I studied soil science at Wageningen University and worked on the development of soil physical measurement techniques. This resulted in widely used pedotransfer functions, which translate easily available soil-texture information into missing soil-physical information. Rewetting tropical peatlands was a subject in which I used my theoretical background to help solve practical problems. Over the years, I have published over 40 papers in scientific journals.
I enjoy using my knowledge for practical purposes, ranging from the rewetting of tropical peatlands to soil fertility in Africa. I like to link this knowledge with the expertise of other parties, like WWF, to work together in creating an appealing product. In that way we can contribute to the solution of major problems, such as CO2 emissions. Yes, the slogan ‘Science for impact’ certainly fits me like a glove.