dr.ir. CR (Cathelijne) Stoof

dr.ir. CR (Cathelijne) Stoof

Assistant Professor


I am specialized in pyrogeography - the interdisciplinary study of the distribution and functioning of wildland fire. I am the national delegate of The Netherlands to the EU Expert Group of Forest Fires, and coordinator of the Innovative Training Network PyroLife, that trains 15 early stage researchers to become the our new generation of integrated fire management experts. PyroLife fosters knowledge transfer from southern Europe to temperate Europe, and from cross-risk approaches including water management to fire. It thereby combines how the North solves community problems with fire knowledge from the European South, with a strong focus on diversity in terms of interdisciplinarity, science-practice links, geography and gender. With this, PyroLife trains early career professionals to understand fire, deal with uncertainty, communicate risks, and stimulate knowledge exchange to improve awareness and preparedness for current and future fire challenges.

Science communication

I actively engage the general public as well as public media to communicate my research to the broader public, and as such, I am a regular contributor to national and international media covering wildland fires on tv, radio, in newspapers and online. My favorite program is Jeugdjournaal (kids news program). For media requests, please get in touch with press officer Marieke Reijneker (marieke.reijneker@wur.nl).