Doctoral Programme on Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation
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Jaap Van der Meer

Personal details

Title:Prof. Dr.
Institute:Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

Summary of CV:

Jaap VAN DER MEER (: 1959), scientist at NIOZ (The Netherlands) and extraordinary professor at VU University Amsterdam, is an ecologist, who applies an individual-based approach to the population ecology of intertidal invertebrate populations. His work builds on and contributes to theories of consumer-resource interactions (including, for example, theories on diet choice and mutual interference), and theories on energy budgets and life histories (e.g. the Dynamic Energy Budget theory). He is teaching Dynamic Energy Budget theory, population ecology, system ecology, and bio-statistics. He is supervisor and promoter of 3 ongoing Ph.Ds. In total he has published 95 refereed publications in general and marine ecology. He has been involved in numerous (inter)national research programs.

Experience Higher education:

Since 1989 I work at NIOZ, which is a pure scientific research institute under the umbrella of N.W.O., the Dutch research council. As such we do not have teaching obligations. We nevertheless cooperate with various Dutch universities in teaching Marine Biology and Oceanography to undergraduates. The biology departments of NIOZ are also part of the National Research School Functional Ecology which organizes PhD courses.
Since 2007 I am extraordinary professor in Marine Population Ecology at the Free University Amsterdam, Theoretical Biology group.
From 2000-2005 I have been Chairman of the Educational Committee of the Graduate Research School Functional Ecology, responsible for the national PhD courses in Functional Ecology

Participation in Projects:

I coordinated the € 2,580,000 EU funded project IMPRESS (2000-2005) where we cooperated with the University of Aberdeen, University of York, Southampton Oceanography Center, Center for Hydrology and Ecology, University of Kiel, and the University of Strasbourg. One of the aims of the project was to estimate the functional response of seabirds to sandeel abundance and assess the consequences for breeding performance.

I chair the Netherland-Bremen cooperation in Oceanography project, which coordinates a variety of PhD courses.


  • Van der Meer J & Smallegange IM (2009). A stochastic version of the Beddington-DeAngelis functional response: modelling interference for a finite number of predators. Journal of Animal Ecology 78: 134-142.
  • Kooijman SALM, Sousa T, Pecquerie L, Van der Meer J & Jager T (2008). From food-dependent statistics to metabolic parameters, a practical guide to the use of dynamic energy budget theory. Biological Reviews 83:533-552
  • Van der Meer J (2006). An introduction to Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) models with special emphasis on parameter estimation. Journal of Sea Research 56:85-102.
  • Van der Meer J (2006). Metabolic theories in ecology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 21:136-140.
  • Van der Meer J, Beukema J & Dekker R (2001). Long-term variability in secondary production of an intertidal bivalve population is primarily a matter of recruitment variability. Journal of Animal Ecology 70: 159-169.

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