Govers LL & Reijers VC (2021) Griend: een bewogen eiland. KNNV Uitgeverij Zeist

Piersma T, Govers LL, Buiter R (2016) Knooppunt Waddenzee. Uitgeverij Noordboek

Peer-reviewed Papers


Meijer KJ, Franken O, van der Heide T, Holthuijsen S, Visser W, Govers LL, Olff H (2022) Characterizing bedforms in shallow seas as an integrative predictor of seafloor stability and the occurrence of macrozoobenthic species. Remote sensing in ecology and conservation

Marin-Diaz M, Govers LL, Van der Wal D,  Olff H, Bouma TJ (2022) The importance of marsh vegetation and soil properties providing soil stabilization in case of a dike breach. Ecological Applications

Sullivan BK, Keough M, Govers LL (2022) Copper sulphate treatment induces Heterozostera seed germination and improves seedling growth rates. Global Ecology and Conservation

Fijn R, Govers LL, Lutterop D, Middelveld R, Van Bemmelen R (2022) Wintering quarters and nocturnal migration of Black-headed gulls fitted with GPS-loggers. Ardea

Clements O, Leurs GHL, Witbaard R, Verkuil YI, Pen IR, Govers LL (2022) Age, maturity, and diet of the pearl whipray (Fontitrygon margaritella) from the Bijagós Archipelago, Guinea-Bissau. PeerJ

Govers LL, Heusinkveld JHT, Gräfnings MLE, Smeele Q, Van der Heide T (2022) Adaptive intertidal seed-based seagrass restoration in the Dutch Wadden Sea.  PlosOne

Temmink JMT, Fivash GS, Govers LL, Nauta J, Marin Diaz B, Cruijsen PMJM, Reijers VJ, Didderen K, Penning E, Olff H, Heusinkveld JHT, Lamers LPM, Lengkeek W, Christianen MJA, Bouma TJ, Van der Heide T (2022) Scaling-up intertidal artificial mussel reefs using life-cycle informed restoration: successes and future challenges. Ecological Engineering


Penning EF, Govers LL, Dekker R, Piersma T (2021) Long-term change in the phenology of brown shrimp Crangon crangon in the Dutch Wadden Sea. Marine Bioloy

Meijer KJ, El-Hacen EHM, Govers LL, Lavaleye M, Piersma T, Olff H (2021) Mangrove-Mudflat connectivity shapes macrofaunal community structure in a tropical archipelago. Ecological Indicators

Marin-Diaz B, Fivash GS, Nauta J, Temmink RJM, Hijner N, Reijers VC, Cruijsen PMJM, Didderen K, Heusinkveld JHT, Penning E, Maldonado G, Christianen MJA, van der Heide T, van der Wal D, Olff H, Bouma TJ, Govers LL (2021) On the use of large-scale biodegradable reefs for intertidal foreshore coastal protection. Ecological engineering

Van der Molen J, Van Leeuwen S, Govers LL, Van der Heide T, Olff H (2021) Potential microplastics dispersal and accumulation in the North Sea, with application to the MSC Zoe incident. Frontiers in Marine Science

Van der Reijden KJ, Govers LL, Beauchard O, Koop L, Damveld JH, Herman PMJ, Piet G, Rijnsdorp AD, Snellen M, Olff H (2021) Connecting the dots: a multi-scale, multi-resolution approach to marine habitat mapping Ecological Indicators

Gagnon, K, Christie H, Didderen K, Fagerli CW, Govers LL, Gräfnings MLE, Heusinkveld JHT, Kaljurand K, Lengkeek W, Martin G, Meysick L, Pjusalu L, Rinde E, Van der Heide T, Böstrom C (2021) Incorporating facilitative interactions into small-scale eelgrass restoration – challenges and opportunities.. Restoration Ecology

Marin Diaz B, Govers LL, Olff H, Van der Wal D, Bouma TJ (2021) How grazing management can maximize erosion-resistance of salt marshes Journal of Applied Ecology

Van der Reijden KJ, Koop L, Mestdagh S, Snellen M, Herman PMJ, Olff H, Govers LL (2021) Conservation implications of Sabellaria spinulosa reef dynamics in a sandy-bottom environment. Frontiers in Marine Science

Leurs GHL, Van der Reijden KJ, Lemrabott CSY, Manuel Nonque D, Barry I, Olff H, Govers LL (2021) The distribution of industrial fishing activity near marine protected areas in West Africa: potential cascading effects on marine predators. Frontiers in Marine Science

Koop L, Van der Reijden KJ, Mestdagh S, Ysebaert T, Govers LL, Herman PMJ, Olff H, Snellen M, Simons DG (2021) Measuring centimeter scale sand ripples using multibeam echosounder backscatter data on the Brown Bank of the Dutch Continental Shelf. Geosciences


Tan, YM, Dalby, O, Kendry, GA, Statton, J, Sinclair, EA, Fraser, M, Macreadie, P, Gillies, CL, Coleman, RA, Waycott, M, Van Dijk, KJ, Vergés, A, Ross, JD, Campbell, ML, Matheson, FE, Jackson EL, Irving, AD, Govers LL, Connolly, RM, McLeod IM, Rasheed, MA, Kirkman, H, Flindt, M, Lange, T, Miller, AD, Sherman, CDH (2020) Seagrass restoration is possible: insights and lessons from Australia and New Zealand. Frontiers in Marine Science

Temmink JMT, Christianen MJA, Fivash GS, Angelini C, Böstrom C, Didderen K, Engel SM, Esteban N, Gaeckle J, Gagnon K, Govers LL, Infantes E, van Katwijk MM, Kipson S, Lamers LPM, Lengkeek W, Silliman B, van Tussenbroek B, Unsworth R, Yakuub SM, Bouma TJ, Van der Heide T (2020) Mimicry of emergent traits amplifies coastal restoration success. Nature Communications

Gagnon K, Rinde E, Bengil EGT, Carugati L, Christianen MJA, Danovaro R, Gambi C, Govers LL, Kipson S, Meysick L, Pajusalu L, Tüney Kizilkaya I, Van de Koppel J, Van der Heide T, Van Katwijk MM, Böstrom C (2020) Facilitating foundation species: The potential for plant-bivalve interactions to improve habitat restoration success. Journal of Applied Ecology

Mestdagh S, Amiri-Simkooei A, Van der Reijden K, Koop L, O’Flynn S, Snellen M, Van Sluis C, Govers LL, Simons DG, Herman PJ, Olff H, Ysebaert T (2020) Linking the morphology and ecology of subtidal softbottom marine benthic habitats: a novel multiscale approach. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Sciences


Reijers V, Siteur K, Hoeks S, Van Belzen B, Borst ACW, Heusinkveld JHT, Govers LL, Bouma TJ, Lamers LPM, Van de Koppel J, Van der Heide T. (2019) A Lévy expansion strategy optimizes early dune building by beach grasses. Nature Communications

Derksen-Hooijberg M, Angelini C, Hoogveld JRH, Lamers LPM, Borst AM, Smolders AJP, Harpenslager S, Govers LL, van der Heide T (2019) Repetitive desiccation events weaken a salt marsh mutualismJournal of Ecology

El Hacen M El Hacen, Bouma TJ, Govers LL, Piersma T, Olff H (2019) Seagrass sensitivity to collapse along a hydrodynamic gradient: evidence from a pristine subtropical intertidal ecosystemEcosystems


Van der Reijden KJ, Hinzen NT, Govers LL, Rijnsdorp AD, Olff H (2018) North Sea demersal fisheries prefer specific benthic habitats. PlosOne

El Hacen M El Hacen, Bouma TJ, Fivash GS, Abderahmane Sall A, Piersma T, Olff H, Govers LL (2018) Evidence for ‘critical slowing down’ in seagrass: a stress gradient experiment at the southern limit of its rangeScientific Reports

Van der Reijden KJ, Koop L, O’Flynn S, Garcia S, Bos O, van Sluis C, Maaholm D, Herman PMJ, Simons DG, Olff H, Ysebaert T, Snellen M, Govers LL, Rijnsdorp AD, Aguilar R (2018) Discovery of Sabellaria spinulosa reefs in an intensively fished area of the Dutch Continental Shelf, North SeaJournal of Sea Research

Damveld JH, Van der Reijden KJ, Cheng C, Koop L, Haaksma L, Walsh C, Soetaert K, Borsje BW, Govers LL, Roos PC, Olff h, Hulscher SJMH (2018) Camera transects reveal that sand waves affect the spatial distribution of benthic organisms and sand ripplesGeophysical Research Letters

Derksen-Hooijberg M, Van der Heide T, Lamers LPM, Borst A, Smolders AJP, Govers LL, Hoogveld JRH, Angelini C (2018) Burrowing crabs weaken mutualism between foundation speciesEcosystems

Man in ‘t Veld WA, Rosendahl KCHM, Van Rijswick PCJ, Meffert JP, Boer E, Westenberg M, Van der Heide T, Govers LL (2018) Multiple Halophytophthora spp. and Phytophthora spp. including P. gemini, P. inundata and P. chesapeakensis sp. nov. isolated from the seagrass Zostera marina in the northern hemisphere. European Journal of Plant Pathology

De Fouw J, Van der Heide T, Van Belzen J, Govers LL, Sidi Cheikh MA, Olff H, Van de Koppel J, Van Gils JA (2018) A facultative mutualistic feedback enhances the stability of tropical intertidal seagrass bedsScientific Reports

Suykerbuyk W, Govers LL, Van Oven WG, Giesen K, Giesen WBJT, De Jong DJ, Bouma TJ, Van Katwijk MM (2018) Living in the intertidal: desiccation and shading reduces seagrass growth, but high salinity and population of origin have no additional effectPeerJ


Sullivan BK, Trevathan-Tackett SM, Neuhauser S, Govers LL (2017) Review: Host-pathogen dynamics of seagrass diseases under future global changeMarine Pollution Bulletin

Vonk JA, Smulders FOH, Christianen MJA, Govers LL (2017) Seagrass leaf element content: a global overviewMarine Pollution Bulletin

Govers LL, Van der Zee EM, Meffert JP, Van Rijswick PCJ, Man in ‘t Veld WA, Heusinkveld JHT, Van der Heide T (2017)  Copper treatment during storage reduces Phytophthora and Halophytophthora infection of Zostera marina seeds used for restorationScientific Reports


Govers LL, Man in ‘t Veld WA, Meffert JP, Bouma TJ, Van Rijswick PCJ, Heusinkveld JHT, Orth RJ, Van Katwijk MM, Van der Heide (2016) Marine Phytophthora species can hamper conservation and restoration of vegetated coastal ecosystemsProceedings of the Royal Society B

Adhitya A, Folkard AM, Govers LL, Van Katwijk MM, de Iongh HH, Herman PMJ, Bouma TJ (2016) The exchange of dissolved nutrients between the water column and substrate pore-water due to hydrodynamic adjustment at seagrass meadow edges: A flume study. Limnology and Oceanography

Van Tussenbroek BI, Van Katwijk MM, Bouma TJ, Van der Heide T, Govers LL, Leuven RSEW (2016) Non-native seagrass Halophila stipulacea forms dense mats under eutrophic conditions in the CaribbeanJournal of Sea Research

De Fouw J, Govers LL, Van de Koppel J, Van Belzen J, Dorigo W, Sidi Cheikh MAS, Christianen MJA, Van der Reijden KJ, Van der Geest M, Piersma T, Smolders AJP, Olff H, Lamers LPM, Van Gils JA, Van der Heide T (2016) Drought, mutualism breakdown and landscape-scale degradation of seagrass beds. Current Biology

Van der Zee EM, Angelini C, Govers LL, Christianen MJA, Altieri AH, Van der Reijden KJ, Silliman BR, Van de Koppel J, Van der Geest M, Van Gils JA, Van der Veer HW, Piersma T, de Ruiter PC, Olff H, Van der Heide T (2016) How habitat-modifying organisms structure the food web of two coastal ecosystems. Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Suykerbuyk W, Govers LL, Bouma TJ, Giesen WBJT, De Jong DJ, Van der Voort R, Giesen K, Giesen PT, Van Katwijk MM (2016) Unpredictability in seagrass restoration: analysing the role of positive feedbacks and environmental stress on Zostera noltii transplantsJournal of Applied Ecology


Suykerbuyk W, Bouma TJ, Govers LL, Giesen K, de Jong DJ, Herman P, Hendriks J, Van Katwijk MM (2015) Surviving in changing seascapes: sediment dynamics as bottleneck for long-term seagrass presence. Ecosystems

Govers LL, Suykerbuyk W, Hoppenreijs JHT, Giesen K, Bouma TJ, & Van Katwijk MM (2015) Rhizome starch as indicator for temperate seagrass winter survivalEcological Indicators


Govers LL (2014) The effects of biogeochemical stressors on seagrass ecosystems Doctoral Thesis

Govers LL, Lamers LPM, Bouma TJ, De Brouwer JHF, Hendriks AJ, Huijbers CM, & Van Katwijk MM (2014) A global benchmark list for seagrasses as bioindicators for coastal trace metal loading and a Caribbean case study. Environmental Pollution

Govers LL, de Brouwer JHF, Suykerbuyk W, Bouma TJ, Lamers LPM, Smolders AJP & van Katwijk MM (2014) Toxic effects of sediment nutrient and organic matter loading on the seagrass Zostera noltii. Aquatic toxicology 

Govers LL, Pieck T, Bouma TJ, Suykerbuyk W, Smolders AJP & Van Katwijk MM (2014) Seagrasses are negatively affected by organic matter loading and Arenicola marina activity in a laboratory experiment. Oecologia

Govers LL, Lamers LPM, Bouma TJ, De Brouwer JHF & Van Katwijk MM (2014) Eutrophication threatens Caribbean seagrasses – a case study from Curaçao and Bonaire. Marine Pollution Bulletin


Lamers LPM, Govers LL, Janssen ICJM, Geurts JPM, Van der Welle MEW, Van Katwijk MM, Van der Heide T, Roelofs JGM & Smolders AJP (2013) Sulfide as a soil phytotoxin – a review. Frontiers in Plant Science


Van der Heide T, Govers LL, De Fouw J, Olff H, Van der Geest M, Van Katwijk MM, Piersma T, Van de Koppel J, Silliman BR, Smolders AJP & Van Gils JA (2012) A three-stage symbiosis forms the foundation of seagrass ecosystems. SCIENCE


 Suykerbuyk W, Bouma TJ, Van der Heide T, Faust C, Govers LL, Giesen W, de Jong DJ & van Katwijk MM (2012) Suppressing antagonistic bioengineering feedbacks doubles restoration success. Ecological Applications


Van Gils JA, Van der Geest M, Jansen EJ, Govers LL, De Fouw J & Piersma T (2012) Trophic cascade induced by molluscivore predator alters porewater biogeochemistry via competitive release of prey. Ecology

Christianen MJA, Govers LL, Kiswara W, Roelofs JGM, Bouma TJ, Lamers LPM & van Katwijk MM (2012) Marine megaherbivore grazing may increase seagrass tolerance to high nutrient loads. Journal of Ecology


Huijbers CM, Nagelkerken I, Govers LL, van de Kerk M, Oldenburger JJ & de Brouwer JHF (2011) Habitat type and schooling interactively determine refuge-seeking behaviour in a coral reef fish throughout ontogeny. Marine Ecology Progress Series

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