Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED)
Department of Freshwater and Marine Ecology (FAME).
IBED is part of the Centre for Wetland Ecology.
Community ecology of benthic systems, focussing on aquatic plants and processes over the sediment-water interface
Jan Arie Vonk graduated in 2002 at the University of Groningen at the department of Biology, with specializations towards marine biology and plant ecology. From 2003 to 2008 he worked as PhD student at the Radboud University Nijmegen on nutrient dynamics of seagrass meadows in Indonesia. During this time he conducted fieldwork for 2 years in the Spermonde Archipelago, Sulawesi to study macrophytes and plant-animal interactions using stable isotope techniques. He successfully defended his PhD thesis on 26 May 2008.
In 2008 and 2009 he worked as researcher at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) on topics including ecotoxicology, ecological risk assessment, and aquatic ecology. During this period (2009-2012) he became involved as Post doc in RCiERA (Research Collaboration in Ecological Risk Assessment), a joint project between RU and RIVM, focusing on agroecosystems, nematode communities, food-web relations and ecological stoichiometry. He combined this from 2010-2012 with a Post-doc position at RIVM (joint project with Wageningen University; NWO-ERGO: Ecology Regarding Genetically modified Organisms). From May 2012 he works at University of Amsterdam, first as Post Doc and since Oct 2017 as Assistant Professor, dividing his time between teaching (benthic ecology and aquatic ecology) and research on aquatic plants and benthic communities.