Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University
I grew up on the countryside in Friesland, close to the Waddensea, a UNESCO world heritage site. Friesland is the most Northern province of the Netherlands and has its own language and culture. When I was little my nickname was 'Lifeguard Jan', because you could always find me strolling at the edge of an aquatic ecosystem. After a life changing travel to Costa Rica and voluntary work in Corcovado National Park I started my bachelor studies in Environmental Sciences at Utrecht University followed by a Master in Ecology & Natural Resources Management. During my Master studies I conducted an internship at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) where I contributed to the development of the GLOBIO modelling tool, which is part of the IMAGE integrated assessment modelling framework and used for global biodiversity impact assessments. I continued working with models during my interdisciplinary PhD studies at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) and Wageningen University. My personal and professional strength lies in collaborating with different experts and actors in transdisciplinary research. For that reason I now feel very much at home at the Stockholm Resilience Centre working as a researcher.
Scenarios and models task force-Fellow