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, amongst 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 Geo Media and Design department 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 ( https://osgeo.nl).
PhD in Forest, Nature and Biomass, 2016
University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science
MSc. in Agricultural and Natural Environmental Sciences, 1996