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Prof. Dr. Rik Leemans (1957) heads the Environmental Systems Analysis group (www.esa.wur.nl) of Wageningen University, directs the WIMEK graduate school and chairs the Earth System Science Partnership (www.essp.org). He further contributes to several (inter)national committees concerned with various aspects of global change. He currently leads several multidisciplinary projects to develop integrated assessment models for global biodiversity and local/regional ecosystem vulnerability. He was involved in the assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and co-chaired the Response Option Working group of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.
His early studies at Uppsala University (Sweden) and the International Institute of Applied System Analyses (IIASA, Austria) emphasised modelling the structure and dynamics of boreal forests. During the nineties, he led the development of integrated earth system model, IMAGE-2 at the Dutch National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). His main research interests concern biodiversity, vegetation dynamics, land-use change, biogeochemical cycles, ecosystem services, vulnerability and sustainable development.
Dr. Leemans has published many papers on a wide range of topics, is member of editorial boards of scientific journals such as Climatic Change, Carbon Balance and Management and Solutions and is editor in-chief of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability.
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