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Profile summary

  • Ecosystem services
  • Scenarios
  • Resilience
  • Regime shifts
  • Participatory modelling
  • Biodiversity
  • Freshwater ecology

Jan Kuiper's research focuses on ecosystem service models and social-ecological scenarios

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:

  • MCED Award for Innovative Contributions to Ecological Modelling (1st prize, 2016)
  • Publication Award Netherlands Ecological Research Network (2nd prize, 2016)
  • Publication Award Graduate School for Production Ecology and Resource Conservation (1st prize, 2015)

Publications by Kuiper, Jan