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Dr Frank van Veen

Dr Frank van Veen

Associate Professor of Ecology & Conservation

 01326255974

 The Farmhouse G09

 

The Farmhouse, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Cornwall, TR10 9FE, UK

 Office hours:

My office hours are Tuesdays 13:00-14:00 and Fridays 14:00-15:00.

My office is in the Tremough Barton Farm House (note that this does not have disabled access – please contact me if this affects you so we can arrange to meet in an alternative space)

The parasitoid wasp Trioxys acalephae laying an egg in a black bean aphid, Aphis fabae. Photo Dirk Sanders.

The parasitoid wasp Trioxys acalephae laying an egg in a black bean aphid, Aphis fabae. Photo Dirk Sanders.

I am an ecologist with a particular interest in the processes that determine the structure and dynamics of networks of interacting species (food webs). By gaining a mechanistic understanding of these complex ecological systems I hope to be able to make predictions on how they, and the services they provide, will respond to environmental change. Much of my work has focussed on fundamental processes using temperate arthropod communities as model systems. More recently I have also increasingly started to apply this to issues such as biodiversity conservation, sustainable agriculture and the impact of climate change on exploited ecological resources, with diverse study systems in the UK, New Zealand, Africa and Indonesia.

Qualifications

1999 PhD (Imperial College London)
1994 MSc (Leiden University, The Netherlands)

Career

2016 - Present Associate Professor of Ecology & Conservation, University of Exeter
2009-2015 Senior Lecturer in Climate Change Biology, University of Exeter
2006-2009 Research Fellow, NERC Centre for Population Biology, Imperial College London, Silwood Park
2005-2006 Postdoctoral Research Associate, NERC Centre for Population Biology, Imperial College London, Silwood Park
2000-2005 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Imperial College London, Silwood Park

 

Mummified remains of a vetch aphid (Megoura viciae), the result of parasitisation by the wasp Praon dorsale. Photo Dirk Sanders.

Mummified remains of a vetch aphid (Megoura viciae), the result of parasitisation by the wasp Praon dorsale. Photo Dirk Sanders.

Aphid-parasitoid-secondary parasitoid food web

Aphid-parasitoid-secondary parasitoid food web

Research

Research interests

The core of my research is in community ecology with a particular focus on gaining a mechanistic understanding of the processes that structure networks of interacting species in ecological communities (food webs) and to predict how these systems may respond to environmental change. Much of my work has focussed on fundamental processes using temperate arthropod communities as model systems. More recently I have also increasingly started to apply this to issues such as biodiversity conservation, sustainable agriculture and the impact of climate change on exploited ecological resources, with diverse study systems in the UK, New Zealand, Africa and Indonesia.

Below is a list of current projects

Research projects

Extinction cascades due to indirect population dynamic processes

Funding: Natural Environment Research Council

Staff: Dirk Sanders, Rachel Kehoe

Human activities cause species extinctions. These primary extinctions can themselves cause further extinctions, potentially leading to a domino effect. We use experimental insect communities to test whether predicted extinction cascades do happen in response to over-exploitation of one species and whether they happen by the proposed mechanism.

Key publications

Dirk Sanders, Rachel Kehoe, F. J. Frank van Veen (2015) Experimental evidence for the population-dynamic mechanisms underlying extinction cascades of carnivores. Current Biology 23,  3106–3109. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2015.10.017

Sanders, D., Sutter, L., van Veen, F.J.F. (2013). The loss of indirect interactions leads to cascading extinctions of carnivores. Ecology Letters, 16(5):664-9. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ele.12096/full

NETWORK: Quantifying indirect costs and benefits of natural ecosystems to tropical agriculture

Funding: European Commision Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme

Collaborators: Colleen Seymour (South African National Biodiversity Institute); Elisa Thebault (UPMC and CNRS, Paris)

Natural vegetation near farmland can sustain populations of natural enemies of pest insects and of pollinators but can also be a source of the pest insects themselves, thus providing both ecosystem services and disservices. We quantify these opposing effects in an important tropical crop (mango) in a landscape dominated by natural vegetation and with high biodiversity.  NETWORK brings together scientists with expertise in the empirical (UK), theoretical (France) and applied (South Africa) aspects of studying these interactions.

Key publications

Henri, D.C., Jones, O., Tsiattalos, A., Thébault, E., Seymour, C.L., van Veen, F.J.F. (2015) Natural vegetation benefits synergistic control of the three main insect and pathogen pests of fruit crop in southern Africa. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52: 1092-1101. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12465

Ehlers-Smith, Y.C., Ehlers-Smith, D.A., Seymour, C.L., Thébault, E., van Veen, F.J.F. (2015) Response of avian diversity to habitat modification can be predicted from life-history traits and ecological attributes. Landscape Ecology, 30: 1225-1239. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10980-015-0172-x

 

Research grants

  • 2013 NERC Life Sciences Mass Spectrometry Facility
    Forest-litter food webs and decomposition
  • 2012 NERC
    Cascading extinctions due to loss of indirect ecological interactions
  • 2012 Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme
    �NETWORK�
  • 2012 Marie Curie Fellowship
    "FUNCTION"
  • 2010 Systematics Association
    Resolving Alloxystini taxonomy to facilitate the geographic comparison of insect food webs
  • 2010 NERC Life Sciences Mass Spectrometry Facility
    Tertiary parasitism in aphid-parasitoid food webs
  • 2009 FERA
    Novel Technologies for Quantifying Ecosystems Function and Biodiversity.
  • 2008 NERC New Investigator Grant
    Phylogenetic analysis of a highly resolved insect food web
  • 2008 European Science Foundation SIZEMIC programme
    Human impact on food webs: Are there common patterns across ecosystems?
  • 2006 BBSRC
    Aphid secondary symbionts: from model system to agricultural pest.

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Elias M, Fontaine C, Van Veen FJF (2013). Evolutionary history and ecological processes shape a local multilevel antagonistic network. Current Biology, 23, 1-5. Abstract.
Elias M, Fontaine C, Frank Van Veen FJ (2013). Evolutionary history and ecological processes shape a local multilevel antagonistic network. Current Biology, 23(14), 1355-1359. Abstract.
Sanders D, Sutter L, van Veen FJF (2013). The loss of indirect interactions leads to cascading extinctions of carnivores. Ecol Lett, 16(5), 664-669. Abstract.  Author URL.
Sanders D, Van Veen FJF (2012). Indirect commensalism promotes persistence of secondary consumer species. Biology Letters, 8(6), 960-963. Abstract.
Fontaine F, Guimaraes PRJ, Kefi S, Loeuille N, Memmott J, van der Putten WH, van Veen FJF, Thebault E (2011). The ecological and evolutionary implications of merging different types of networks. Ecology Letters, 14, 1170-1181. Abstract.
Bukovinszky T, van Veen FJF, Jongema Y, Dicke M (2008). Direct and indirect effects of resource quality on food web structure. SCIENCE, 319(5864), 804-807. Author URL.

Publications by category


Journal articles

Henri DC, Van Veen FJF (In Press). Link flexibility: evidence for environment-dependent adaptive foraging in a food web time-series.  Abstract.  Full text.
Sanders D, Kehoe R, Cruse D, Van Veen F, Gaston KJ (In Press). Low levels of artificial light at night strengthen top-down control in insect food web. Current Biology Full text.
Henri DC, Jones O, Tsiattalos A, Thebault E, Seymour CL, Van Veen FJF (In Press). Natural vegetation benefits synergistic control of the three main insect and pathogen pests of fruit crop in southern Africa. Journal of Applied Ecology Abstract.  Full text.
Karp DS, Chaplin-Kramer R, Meehan TD, Martin EA, DeClerck F, Grab H, Gratton C, Hunt L, Larsen AE, Martinez-Salinas A, et al (2018). Crop pests and predators exhibit inconsistent responses to surrounding landscape composition. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 115(33), E7863-E7870. Author URL.  Full text.
Simba LD, Foord SH, Thébault E, van Veen FJF, Joseph GS, Seymour CL (2018). Indirect interactions between crops and natural vegetation through flower visitors: the importance of temporal as well as spatial spillover. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 253, 148-156. Abstract.  Full text.
Kehoe RC, Cruse D, Sanders D, Gaston KJ, van Veen FJF (2018). Shifting daylength regimes associated with range shifts alter aphid-parasitoid community dynamics. Ecology and Evolution, 8(17), 8761-8769. Abstract.  Full text.
Sanders D, Kehoe R, Thebault E, Van Veen FJF (2018). Trophic redundancy reduces vulnerability to extinction cascades. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Full text.
Moxley C, Lammers W, van Veen FJF, Thébault E, Esler KJ, Seymour CL (2017). A major subtropical fruit pest accumulates in crop fields and spills over to a wild host. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 242, 102-109. Abstract.  Full text.
Hansen S, Roets F, Seymour CL, Thébault E, van Veen FF, Pryke JS (2017). Alien plants have greater impact than habitat fragmentation on native insect flower visitation networks. Diversity and Distributions, 24(1), 58-68. Full text.
Forshage M, Bowdrey J, Broad GR, Spooner BM, van Veen F (2017). Checklist of British and Irish Hymenoptera - Cynipoidea. Biodiversity Data Journal, 5(1). Abstract.
Morgan WH, Thébault E, Seymour CL, van Veen FJF (2017). Density dependence and environmental factors affect population stability of an agricultural pest and its specialist parasitoid. BioControl, 62(2), 175-184. Abstract.
Nel L, Pryke JS, Carvalheiro LG, Thébault E, van Veen FJF, Seymour CL (2017). Exotic plants growing in crop field margins provide little support to mango crop flower visitors. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 250, 72-80. Abstract.  Full text.
Sanders D, Kehoe R, van Veen FF, McLean A, Godfray HCJ, Dicke M, Gols R, Frago E (2016). Defensive insect symbiont leads to cascading extinctions and community collapse. Ecol Lett, 19(7), 789-799. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Kehoe R, Frago E, Barten C, Jecker F, van Veen F, Sanders D (2016). Nonhost diversity and density reduce the strength of parasitoid–host interactions. Ecology and Evolution, 6(12), 4041-4049. Abstract.  Full text.
Geslin B, Oddie M, Folschweiller M, Legras G, Seymour CL, van Veen FJF, Thébault E (2016). Spatiotemporal changes in flying insect abundance and their functional diversity as a function of distance to natural habitats in a mass flowering crop. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 229, 21-29. Abstract.
Sanders D, Moser A, Newton J, van Veen FJF (2016). Trophic assimilation efficiency markedly increases at higher trophic levels in four-level host-parasitoid food chain. Proc Biol Sci, 283(1826). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Sanders D, Kehoe R, Tiley K, Bennie J, Cruse D, Davies TW, Frank van Veen FJ, Gaston KJ (2015). Artificial nighttime light changes aphid-parasitoid population dynamics. Sci Rep, 5 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Sanders D, Kehoe R, van Veen FJF (2015). Experimental Evidence for the Population-Dynamic Mechanisms Underlying Extinction Cascades of Carnivores. Curr Biol, 25(23), 3106-3109. Abstract.  Author URL.
Henri DC, Jones O, Tsiattalos A, Thébault E, Seymour CL, van Veen FJF (2015). Natural vegetation benefits synergistic control of the three main insect and pathogen pests of a fruit crop in southern Africa. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52(4), 1092-1101. Abstract.
Van Veen FJF (2015). Plant-modified trophic interactions. Current Opinion in Insect Science Abstract.  Full text.
Ehlers Smith YC, Ehlers Smith DA, Seymour CL, Thébault E, Van Veen FJF (2015). Response of avian diversity to habitat modification can be predicted from life-history traits and ecological attributes. Landscape Ecology Abstract.  Full text.
Perkins MJ, McDonald RA, van Veen FJF, Kelly SD, Rees G, Bearhop S (2014). Application of nitrogen and carbon stable isotopes (δ(15)N and δ(13)C) to quantify food chain length and trophic structure. PLoS One, 9(3). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Ferrer-Suay M, Janković M, Selfa J, Van Veen FJF, Tomanović Ž, Kos K, Rakhshani E, Pujade-Villar J (2014). Qualitative analysis of aphid and primary parasitoid trophic relations of genus Alloxysta (Hymenoptera: Cynipoidea: Figitidae: Charipinae). Environmental Entomology, 43(6), 1485-1495. Abstract.
Elias M, Fontaine C, Van Veen FJF (2013). Evolutionary history and ecological processes shape a local multilevel antagonistic network. Current Biology, 23, 1-5. Abstract.
Elias M, Fontaine C, Frank Van Veen FJ (2013). Evolutionary history and ecological processes shape a local multilevel antagonistic network. Current Biology, 23(14), 1355-1359. Abstract.
van Veen FJF, Sanders D (2013). Herbivore identity mediates the strength of trophic cascades on individual plants. ECOSPHERE, 4(5). Author URL.
Perkins MJ, Mcdonald RA, van Veen FJF, Kelly SD, Rees G, Bearhop S (2013). Important impacts of tissue selection and lipid extraction on ecological parameters derived from stable isotope ratios. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 4(10), 944-953. Abstract.
Sanders D, Sutter L, van Veen FJF (2013). The loss of indirect interactions leads to cascading extinctions of carnivores. Ecology Letters, 16(5), 664-669. Abstract.
Sanders D, Sutter L, van Veen FJF (2013). The loss of indirect interactions leads to cascading extinctions of carnivores. Ecol Lett, 16(5), 664-669. Abstract.  Author URL.
Sanders D, Van Veen FJF (2012). Indirect commensalism promotes persistence of secondary consumer species. Biology Letters, 8(6), 960-963. Abstract.
Rand TA, van Veen FJF, Tscharntke T (2012). Landscape complexity differentially benefits generalized fourth, over specialized third, trophic level natural enemies. Ecography, 35, 97-104. Abstract.
Henri DC, Seager D, Weller T, van Veen FJF (2012). Potential for climate effects on the size-structure of host-parasitoid indirect interaction networks. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 367(1605), 3018-3024. Abstract.
von Burg S, van Veen FJF, Álvarez-Alfageme F, Romeis J (2011). Aphid-parasitoid community structure on genetically modified wheat. Biology Letters, 7(3), 387-391. Abstract.
Henri DC, van Veen FJF (2011). Body Size, Life History and the Structure of Host-Parasitoid Networks. Adv. Ecol. Res., 45, 135-180. Abstract.
Sanders D, van Veen FJF (2011). Ecosystem engineering and predation: the multi-trophic impact of two ant species. Journal of Animal Ecology, 80(3), 569-576.
Jones TS, Allen E, Haerri SA, Krauss J, Mueller CB, van Veen FJF (2011). Effects of genetic diversity of grass on insect species diversity at higher trophic levels are not due to cascading diversity effects. Oikos, 120(7), 1031-1036. Abstract.
Fontaine F, Guimaraes PRJ, Kefi S, Loeuille N, Memmott J, van der Putten WH, van Veen FJF, Thebault E (2011). The ecological and evolutionary implications of merging different types of networks. Ecology Letters, 14, 1170-1181. Abstract.
Woodward G, Benstead JP, Beveridge OS, Blanchard J, Brey T, Brown LE, Cross WF, Friberg N, Ings TC, Jacob U, et al (2010). Ecological Networks in a Changing Climate. Advances in Ecological Research, 42(C), 71-138. Abstract.
Sanders D, van Veen FJF (2010). The impact of an ant–aphid mutualism on the functional composition of the secondary parasitoid community. Ecological Entomology, 35(6), 704-710. Abstract.
van Veen FJF, Brandon CE, Godfray HCJ (2009). A positive trait-mediated indirect effect involving the natural enemies of competing herbivores. OECOLOGIA, 160(1), 195-205. Author URL.
Ings TC, Montoya JM, Bascompte J, Bluethgen N, Brown L, Dormann CF, Edwards F, Figueroa D, Jacob U, Jones JI, et al (2009). Ecological networks - beyond food webs. JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY, 78(1), 253-269. Author URL.
van Veen FJF (2009). Food webs. Current Biology, 19, R281-R283.
Jones TS, Godfray HCJ, van Veen FJF (2009). Resource competition and shared natural enemies in experimental insect communities. OECOLOGIA, 159(3), 627-635.
Bukovinszky T, van Veen FJF, Jongema Y, Dicke M (2008). Direct and indirect effects of resource quality on food web structure. SCIENCE, 319(5864), 804-807. Author URL.
Traugott M, Bell JR, Broad GR, Powell W, Van Veen FJF, Vollhardt IMG, Symondson WOC (2008). Endoparasitism in cereal aphids: Molecular analysis of a whole parasitoid community. Molecular Ecology, 17(17), 3928-3938. Abstract.
Van Veen FJF, Mueller CB, Pell JK, Godfray HCJ (2008). Food web structure of three guilds of natural enemies: predators, parasitoids and pathogens of aphids. JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY, 77(1), 191-200.
van Veen FJF, Morris RJ, Godfray HCJ (2006). Apparent competition, quantitative food webs, and the structure of phytophagous insect communities. ANNUAL REVIEW OF ENTOMOLOGY, 51, 187-208. Author URL.
van Veen FJF, Murrell DJ (2005). A simple explanation for universal scaling relations in food webs. ECOLOGY, 86(12), 3258-3263.
van Veen FJF, van Holland PD, Godfray HCJ (2005). Stable coexistence in insect communities due to density- and trait-mediated indirect effects. ECOLOGY, 86(12), 3182-3189.
Haynes S, Darby AC, Daniell TJ, Webster G, van Veen FJF, Godfray HCJ, Prosser JI, Douglas AE (2003). Diversity of bacteria associated with natural aphid populations. APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY, 69(12), 7216-7223.
Jordán F, Liu W-C, van Veen FJF (2003). Quantifying the importance of species and their interactions in a host-parasitoid community. Community Ecology, 4, 79-88.
Van Veen FJF, Belshaw R, Godfray HCJ (2003). The value of the ITS2 region for the identification of species boundaries between Alloxysta hyperparasitoids (Hymenoptera : Charipidae) of aphids. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ENTOMOLOGY, 100(3), 449-453. Author URL.
Van Veen FJF, Muller CB, Adriaanse ICT, Godfray HCJ (2002). Spatial heterogeneity in risk of secondary parasitism in a natural population of an aphid parasitoid. JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY, 71(3), 463-469. Author URL.
van Veen FJF, Rajkumar A, Muller CB, Godfray HCJ (2001). Increased reproduction by pea aphids in the presence of secondary parasitoids. ECOLOGICAL ENTOMOLOGY, 26(4), 425-429. Author URL.
SMITS J (1996). Functional changes in the anatomy of the pharyngeal jaw apparatus ofAstatoreochromis alluaudi(Pisces, Cichlidae), and their effects on adjacent structures. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 59(4), 389-409.

Chapters

van Veen FJF, Godfray HCJ (In Press). Consequences of trait changes in host-parasitoid interactions in insect communities. In Ohgushi T, Schmitz O, Holt RD (Eds.) Interaction Richness and Complexity: Ecological and Evolutionary Aspects of Trait-Mediated Indirect Interactions, Cambridge University Press. Abstract.
Holt RD, Holdo RM, Van Veen FJF (2010). Theoretical Perspectives on Trophic Cascades: Current Trends and Future Directions. In Terborgh J, Estes J (Eds.) The Science of Trophic Cascades, Island Press, 301-318.

Conferences

Cheyne SM, Capilla BR, Van Veen FJF, Boyd N, Adul, Husson SJ, Harrison ME, Morrogh-Bernard HC, Maimunah S (2017). Conserving Non-Protected Primate Habitat: the Rungan River Conservation Programme of the Borneo Nature Foundation, Indonesia.  Author URL.
Van Veen FJF, Memmott J, Godfray HCJ (2006). Indirect effects, apparent competition and biological control.  Author URL.

Publications by year


In Press

van Veen FJF, Godfray HCJ (In Press). Consequences of trait changes in host-parasitoid interactions in insect communities. In Ohgushi T, Schmitz O, Holt RD (Eds.) Interaction Richness and Complexity: Ecological and Evolutionary Aspects of Trait-Mediated Indirect Interactions, Cambridge University Press. Abstract.
Henri DC, Van Veen FJF (In Press). Link flexibility: evidence for environment-dependent adaptive foraging in a food web time-series.  Abstract.  Full text.
Sanders D, Kehoe R, Cruse D, Van Veen F, Gaston KJ (In Press). Low levels of artificial light at night strengthen top-down control in insect food web. Current Biology Full text.
Henri DC, Jones O, Tsiattalos A, Thebault E, Seymour CL, Van Veen FJF (In Press). Natural vegetation benefits synergistic control of the three main insect and pathogen pests of fruit crop in southern Africa. Journal of Applied Ecology Abstract.  Full text.

2018

Karp DS, Chaplin-Kramer R, Meehan TD, Martin EA, DeClerck F, Grab H, Gratton C, Hunt L, Larsen AE, Martinez-Salinas A, et al (2018). Crop pests and predators exhibit inconsistent responses to surrounding landscape composition. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 115(33), E7863-E7870. Author URL.  Full text.
Simba LD, Foord SH, Thébault E, van Veen FJF, Joseph GS, Seymour CL (2018). Indirect interactions between crops and natural vegetation through flower visitors: the importance of temporal as well as spatial spillover. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 253, 148-156. Abstract.  Full text.
Kehoe RC, Cruse D, Sanders D, Gaston KJ, van Veen FJF (2018). Shifting daylength regimes associated with range shifts alter aphid-parasitoid community dynamics. Ecology and Evolution, 8(17), 8761-8769. Abstract.  Full text.
Sanders D, Kehoe R, Thebault E, Van Veen FJF (2018). Trophic redundancy reduces vulnerability to extinction cascades. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Full text.

2017

Moxley C, Lammers W, van Veen FJF, Thébault E, Esler KJ, Seymour CL (2017). A major subtropical fruit pest accumulates in crop fields and spills over to a wild host. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 242, 102-109. Abstract.  Full text.
Hansen S, Roets F, Seymour CL, Thébault E, van Veen FF, Pryke JS (2017). Alien plants have greater impact than habitat fragmentation on native insect flower visitation networks. Diversity and Distributions, 24(1), 58-68. Full text.
Forshage M, Bowdrey J, Broad GR, Spooner BM, van Veen F (2017). Checklist of British and Irish Hymenoptera - Cynipoidea. Biodiversity Data Journal, 5(1). Abstract.
Cheyne SM, Capilla BR, Van Veen FJF, Boyd N, Adul, Husson SJ, Harrison ME, Morrogh-Bernard HC, Maimunah S (2017). Conserving Non-Protected Primate Habitat: the Rungan River Conservation Programme of the Borneo Nature Foundation, Indonesia.  Author URL.
Morgan WH, Thébault E, Seymour CL, van Veen FJF (2017). Density dependence and environmental factors affect population stability of an agricultural pest and its specialist parasitoid. BioControl, 62(2), 175-184. Abstract.
Nel L, Pryke JS, Carvalheiro LG, Thébault E, van Veen FJF, Seymour CL (2017). Exotic plants growing in crop field margins provide little support to mango crop flower visitors. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 250, 72-80. Abstract.  Full text.

2016

Sanders D, Kehoe R, van Veen FF, McLean A, Godfray HCJ, Dicke M, Gols R, Frago E (2016). Defensive insect symbiont leads to cascading extinctions and community collapse. Ecol Lett, 19(7), 789-799. Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Kehoe R, Frago E, Barten C, Jecker F, van Veen F, Sanders D (2016). Nonhost diversity and density reduce the strength of parasitoid–host interactions. Ecology and Evolution, 6(12), 4041-4049. Abstract.  Full text.
Geslin B, Oddie M, Folschweiller M, Legras G, Seymour CL, van Veen FJF, Thébault E (2016). Spatiotemporal changes in flying insect abundance and their functional diversity as a function of distance to natural habitats in a mass flowering crop. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 229, 21-29. Abstract.
Sanders D, Moser A, Newton J, van Veen FJF (2016). Trophic assimilation efficiency markedly increases at higher trophic levels in four-level host-parasitoid food chain. Proc Biol Sci, 283(1826). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.

2015

Sanders D, Kehoe R, Tiley K, Bennie J, Cruse D, Davies TW, Frank van Veen FJ, Gaston KJ (2015). Artificial nighttime light changes aphid-parasitoid population dynamics. Sci Rep, 5 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Sanders D, Kehoe R, van Veen FJF (2015). Experimental Evidence for the Population-Dynamic Mechanisms Underlying Extinction Cascades of Carnivores. Curr Biol, 25(23), 3106-3109. Abstract.  Author URL.
Henri DC, Jones O, Tsiattalos A, Thébault E, Seymour CL, van Veen FJF (2015). Natural vegetation benefits synergistic control of the three main insect and pathogen pests of a fruit crop in southern Africa. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52(4), 1092-1101. Abstract.
Van Veen FJF (2015). Plant-modified trophic interactions. Current Opinion in Insect Science Abstract.  Full text.
Ehlers Smith YC, Ehlers Smith DA, Seymour CL, Thébault E, Van Veen FJF (2015). Response of avian diversity to habitat modification can be predicted from life-history traits and ecological attributes. Landscape Ecology Abstract.  Full text.

2014

Perkins MJ, McDonald RA, van Veen FJF, Kelly SD, Rees G, Bearhop S (2014). Application of nitrogen and carbon stable isotopes (δ(15)N and δ(13)C) to quantify food chain length and trophic structure. PLoS One, 9(3). Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Ferrer-Suay M, Janković M, Selfa J, Van Veen FJF, Tomanović Ž, Kos K, Rakhshani E, Pujade-Villar J (2014). Qualitative analysis of aphid and primary parasitoid trophic relations of genus Alloxysta (Hymenoptera: Cynipoidea: Figitidae: Charipinae). Environmental Entomology, 43(6), 1485-1495. Abstract.

2013

Elias M, Fontaine C, Van Veen FJF (2013). Evolutionary history and ecological processes shape a local multilevel antagonistic network. Current Biology, 23, 1-5. Abstract.
Elias M, Fontaine C, Frank Van Veen FJ (2013). Evolutionary history and ecological processes shape a local multilevel antagonistic network. Current Biology, 23(14), 1355-1359. Abstract.
van Veen FJF, Sanders D (2013). Herbivore identity mediates the strength of trophic cascades on individual plants. ECOSPHERE, 4(5). Author URL.
Perkins MJ, Mcdonald RA, van Veen FJF, Kelly SD, Rees G, Bearhop S (2013). Important impacts of tissue selection and lipid extraction on ecological parameters derived from stable isotope ratios. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 4(10), 944-953. Abstract.
Sanders D, Sutter L, van Veen FJF (2013). The loss of indirect interactions leads to cascading extinctions of carnivores. Ecology Letters, 16(5), 664-669. Abstract.
Sanders D, Sutter L, van Veen FJF (2013). The loss of indirect interactions leads to cascading extinctions of carnivores. Ecol Lett, 16(5), 664-669. Abstract.  Author URL.

2012

Sanders D, Van Veen FJF (2012). Indirect commensalism promotes persistence of secondary consumer species. Biology Letters, 8(6), 960-963. Abstract.
Rand TA, van Veen FJF, Tscharntke T (2012). Landscape complexity differentially benefits generalized fourth, over specialized third, trophic level natural enemies. Ecography, 35, 97-104. Abstract.
Henri DC, Seager D, Weller T, van Veen FJF (2012). Potential for climate effects on the size-structure of host-parasitoid indirect interaction networks. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 367(1605), 3018-3024. Abstract.

2011

von Burg S, van Veen FJF, Álvarez-Alfageme F, Romeis J (2011). Aphid-parasitoid community structure on genetically modified wheat. Biology Letters, 7(3), 387-391. Abstract.
Henri DC, van Veen FJF (2011). Body Size, Life History and the Structure of Host-Parasitoid Networks. Adv. Ecol. Res., 45, 135-180. Abstract.
Sanders D, van Veen FJF (2011). Ecosystem engineering and predation: the multi-trophic impact of two ant species. Journal of Animal Ecology, 80(3), 569-576.
Jones TS, Allen E, Haerri SA, Krauss J, Mueller CB, van Veen FJF (2011). Effects of genetic diversity of grass on insect species diversity at higher trophic levels are not due to cascading diversity effects. Oikos, 120(7), 1031-1036. Abstract.
Fontaine F, Guimaraes PRJ, Kefi S, Loeuille N, Memmott J, van der Putten WH, van Veen FJF, Thebault E (2011). The ecological and evolutionary implications of merging different types of networks. Ecology Letters, 14, 1170-1181. Abstract.

2010

Woodward G, Benstead JP, Beveridge OS, Blanchard J, Brey T, Brown LE, Cross WF, Friberg N, Ings TC, Jacob U, et al (2010). Ecological Networks in a Changing Climate. Advances in Ecological Research, 42(C), 71-138. Abstract.
Sanders D, van Veen FJF (2010). The impact of an ant–aphid mutualism on the functional composition of the secondary parasitoid community. Ecological Entomology, 35(6), 704-710. Abstract.
Holt RD, Holdo RM, Van Veen FJF (2010). Theoretical Perspectives on Trophic Cascades: Current Trends and Future Directions. In Terborgh J, Estes J (Eds.) The Science of Trophic Cascades, Island Press, 301-318.

2009

van Veen FJF, Brandon CE, Godfray HCJ (2009). A positive trait-mediated indirect effect involving the natural enemies of competing herbivores. OECOLOGIA, 160(1), 195-205. Author URL.
Ings TC, Montoya JM, Bascompte J, Bluethgen N, Brown L, Dormann CF, Edwards F, Figueroa D, Jacob U, Jones JI, et al (2009). Ecological networks - beyond food webs. JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY, 78(1), 253-269. Author URL.
van Veen FJF (2009). Food webs. Current Biology, 19, R281-R283.
Jones TS, Godfray HCJ, van Veen FJF (2009). Resource competition and shared natural enemies in experimental insect communities. OECOLOGIA, 159(3), 627-635.

2008

Bukovinszky T, van Veen FJF, Jongema Y, Dicke M (2008). Direct and indirect effects of resource quality on food web structure. SCIENCE, 319(5864), 804-807. Author URL.
Traugott M, Bell JR, Broad GR, Powell W, Van Veen FJF, Vollhardt IMG, Symondson WOC (2008). Endoparasitism in cereal aphids: Molecular analysis of a whole parasitoid community. Molecular Ecology, 17(17), 3928-3938. Abstract.
Van Veen FJF, Mueller CB, Pell JK, Godfray HCJ (2008). Food web structure of three guilds of natural enemies: predators, parasitoids and pathogens of aphids. JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY, 77(1), 191-200.

2006

van Veen FJF, Morris RJ, Godfray HCJ (2006). Apparent competition, quantitative food webs, and the structure of phytophagous insect communities. ANNUAL REVIEW OF ENTOMOLOGY, 51, 187-208. Author URL.
Van Veen FJF, Memmott J, Godfray HCJ (2006). Indirect effects, apparent competition and biological control.  Author URL.

2005

van Veen FJF, Murrell DJ (2005). A simple explanation for universal scaling relations in food webs. ECOLOGY, 86(12), 3258-3263.
van Veen FJF, van Holland PD, Godfray HCJ (2005). Stable coexistence in insect communities due to density- and trait-mediated indirect effects. ECOLOGY, 86(12), 3182-3189.

2003

Haynes S, Darby AC, Daniell TJ, Webster G, van Veen FJF, Godfray HCJ, Prosser JI, Douglas AE (2003). Diversity of bacteria associated with natural aphid populations. APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY, 69(12), 7216-7223.
Jordán F, Liu W-C, van Veen FJF (2003). Quantifying the importance of species and their interactions in a host-parasitoid community. Community Ecology, 4, 79-88.
Van Veen FJF, Belshaw R, Godfray HCJ (2003). The value of the ITS2 region for the identification of species boundaries between Alloxysta hyperparasitoids (Hymenoptera : Charipidae) of aphids. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ENTOMOLOGY, 100(3), 449-453. Author URL.

2002

Van Veen FJF, Muller CB, Adriaanse ICT, Godfray HCJ (2002). Spatial heterogeneity in risk of secondary parasitism in a natural population of an aphid parasitoid. JOURNAL OF ANIMAL ECOLOGY, 71(3), 463-469. Author URL.

2001

van Veen FJF, Rajkumar A, Muller CB, Godfray HCJ (2001). Increased reproduction by pea aphids in the presence of secondary parasitoids. ECOLOGICAL ENTOMOLOGY, 26(4), 425-429. Author URL.

1996

SMITS J (1996). Functional changes in the anatomy of the pharyngeal jaw apparatus ofAstatoreochromis alluaudi(Pisces, Cichlidae), and their effects on adjacent structures. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 59(4), 389-409.

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