Crystal McMichael, University of Amsterdam)
Metabolomic profiling reveals shifts in chemical defenses in the invasive plant Purple loosestrife
(Mirka Macel, University of Tuebingen / Radboud University Nijmegen)
14:10 Leaf herbivory is more impacted by forest composition than by tree species richness or edge effects
(Irene Lantman, Ghent University)
Human practices promote presence, abundance and shifts in communities of disease transmitting mosquito species
(Maarten Schrama, Leiden University)
Diversity in time and space: legacy effects of winter cover crop mixtures in crop rotation
(Janna Barel, Wageningen University & Research)
Species specific responses in leaf wax n-alkane composition from six tropical tree species
(Milan Teunissen van Manen, University of Amsterdam)
Evolutionary change in invasive plants leading to changes in insect preference
(Klaas Vrieling, Leiden University)
14:30 Short Break
14:40 Effects of restoring top-predators on coastal ecosystems in the Baltic Sea
(Casey Yanos, University of Groningen)
Habitat loss facilitates pathogen outbreak and dispersal: An agent-based model of an infected migratory population
(Shenglai Yin, Wageningen University & Research)
From fast to slow: Microbial decomposition and stabilisation of organic matter
(Joost Keuskamp / Mariet Hefting, Utrecht University)
Long-term herbivore exclusion reveals small herbivores safeguard biodiversity in a back-barrier salt marsh via slowing down succession and decreasing dominance
(Qingqing Chen, University of Groningen)
The dynamics of invasiveness: Modelling the evolution of plant-herbivore interactions
(Marleen Cobben, University of Wuerzburg / Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
15:00 Wolves and tree logs: the importance of fine-scale risk factors for tree regeneration over a predation risk gradient
(Annelies van Ginkel, University of Groningen)
Drivers of spatial heterogeneity of chikungunya virus in Bangladesh – the double-edged sword of human mobility
(Quirine Astrid ten Bosch, Institut Pasteur)
Microbial biomass as a driver of litter decomposition at regional scales
(Ciska Veen, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Global distribution patterns of mycoheterotrophic plants
(Sofia Gomes, Naturalis Biodiversity Center)
Drivers of plant-soil interaction variation among closely related native and non-native plant species
(Rutger Wilschut, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
15:20 Landscape-scale gardening by biophysical interactions of flamingos and fiddler crabs: experimental evidence from the Banc d’Arguin intertidal flats
(Hacen El-Hacen, University of Groningen)
Ecology and epidemiology of Lyme borreliosis in the Netherlands
(Hein Sprong, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment)
Plant traits and decomposition rates in the light of light
(Hans Cornelissnen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
The impacts of former plant abundance on the competitive interactions between two grassland plant species through plant-soil feedbacks
(Wei Xue, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Return of the native facilitated by the invasive? Structure and development of a recently discovered shellfish reef in the Voordelta
(Tom van der Have, Bureau Waardenburg)
15:40 Coffee and tea in the lounge
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16:00 Parallel 2a:
Parallel 2b:
Parallel 2c:
AGRO-ECOLOGY; Ecological processes in agriculture for more sustainable farming
Parallel 2d:
ECOSYSTEM RESILIENCE; causes and consequences of climate change
Parallel 2e:
  1. Emilia Hannula (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  2. Elly Morriën (University of Amsterdam)
  1. Allert Bijleveld (NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
  2. Wouter Vansteelant (Novia University of Applied Sciences / University of Amsterdam)
  3. Jelle Treep (Utrecht University)
  1. Raymond Klaassen (University of Groningen)
  2. David Kleijn (Wageningen University & Research)
  3. Simone Weidner (Utrecht University)
  4. Pilar Puentes-Tellez (Utrecht University)
  1. Maggie Armstrong (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  2. Tjisse van der Heide (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  3. Tjeerd J. Bouma (NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
  1. Rascha Nuijten (Future for Nature Academy / Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  2. Ignas Heitkonig (Future for Nature Academy / Wageningen University & Research)
  Networks provide ecologists an overview of complex interactions. To understand how ecosystems work, we need to know who interacts with whom and how does the change in interactions affect ecosystem function. In this session we want to bring together different fields that work on functional or structural characterisation of communities of above- and belowground terrestrial, freshwater or marine ecosystems with a focus on using networks to cross pollinate ideas and methods to advance community science. Movement is a key process in ecology and provides a link between the life history of individuals, population- and ecosystem dynamics in many organisms. Despite the rapid progress in technology for monitoring movement and the abiotic environment it remains a challenge to link individual, population and ecosystem processes due to the wide range of scales involved. We welcome submissions on all organisms that address the causes and consequences of movement at varying spatiotemporal scales. We are currently experiencing a biodiversity crisis in agriculture. Also from society there is a wish for a more sustainable farming system with a rich biodiversity. In order to make the necessary transition to more sustainable farming, we need to better understand the ecosystem services provided by a rich above and below-ground functional biodiversity. This session highlights recent findings regarding the use and conservation of biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. In this session, we will address the influence of climate change and extreme climatic events (ECEs) on ecosystem dynamics. Assessing the effects of this influence on different spatio-temporal scales and developing system resilience will be key in the sustainable management of our resources. This session welcomes contributions focused on the interactions between physical processes and ecosystem dynamics, on resilience assessment methodologies and on potential management actions to mitigate climate change and ECE effects. Ecology, in the definition of ‘the study of organisms and their interaction with the environment’, has never been more relevant than in this time of rapid global changes. In all corners of the Earth, biodiversity is under severe threat, as many studies show. Conservation-minded scientists call for action, but the response from society at large is weak. In this session we aim to (1) highlight examples of ecological research that have an impact on the conservation of a species, habitat or ecosystem, and (2) explore avenues of increasing the impact of ecological research to halt biodiversity declines. We specifically allow junior researchers to present their work and encourage discussion among the audience on how to improve the impact of research on conservation.
16:00 Fungal parasites of phytoplankton: networking with the enemy?
(Alena Gsell, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Modelling the spatial dynamics of Maui dolphins using Agent Based Modelling
(Monique de Jager, Wageningen University & Research)
Functionality and Conservation of diversity for sustainable agriculture
(Simone Weidner, Utrecht University & Raymond Klaassen, University of Groningen)
Sea level rise: causes & variability across scales
(Aimée Slangen, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
Integrity loss of migration networks induces population decline of migratory birds
(Yanjie Xu, Wageningen University & Research)
16:20 Model-based analysis of the potential of macroinvertebrates as indicators for microbial pathogens in rivers
(Rubén Jerves-Cobo, Ghent University)
Adaptations for dispersal in the invasive cane toad (Rhinella marina)
(Cameron Hudson, University of Sydney)
Conserving biodiversity in agricultural landscapes: a win-win for farmer and wildlife?
(Thijs Fijen, Wageningen University & Research)
Can mutualistic networks increase resilience of seagrasses to global change?
(Matthijs van der Geest, Université de Montpellier)
A genomics perspective on conservation
(Mirte Bosse, Wageningen University & Research)
16:40 Landscapes of Facilitation: long-range species interactions on intertidal flats
(Isabelle van der Ouderaa, University of Groningen)
Home range and movement patterns of tropical Red-capped Lark are influenced by breeding and vegetation and not by rain or invertebrate
(Joseph Mwangi, University of Groningen)
Clever Cover Cropping: Cover Crops Diversity and Productivity
(Ali El-Hakeem, Wageningen University & Research)
Bridging critical thresholds by temporarily facilitation of the blue mussel using biodegradable habitat structures
(Ralph Temmink, Radboud University Nijmegen)
Twenty years of stream restoration in The Netherlands: facts and figures
(Paula Caroline dos Reis Oliveira, University of Amsterdam)
17:00 Short Break
17:10 Mechanisms behind biodiversity effects on ecosystem functioning in European forests
(Koenraad Van Meerbeek, Aarhus University)
Seasonal Survival and Migratory Connectivity of the partially migratory Eurasian Oystercatcher in the Netherlands
(Andrew Allen, Radboud University Nijmegen)
Effects of land use intensity on the proportion of specialist nematode taxa
(Carmen Vazquez, Wageningen University & Research)
Assessing the resilience of insular species to past climatic change
(Kenneth Rijsdijk, University of Amsterdam)
EU demand for wood pellets drives US biodiversity changes
(Anna Duden, Utrecht University)
17:30 Satellite communities of heterotrophic bacteria growing with Nitrobacter winogradskyi in strictly inorganic, nitrite-fed continuous cultures
(Noriko Cassman, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Arctic geese tune migration to a warming climate but fail to evade a phenological mismatch
(Thomas Lameris, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Beneficial microbe diversity enhances rhizosphere microbiome function and plant disease suppression
(Jie Hu, Nanjing Agricultural University / Utrecht University)
Characterization of phytoliths in premontane western Amazonian forests
(Seringe Huisman, University of Amsterdam)
Using sensor technology and machine learning to understand animal behaviour
(Jasper Eikelboom, Wageningen University & Research)
17:50 Exploring aspects of predictability in plant - herbivore interactions in Brassicaceae
(Daan Mertens, Wageningen University & Research)
Odour-guided foraging of parasitoids in the field is less straightforward than assumed
(Ilka Vosteen, Wageningen University & Research)
Bio-organic fertilizer application induces soil disease suppressiveness against banana Fusarium wilt by reshaping soil microbiome
(Rong Li, Nanjing Agricultural University / Utrecht University)
Climate change mitigation through adaptation: the effectiveness of forest diversification by novel tree planting regimes
(Anouschka Hof, Wageningen University & Research)
The Arctic is melting and scientists are not doing enough
(Maarten Loonen, University of Groningen)
18:10 Drinks in the Lounge and from 18:30 onwards dinner in the restaurant
19:30 Poster session 1
21:00 Evening Programme: Zombienatuur? (Prof. Jelle Reumer, Vertebrate Paleontology, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands)
Wednesday 14 February
07:30 Breakfast in the restaurant
08:00 Registration for those coming on Day 2 only
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08:30 Parallel 3a:
ECOLOGICAL STOICHIOMETRY; Alterations through environmental change and impacts on organisms and ecosystems
Parallel 3b:
MONITORING BIODIVERSTY CHANGE; Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) and beyond
Parallel 3c:
ECO-EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY: Understanding Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics with Experimental Evolution
Parallel 3d:
MICROBIAL ECOLOGY; Community composition and dynamics
Parallel 3e:
Reserved for specific NERN initiative
  1. Harry Olde Venterink (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  2. Vanessa Minden (University of Oldenburg)
  3. Judith Sitters (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  1. W. Daniel Kissling (University of Amsterdam)
  2. Rob Jongman (Wageningen University & Research / JongmanEcology)
  1. Cyrus A. Mallon (University of Groningen)
  2. Karen Bisschop (Ghent University / University of Groningen)
  3. Daniel E. Rozen (Leiden University)
  1. Leo Lahti (University of Turku)
  2. Karoline Faust (KU Leuven)
  3. Didier Gonze (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
  1. Claudius van de Vijver (NERN Office)
  2. Lennart Suselbeek (NERN Office)
  The stoichiometry of biologically important elements, such as carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, influences processes on scales ranging from cells to ecosystems, and affects composition of plant, animal and microbial communities and their interactions. Environmental change (e.g., rising CO2 or N deposition) can have profound ecological effects by altering stoichiometric relationships. We will bring together scientists working on ecological stoichiometry at scales ranging from cells to ecosystems and in ecosystems ranging from aquatic to terrestrial. The concept of Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) was introduced to structure biodiversity monitoring globally, and to harmonize a minimum set of biodiversity variables. It follows the approach of Essential Climate Variables developed for global harmonisation of climate observation systems. In this session, we provide an overview of the history, methods, technologies and applications of the concept, and welcome examples from traditional in situ field surveys, citizen science, sensor networks, DNA-based techniques and UAV/satellite remote sensing. Experimental evolution is a powerful tool that allows one to observe the real-time feedback between ecological and evolutionary dynamics. Different model species and systems including microbes, plants, and arthropods have been experimentally evolved under controlled conditions to gain insights into diverse eco-evolutionary phenomena, ranging from kin selection and cooperation to life history evolution and sex allocation. This session highlights the power of experimental evolution to elucidate the intimate feedbacks between ecology and evolution. Modern measurement techniques have transformed our ability to monitor microbial ecosystems at a deep phylogenetic resolution in large populations. The increasing scale and depth are creating new opportunities as well as challenges for the ecological modeling in various habitats such as the human body, buildings, soil, oceans, and other environments. We provide an overview of the latest advances in high-throughput microbial ecology, with a particular focus on community composition and dynamics. To be determined.
08:30 A stoichiometric perspective on plant-herbivore interactions in terrestrial ecosystems
(Harry Olde Venterink, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Essential Biodiversity Variables: status and the way forward
(Rob Jongman, Wageningen University & Research / JongmanEcology)
Ecosystem engineering and evolution
(Raoul van Oosten, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Multi-stability and the origin of microbial community types
(Didier Gonze, Université Libre de Bruxelles)
08:50 Towards an ecologically optimized N:P recovery from wastewater by microalgae
(Tânia Fernandes, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Standardising global butterfly monitoring
(Chris van Swaay, Dutch Butterfly Conservation / Butterfly Conservation Europe)
Rapid bacterial evolution can lead to cryptic eco-evolutionary dynamics in the plant rhizosphere
(Erqin Li, Utrecht University)
Microbial community dynamics and oxic-anoxic regime shifts in a seasonally stratified lake
(Gerard Muijzer, University of Amsterdam)
09:10 Tree diversity does not increase litter and soil stoichiometric heterogeneity
(Lionel Hertzog, Ghent University)
Monitoring change in freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity
(Jeanne Nel, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Microevolutionary response to selection for fast growth is partially mediated by phosphorus availability
(Kimberley Lemmen, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Population dynamics and density dependence
(Katri Korpela, University of Helsinki / European Molecular Biology Laboratory)
09:30 Short Break
09:40 Direct and indirect effects of resource P-limitation differentially impact population growth, life history and body elemental composition of a zooplankton consumer
(Libin Zhou, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Use of remote sensing enabled Essential Biodiversity Variables and in-situ data for habitat monitoring
(Sander Mücher, Wageningen University & Research)
Evolution experiment with natural undefined starters containing lactic acid bacteria
(Anneloes Groenenboom, Wageningen University & Research)
Modelling the dynamics of a synthetic gut community
(Karoline Faust, KU Leuven)
10:00 Contrasting effects of rising CO2 on primary production and ecological stoichiometry at different nutrient levels
(Jolanda Verspagen, University of Amsterdam)
Using airborne laser scanning for monitoring ecosystem structure
(Zsófia Koma, University of Amsterdam)
Untangling symbiotic networks
(Victor Caldas, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
Biological insights from microbial networks
(Lisa Röttjers, KU Leuven)
10:20 Nutrient stoichiometry as a driver of plant community composition and community responses to global change
(Jerry van Dijk, Utrecht University)
Going beyond essential biodiversity variables – Essential Geodiversity Variables (EGVs)
(Franziska Schrodt, University of Nottingham)
Host genotype shapes the assembly of both the gut microbiota and the surrounding bacterioplankton in the freshwater crustacean Daphnia magna
(Ellen Decaestecker, KU Leuven)
Contemporary challenges in population-level studies of the human microbiome
(Leo Lahti, VIB / KU Leuven / University of Turku)
10:40 Coffee and tea in the lounge
  Plenary 2: "Ecosystem services provided by arthropods: from volatiles to landscapes"
We will highlight the importance of plant-mediated interactions between different organisms such as herbivores, pollinators and natural enemies at different spatial scales. We will discuss the mechanisms that allow plants to mediate interactions among very different kinds of organisms that might interact with the plants at different spatio-temporal scales. We will also demonstrate how plant-arthropod interactions are shaped by the surrounding landscape and can play a crucial role in agricultural production.
11:00 Landscape complexity effects on arthropod-mediated ecosystem services​ (Katja Poveda, Department of Entomology, Cornell University, United States of America)
11.45 Species interactions underlying arthropod-mediated ecosystem services (Marcel Dicke, Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
12:30 Lunch in the restaurant
13:30 Poster Session 2
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15:00 Parallel 4a:
ECOSYSTEM SERVICES; from volatiles to landscapes
Parallel 4b:
ECOPHYSIOLOGY; Mechanisms of Plant-Environment Interaction
Parallel 4c:
SOIL BIODIVERSITY; A methodological consensus to better understand soil biodiversity, their function and interaction with plants
Parallel 4d:
THEORETICAL ECOLOGY; Unifying principles in ecology and beyond
Parallel 4e:
  1. Erik Poelman (Wageningen University & Research)
  2. Daan Mertens (Wageningen University & Research)
  3. Matti Pisman (Ghent University)
  1. Eric Visser (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  2. Ronald Pierik (Utrecht University)
  1. Stefan Geisen (Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
  2. Arjen de Groot (Wageningen Environmental Research, Wageningen University & Research)
  1. Koen Siteur (NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
  2. Valerie Reijers (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  3. Maarten Eppinga (Utrecht University)
  1. Chris Smit (University of Groningen)
  2. Patrick Jansen (Wageningen University & Research)
  We will highlight the importance of plant-mediated interactions between different organisms such as herbivores, pollinators and natural enemies at different spatial scales. We will discuss the mechanisms that allow plants to mediate interactions among very different kinds of organisms that might interact with the plants at different spatio-temporal scales. We will also demonstrate how plant-arthropod interactions are shaped by the surrounding landscape and can play a crucial role in agricultural production. Plants display great plasticity and adaptation to optimise their growth and reproduction in a variety of adverse environmental conditions. Responses to such environmental stress are regulated by molecular mechanisms that are better understood than ever. This session highlights recent advances in this field, with particular focus on how different environmental stresses may interact at the level of response regulation. Overall knowledge on soil biodiversity has exploded thanks to molecular techniques. However, this predominantly counts for microorganisms, for which most functions remain unknown. Despite pivotal functions in soils, this molecular revolution has largely omitted soil animals. We will provide an overview of the entire taxonomic biodiversity in soils, their functional roles in soil food webs and interactions with plants, present state-of-the-art methodologies and illustrate future research highlights, that bridge soil science to other scientific fields. In this session we will try to draw parallels between different research directions within ecology and between ecology and other fields. Can ecologists use methods and/or findings from other fields, such as mathematics, physics and chemistry, to explain ecological phenomena? How can we explain similar dynamics of very different ecosystems? We welcome speakers that do research on the interface of ecology and other disciplines, or that apply techniques and methods from other fields to ecological problems. This open session welcomes all talks related to animal ecology.
15:00 The importance of different biodiversity measures to describe pollinator diversity within an agricultural landscape
(Matti Pisman, Ghent University)
Natural variation in root architecture remodelling in response to salt stress
(Christa Testerink, Wageningen University & Research / University of Amsterdam)
Soil Biodiversity uncovered
(Arjen de Groot, Wageningen University & Research & Stefan Geisen, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Multidisciplinary approaches to understanding complexity in ecosystems
(Johan van de Koppel, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
Rewilding Europe’s large grazer community: how functionally diverse are the diets of European bison, free-ranging cattle and horses?
(Esther Rodriguez, PWN)
15:20 Caught between friends and foes: Effects of herbivore-induced plant responses on flower visitors
(Quint Rusman, Wageningen University & Research)
Hypoxia tolerance of Arabidopsis seedlings varies between developmental stages
(Shanice Martopawiro, Utrecht University)
Land abandonment results in species richness loss and homogenization of belowground soil food webs
(Maarten Schrama, Leiden University)
Lévy movement as the optimal strategy for building dunes
(Valérie Reijers, Radboud University Nijmegen)
Keep calm and carry on: behavioural comparison of naïve and non-naïve deer in response to wolf urine
(Annelies van Ginkel, University of Groningen)
15:40 Central flowers provide hotspot for multi-host pollinator pathogen transmission
(Niels Piot, Ghent University)
Light signals for aboveground neighbour detection regulate root architecture
(Ronald Pierik, Utrecht University)
Active rhizosphere mycobiome
(Emilia Hannula, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Wide distribution of regular pattern wavenumbers in model and real dryland ecosystems
(Robbin Bastiaansen, Leiden University)
Foraging coordination while feeding young: behavioural mechanisms underlying negotiation over offspring care
(Davide Baldan, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
16:00 Short break
16:10 Redefining the field: Large scale stripcropping experiments show benefits for farmers, consumers and nature
(Dirk van Apeldoorn, Wageningen University & Research)
Surviving floods: adaptive roots and where to find them
(Eric Visser, Radboud University Nijmegen)
Plant-soil feedback and plant persistence are linked in a biodiverse grassland
(Dina in 't Zandt, Radboud University Nijmegen)
On scale and function of ecosystem engineered structures
(Jim van Belzen, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
Do responses to temperature vary spatially in two hole-nesting passerines?
(Liam Bailey, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
16:30 Variation in attractiveness to parasitoids in a landscape context
(Yavanna Aartsma, Wageningen University & Research)
Natural variation in tomato specialised metabolites against insects
(Petra Bleeker, University of Amsterdam)
Network visualization as a versatile tool for exploring soil biodiversity
(Basten Snoek, Utrecht University)
Classifying and unifying and the underlying causality of species competition: a theoretical perspective
(Manqi Chang, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Maternal effects in a placental live-bearing fish
(Andres Hagmayer, Wageningen University & Research)
16:50 Spatial scale dependent effects of urbanization on plants and their above- and belowground invertebrates
(Jiao Qu, Ghent University)
Genomic and molecular characteristics of a desiccation tolerant plant
(Mariana Artur, Wageningen University & Research)
Toward an integrative understanding of soil biodiversity
(Madhav Thakur, Netherlands Institute of Ecology)
Using Fourier Series of the Absorption Spectrum of Phytoplankton
(Jürg Werner Spaak, University of Namur)
Self-organisation of nest aggregates in a digger wasp: a spatial pattern driven by density-dependent movement
(Femke Batsleer, Ghent University)
17:20 Awards and Closing Ceremony
18:00 Farewell drinks
18:30 Dinner and NERN board meeting
19:30 End / Travel Home (Shuttle available between Conference Centre and Lunteren Station)
Fees 1
MSc students / PhD candidates (2 days, with Bed & Breakfast) € 175,- € 225,-
Others (2 days, with Bed & Breakfast) € 200,- € 250,-
Single room surcharge €   50,- €   50,-
MSc students / PhD candidates (2 days, without Bed & Breakfast) € 150,- € 200,-
Others (2 days, without Bed & Breakfast) € 175,- € 225,-
MSc students / PhD candidates (1-day visitor) € 100,- € 150,-
Others (1-day visitor) € 125,- € 175,-

1 The participation fee includes coffee/tea/water, lunches, and dinners.

  • Availability of hotel rooms at the conference centre may be limited. Rooms are filled on a first come, first served basis!
  • If you need an invoice to complete your payment, please send an email to, including ALL relevant details that should be mentioned on the invoice (e.g., purchase order no., specific addresses, attendees, etc.).
  • The Early-Bird policy is such that the moment of REGISTRATION (and not payment) is leading for determining the fee that applies to you.
  • Please make sure that your payment is arranged within two weeks after your registration.
  • It is the participant's responsibility to make sure that payment is completed correctly and in time.
NERN Cancellation Conditions
  • Up to 4 (four) weeks prior to the start of the event, cancellation is free of charge.
  • Up to 2 (two) weeks prior to the start of the event, a fee of € 50,- will be charged.
  • In case of cancellation within two weeks prior to the start of the event, a fee of € 100,- will be charged.
  • If you do not show at all, a fee of € 150,- will nevertheless be charged.

Note: If you would like to cancel your registration, ALWAYS inform us (and do note that you will be kept to the cancellation conditions).

NAEM Organising Committee
  • Dries Bonte, Ghent University
  • Hans Cornelissen, VU University Amsterdam
  • Chris Smit, University of Groningen
  • Liesje Mommer, Wageningen University & Research
  • Daniel Kissling, University of Amsterdam
  • Patrick Jansen, Wageningen University & Research
  • Merel Soons, Utrecht University
  • Dedmer van de Waal, Netherlands Institute of Ecology
  • Johan van de Koppel, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
  • Maurice Hoffmann, Netherlands Flemish Ecological Society
  • Nadia Soudzilovskaia, Leiden University
  • Lennart Suselbeek, Netherlands Ecological Research Network
  • Claudius van de Vijver, Netherlands Ecological Research Network
More information

Dr Claudius van de Vijver (NERN)
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485116

Dr Lennart Suselbeek (NERN)
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485426


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