Dr Marcel van Oijen

Dr Marcel van Oijen

Ecosystems Modeller

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bush Estate
Penicuik
Midlothian
EH26 0QB
T: +44 (0)131 4454343
F: +44 (0)131 4453943
E-mail: Dr Marcel van Oijen
 

Research interests

I am a member of the Biosystem Dynamics Section at CEH's Edinburgh research site. My area of expertise is process-based modelling of all kinds of biological systems. I have made models of the effects on crops, grasslands, coffee-tree agroforestry systems and conifer forests of pests, pathogens, weeds, ozone, climate change and the availability of nitrogen and water. For fun, I made a cellular automata model of DaisyWorld (global biosphere-climate coupling) and a 3-D root branching model.

My current technical focus in modelling is on improving methods of uncertainty analysis and model comparison using a Bayesian approach.

Software use: MATLAB/Simulink, Mathematica

PhD (Wageningen, The Netherlands, 1991): "Identification of the major characteristics of potato cultivars which affect yield loss caused by late blight".

 

 

 

Publications

For recent publications, see the NERC Open Research Archive.

2002-2005

Various subjects (Bayesian methodology, nitrogen, photosynthesis, Gaia, process-based modelling)

Van Oijen, M., Rougier, J., Smith, R. (2005). Bayesian calibration of process-based forest models: bridging the gap between models and data. Tree Physiology, 25, 915-927.

Van Oijen, M., Levy, P. E. (2004). Nitrogen metabolism and plant adaptation to the environment - the scope for process-based modelling. In: Nitrogen Acquisition and Assimilation in Higher Plants (eds Amâncio, S., Stulen, I.D.H., J.), pp. 133-147. Kluwer Academic Publishers, The Netherlands.

Yin, X., Van Oijen, M., Schapendonk, A. H. C. M. (2004). Extension of a biochemical model for the generalized stoichiometry of electron transport limited C3 photosynthesis. Plant Cell and Environment, 27, 1211-1222.

Lenton, T. M., van Oijen, M. (2002). Gaia as a complex adaptive system. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences, 357, 683-695.

Van Oijen, M. (2002). On the use of specific publication criteria for papers on process-based modelling in plant science. Field Crops Research, 74, 197-205.

Forests

Van Oijen, M., Ågren, G. I., Chertov, O., et al. (submitted). Application of process-based models to explain and predict changes in European forest growth. In: Causes and Consequences of Forest Growth Trends in Europe - Results of the RECOGNITION Project. (eds Karjalainen, T., Schuck, A.). Chapter 3.2. Brill.

Van Oijen, M., Ågren, G. I., Chertov, O., et al. (submitted). Evaluation of past and future changes in European forest growth by means of four process-based models. In: Causes and Consequences of Forest Growth Trends in Europe - Results of the RECOGNITION Project. (Eds Karjalainen, T. & Schuck, A.). Chapter 4.4. Brill.

Van Oijen, M., Prietzel, J., Ågren, G. I., et al. (submitted). A comparison of empirical and process-based modelling methods for analysing changes in European forest growth. In: Causes and Consequences of Forest Growth Trends in Europe - Results of the RECOGNITION Project. (Eds Karjalainen, T. & Schuck, A.). Chapter 5.1. Brill.

Milne, R., Van Oijen, M. (in press). A comparison of two modelling studies of environmental effects on forest carbon stocks across Europe. Annals of Forest Science.

Van Oijen, M., Cannell, M. G. R., Levy, P. E. (2004). Modelling biogeochemical cycles in forests: state of the art and perspectives. In: Towards the Sustainable Use of Europe's Forests - Forest Ecosystem and Landscape Research: Scientific Challenges and Opportunities Vol. 49 (eds Andersson, F., Birot, Y., Päivinen, R.), pp. 157-169. European Forest Institute.

Levy, P. E., Wendler, R., Van Oijen, M., et al. (2004). The effects of nitrogen enrichment on the carbon sink in coniferous forests: uncertainty and sensitivity analyses of three ecosystem models. Water, Air and Soil Pollution: Focus, 4, 67-74.

Van Oijen, M., Jandl, R. (2004). Nitrogen fluxes in two Norway spruce stands in Austria: An analysis by means of process-based modelling. Austrian Journal of Forest Science, 121, 167-182.

Grasslands

Van Oijen, M., Höglind, M., Hanslin, H.M. & Caldwell, N. (in press). Process-based modelling of timothy regrowth. Agronomy Journal.

Höglind, M., Hanslin, H. M., Van Oijen, M. (2005). Timothy regrowth, tillering and leaf area dynamics following spring harvest at two growth stages. Field Crops Research, 93, 51-63.

Dirks, B. O. M., Van Oijen, M., Schapendonk, A., et al. (2002). Temperature sensitivity of photosynthesis in Lolium perenne swards: A comparison of two methods for deriving photosynthetic parameters from in vivo measurements. Photosynthetica, 40, 405-413.

Crops De Temmerman, L., Vandermeiren, K. & Van Oijen, M. (submitted). Responses to the environment: Carbon dioxide. In: MacKerron, D.K.L. (Ed.), Potato Biology and Biotechnology.

Van Oijen, M., Dreccer, M. F., Firsching, K.-H., Schnieders, B. J. (2004). Simple equations for dynamic models of the effects of CO2 and O3 on light-use efficiency and growth of crops. Ecological Modelling, 179, 39-60.

Wolf, J., Van Oijen, M. (2003). Model simulation of effects of changes in climate and atmospheric CO2 and O3 on tuber yield potential of potato (cv. Bintje) in the European Union. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, 94, 141-157.

Wolf, J., van Oijen, M. (2002). Modelling the dependence of European potato yields on changes in climate and CO2. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 112, 217-231.

Wolf, J., van Oijen, M., Kempenaar, C. (2002) Analysis of the experimental variability in wheat responses to elevated CO2 and temperature. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment, 93, 227-247.