Welcome to my site! I’m Frank van Langevelde, Associate Professor in the Resource Ecology group of Wageningen University, The Netherlands. I have been researching the effects of environmental stress on animal populations and how animals adapt to stress. Environmental stresses can be diverse, such as infection with parasites, threats from predators, and 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 favourable conditions. However, animal movement is often limited, especially in human-dominated landscapes where habitat is fragmented. I studied local populations of animals with movement constraints in a variety of organisms and ecosystems ranging from springtail in forests, butterflies in meadows up to elephant in tropical savannas.