Jurgen van Hal


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I am Jurgen van Hal and I am working as an ecological research technician at the dept. of Ecological science.

My current tasks and skills are:


Determination of invertebrates, incl. Collembola.

Breeding of various invertebrates, currently Nasonia and Drosophila

Teaching assistant 1st years course: field-entomology and lab-determination

Experimental work and field experiments

Setting up and maintaining diverse field, greenhouse and climate- room experiments. These experiments include work with mesocosms, stable isotopes, plants, plant-litter, invertebrates, algae and micro-organisms.

Chemical and animal traits measurements

Diverse chemical analysis and animal-traits such as fat-content, drought tolerance, inundation tolerance, upper thermal limit.


DNA isolation, PCR, high-throughput sequencing and microbial community analysis.


I am working on my histology skills at the moment…

Additional skills and useful hobbies


Maintaining technical installations such as climate-rooms and analytical equipment.

Macro and invertebrate photography

freediving (and scubadiving)

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Research Output 2004 2019

Combining tree species and decay stages to increase invertebrate diversity in dead wood

Andringa, J. I., Zuo, J., Berg, M. P., Klein, R., van't Veer, J., de Geus, R., de Beaumont, M., Goudzwaard, L., van Hal, J., Broekman, R., van Logtestijn, R. S. P., Li, Y., Fujii, S., Lammers, M., Hefting, M. M., Sass-Klaassen, U. & Cornelissen, J. H. C., 1 Jun 2019, In : Forest Ecology and Management. 441, p. 80-88 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

dead wood
nutrient dynamics

Non-additive effects of leaf and twig mixtures from different tree species on experimental litter-bed flammability

Zhao, W., van Logtestijn, R. S. P., van Hal, J. R., Dong, M. & Cornelissen, J. H. C., Mar 2019, In : Plant and Soil. 436, 1-2, p. 311–324

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

fire behavior
gas emissions
coarse woody debris
decayed wood

Filtration artefacts in bacterial community composition can affect the outcome of dissolved organic matter biolability assays

Dean, J. F., Van Hal, J. R., Johannes Dolman, A., Aerts, R. & Weedon, J. T., 30 Nov 2018, In : Biogeosciences. 15, 23, p. 7141-7154 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
dissolved organic matter
bacterial communities
community composition