Dr Thorsten Balke

  • Lecturer in Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology (School of Geographical & Earth Sciences)

Research interests

As a physical geographer I am keen to improve process understanding of dynamic lanscapes at various spatial and temporal scales .

My research group adopts a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to better understand the linkages between ecological, geomorphological/hydrological and anthropogenic processes in coastal and riparian landscapes. Our research is aimed at solving real world problems with societal relevance in times of climate change under the umbrella of Applied Biogeomorphology

 

 

 

Key words:

  • Biogeomorphology and biophysical interactions
  • Mangroves, salt marshes, dunes, riparian floodplains
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Management of dynamic landscapes
  • Ecosystem services
  • Disturbance and seedling ecology
  • Coastal environmental change
  • Plant ecology and phenology

Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011
Number of items: 23.

2019

Balke, T. and Nilsson, C. (2019) Increasing synchrony of annual river-flood peaks and growing season in Europe. Geophysical Research Letters, (doi:10.1029/2019GL084612) (Early Online Publication)

Curnick, D. J. et al. (2019) The value of small mangrove patches. Science, 363(6424), p. 239. (doi:10.1126/science.aaw0809) (PMID:30655434)

2018

Zielinski, O., Meier, D., Lõhmus, K., Balke, T. , Kleyer, M. and Hillebrand, H. (2018) Environmental conditions of a salt-marsh biodiversity experiment on the island of Spiekeroog (Germany). Earth System Science Data, 10(4), pp. 1843-1858. (doi:10.5194/essd-10-1843-2018)

Redelstein, R., Zotz, G. and Balke, T. (2018) Seedling stability in waterlogged sediments: an experiment with saltmarsh plants. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 590, pp. 95-108. (doi:10.3354/meps12463)

Cao, H., Zhu, Z., Balke, T. , Zhang, L. and Bouma, T. J. (2018) Effects of sediment disturbance regimes on Spartina seedling establishment: implications for salt marsh creation and restoration. Limnology and Oceanography, 63(2), pp. 647-659. (doi:10.1002/lno.10657)

2017

Balke, T. , Lõhmus, K., Hillebrand, H., Zielinski, O., Haynert, K., Meier, D., Hodapp, D., Minden, V. and Kleyer, M. (2017) Experimental salt marsh islands: a model system for novel metacommunity experiments. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 198(Part A), pp. 288-298. (doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2017.09.021)

2016

Bouma, T.J. et al. (2016) Short-term mudflat dynamics drive long-term cyclic salt marsh dynamics. Limnology and Oceanography, 61(6), pp. 2261-2275. (doi:10.1002/lno.10374)

Balke, T. , Stock, M., Jensen, K., Bouma, T. J. and Kleyer, M. (2016) A global analysis of the seaward salt marsh extent: the importance of tidal range. Water Resources Research, 52(5), pp. 3775-3786. (doi:10.1002/2015WR018318)

Balke, T. and Friess, D. A. (2016) Geomorphic knowledge for mangrove restoration: a pan-tropical categorization. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 41(2), pp. 231-239. (doi:10.1002/esp.3841)

2015

Corenblit, D. et al. (2015) Engineer pioneer plants respond to and affect geomorphic constraints similarly along water-terrestrial interfaces world-wide. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24(12), pp. 1363-1376. (doi:10.1111/geb.12373)

van Wesenbeeck, B.K., Balke, T. , van Eijk, P., Tonneijck, F., Siry, H.Y., Rudianto, M.E. and Winterwerp, J.C. (2015) Aquaculture induced erosion of tropical coastlines throws coastal communities back into poverty. Ocean and Coastal Management, 116, pp. 466-469. (doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.09.004)

Hu, Z., van Belzen, J., van der Wal, D., Balke, T. , Wang, Z. B., Stive, M. and Bouma, T. J. (2015) Windows of opportunity for salt marsh vegetation establishment on bare tidal flats: the importance of temporal and spatial variability in hydrodynamic forcing. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 120(7), pp. 1450-1469. (doi:10.1002/2014JG002870)

Balke, T. , Swales, A., Lovelock, C. E., Herman, P. M.J. and Bouma, T. J. (2015) Limits to seaward expansion of mangroves: translating physical disturbance mechanisms into seedling survival gradients. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 467, pp. 16-25. (doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2015.02.015)

2014

Balke, T. , Herman, P. M. J. and Bouma, T. J. (2014) Critical transitions in disturbance-driven ecosystems: identifying windows of opportunity for recovery. Journal of Ecology, 102(3), pp. 700-708. (doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12241)

Bouma, T. J. et al. (2014) Identifying knowledge gaps hampering application of intertidal habitats in coastal protection: opportunities & steps to take. Coastal Engineering, 87, pp. 147-157. (doi:10.1016/j.coastaleng.2013.11.014)

2013

Balke, T. , Bouma, T. J., Herman, P.M.J., Horstman, E. M., Sudtongkong, C. and Webb, E. L. (2013) Cross-shore gradients of physical disturbance in mangroves: implications for seedling establishment. Biogeosciences, 10(8), pp. 5411-5419. (doi:10.5194/bg-10-5411-2013)

Balke, T. , Webb, E. L., van den Elzen, E., Galli, D., Herman, P. M. J. and Bouma, T. J. (2013) Seedling establishment in a dynamic sedimentary environment: a conceptual framework using mangroves. Journal of Applied Ecology, 50(3), pp. 740-747. (doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12067) (PMID:23894211) (PMCID:PMC3712466)

Van der Stocken, T., De Ryck, D. J. R., Balke, T. , Bouma, T. J., Dahdouh-Guebas, F. and Koedam, N. (2013) The role of wind in hydrochorous mangrove propagule dispersal. Biogeosciences, 10(6), pp. 3635-3647. (doi:10.5194/bg-10-3635-2013)

Bouma, T.J. et al. (2013) Organism traits determine the strength of scale-dependent bio-geomorphic feedbacks: a flume study on three intertidal plant species. Geomorphology, 180-18, pp. 57-65. (doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.09.005)

2012

Balke, T. , Klaassen, P. C., Garbutt, A., van der Wal, D., Herman, P. M.J. and Bouma, T. J. (2012) Conditional outcome of ecosystem engineering: a case study on tussocks of the salt marsh pioneer Spartina anglica. Geomorphology, 153-54, pp. 232-238. (doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.03.002)

Friess, D. A., Krauss, K. W., Horstman, E. M., Balke, T. , Bouma, T. J., Galli, D. and Webb, E. L. (2012) Are all intertidal wetlands naturally created equal? Bottlenecks, thresholds and knowledge gaps to mangrove and saltmarsh ecosystems. Biological Reviews, 87(2), pp. 346-366. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-185X.2011.00198.x) (PMID:21923637)

2011

Balke, T. , Bouma, T.J., Horstman, E.M., Webb, E.L., Erftemeijer, P.L.A. and Herman, P.M.J. (2011) Windows of opportunity: thresholds to mangrove seedling establishment on tidal flats. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 440, pp. 1-9. (doi:10.3354/meps09364)

Vandenbruwaene, W. et al. (2011) Flow interaction with dynamic vegetation patches: Implications for biogeomorphic evolution of a tidal landscape. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116(F1), (doi:10.1029/2010JF001788)

This list was generated on Wed Nov 13 01:27:26 2019 GMT.
Jump to: Articles
Number of items: 23.

Articles

Balke, T. and Nilsson, C. (2019) Increasing synchrony of annual river-flood peaks and growing season in Europe. Geophysical Research Letters, (doi:10.1029/2019GL084612) (Early Online Publication)

Curnick, D. J. et al. (2019) The value of small mangrove patches. Science, 363(6424), p. 239. (doi:10.1126/science.aaw0809) (PMID:30655434)

Zielinski, O., Meier, D., Lõhmus, K., Balke, T. , Kleyer, M. and Hillebrand, H. (2018) Environmental conditions of a salt-marsh biodiversity experiment on the island of Spiekeroog (Germany). Earth System Science Data, 10(4), pp. 1843-1858. (doi:10.5194/essd-10-1843-2018)

Redelstein, R., Zotz, G. and Balke, T. (2018) Seedling stability in waterlogged sediments: an experiment with saltmarsh plants. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 590, pp. 95-108. (doi:10.3354/meps12463)

Cao, H., Zhu, Z., Balke, T. , Zhang, L. and Bouma, T. J. (2018) Effects of sediment disturbance regimes on Spartina seedling establishment: implications for salt marsh creation and restoration. Limnology and Oceanography, 63(2), pp. 647-659. (doi:10.1002/lno.10657)

Balke, T. , Lõhmus, K., Hillebrand, H., Zielinski, O., Haynert, K., Meier, D., Hodapp, D., Minden, V. and Kleyer, M. (2017) Experimental salt marsh islands: a model system for novel metacommunity experiments. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 198(Part A), pp. 288-298. (doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2017.09.021)

Bouma, T.J. et al. (2016) Short-term mudflat dynamics drive long-term cyclic salt marsh dynamics. Limnology and Oceanography, 61(6), pp. 2261-2275. (doi:10.1002/lno.10374)

Balke, T. , Stock, M., Jensen, K., Bouma, T. J. and Kleyer, M. (2016) A global analysis of the seaward salt marsh extent: the importance of tidal range. Water Resources Research, 52(5), pp. 3775-3786. (doi:10.1002/2015WR018318)

Balke, T. and Friess, D. A. (2016) Geomorphic knowledge for mangrove restoration: a pan-tropical categorization. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 41(2), pp. 231-239. (doi:10.1002/esp.3841)

Corenblit, D. et al. (2015) Engineer pioneer plants respond to and affect geomorphic constraints similarly along water-terrestrial interfaces world-wide. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24(12), pp. 1363-1376. (doi:10.1111/geb.12373)

van Wesenbeeck, B.K., Balke, T. , van Eijk, P., Tonneijck, F., Siry, H.Y., Rudianto, M.E. and Winterwerp, J.C. (2015) Aquaculture induced erosion of tropical coastlines throws coastal communities back into poverty. Ocean and Coastal Management, 116, pp. 466-469. (doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.09.004)

Hu, Z., van Belzen, J., van der Wal, D., Balke, T. , Wang, Z. B., Stive, M. and Bouma, T. J. (2015) Windows of opportunity for salt marsh vegetation establishment on bare tidal flats: the importance of temporal and spatial variability in hydrodynamic forcing. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 120(7), pp. 1450-1469. (doi:10.1002/2014JG002870)

Balke, T. , Swales, A., Lovelock, C. E., Herman, P. M.J. and Bouma, T. J. (2015) Limits to seaward expansion of mangroves: translating physical disturbance mechanisms into seedling survival gradients. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 467, pp. 16-25. (doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2015.02.015)

Balke, T. , Herman, P. M. J. and Bouma, T. J. (2014) Critical transitions in disturbance-driven ecosystems: identifying windows of opportunity for recovery. Journal of Ecology, 102(3), pp. 700-708. (doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12241)

Bouma, T. J. et al. (2014) Identifying knowledge gaps hampering application of intertidal habitats in coastal protection: opportunities & steps to take. Coastal Engineering, 87, pp. 147-157. (doi:10.1016/j.coastaleng.2013.11.014)

Balke, T. , Bouma, T. J., Herman, P.M.J., Horstman, E. M., Sudtongkong, C. and Webb, E. L. (2013) Cross-shore gradients of physical disturbance in mangroves: implications for seedling establishment. Biogeosciences, 10(8), pp. 5411-5419. (doi:10.5194/bg-10-5411-2013)

Balke, T. , Webb, E. L., van den Elzen, E., Galli, D., Herman, P. M. J. and Bouma, T. J. (2013) Seedling establishment in a dynamic sedimentary environment: a conceptual framework using mangroves. Journal of Applied Ecology, 50(3), pp. 740-747. (doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12067) (PMID:23894211) (PMCID:PMC3712466)

Van der Stocken, T., De Ryck, D. J. R., Balke, T. , Bouma, T. J., Dahdouh-Guebas, F. and Koedam, N. (2013) The role of wind in hydrochorous mangrove propagule dispersal. Biogeosciences, 10(6), pp. 3635-3647. (doi:10.5194/bg-10-3635-2013)

Bouma, T.J. et al. (2013) Organism traits determine the strength of scale-dependent bio-geomorphic feedbacks: a flume study on three intertidal plant species. Geomorphology, 180-18, pp. 57-65. (doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.09.005)

Balke, T. , Klaassen, P. C., Garbutt, A., van der Wal, D., Herman, P. M.J. and Bouma, T. J. (2012) Conditional outcome of ecosystem engineering: a case study on tussocks of the salt marsh pioneer Spartina anglica. Geomorphology, 153-54, pp. 232-238. (doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2012.03.002)

Friess, D. A., Krauss, K. W., Horstman, E. M., Balke, T. , Bouma, T. J., Galli, D. and Webb, E. L. (2012) Are all intertidal wetlands naturally created equal? Bottlenecks, thresholds and knowledge gaps to mangrove and saltmarsh ecosystems. Biological Reviews, 87(2), pp. 346-366. (doi:10.1111/j.1469-185X.2011.00198.x) (PMID:21923637)

Balke, T. , Bouma, T.J., Horstman, E.M., Webb, E.L., Erftemeijer, P.L.A. and Herman, P.M.J. (2011) Windows of opportunity: thresholds to mangrove seedling establishment on tidal flats. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 440, pp. 1-9. (doi:10.3354/meps09364)

Vandenbruwaene, W. et al. (2011) Flow interaction with dynamic vegetation patches: Implications for biogeomorphic evolution of a tidal landscape. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116(F1), (doi:10.1029/2010JF001788)

This list was generated on Wed Nov 13 01:27:26 2019 GMT.

Grants

Obtained funding at Glasgow University:

 

2019

Co-I on £15.2m GCRF Living Deltas Hub (2019-2024)

Work Package 4: Develop delta-level interventions to respond to and mitigate against foreseeable coastal system tipping points

 

Co-I on Volkswagen Foundation (off-the-beaten-track) (€121k to UoG ) as part of a €409k project: Grafted Root Interaction Networks: Kropotkin’s garden: Networking beats competition in the struggle for limited resources (2019-2021)

 

2018

Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant (£9,883) Plant phenology and coastal dynamics in a changing climate (Scotland) (2018-2019)

Co-I on EU H2020 HYDRALAB+ access grant for a large scale flume experiment: Hydrodynamics at coastal wetland edges (2018)

UoG CoSE Rewards for Excellence (£10,000) Developing sensors for long-term monitoring of mechanical stress on intertidal plants (2018)

 

2017

Co-I on NERC/Newton Fund (£286k /£370k FEC contribution) as part of a £780k project: MOnitoring Mangrove ExteNT & Services (MOMENTS): What is controlling Tipping Points? (Indonesia, Vietnam: 2017-2020)

 

 


Supervision

Primary supervision:

PhD students:

Marta Argemi Cierco

 

Postdocs:

Alejandra Vovides


Teaching

  • Environmental history, hazards and urban physical geography, coastal processes (L2 Geography)
  • Sediment laboratory course (L2 Geography)
  • Biogeography of Europe (10 credit honours option)
  • Nature Conservation in Europe (10 credit honours option)
  • Residential field class (L2 Geography)
  • Geography summer school
  • Undergraduate dissertation coordinator (L3/4 Geography)
  • Research Skills (L3 Geography)
  • Ecology and Restoration (Sustinable Water Evironments MSc.)

Additional information

PhD, Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands)

Diplom Geographer (equiv. MSc), Leibniz University Hanover (Germany)