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Up to 50-90 percent of tropical timber is still illegally harvested. To combat illegal timber trade, we need independent methods to verify the wood origin. However, tracing back the origin of timber on a concession scale is not yet possible. With the Timtrace project (www.timtrace.nl), we aim to develop methods to do wo. I will focus on the chemical analysis, using stable isotopes, trace elements and rare earth elements to improve the spatial resolution of chemical timber tracing.
Before starting at Wageningen University in March 2019, I completed both my BSc and MSc at Utrecht University with internships on forest ecology and forest restoration in French Guiana and Panama.