Kuiper is a postdoctoral fellow under the Wallenberg Foundation Research Exchange program on Natural Capital, Resilience and Biosphere Stewardship, which is jointly hosted by Stanford University and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. His research focus is on integrating scenario planning methods with ecosystem service models to foster informed decision making, building upon the interdisciplinary research of the Natural Capital Project and the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS).
Kuiper completed his doctoral research at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology and Wageningen University, studying the resilience and regime shifts in aquatic ecosystems. In close collaboration with water quality managers and other stakeholders, he developed and applied dynamic modelling tools to quantify ecosystem resilience and predict the occurrence of abrupt regime shifts. Besides integrated modelling, Kuiper has a strong interest in biodiversity research. Previously he empirically studied the functional role of biodiversity in peatland ecosystems, contributed to the development of the Global Biodiversity model for policy support (GLOBIO), and worked as a consultant for the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).
Kuiper is a member of the Aquatic Ecosystem Modelling Network (AEMON) and part of the development team of the integrated ecosystem model PCLake.
Awards and achievements:
Research news | 2020-09-24
Humanity relies on nature in a wide variety of ways. Opening up a diversity of perspectives is critical to identify pathways towards desirable futures
General news | 2020-06-04
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services rewarded for its “assiduous and scientifically credible work”. Centre staff has been deeply involved in the platform’s work
Research news | 2020-03-19
Four-year programme receives SEK 64 million from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra)
Research news | 2020-03-02
Researchers dissect body of literature on existing frameworks such as Planetary Boundaries, and shed light on its shortcomings