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.
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.”