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Peter van Bodegom

Professor of Environmental biology

Prof.dr.ir. P.M. van Bodegom
+31 71 527 7486

Prof.dr.ir. van Bodegom is professor and head of the department of Enviromental Biology within the Institute of Environmental Sciences of Leiden University.

His former ISI peer-reviewed publications are available at 'Profile', his CML publications at 'Publications'.

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Professional Experience

''Prof.dr.ir. Peter van Bodegom is professor and head of the department of Environmental Biology within the Institute of Environmental Sciences of Leiden University. Peter did his BSc and MSc in soil science, a PhD in microbiology and plant physiological modelling at Wageningen University, a postdoc in ecology at the VU University Amsterdam after which he became a tenured assistant and later associate professor on soil-plant interactions from local to global scales at VU University Amsterdam.

Peter enjoys working at the interface of disciplines to answer important scientific questions on the impacts of human society of ecosystem functioning and biodiversity and vice versa. Through the development of state-of-the-art tools from data science, remote sensing and sensors, process-based modelling and molecular sciences including environmental DNA, he aims at creating quantitative insights in the mechanisms involved in this critical mutual dependency. From those insights, societal solutions can be developed that provide optimal designs for ecosystems and the ecosystem services they provide to mankind.

Examples of research projects that he runs include:

  • Traits-based modeling of global vegetation patterns and global vegetation functioning by incorporation of traits-based ecological concepts into dynamic global vegetation models
  • Quantification of ecosystem services and the development of frameworks to allow determining and predicting the trade-offs among and optimisation of ecosystem services under influence of human-induced impacts
  • Inclusion of traits-based approaches into remote sensing products and data assimilation systems to create better consistent remote sensing products
  • Development of traits-based approaches in microbiology to predict and model soil microbial kinetics
  • Development and application of functional diversity and functional niche concepts to predict species occurrences under influence of human-induced stressors
  • The use of metagenomic approaches to inform on ecosystem functioning

Former ISI peer-reviewed publications


Voortman, B.R., R.P. Bartholomeus, P.M. van Bodegom, H. Gooren, S.E.A.T.M. van der Zee and J.-P.M. Witte, 2014. Unsaturated hydraulic properties of xerophilous mosses: towards implementation of moss covered soils in hydrological models. Hydrol. Process 28: 6251-6264 

Rozema, J., D. Cornelisse, Y. Zhang, H. Li, B. Bruning, D. Katschnig, R. Broekman, B. Ji and P. van Bodegom, 2015. Comparing salt tolerance of beet cultivars and their halophytic ancestor: consequences of domestication and breeding programmes. AoB plants 7: plu083 

Olivares, I., J.-C. Svenning, P.M. van Bodegom, and H. Balslev (2015) Effects of warming and drought on the vegetation and plant diversity in the Amazon basin. Botanical Review 81: 42-69 

Witte, J.P.M., R.P. Bartholomeus, P.M. van Bodegom, D.G. Cirkel, R. van Ek, Y. Fujita, G.M.C.M. Janssen, T.J. Spek and H. Runhaar (2015) A probabilistic eco-hydrological model to predict the effects of climate change on natural vegetation at a regional scale. Landscape Ecology (in press) 

van der Knaap, Y.A.M., M. de Graaf, R. van Ek, J.-P.M. Witte, R. Aerts, M.F.P. Bierkens, P.M. van Bodegom (2015). Potential impacts of groundwater conservation measures on catchment-wide vegetation patterns in a future climate. Landscape Ecology (in press) 
Note: This paper was awarded a honorable mentioning at the international conference Deltas in Times of Climate Change in Rotterdam


Roelofsen H.D., H.D., L. Kooistra, P.M. van Bodegom, J. Verrelst, J. Krol, J.P.M. Witte, 2014. Mapping a priori defined plant associations using remotely sensed vegetation characteristics. Remote Sensing of Environment 140:639-651

Serna-Chavez, H.M., C.J.E. Schulp, P.M. van Bodegom, W. bouten, P.H. Verburg and M.D. Davidson, 2014. A quantitative framework for assessing spatial flows of ecosystem services. Ecol. Indicators 39: 24-33 

Fujita, Y. H. Olde Venterink, P.M. van Bodegom, J.C. Douma, G.W. Heil, N. Holzel, E. Jablonska, W. Kotowski, T. Okruszko, P. Pawlikowski, P.C. de Ruiter and M.J. Wassen, 2014. Low investment in sexual reproduction threatens plants adapted to phosphorus limitation. Nature 505: 82-86 
Note: received the second prize of the Best Paper Award 2015 of the Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting 2015 (10-11 Feb in Lunteren, NL). 

Weedon, J.T., R. Aerts, G.A. Kowalchuk, P.M. van Bodegom, 2014. No effects of experimental warming but contrasting seasonal patterns for soil peptidase and glycosidase enzymes in a sub-arctic peat bog. Biogeochemistry 117: 55-66 

Cirkel, D.G., J.P.M. Witte, P.M. van Bodegom, J. J. Nijp and S.E.A.T.M. van der Zee, 2014. The influence of spatiotemporal variability and adaptations to hypoxia on empirical relationships between soil acidity and vegetation. Ecohydrology 7: 21-32 

Ringeval, B., S. Houweling, P. M. van Bodegom, R. Spahni, R. van Beek, F. Joos, and T. Röckmann, 2014. Methane emissions from floodplains in the Amazon Basin: challenges in developing a process-based model for global applications. Biogeosci 11: 1519-1558 

Röling, W.F.M., and P.M. van Bodegom, 2014. Towards quantitative understanding on microbial community structure and functioning: a modeling-centered approach using degradation of marine oil spills as example. Frontiers in Microbiology 5:125 

Roelofsen, H.D., P.M. van Bodegom, L. Kooistra and J.P.M. Witte, 2014. Predicting leaf traits of herbaceous species from their spectral characteristics. Ecol. Evol. 4: 706-711 

Loew, A., P.M. van Bodegom, J.-L. Widlowski, J. Otto, T. Quaife, B. Pinty, and T. Raddatz, 2014. Do we (need to) care about canopy radiation schemes in DGVMs? Caveats and potential impacts. Biogeosci. 11: 1873-1197 

van Bodegom, P.M., J. Verboom, J.P.M. Witte, C.C. Vos, R.P. Bartholomeus, W. Geertsema, A. Cormont, M. van der Veen, R. Aerts, 2014. Synthesis of ecosystem vulnerability to climate change in the Netherlands shows the need to consider environmental fluctuations in adaptation measures. Regional Environ. Change 14: 933-942 

Krause, S., X. le Roux, P.A. Niklaus, P.M. van Bodegom, J.T. Lennon, S. Bertilsson, H-P. Grossart, L. Phillipot and P.L.E. Bodelier, 2014. Trait-based approaches for understanding microbial biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Frontiers Microbiology 5: 251 

Fujita, Y., J.-P.M. Witte and P.M. van Bodegom, 2014. Incorporating microbial ecology concepts into global soil mineralization models to improve predictions of carbon and nitrogen fluxes. Global Biogeochem. Cycl. 28: 223-238 

Krause, S., P.M. van Bodegom, W.K. Cornwell and P.L.E. Bodelier, 2014. Weak phylogenetic signal in physiological traits of methane-oxidizing bacteria. J. Evol. Biol. 27: 1240-1247 

van der Knaap, Y.A.M., R. Aerts and P.M. van Bodegom, 2014. Is the differential response of riparian plant performance to extreme drought and inundation events related to differences in intraspecific trait variation? Func. Plant Biol. 41: 609-619 

Wullschleger, S.D., H.E. Epstein, E.O. Box, E.S. Euskirchen, S. Goswami, C.M. Iversen, J. Kattge, R.J. Norby, P.M. van Bodegom and Xiaofeng Xu, 2014. Plant functional types in Earth system models: past experiences and future directions for application of dynamic vegetation models in high-latitude ecosystems. Ann. Bot. 114:1-16 

van Bodegom, P.M., J.C. Douma, and L.M. Verheijen, 2014. A fully traits-based approach to modeling global vegetation distribution. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 111: 13733-13738 

Moles, A.T., S.E. Perkins, S.W. Laffan, H. Flores-Moreno, M. Awasthy, M.L. Tindall, L. Sack, A. Pitman, J. Kattge, L.W. Aarssen, M. Anand, M. Bahn, B. Blonder, J. Cavender-Bares, J.H.C. Cornelissen, W.K. Cornwell, S. Diaz, J.B. Dickie, G.T. Freschet, J.G. Griffiths, A.G. Gutierrez, F.A. Hemmings, T. Hickler, T.D. Hitchcock, M. Keighery, M. Kleyer, H. Kurokawa, M.R. Leishman, K. Liu, U. Niinemets, V. Onipchenko, Y. Onoda, J. Penuelas, V.D. Pillar, P.B. Reich, S. Shiodera, A. Siefert, E.E. Sosinski, N.A. Soudzilovskaia, E.K. Swaine, N.G. Swenson, P.M. van Bodegom,  L. Warman, E. Weiher, I.J. Wright, H. Zhang, M. Zobel & S.P. Bonser 2014. Which is a better predictor of plant traits: temperature or precipitation? J. Veg. Sci. 25: 1167–1180 

Madani N., J.S. Kimball, D.L.R. Affleck, J. Kattge, J. Graham, P.M. van Bodegom, P.B. Reich, and S.W. Running (2014) Improving ecosystem productivity modeling through spatially explicit estimation of optimal light use efficiency. J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosciences 119: 1755-1769


Melton, J.R., R. Wania, E.L. Hodson, B. Poulter, B. Ringeval, R. Spahni, T. Bohn, C.A. Avis, D.J. Beerling, G. Chen, A.V. Eliseev, S.N. Denisov, P.O. Hopcroft, D.P. Lettenmaier, W.J. Riley, J.S. Singarayer, Z.M. Subin, H. Tian, S. Zurcher, V. Brovkin, P.M. van Bodegom, T. Kleinen, Z.C. Yu, and J.O. Kaplan, 2013. Present state of global wetland extent and wetland methane modelling: Conclusions from a model intercomparison project (WETCHIMP). Biogeosciences 10: 753-788 

Weedon J.T., R. Aerts, G.A. Kowalchuk, R. van Logtestijn, D. Andringa and P.M. van Bodegom, 2013. Temperature sensitivity of peatland C and N cycling: does substrate supply play a role? Soil Biol. Biochem. 61: 109-120

Wania, R., J.R. Melton, E.L. Hodson, B. Poulter, B. Ringeval, R. Spahni, T. Bohn, C.A. Avis, G. Chen, A.V. Eliseev, P.O. Hopcroft, W.J. Riley, Z.M. Subin, H. Tian, P. M. van Bodegom, T. Kleinen, Z.C. Yu, J.S. Singarayer, S. Zurcher, D.P. Lettenmaier, D.J. Beerling, S.N. Denisov, C. Prigent, F. Papa, and J.O. Kaplan, 2013. Present state of global wetland extent and wetland methane modelling: methodology of a model inter-comparison project (WETCHIMP). Geosci. Model Dev. 6: 617–641 

Fujita, Y., P.M. van Bodegom, H. Olde Venterink, H. Runhaar, J.P.M. Witte, 2013. Towards a proper integration of hydrology in predicting soil nitrogen mineralization rates along natural moisture gradients. Soil Biol. Biochem. 58: 302-312 

Verheijen, L.M., V. Brovkin, R. Aerts, G. Bonisch, J.H.C. Cornelissen, J. Kattge, P.B. Reich, I.J. Wright, and P.M. van Bodegom, 2013. Impacts of trait variation through observed trait–climate relationships on performance of an Earth system model: a conceptual analysis. Biogeosciences 10:5497-5515 

Serna-Chávez, H.M., N. Fierer and P.M. van Bodegom, 2013. Global drivers and patterns of microbial abundance in soil. Global Ecol. Biogeogr. 22: 1162-1172 

Roelofsen, H.D., P.M. van Bodegom, L. Kooistra and J.P.M. Witte, 2013. Trait estimation in herbaceous plant assemblages from in situ canopy spectra. Remote Sensing 5: 6323-6345 

Soudzilovskaia, N.A., J.H.C. Cornelissen and P.M. van Bodegom, 2013. Dominant bryophyte control over high-latitude soil temperature fluctuations predicted by heat transfer traits, field moisture regime and laws of thermal insulation. Func Ecol. 27: 1442-1454 

Fujita, Y., P.M. van Bodegom and J.P.M. Witte, 2013. Relationships between nutrient-related plant traits and combinations of soil N and P fertility measures. PlosOne 8 (12): e83735


Weedon, J.T., G.A. Kowalchuk, R. Aerts, J. van Hal, R. van Logtestijn, N. Taş, W.F.M. Röling, P. M. van Bodegom, 2012. Summer warming accelerates sub-arctic peatland nitrogen cycling without changing enzyme pools or microbial community structure. Global Change Biology 18: 138-150 

van Ommen Kloeke, A.E.E, J.C. Douma, J.C Ordoñez, P.B. Reich and P.M. van Bodegom, 2012. Global quantification of contrasting leaf life span strategies for deciduous and evergreen species in response to environmental conditions. Global Ecology and Biogeography 21: 224-235. 

Brovkin, V., P. M. van Bodegom, T. Kleinen, C. Wirth, W. K. Cornwell, J. H. C. Cornelissen, and J. Kattge, 2012. Plant-driven variation in decomposition rates improves projections of global litter stock distribution. Biogeosciences 9: 565-576 

Douma, J.C., J.-P.M. Witte, R. Aerts, R.P. Bartholomeus, J.C. Ordoñez, H. Olde Venterink, M.J. Wassen and P.M. van Bodegom, 2012. Towards a functional basis for predicting vegetation patterns; incorporating plant traits in habitat distribution models. Ecography 35: 294-305 

Douma, J.C., R. Aerts, J. P. M. Witte, R. M. Bekker, D. Kunzmann, K. Metselaar & P. M. van Bodegom, 2012. A combination of functionally different plant traits provides a means to quantitatively predict a broad range of species assemblages in NW Europe. Ecography 35: 364-373 

Douma, J.C., M.W.A. de Haan, R. Aerts, J.P.M. Witte and P.M. van Bodegom, 2012. Succession-induced trait shifts across a wide range of NW European ecosystems are driven by light and modulated by initial abiotic conditions. Journal of Ecology 100: 366-380. 

Douma, J.C., B. Shipley, J.P.M. Witte, R. Aerts, and P.M. van Bodegom, 2012. Disturbance and resource availability act differently on the same suite of plant traits; revisiting assembly hypotheses. Ecology 93: 825-835 

Van Bodegom, P.M., J.C. Douma, J.P.M. Witte, J.C. Ordoñez, R.P. Bartholomeus and R. Aerts, 2012. Going beyond limitations of plant functional types when predicting global ecosystem-atmosphere fluxes: exploring the merits of traits-based approaches. Global Ecology and Biogeography 21: 625-636. 

Makkonen, M., M.P. Berg, I.T. Handa, S. Hattenschwiler, J. van Ruijven, P.M. van Bodegom and R. Aerts, 2012. Highly consistent effects of plant litter identity and functional traits on decomposition across a latitudinal gradient. Ecol. Lett. 15: 1033-1041 

Keuper, F., F-J.W. Parmentier, D. Blok, P.M. van Bodegom, E. Dorrepaal, J. van Hal, R. van Logtestijn and R. Aerts, 2012. Tundra in the rain: differential vegetation responses to three years of experimentally doubled summer-precipitation in Siberian shrub and Swedish bog tundra. Ambio 41 (suppl 3): 269-280 

Goll, D.S., V. Brovkin, B. R. Parida, C.H. Reick, J. Kattge, P.B. Reich, P. M. van Bodegom, and U . Niinemets 2012. Nutrient limitation reduces land carbon uptake in simulations with a model of combined carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling. Biogeosciences 9: 3547-3569 

Aerts, R., P.M. van Bodegom, J.H.C. Cornelissen, 2012. Litter stoichiometric traits of plant species of high latitude ecosystems show high responsiveness upon global change without causing strong variation in litter decomposition. New Phytol. 196: 181-188 

Laughlin, D.C. C. Joshi, P.M. van Bodegom, Z.A. Bastow and P.Z. Fule, 2012. A predictive model of community assembly that incorporates intraspecific trait variation. Ecol. Lett. 15: 1291-1299 
Note: Based on this paper, an interview was placed in National Geographic 

Leewis, L., P.M. van Bodegom, J. Rozema, G.M. Janssen, 2012. Does beach nourishment have long-term effects on intertidal macro invertebrate species abundance? Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 113:172-181 

Witte, J.P.M., J. Runhaar, R. van Ek, D.C.J. van der Hoek, R.P. Bartholomeus, O. Batelaan, P.M. van Bodegom, M.J. Wassen, and S.E.A.T.M. van der Zee, 2012. An ecohydrological sketch of climate change impacts on water and natural ecosystems for the Netherlands: bridging the gap between science and society. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 16: 3945–3957 

Bartholomeus, R.P., Witte, J.P.M., van Bodegom, P.M., van Dam, J.C., de Becker, P. & Aerts, R. 2012. Process-based proxy of oxygen stress surpasses indirect ones in predicting vegetation characteristics. Ecohydrology 5: 746-758 

Buizer, B., S. Weijers, P.M. van Bodegom, I. Greve Alsos, P. Bronken Eidesen, J. van Breda, M. de Korte, J. van Rijckevorsel and J. Rozema, 2012. Range shifts and global warming: ecological responses of Empetrum nigrum L. to experimental warming at its northern (high Arctic) and southern (Atlantic) geographical range margin. Environ. Res. Lett. 7 (2): 025501 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/7/2/025501 

Keuper, F., P.M. van Bodegom, E. Dorrepaal, J.T. Weedon, J. van Hal, R.S.P. van Logtestijn and R. Aerts, 2012. A Frozen Feast: Thawing permafrost increases plant-available nitrogen in subarctic peatlands. Global Change Biol. 18: 1998-2007 

Douma, J.C., V. Bardin, R.P. Bartholomeus and P.M. van Bodegom, 2012. Quantifying the functional responses of vegetation to drought and oxygen stress in temperate ecosystems. Func. Ecol. 26: 1355-1365.


Weedon, J.T., R. Aerts, G.A. Kowalchuk and P.M. van Bodegom, 2011. Enzymology under global change: organic nitrogen turnover in alpine and sub-Arctic soils. Biochem. Soc. Trans. 39: 309-314. 

Keuper, F., E. Dorrepaal, P.M. van Bodegom, R. Aerts, R.S.P. van Logtestijn, T.V. Callaghan and J.H.C. Cornelissen, 2011. A Race for Space? How Sphagnum fuscum stabilizes vegetation composition during long-term climate manipulations. Global Change Biology 17: 2162-2171 

Rietkerk, M., V. Brovkin, P.M. van Bodegom, M. Claussen, S.C. Dekker, H.A. Dijkstra, S.V. Goryachkin, P. Kabat, E.H. van Nes, A.-M. Neutel, S.E. Nicholson, C. Nobre, V. Petoukhov, A. Provenzale, M. Scheffer & S.I. Seneviratne, 2011. Local ecosystem feedbacks and critical transitions in the climate. Ecological Complexity 8: 223-228 

Freschet, G.T. , A.T. C. Dias, D.D. Ackerly, R. Aerts , P.M. van Bodegom, W.K. Cornwell, M. Dong, H. Kurokawa , G. Liu, V.G. Onipchenko, J.C. Ordoñez, D.A. Peltzer , S.J. Richardson, I.I. Shidakov, N.A. Soudzilovskaia, J. Tao and J.H.C. Cornelissen, 2011. Global to community scale differences in the 1 prevalence of convergent over divergent leaf trait distributions in plant assemblages. Global Ecology and Biogeography 20: 755-765. 

Kattge, J., S. Díaz, S. Lavorel, I.C. Prentice, P. Leadley, G. Bönisch, E. Garnier, M. Westoby, P.B. Reich, I.J. Wright, J.H.C. Cornelissen, C. Violle, S.P. Harrison, P.M. van Bodegom, M. Reichstein, N.A. Soudzilovskaia et al., 2011. TRY- a global database of plant traits. Global Change Biology 17: 2905-2935 
Note: This paper is the most cited paper in GCB in 2013. 

Bartholomeus, R. P., F. Witte, P. M. van Bodegom, J.C. Van Dam, and R. Aerts, 2011. Climate change threatens endangered plant species by stronger and interacting water-related stresses, J. Geophys. Res. 116: G04023 (doi:10.1029/2011JG001693) 


Ordoñez, J.C., P.M. van Bodegom, J-P.M. Witte, R.P. Bartholomeus, J.R. van Hal, R. Aerts, 2010. Plant strategies in relation to resource supply in mesic to wet environments: does theory mirror nature? Am. Nat. 175 (2): 225-239 

Pereira, A.A., B. van Hattum, J. de Boer, P.M. van Bodegom, C.E. Rezende,  W. Salomons, 2010, Trace elements and carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes in organisms from a tropical coastal lagoon. Arch. Environ. Contam. Tox. 59: 464-477 

Pancotto, V.A., P.M. van Bodegom, J. van Hal, R.S.P. van Logtestijn, P. Blokker, S. Toet and R. Aerts, 2010. Indirect effects of N deposition and elevated CO2 on methane emissions through litter chemistry contrast direct effects. J. Geophys. Res.-biogeosciences 115: G02001 

Ordoñez, J.C., P.M. van Bodegom, J-P.M. Witte, R.P. Bartholomeus, H.F. van Dobben and R. Aerts, 2010. Leaf habit and woodiness regulate different leaf economy traits at a given nutrient supply. Ecology 91: 3218-3228.


Ordoñez, J.C., P.M. van Bodegom, J-P.M. Witte, I.J. Wright, P.B. Reich and R. Aerts, 2009. A global study of relationships between leaf traits, climate and soil measures of nutrient fertility. Global Ecology and Biogeography 18: 137-149 
Note: This paper received the ‘Willem Koerselman’ award for the KWR-publication with most citations 

Gutierrez-Chacon, C., M.C. Zuniga, P.M. van Bodegom, J. Chara and L.P. Giraldo, 2009. Rove beetles (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) in Neotropical riverine landscapes: characterising their distribution. Insect Conservation and Diversity 2: 106-115 

van Dijk, J., W. Didden, F. Kuenen, P.M. van Bodegom, H. Verhoef and R. Aerts, 2009. Can differences in soil community composition after peat meadow restoration lead to different decomposition and mineralization rates? Soil Biol. Biochem. 41: 1717-1725 


van Bodegom, P.M., B.K. Sorrell, A. Oosthoek, C. Bakker and R. Aerts, 2008. Separating the effects of partial submergence and soil oxygen demand on plant physiology and growth upon flooding. Ecology 89: 93-104 

Bartholomeus, R.P., J-P.M. Witte, P.M. van Bodegom and R. Aerts, 2008. The need of data harmonization to derive robust empirical relationships between soil conditions and vegetation. J. Veg. Sci. 19: 799-808. 

Bokhorst, S., A. Huiskes, P. Convey, P.M. van Bodegom and R. Aerts, 2008. Climate change effects on soil arthropod communities from the Falkland Islands and the Maritime Antarctic. Soil Biol. Biochem. 40:1547-1556 

Pereira, A.A., B. van Hattum, A. Brouwer, P.M. van Bodegom, C.E. Rezende, and W. Salomons, 2008. Effects of iron-ore mining and processing on metal bioavailability in a tropical coastal lagoon. J. Soils Sediments 8: 239-252 

Cornwell, W.K., J.H.C. Cornelissen,  K. Amatangelo, E. Dorrepaal, V.T. Eviner, O. Godoy, S.E. Hobbie, B. Hoorens, H. Kurokawa, N. Perez Harguindeguy, H.M. Quested, L.S. Santiago, D.A. Wardle,  I.J. Wright, R. Aerts, S. Allison, P.M. van Bodegom, V. Brovkin, A. Chatain, T. Callaghan, S. Díaz, E. Garnier, D.E. Gurvich, E. Kazakou, J.A. Klein, J. Read, P.B. Reich, N.A. Soudzilovskaia, M.V. Vaieretti, and M. Westoby, 2008. Plant species traits are the predominant control on litter decomposition rates within biomes worldwide. Ecol. Lett. 11: 1065-1071 

Bartholomeus, R.P., J-P.M. Witte, P.M van Bodegom, J.C. van Dam and R. Aerts, 2008. Critical soil conditions for oxygen stress to plant roots: substituting the Feddes-function by a process-based model. J. Hydrol. 360: 147-165 
Note: Based on this paper, R.P. Bartholomeus received the three-yearly hydrology price of the Dutch Hydrological Society ()


Bakker, C., P.M. van Bodegom, H.J.M. Nelissen, R. Aerts and W.H.O. Ernst, 2007. Preference of wet dune species for waterlogged conditions can be explained by adaptations and specific recruitment requirements. Aquat. Bot. 86: 37-45 

Houtman, C.J., P. Booij, K.M. van der Valk, P.M. van Bodegom, F. van der Ende, A.A.M. Gerritsen, M.H. Lamoree, J. Legler and A. Brouwer, 2007. Biomonitoring of estrogenic exposure and identification of responsible compounds in bream from Dutch surface waters. Environ. Tox. Chem. 26: 898-907 

van Bodegom, P.M., 2007. Microbial maintenance; a critical review on its quantification. Microbial Ecology 53: 513-523 

Cornelissen J.H.C., P.M. van Bodegom, R. Aerts, T.V. Callaghan, R.S.P. van Logtestijn, J. Alatalo, F.S. Chapin, R. Gerdo, J. Gudmundsson, D. Gwynn-Jones, A.E. Hartley, D.S. Hik, A. Hofgaard, I.S. Jónsdóttir, S. Karlsson, J.A. Klein, J. Laundre, B. Magnusson, A. Michelsen, U. Molau, V.G. Onipchenko, H.M. Quested, S.M. Sandvik, I.K. Schmidt, G.R. Shaver, B. Solheim, N.A. Soudzilovskaia, A. Stenström, A. Tolvanen, Ø. Totland, N. Wada, J.M. Welker, X. Zhao and M.O.L. Team, 2007. Global negative vegetation feedback to climate warming responses of leaf litter decomposition rates in cold biomes. Ecol. Lett. 10: 619-627 

van Dijk, J., M. Stroetenga, P.M. van Bodegom and R. Aerts, 2007. The contribution of rewetting to vegetation restoration of degraded peat meadows. Appl. Veg. Sci. 10: 315-324


Verburg, P.H., P.M. van Bodegom, H.A.C. Denier van der Gon, A. Bergsma and N. van Breemen, 2006. Upscaling of greenhouse gas emission for regional emission strength estimates: Methods, uncertainties and prospects. Plant Ecology 182: 89-106 Note also published in: Plants and climate change. Rozema, J., R. Aerts and H. Cornelissen (eds.) Tasks for vegetation science 41, Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 89-106 

Bakker, C., P.M. van Bodegom, H.J.M. Nelissen, W.H.O. Ernst and R. Aerts, 2006. Plant responses to rising water tables and nutrient management in calcareous dune slacks. Plant Ecology 185: 19-28 

van Bodegom, P.M., A. Oosthoek, R. Broekman, C. Bakker and R. Aerts, 2006. Raising groundwater differentially affects mineralization and plant species abundance in dune slacks. Ecological Applications 16(5): 1785-1795 

van Bodegom, P.M., Grootjans, A.P., Sorrell, B.K., Bekker, R.M., Bakker, C. and Ozinga, W.A., 2006. Plant traits in response to raising groundwater levels in wetland restoration: evidence from three case studies. Appl. Veg. Sci. 9: 251-260 

Libourel, I.G.L., P.M. van Bodegom, M.D. Fricker, and R.G. Ratcliffe, 2006. Nitrite reduces cytoplasmic acidosis under anoxia. Plant Phys. 142: 1710-1717


de Bakker, N.V.J., P.M. van Bodegom, W.H. van de Poll, P. Boelen, E. Nat, J. Rozema and R. Aerts, 2005. Is UV-B radiation affecting charophycean algae in shallow freshwater systems? New Phytologist 166: 957-966 

van Bodegom, P.M., M. de Kanter, C. Bakker and R. Aerts, 2005. Radial oxygen loss, a plastic property of dune slack plant species. Plant and Soil 271: 351-364 

Bakker, C., de Graaf, H.F., Ernst, W.H.O. and van Bodegom, P. M., 2005. Does the seed bank contribute to the restoration of species-rich vegetation in wet dune slacks? Appl. Veg. Sci. 8: 39-48 
Note: This paper received a  nomination for the AVS Editor’s Award 2005

Bakker, C., J. Rodenburg and P.M. van Bodegom, 2005. Effects of Ca- and Fe-rich seepage on P availability and plant performance in calcareous dune soils. Plant and Soil 275: 111-122 

van Asten, P.J.A., L.M. Mulder, P.M. van Bodegom and M.J. Kropff, 2005. Effect of straw application on rice yields and nutrient availability on an alkaline and a pH-neutral soil in a Sahelian irrigation scheme. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 72:255-266 

van Bodegom, P.M., J. van Dijk, R. Broekman, C. Bakker and R. Aerts, 2005. Ferrous iron stimulates phenol oxidase activity and organic matter degradation in waterlogged wetlands. Biogeochemistry 76:69-83 

Groot, T.T., P.M. van Bodegom, H.A.J. Meijer and F.J.M. Harren, 2005. Gas transport through the root-shoot transition zone of rice tillers. Plant and Soil 277: 107-116


van Bodegom, P.M., J.C.M. Scholten and A.J.M. Stams, 2004. Direct inhibition of methanogenesis by ferric iron. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 49: 261-268 (Note: Also published in the Virtual Journal of Geobiology 3, issue 8) 

van Bodegom, P.M., C. Bakker and H.A.C. Denier van der Gon, 2004. Identifying key issues in environmental wetland research using scaling and uncertainty analysis. Regional and Environmental Change 4: 100-106 

van Dijk, J., M. Stroetenga, L. Bos, P.M. van Bodegom, H.A. Verhoef and R. Aerts, 2004. Restoration of natural seepage conditions in former agricultural grasslands results in increased rates of soil nutrient cycling. Biogeochemistry 71: 317-337 


Groot, T.T., P.M. van Bodegom, F.J.M. Harren and H.A.J. Meijer, 2003. Quantification of methane oxidation in the rice rhizosphere using 13C-labelled methane. Biogeochemistry 64: 355-372 

van Bodegom, P.M., J. van Reeven and H.A.C. Denier van der Gon, 2003. Prediction of reducible soil iron content from iron extraction data. Biogeochemistry 64: 231-245  


van Bodegom, P.M., P. H. Verburg, A. Stein, S. Adiningsih and H.A.C. Denier van der Gon, 2002. Effects of interpolation and data resolution on methane emission estimates from rice paddies. Environmental and Ecological Statistics 9: 5-26 

van Bodegom, P.M., P.H. Verburg and H.A.C. Denier van der Gon, 2002. Upscaling methane emissions from rice paddies: problems and possibilities. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 16: 10.1029/2000GB001381 

Scholten, J.C.M., P.M. van Bodegom, J. Vogelaar, A. van Ittersum, K. Hordijk, W. Roelofsen and A.J.M. Stams, 2002. Effects of sulphate and nitrate on acetate consumption by methanogenesis, sulphate- and nitrate-reducing populations in mixed freshwater sediment. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 42: 375-385 


van Bodegom, P.M., R. Wassmann and T.M. Metra-Corton, 2001. A process-based model for methane emission predictions from flooded rice paddies. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 15: 247-263 

Denier van der Gon, H.A.C., P.M. van Bodegom, R. Wassmann, R.S. Lantin and T.M. Metra-Corton, 2001. Sulfate-containing soil amendments to reduce methane emissions from rice fields: Mechanisms, effectiveness and costs. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 6: 71-89 
Note: Despite being an ISI-journal, this publication does not appear in Web of Science 

van Bodegom, P.M., P.A. Leffelaar, L. Mollema, S. Boeke and A.J.M. Stams, 2001. Methane oxidation and the competition for oxygen in the rice rhizosphere. Applied and Environmental Microbiology  67: 3586-3597 

van Bodegom, P.M. and  J.C.M. Scholten, 2001. Microbial processes of CH4 production in a rice paddy soil: model and experimental validation. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 65: 2055-2066 

van Bodegom, P.M., P.A. Leffelaar and J. Goudriaan, 2001. A mechanistic model on methane oxidation in the rice rhizosphere. Biogeochemistry 55: 147-177 

van Bodegom, P.M., T. Groot, B. van den Hout, P.A. Leffelaar and J. Goudriaan, 2001. Diffusive gas transport through rice soil-plant systems. Journal of Geophysical Research 106D: 20861-20873


Hartemink, A.E., R.J. Buresh, P.M. van Bodegom, A.R. Braun, Bashir Jama and B.H. Janssen, 2000. Inorganic nitrogen dynamics in fallows and maize on an oxisol and alfisol in the highlands of Kenya.  Geoderma 98: 11-33 

van Bodegom, P.M., P.A. Leffelaar, A.J.M. Stams and R. Wassmann, 2000. Modelling methane emissions from rice paddies: variability, uncertainty and sensitivity analysis of processes involved. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 58: 231-248 
Note: also published in: Methane emissions from major rice ecosystems in Asia. Wassmann, R., R.S. Lantin and Neue, H-U (Eds.), Developments in Plant and Soil Science 91, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, p. 231-248 

Denier van der Gon, H.A.C., P.M. van Bodegom, S. Houweling, P.H. Verburg and N. van Breemen, 2000. Combining upscaling and downscaling of methane emissions from rice fields: methodologies and preliminary results. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 58: 285-301 
Note: also published in: Methane emissions from major rice ecosystems in Asia. Wassmann, R., R.S. Lantin and Neue, H-U (Eds.), Developments in Plant and Soil Science 91, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, p. 285-301


van Bodegom, P.M. and A.J.M. Stams, 1999. Influence of alternative electron acceptors on methanogenesis in rice paddy soils. Chemosphere 39: 167-182

Van Hulzen, J.B., R. Segers, P.M. van Bodegom and P.A. Leffelaar, 1999. Temperature effects on soil methane production: An explanation for observed variability. Soil Biol. Biochem. 31: 1919-1929

Professor of Environmental biology

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  • Centrum voor Milieuwetenschappen Leiden
  • CML/Environmental Biology

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2333 CC Leiden
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