From my blog

Import GBIF data in QGIS

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility ( GBIF) is an international open data infrastructure that allows anyone, anywhere to access data about all types of life on Earth, shared across national boundaries via the Internet.

Interactive dashboards with R

Dashboards provide a great way to communicate information and insights about a particular set of data, or combination of data sets. Within the R ecosystem, there are various tools to build interactive dashboards. In this blogpost, I provide an example of a static, but interactive dashboard build in R.

Linking spatial and non-spatial dataframes

When linking a spatial dataframe and a non-spatial dataframe in R using the the dplyr syntax, note that the order in which you do this matters.

Access soilgrid data using the WCS protocol

The soil data layers from provides access to grid layers representing the spatial distribution of soil properties across the globe. There are various ways to access this data, including the Web Coverage Service (WCS) protocol. This post provides an example of how to use the OWSLib pacakge to access soil grid layers for your area of interest.
Paulo van Breugel

Paulo van Breugel

Lecturer & researcher

HAS University of Applied Sciences


I have a professional background and personal interest in forest, landscape and macro-ecology, eco- and biogeography and conservation and sustainable management of natural resources. My research interests are in the use of spatial patterns and processes in our natural and man-made environment, and how we can apply this knowledge to support and improve the use and management of our (natural) environment.

I have lived and worked in Syria, Brazil, Kenya with, among others, Bioversity International, the World Agroforestry Centre, Sao Paulo University, Copenhagen University and the International Livestock Research Institute.

I currently live in the beautiful city ’s Hertogenbosch in the south of the Netherlands. I am lecturer at the Applied Geo-information Science program of the HAS University of Applied Sciences, where I teach topics such as spatial data analysis and biodiversity. In addition, I am member of the expertise network of the lectorate Innovative Bio-Monitoring, a collaboration between the HAS and Naturalis.

I strongly believe in the importance of open data and the benefits of open source software. I am charter member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation ( OSGeo), and secretary of the Dutch chapter of OSGeo (


  • Landscape and forest ecology
  • Biodiversity & nature conservation and sustainable use
  • Spatial (data) analysis and visualisation
  • Open source and open data


  • PhD in Forest, Nature and Biomass, 2016

    University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science

  • MSc. in Agricultural and Natural Environmental Sciences, 1996

    Wageningen University