Michiel Veldhuis

Michiel Veldhuis

Michiel Veldhuis

Postdoctoral Researcher
I have always been interested in how species interact and altogether have structured ecosystems to what we observe today. I have mainly worked in African savanna ecosystems with a strong focus on how organisms affect and change their environment including other organisms. Recently, this has been extended by investigating how people and wildlife interact (both positive and negative) and how we can increase ecosystem stability whereas the pressure on savanna ecosystems is strongly increasing due to human population growth and climate change. The major part of my field work for my PhD was done in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, South Africa. During my postdoc position I aim to quantify how regional gradients in rainfall and soil fertility drive variation in ecosystem organization, with consequences for resilience, tipping points and alternative states, and specific attention for spatial interactions between landscape zones in the Greater Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem. My research in the Tarnita lab specifically deals with spatial vegetation patterns and their consequences for the stability of ecosystems, and the potential role of termites in creating them.