Georgette Lagendijk, Post doc
I am a community ecologist with a passion for conservation science thereby assisting conservation authorities with their management decision-making process. Therefore, determining the effect of different conservation management tools to maximise biodiversity is one of my major research interests. I’m particularly interested in the interplay between different components within ecosystems and how this ultimately affects biodiversity. I work in savannas, (subtropical) forests and salt marshes determining the effect of large herbivores on for example vegetation (structure and community), small mammals and invertebrates (e.g. termites and ants).
Most of my previous work included trophic cascades. Currently, I am studying non-trophic interactions, focussing on the effects of multiple ecosystem engineers on soil invertebrates.
Non-trophic interactions may have profound effects within ecological networks, but are still poorly understood. One of these interactions is the interplay between organisms with their abiotic environment. Ecosystem engineers have the ability to modify their abiotic environment, causing changes which may affect the distribution of other species. I currently study the effects of these engineers on springtail assemblages and body size distribution in a European salt marsh.
Lagendijk, D.D.G., Howison, R.A., Esselink, P. & Smit, C. (2019). Grazing as a conservation management tool: responses of voles to grazer species and densities. Basic and Applied Ecology 34: 36-45
Verkuil, Y.I., Van Guldener, W.E.A., Lagendijk, D.D.G. & Smit, C. (2018). Molecular identification of temperate Cricetidae and Muridae rodent species using faecal samples collected in a natural habitat. Mammal Research 63:379-385
Lagendijk, D.D.G, Davies, A., Eggleton, P & Slotow, R. (2016). No evidence for an elephant-termite feedback loop in Sand Forest, South Africa. Biological Conservation 203:125-133
Lagendijk, D.D.G., Page, B.R. & Slotow, R. (2012). Short-term effects of single species browsing release by different-size herbivores on Sand Forest vegetation community, South Africa. Biotropica 44(1): 63-72
Lagendijk, D.D.G. & Gusset, M. (2008). Human-carnivore co-existence on communal land bordering the Greater Kruger Area, South Africa. Environmental Management 42:971-976