A.M. Schipper

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Dr Aafke M. Schipper

Department of Environmental Science
Institute for Water and Wetland Research (IWWR)
Faculty of Science
Radboud University Nijmegen
P.O. Box 9010
NL-6500 GL Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Tel: + 31 (0)24 365 32 91 
Tel: + 31 (0)24 365 32 81 (secr.)
Fax: + 31 (0)24 355 34 50
E-mail: A.Schipper@science.ru.nl


Current position

Researcher at the Department of Environmental Science, Radboud University Nijmegen, funded by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the project Research Collaboration in Ecological Risk Assessment (RCiERA).


Previous positions and education

  • Postdoc at the Department of Environmental Science, Radboud University Nijmegen (2010–2013), funded by the European Commission in the FP7 project CADASTER.
  • PhD student at the Department of Environmental Science, Radboud University Nijmegen (2005–2009). Dissertation: Multiple stressors in floodplain ecosystems. Influences of flooding, land use and metal contamination on biota.
  • Consultant in soil and water management at Geofox-Lexmond, Tilburg (2004–2005).
  • Junior researcher at the Department of Environmental Sciences, Utrecht University (2003- 2004), funded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in the project Towards wise use of the Konya Closed Basin (Turkey).
  • Trainee at Alterra, Wageningen University & Research Centre (2003). Development and application of a groundwater model to assess effects of future climate conditions on groundwater levels in the commune of Sehoul (Morocco).
  • MSc in Physical Geography, Utrecht University (1998 – 2003), with honor (cum laude). Thesis: Hydrological and hydrochemical system analysis of the Ob valley mires (Western Siberia).

Research interests

As an environmental scientist with a background in earth sciences, I am fascinated by the responses of species and ecosystems to their abiotic environment, including the anthropogenic changes therein. Which environmental factors shape species distributions and biodiversity? How do multiple environmental factors interact to result in antagonistic or synergistic biotic responses? And what are the consequences of changes in species distributions and biodiversity for ecosystem functioning? In the face of the increasing anthropogenic pressure on the environment, I feel that it is vital to identify and understand the driving forces as well as the consequences of biodiversity changes.


Key publications

A full overview of my publications can be found here. The publications that best reflect my main research interests are these:

  • Pilière A, Schipper AM, Breure AM, Posthuma L, De Zwart D, Dyer SD, Huijbregts MAJ, 2014. Unraveling the relationships between freshwater invertebrate assemblages and interacting environmental factors. Freshwater Science: accepted for publication.
  • Pilière A, Schipper AM, Breure AM, Posthuma L, De Zwart D, Dyer SD, Huijbregts MAJ, 2014. Comparing responses of freshwater fish and invertebrate community integrity along multiple environmental gradients. Ecological Indicators 43:215-226.
  • Korsman JC, Schipper AM, De Hoop L, Mialet B, Maris T, Tackx MLM, Hendriks AJ, 2014. Modelling the impacts of multiple environmental stress factors on estuarine copepod populations. Environmental Science & Technology 48:5709-5717.
  • Schipper AM, Hendriks AJ, Ragas AMJ, Leuven RSEW, 2014. Disentangling and ranking the influences of multiple environmental factors on plant and soil-dwelling arthropod assemblages in a river Rhine floodplain area. Hydrobiologia 729:133-142.
  • Schipper AM, Hendriks HWM, Kauffman MJ, Hendriks AJ, Huijbregts MAJ, 2013. Modelling interactions of toxicants and density dependence in wildlife populations. Journal of Applied Ecology 50:1469-1478.
  • Verbrugge LNH, Schipper AM, Huijbregts MAJ, Van der Velde G, Leuven RSEW, 2012. Sensitivity of native and non-native mollusc species to changing river water temperature and salinity. Biological Invasions 14:1187-1199.
  • Schipper AM, Koffijberg K, Van Weperen M, Atsma G, Ragas AMJ, Hendriks AJ, Leuven RSEW, 2011. The distribution of a threatened migratory bird species in a patchy landscape: a multi-scale analysis. Landscape Ecology 26:397-410.
  • Schipper AM, Zeefat R, Tanneberger F, Van Zuidam JP, Hahne W, Schep SA, Loos S, Bleuten W, Joosten H, Lapshina ED, Wassen MJ, 2007. Vegetation characteristics and eco-hydrological processes in a pristine mire in the Ob River valley (Western Siberia). Plant Ecology 193:131-145.


Last update: 15 August 2014