Wieger Wamelink was born in 1966 in Winterswijk, The Netherlands. He got his master degree at the agricultural university of Wageningen in 1991 and his PhD in 2007. From 1994 onwards Dr. Wamelink has worked for Alterra and its predecessors, first as volunteer, and after several temporary contracts since 2000 in a permanent position. The research he conducts is mainly focused on the relations between vegetation and soil parameters, such as nitrogen and phosphorus availability or soil pH. Included in this scope are the combined effects of deposition and climate change on the vegetation and biodiversity, and the combined effects of abiotic conditions and fragmentation. Other key areas in his work are the effect of management on the vegetation and biodiversity, and the interaction between management and deposition. With his team of experts he developed three vegetation related models which (principles) are used in the Netherlands and Europe by several research groups and policy makers. In 2008 he was promoted to senior ecologist. Dr. Wamelink was involved in many projects both nationally as with international collaborators. Short descriptions of the most important ones are given below. His involvement led to over a hundred publications, including twenty in peer reviewed journals, of which many as first author. Since 2005 Dr. Wamelink lectures as a guest teacher in the MSc-course on vegetation modeling of the Wageningen University. He has given many presentations at international conferences and was e.g. an invited speaker at ‘Nitrogen the conference’ at Noordwijkerhout (NL) and at the ESA (Ecological Society of America) conference in San Jose (USA).
Biography Updated on 21 March 2011