Emily van Egmond

Emily van Egmond


Within my PhD, I study the effect of beach management, especially the ‘Sand Motor’ mega sand nourishment, on ecological communities of sandy beaches, with a focus on the intertidal and supratidal macroinvertebrate community. Animal groups that are studied include polychaete worms, amphipods and insects. I look at community patterns in the field but also perform indoor experiments using mesocosms to unravel mechanisms of community assembly and animal-plant interactions. Special interest is assigned to the effect of differences in resource availability (diatoms in intertidal waters and beach-cast sea weed) on species interactions and macroinvertebrate community composition. Also, I aim to study the link between beach-cast sea weed and terrestrial primary production and the cross-boundary interactions between the marine and terrestrial ecosystems in general. This PhD is part of the research project NatureCoast which revolves around understanding the impact of a new coastal defence strategy, the ‘Sand Motor’, on its environment. In the end, I will be able to answer the question whether a mega sand nourishment can be considered to be an ecological friendly alternative to current beach management in terms of the macroinvertebrate community.

Selected Publications

Limpens, J, van Egmond, E, Li, B, Holmgren, M (2014) Do plant traits explain tree seedling survival in bogs? Functional Ecology. 28:283-290.

Link to full publication list in PURE