Short CV/Education and training

  • 1998 – 2003
    PhD in Ecology; Plant Ecology group, Utrecht University

  • 2002 – 2002
    Visiting scientist; Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

  • 2003 – 2004
    Junior researcher; Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development

  • 2004 – 2008
    Postdoc researcher; Landscape Ecology group, Utrecht University

  • 2008 – 2011
    Assistant professor; Landscape Ecology group, Utrecht University

  • Since 2011
    Associate professor; Ecology and Biodiversity group, Utrecht University

  • Since 2012
    Guest researcher; Animal Ecology group, Netherlands Institute of Ecology

Selected publications

  • Pazos GE, Greene DF, Katul G, Bertiller MB & Soons MB (2013) Seed dispersal by wind: towards a conceptual framework of seed abscission and its contribution to long-distance dispersal. Journal of Ecology, accepted.

  • Brederveld RJ, Jaehnig SC, Lorenz AW, Brunzel S & Soons MB (2011) Dispersal as a limiting factor in the colonization of restored mountain streams by plants and macroinvertebrates. Journal of Applied Ecology 48: 1241-1250.

  • Soons MB & Bullock JM (2008) Non-random seed abscission, long-distance wind dispersal and plant migration rates. Journal of Ecology (Special feature on plant dispersal) 96: 581-590.

  • Soons MB, van der Vlugt C, van Lith B, Heil GW & Klaassen M (2008) Small seed size increasesthe potential for dispersal of wetland plants by ducks. Journal of Ecology (Special feature on plant dispersal) 96: 619-627.

  • Soons MB (2006) Wind dispersal in freshwater wetlands: Knowledge for conservation and restoration. Applied Vegetation Science (Special issue on wetlands) 9: 271-278.

  • Soons MB, Messelink JH, Jongejans E & Heil GW (2005) Habitat fragmentation reduces grassland connectivity for both short-distance and long-distance wind-dispersed forbs. Journal of Ecology 93: 1214-1225.

  • Soons MB & Ozinga WA (2005) How important is long-distance seed dispersal for the regional survival of plant species? Diversity and Distributions (Special issue on long-distance dispersal) 11: 165-172.

  • Soons MB, Heil GW, Nathan R & Katul GG (2004) Determinants of long-distance seed dispersal by wind in grasslands. Ecology 85: 3056-3068.

  • Soons MB, Nathan R & Katul GG (2004) Human effects on long-distance wind dispersal and colonization by grassland plants. Ecology 85: 3069-3079.

  • Soons MB & Heil GW (2002) Reduced colonization capacity in fragmented populations of wind-dispersed grassland forbs. Journal of Ecology 90: 1033-1043.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • My research focusses on three broad questions, addressing these in various research projects:

    1) How do plants (and animals) move through landscapes?

    2) How do these movements contribute to biodiversity?

    3) How do these movements interact with human-induced changes in landscapes (habitat fragmentation, land use change, climate change, but also conservation and restoration activities)?

  • For current projects visit my professional webpage:

Additional qualifications

  • NWO Meervoud laureate

  • NWO VIDI laureate

  • NWO Aspasia laureate

  • EU FP6 and FP7 Integrated research projects co-applicant, steering group member and workpackage leader

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Expert advice on nature conservation and management.


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