Dr. Esther Chang is from Toronto, Canada.  She received her Honours B.Sc. from the University of Toronto in Botany and English, where she also received her M.Sc. in Ecology.  In 2001, she moved to Groningen, the Netherlands, to pursue a Ph.D. degree in Ecology from the University of Groningen, which she successfully completed in 2006.  Her experience includes giving scientific writing courses through the Research School of Ecology and Evolution (RSEE) at the University of Groningen, peer review for numerous ecological journals, reviewer for the National Research Council of Romania (CNCS), supervision and mentoring of Bachelor and Master’s students at the University of Toronto and the University of Groningen, and a year teaching English in South Korea.  In addition to her academic background in science, writing has always been her passion.  She also speaks fluent Dutch and Korean, and basic French.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Encinas‐Viso, F., Alonso, D., Klironomos, J. N., Etienne, R. S., & Chang, E. R. 2015. Plant–mycorrhizal fungus co‐occurrence network lacks substantial structure. Oikos DOI: 10.1111/oik.02667.
  2. Chang, E. R., Veeneklaas, R. M., Bakker, J. P., Daniels, P., & Esselink, P.  2016. What factors determined restoration success of a salt marsh ten years after de‐embankment? Applied Vegetation Science 19: 66-77.
  3. Chang, E.R., Veeneklaas, R.M., Buitenwerf, R., Bakker, J.P. & Bouma, T.J.  2008.  To move or not to move:  determinants of seed retention in a tidal marsh.  Functional Ecology 22:  720-727.
  4. Chang, E.R., Veeneklaas, R.M. & Bakker, J.P.  2007.  Seed dynamics linked to variability in movement of tidal water.  Journal of Vegetation Science 18:  253-262.
  5. Chang, E.R., Zozaya, E.L., Kuijper, D.P.J. & Bakker J.P.  2005.  Seed dispersal by small herbivores and tidal water:  are they important filters in the assembly of salt-marsh communities?  Functional Ecology 19:  665-673.
  6. Wolters, M., Geertsema, J., Chang, E.R., Veeneklaas, R.M., Carey, P.D. & Bakker, J.P.  2004.  Astroturf seed traps for studying hydrochory.  Functional Ecology 18:  141-147.
  7. Chang, E.R., Jefferies, R.L. & Carleton, T.J.  2001.  Relationship between vegetation and soil seed banks in an arctic coastal marsh.  Journal of Ecology 89:  367-384.
  8. Chang, E.R., Dickinson, T.A. & Jefferies, R.L.  2000.  Seed flora of La Pérouse Bay, Manitoba, Canada:  a DELTA database of morphological and ecological characters.  Canadian Journal of Botany 78:  481-496.
  9. Wilson, D.J., van der Wal, R., Chang, E.R., Jensen, A. & Jefferies, R.L.  1999.  Urea hydrolysis and nitrification in arctic salt-marsh soils:  possible constraints on the growth of forage plants.  Écoscience 6:  72-78.

Other Publications

Chang, E.R.  1997.  Mapping Stephen Heighton.  Ink Magazine 3(2): 8-18.  (interview with the poet for arts and literature magazine)