Dr. Roel van Klink


Postal Address
Office Location:
Erlachstrasse 9a, second floor

Baltzerstrasse 6
3012 Bern

My main research interests are the fundamental drivers and the conservation of biological diversity. For this, I work mostly on terrestrial invertebrates, which form the most species rich group on earth, but I have also worked on diversity of plants, birds and mammals.

My current research focuses on the effects of different mowing regimes on the diversity of plants and invertebrates in semi-natural grasslands (link). This is highly relevant to nature conservation because semi-natural grasslands are often very species rich. Hence, this creates an opportunity to connect agricultural practice with biodiversity conservation.

My previous research has focused on the effects of grazing by large herbivores on diversity of invertebrates, plants and birds. I have studied this in a grazing experiment on a coastal salt marsh at the Dutch coast and in a rewilding experiment (Oostvaardersplassen, NL). In another project I have studied the long-term stability of ground beetle communities, using the data from the Biological station Wijster, NL.

Curriculum Vitae

2015-2017  Post doc, Department of Conservation Biology University of Bern, CH

2015           Post doc, Department of Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences, CZ

2013-2014  Post doc Community and Conservation ecology group, University of Groningen, NL

2009-2012  PhD candidate, Community and Conservation Ecology group University of Groningen, NL

2004-2006  MSc Plant ecology and Nature conservation group, Wageningen University, NL


Schrama, M.; van Klink, R. (in press) Effects of large mammalian grazers on soil biodiversity in: World atlas of soil biodiversity. Six, J. ed.

Van Klink, R; Ruifrok, J.L.; Smit, C. (in press) Rewilding with large herbivores: direct effects and edge effects of grazing refuges on plant and invertebrate communities. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment - Special issue on sustainable grazing

Van Klink, R.; van der Plas, A.L.D.; van Noordwijk, C.G.E.; WallisDeVries, M.F.; Olff, H. (2015) Effects of large herbivores on grassland arthropod diversity. Biological Reviews 90, 347-366

Van Klink, R.; Schrama, M, Nolte, S.; Bakker, J.P.; WallisDeVries, M.F.; Berg, M.P. (2015) Defoliation and soil compaction jointly drive large-herbivore grazing effects on plants and soil arthropods on clay soil. Ecosystems 18, 671-685

Smit, C.; Ruifrok, J.L.; van Klink, R.; Olff, H. (2015) Rewilding with large herbivores: The importance of grazing refuges for sapling establishment and wood-pasture formation. Biological conservation 182, 134-142

Van Klink, R.; Mandema, F.S.; Bakker, J.P.; Tinbergen, J.M. (2014). Foraging site choice and diet selection of Meadow Pipits Anthus pratensis breeding on grazed salt marshes. Bird Study 61, 101-110

Van Klink, R.; Rickert, C.; Vermeulen, R.; Vorst, O.; WallisDeVries, M.F.; Bakker, J.P. (2013) Grazed vegetation mosaics do not maximize arthropod diversity: Evidence from salt marshes. Biological Conservation 164, 150-157

Rickert, C.; Fichtner, A.; van Klink, R.; Bakker,J.P. (2012). Alpha- and beta-diversity in moth communities in salt marshes is driven by grazing management. Biological Conservation 146, 24-31.

Kohler, F.; Verhulst, J.; van Klink, R.; Kleijn, D. (2008). At what spatial scale do high-quality habitats enhance the diversity of forbs and pollinators in intensively farmed landscapes? Journal of Applied Ecology, 45, 753-762