Welcome to my site! I’m Frank van Langevelde, Associate Professor in the Resource Ecology group of Wageningen University, The Netherlands. I’m also Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Life Sciences of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
I have been researching spatial processes that determine the structure and functioning of landscapes at different spatial scales, varying from plants in dry ecosystems, herbivory effects on the vegetation, to effects of the landscape on the movement of animals.
Currently I am interested the habitat selection of animals. Environmental stresses can constrain movement and searching for habitat and food, such as the presence of predators or parasites, exposure to extreme ambient temperatures or periods of drought. Organisms are known to adapt to environmental stress, and animals, in contrast to plants, can move to avoid stressful conditions and search for more favorable conditions. However, animal movement is often limited, especially in human-dominated landscapes where habitat is fragmented. I study the consequences of environmental stress on population dynamics.
My expertise covers landscape ecology, population biology, movement ecology and plant-animal interactions, through a combination of statistical and mathematical modelling, experiments, GIS and field studies.