Koen Kramer appointed Professor of Quantitative Forest Genetics

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Koen Kramer appointed Professor of Quantitative Forest Genetics

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11 februari 2015

Koen Kramer has been named Professor (by special appointment) of Quantitative Forest Genetics by the Executive Board of Wageningen University. His chair is part of Frits Mohren’s Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group. Kramer’s appointment comes into effect on 1 March 2015, and has only just been announced.

The Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group carries out research into functional diversity, ecosystem services and the management of tropical and temperate zone forests. According to Frits Mohren, an expansion of this research into genetic analysis and the functional and quantitative interpretation of genetic diversity would be an important and essential research development. “It will enable us to analyse the adaptability of tree species and forest ecosystems and to determine the conditions for sustainable use more precisely,” he said. “This is important in relation to, for example, climate change, habitat fragmentation and overexploitation.”
By expanding the scope of their field of study, Mohren hopes to reinforce the chair group’s network both in Wageningen and internationally: “Koen is already very much involved in various European projects. This is important when it comes to forest management issues specific to the Netherlands, such as choice of tree species and their sourcing in light of fragmentation of forest expanses, increasing drought, climate change and the more intensive use of forests. His appointment will also allow us to give a new boost to BSc and MSc courses. Because Koen has worked at Alterra, collaboration between the university and Alterra will also be intensified.”
An appointment for 0.2 FTE means, however, that strategic choices will need to be made from the many relevant topics. Frits Mohren: “I expect Koen to be just the person to tackle this work effectively and productively. So I’m looking forward to exploring and working on this exciting and important new research field with him and other colleagues.”