Wim van der Putten is an "internationally recognised leader in the field of soil ecology", according to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). In recognition for his achievement, he has been elected as one of sixteen new Academy-members.
Prof. dr Wim van der Putten (1958) is head of the department of Terrestrial Ecology at the NIOO. He also is professor by special appointment in Functional Biodiversity at Wageningen UR at Nematology. According to the KNAW, Wim van der Putten is internationally recognized as one of the leaders in the field of soil ecology. He has pioneered in unravelling the role of soil-borne pathogens in the natural development of vegetation. His research had increased the understanding of the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems, the influence of biodiversity and a more accurate prediction of the adaptation of vegetation to climate change. His linking of above- and belowground interactions even brought about a new subdiscipline in soil ecology.
Van der Putten is the 11th still active Wageningen professor to be a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
New members are nominated by colleagues within and outside KNAW and are elected by KNAW members. Membership is granted for life. The inauguration ceremony of the new members will be on Monday 28th September 2015 at the ‘Trippenhuis’ in Amsterdam.