Dr. Merel Jansen

Scientist (Geoökologie & Physische Geographie)


  • Deforestation related drought
  • Land-use change
  • Agroforestry and Non-timber forest products
  • Tropical forest
  • Ecological modelling
  • Population dynamics



Curriculum vitae

Since 2/2020

Postdoctoral researcher, Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoc Mobility Fellowship:

Geoecology and Physical Geography, iES Landau, University of Koblenz-Landau 

2019 International consultant, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Peru
2016-2019 Postdoctoral researcher, Ecosystem Management, ETH Zurich / Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Peru. Project: SUSTAIN

PhD candidate, personal PE&RC-NWO grant, Wageningen University, Center for Crop Systems Analysis / Forest Ecology and Forest Management

Thesis title: "Super-performance in a palm population"


M.Sc. Environmental Biology, Utrecht University, Graduated Cum Laude

Major thesis: "Strong persistent growth differences govern individual performance and population dynamics in a tropical forest understorey palm"

Minor thesis: "Experimental personality research in Okapis (Okapia johnstoni): An assessment of the possibilities and challenges"


B.Sc. Physics and Astronomy, Utrecht University

Thesis: "Phase transitions in the early universe"




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