Jan-Philip Maria Witte
Jan-Philip Maria Witte specializes in relationships between groundwater and terrestrial vegetation, with emphasis on the hydrological and ecological effects of both water management and climate change. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1998 with the thesis ''National water management and the value of nature.'' In 2004, Witte was awarded the prestigious four-year research price of the Wageningen University Fund for his article ''Scale dependency and fractal dimension of rarity" (Ecography 26: 60-68). Currently, he works as Principal Researcher at KWR Watercycle Research Institute, integrating the scientific disciplines hydrology, soil chemistry, and vegetation science. In March 2007, he was appointed as extraordinary Professor at the Group of Systems Ecology of the VU University Amsterdam. During his professional career, Witte published articles and technical reports about the ecological consequences of water management and climate change, effects of locale measures to rewet conservation areas, the relationship between vegetation and soil moisture and soil chemistry, scale and heterogeneity, methods to classify vegetation, indicator values of plant species for habitat factors, rarity, methods to quantify the conservation value of nature, and, finally, predictive ecohydrological models.
Biography Updated on 15 March 2011