Who am I?
professor Land Dynamics: As
an associated professor in the Land Dynamics Group of
1. Integrated assessment of agricultural systems: Agricultural systems are highly complex systems that vary widely in space and time. As scientist we try to understand these systems and describe them in simulation models. These simulation models can be used for scenario analysis to evaluate the potential of new technologies or policies.
Starting from an assessment of soil nutrient depletion in sub-Saharan
3. Digital soil mapping: In several projects there was a need for soil information. In some cases, traditional soil surveying techniques were used. In other cases this was practically impossible. We therefore started to explore the possibility to apply digital soil mapping. In some cases, it proved to be an excellent tool, in other cases the results were rather disappointing. Despite the disappointments it was interesting enough to pursue this line of research in the future.
4. Precision agriculture: How can we increase the efficiency of modern production systems? A possible answer to this question is to increase the efficiency of the farming system in space and time through precision agriculture. The Costa Rican banana system proved to be an excellent case to implement precision agriculture with large plantations and sufficient soil variation. In addition, there is significant pressure on the producers to improve their farming system.
Member of the
Runner: Since high school I have always enjoyed running. Only recently I took up serious running. This year I finished my 10th marathon. The marathon is my ultimate challenge to really deplete your energy levels and still be able to keep going. My favorite marathon is the midwintermarathon due to the natural character of its course and the harsh conditions.
Rower: As soon as I moved to Wageningen in 1983, I started rowing. I had a fantastic three years rowing competitively at the WSR-Argo with 8 blikken (i.e., first place medals). After returning to Wageningen in 1996 I took up rowing again, now at WSV-Vada. It remains a fantastic feeling to row.