Habitat variation and life history strategies of benthic invertebrates

R.J.M. Franken

Research output: Thesisinternal PhD, WU


The thesis considers two key aspects of lotic freshwater ecosystems, the physical microhabitat and organic matter dynamics. The first part focuses on the indirect effects of light and riparian canopy cover on shredder growth and productivity through the effect on the nutritional quality of the food source. The second part addresses the nature of differences in response to physical habitat structure and current velocity in common species of shredders. Three invertebrate shredder-detritivore species were selected as study organisms: the freshwater shrimp Gammarus pulex, the freshwater louse Asellus aquaticus and the stonefly Nemoura cinerea
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Wageningen University
  • Scheffer, Marten, Promotor
  • Peeters, Edwin, Co-promotor
Award date29 Jan 2008
Place of Publication[S.l.]
Print ISBNs9789085048688
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2008


  • aquatic invertebrates
  • benthos
  • streams
  • environmental factors
  • freshwater ecology
  • habitats
  • life history
  • velocity
  • substrates
  • gammarus pulex
  • plecoptera
  • riparian vegetation


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