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
2020 - Journal / article
Background: For decades, scientists have attempted to provide a sustainable development framework that integrates goals of environmental protection and human development. The Planetary Boundaries concept (PBc) – a framework to guide sustainable development – juxtaposes a 'safe operating space for humanity' and 'planetary boundaries', to achieve a goal that decades of research have yet to meet. We here investigate if PBc is suf...
2019 - Journal / article
Food production for a growing world population relies on application of fertilisers and pesticides on agricultural lands. However, these substances threaten surface water quality and thereby endanger valued ecosystem services such as drinking water supply, food production and recreational water use. Such deleterious effects do not merely arise on the local scale, but also on the regional scale through transport of substances a...
2018 - Journal / article
Water bodies in the urban landscape are omnipresent, with many being small, lentic waters such as ponds and lakes. Because of high anthropogenic forcing, these systems have poor water quality, with large consequences for the provisioning of ecosystem services. Understanding of the main pressures on urban water quality is key to successful management. We identify six pressures that we hypothesize to have strong links to anthrop...
2018 - Journal / article
“Everything changes and nothing stands still” (Heraclitus). Here we review three major improvements to freshwater aquatic ecosystem models — and ecological models in general — as water quality scenario analysis tools towards a sustainable future. To tackle the rapid and deeply connected dynamics characteristic of the Anthropocene, we argue for the inclusion of eco-evolutionary, novel ecosystem and social-ecological dynamics. T...