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Jan 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).
Jan 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, Jan 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).
Jan 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:
van Gerven, L.P.A, Kuiper, J., Mooij, W.M., et.al.
2018 - Journal / article
A long‐standing debate in ecology deals with the role of nitrogen and phosphorus in management and restoration of aquatic ecosystems. It has been argued that nutrient reduction strategies to combat blooms of phytoplankton or floating plants should solely focus on phosphorus (P). The underlying argument is that reducing nitrogen (N) inputs is ineffective because N2‐fixing species will compensate for N deficits, thus perpetuatin...
Peterson, G. D., Z. V. Harmackova, M. Meacham, C. Queiroz, A. Jiménez Aceituno, J. J. Kuiper, K. Malmborg, N. E. Sitas, and E. M. Bennett.
2018 - Journal / article
A recent paper by Díaz et al. (2018 a ) presented “nature’s contributions to people,” a conceptual framework developed within the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The authors wrote that it could nurture a paradigm shift from the concept of ecosystem services. The paper has sparked quick reactions including a critical editorial response in the journal Ecosystem Services...