The impact of seed dispersal by animals on plant distributions

H2020 Marie S-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship project 

Endozoochory

Darwin was the first to recognize the importance of animals for the dispersal of plants and small invertebrates. Many organisms produce small seeds or resting stages that are ingested, transported and egested by larger, more mobile animals. This mechanism, known as endozoochory, contributes greatly to the persistence of a broad range of plant and invertebrate species worldwide.

 Cattle dispersal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wetland ecosystems

My H2020-research focuses on understanding the functional role of endozoochory for ecosystems. I concentrate mainly on aquatic habitats, because these are often linear (rivers, tributaries) or discrete (ponds, lakes, wetlands), and their suitability as habitat often fluctuates through time. Many species in wetland ecosystems therefore depend on repeated colonization of new habitat for their persistence.

Understanding species in a changing world

Understanding the ability of species in coping with a changing environment is becoming more and more relevant in todays world. Species that can flexibly colonize new suitable habitat have major advantages in response to a changing climate, pollution, eutrophication, habitat fragmentation or habitat destruction; but might also have an elevated risk of becoming invasive nuisance species. If we are to predict the response of species to human global impact, understanding species movement is vital.

Alaska river

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Aim

This H2020 Marie S-Curie Actions project will generate a mechanistic understanding of endozoochory by fish, birds and mammals between wetland ecosystems. Approaches include experiments, modelling and field observations.

Collaborations and student opportunities

Within this project there are many opportunities for collaborations, exchange of knowledge and ideas with anyone interested in species movement, notably in wetland ecosystems. I am very interested to exchange ideas and look for joined potential. For students, there are many opportunities for involvement and joining the project: just send me an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let me know you´re interested! A selection of the possible projects are advertised on the website of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology.

Pond