dr. Maarten Eppinga
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My work as an Assistant Professor consists of teaching & supervision (50%) and performing research (50%)

Teaching and supervision:

Currently I am involved in the following courses within the Bachelor program Environmental Science (milieu-maatschappij- & milieu-natuurwetenschappen): Research skills (1st year), Introduction to Environmental Science (1st year), Environmental Impact Assessment (2nd year) and Global Climate Change (2nd year). In addition, I teach at University College Utrecht, in the course Earth and Environment (100 level). I am also involved in the supervision of BSc and MSc students. Finally, I co-supervise the PhD projects of Koen Siteur and Ineke Roeling


My research focuses on mathematical modelling of plant communities in changing environments, and empirical testing of model predictions. Main topics of interest include the generation of spatial vegetation patterns and the spatial spread of non-indigenous (exotic) plants. I have tested model predictions in field studies of wetlands in the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Scotland, Sweden, Russia (Siberia) and the United States.

Scientific expertise
modelling and measuring the response of plant communities to global change

Using a combination of theoretical and experimental approaches, I study global change effects on plant communities
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28. Larsen, L.G., Eppinga, M.B., Passalaqua, P., Getz, W.M., Rose, K.A. and Liang, M. In press. Appropriate complexity landscape modeling. Earth-Science Reviews.


27. Siteur, K., Mao, J., Nierop, K.G.J., Dekker, S.C., Rietkerk, M., and Eppinga, M.B. In press. Soil water repellency: a potential driver of vegetation dynamics in coastal dunes. Ecosystems.


26. Siteur, K., Eppinga, M.B., Siero, E., Doelman, A. and Rietkerk, M. In press. Ecosystems off track: rate-induced critical transitions in ecological models. Oikos.


25. Read, Q.D., Hoban, S.M., Eppinga, M.B., Schweitzer, J.A. and Bailey, J.K. 2016. Accounting for the nested nature of genetic variation across levels of organization improves our understanding of biodiversity and community ecology. Oikos, 125, 895-904.


24. De Scisciolo, T., Mijts, E.N., Becker, T. and Eppinga, M.B. 2016. Beach debris on Aruba, Southern Caribbean: Attribution to local land-based and distal marine-based sourcesMarine Pollution Bulletin, 106, 49-57.


23. Roeling, I.S., Van Dijk, J., Eppinga, M.B., Fujita, Y. and Wassen, M.J. 2016. N:P ratio en diversiteit in soortenrijke graslanden. Landschap, 33, 19-22. (In Dutch, with English summary).


22. Siero, E., Doelman, A., Eppinga, M.B., Rademacher, J.D.M., Rietkerk, M. and Siteur, K. 2015. Striped pattern selection by advective reaction-diffusion systems: resilience of banded vegetation on slopes. Chaos, 25, 036411.


21. Dekker, S.C., De Boer, H.J., Dermody, B.J., Wagner-Cremer, F., Wassen, M.J. and Eppinga, M.B. 2015. Holocene peatland initiation in the Greater Everglades. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, 120, 254-269. 


20.  Siteur, K., Siero, E., Eppinga, M.B., Rademacher, J.D.M., Doelman, A. and Rietkerk, M. 2014. Beyond Turing: the response of patterned ecosystems to environmental change. Ecological Complexity, 20, 81-96.


19.  Larsen, L.G., Thomas, C., Eppinga, M.B. and Coulthard, T. 2014. Exploratory modelling: extracting causality from complexity. Eos, 95, 285-286.


18.  Siteur, K., Eppinga, M.B., Karssenberg, D., Baudena, M., Bierkens, M.F.P. and Rietkerk, M. 2014. How will increases in rainfall intensity affect semiarid ecosystems? Water Resources Research, 50, 5980-6001. 


17. Molofsky, J., Keller, S.R., Lavergne, S., Kaproth, M.A. and Eppinga, M.B. 2014. Human-aided admixture may fuel ecosystem transformation during biological invasions: theoretical and experimental evidence. Ecology and Evolution, 4, 899-910. 


16. Kaproth, M.A., Eppinga, M.B. and Molofsky, J. 2013. Leaf litter variation influences invasion dynamics in the invasive wetland grass Phalaris arundinaceaBiological Invasions, 15, 1819-1832.


15. Eppinga, M.B., Pucko, C.A., Baudena, M., Beckage, B. and Molofsky, J. 2013. A new method to infer vegetation boundary movement from ´snapshot´ data. Ecography, 36, 622-635.


14. Revilla, T.A., Veen, G.F., Eppinga, M.B. and Weissing, F.J. 2013. Plant-soil feedbacks and the coexistence of competing plants. Theoretical Ecology, 6, 99-113.


13. Eppinga, M.B. and Molofsky, J. 2013. Eco-evolutionary litter feedback as a driver of exotic plant invasionPerspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 15, 20-31.


12. Doelman, A., Rademacher, J., Siero, E., Eppinga, M.B., Rietkerk, M., Siteur, K., Hek, G.M. 2013. Climate change, desertification; a game of billiards? Nieuw Archief voor Wiskunde, 5, 200-204. (In Dutch, with English summary).


11. De Boer, H.J., Eppinga, M.B., Wassen, M.J. and Dekker, S.C. 2012. A critical transition in leaf evolution facilitated the Cretaceous angiosperm revolutionNature Communications, 3, 1221. 


10. Eppinga, M.B., Kaproth, M.A., Collins, R.A. and Molofsky J. 2011. Litter feedbacks, evolutionary change and exotic plant invasion. Journal of Ecology, 99, 503-514.


9. Kéfi, S., Eppinga, M.B., De Ruiter, P.C. and Rietkerk, M. 2010. Bistability and regular spatial patterns in arid ecosystems. Theoretical Ecology, 3, 257-269.


8. Eppinga, M.B., Rietkerk, M., Belyea, L.R., Nilsson, M.B., De Ruiter, P.C. and Wassen, M.J. 2010. Resource contrast in patterned peatlands increases along an evapotranspiration gradient. Ecology, 91, 2344-2355.


7. Weerman, E.J., Van de Koppel, J., Eppinga, M.B., Montserrat, F., Liu, Q.X. and Herman, P.M.J. 2010. Spatial self-organization on intertidal mudflats through biophysical stress divergence. The American Naturalist, 176, E15-E32.


6. Eppinga, M.B., De Ruiter, P.C., Wassen, M.J. and Rietkerk, M. 2009. Nutrients and hydrology indicate the driving mechanisms of peatland surface patterning. The American Naturalist, 173, 803-818.


5. Van der Putten, W.H., Bardgett, R.D., De Ruiter, P.C., Hol, W.H.G., Meyer, K.M., Bezemer, T.M., Bradford, M.A., Christensen, S., Eppinga, M.B., Fukami, T., Hemerik, L., Molofsky, J., Schädler, M., Scherber, C., Strauss, S.Y., Vos, M. and Wardle, D.A. 2009. Empirical and theoretical challenges in aboveground-belowground ecology. Oecologia, 161, 1-14.


4. Eppinga, M.B., Rietkerk, M., Wassen, M.J. and De Ruiter, P.C. 2009. Linking habitat modification to catastrophic shifts and vegetation patterns in bogs. Plant Ecology, 200, 53-68.


3. Robroek, B.J.M., Eppinga, M.B., Limpens, J., Wassen, M.J. and Schouten, M.G.C. 2009. Bog restoration in the Netherlands: more than just a dream. Landschap 26: 17- 26. (In Dutch with English summary).


2. Eppinga, M.B., Rietkerk, M., Borren, W., Lapshina, E.D., Bleuten, W. and Wassen, M.J. 2008. Regular surface patterning of peatlands: confronting theory with field data. Ecosystems 11: 520-536.


1. Eppinga, M.B., Rietkerk, M., Dekker, S.C., De Ruiter, P.C. and Van der Putten, W.H. 2006. Accumulation of local pathogens: a new hypothesis to explain exotic plant invasions. Oikos 114: 168-176. 

All publications
  2018 - Scholarly publications
Roeling, Ineke S., Ozinga, Wim A., van Dijk, Jerry, Eppinga, Maarten B. & Wassen, Martin J. (01.02.2018). Plant species occurrence patterns in Eurasian grasslands reflect adaptation to nutrient ratios. Oecologia, 186 (4), (pp. 1055-1067) (13 p.).
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Saaltink, Rémon M., Dekker, Stefan C., Eppinga, Maarten B., Griffioen, Jasper & Wassen, Martin J. (2017). Plant-specific effects of iron-toxicity in wetlands. Plant and Soil (online), 416 (1-2), (pp. 83-96) (14 p.).
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Siteur, Koen, Eppinga, Maarten B., Doelman, Arjen, Siero, Eric & Rietkerk, Max (01.12.2016). Ecosystems off track - rate-induced critical transitions in ecological models. Oikos, 125 (12), (pp. 1689-1699) (11 p.).
  2015 - Other output
M.B. Eppinga (11.02.2015) Convener of Parallel 4b:The Dynamics of Ecotones
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My research focuses on mathematical modelling of plant communities in changing environments, and empirical testing of model predictions. Main topics of interest include the generation of spatial vegetation patterns and the spatial spread of non-indigenous (exotic) plants. I have tested model predictions in field studies of wetlands in the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Scotland, Sweden, Russia (Siberia) and the United States.

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Full name
dr. M.B. Eppinga Contact details
Vening Meineszgebouw A

Princetonlaan 8a
Room 8.04
The Netherlands

Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 3147
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