Alumnus Erwin van der Klooster – MSc Earth and Environment

Erwin van der Klooster did the bachelor Soil, Water, Atmosphere, in which he chose to specialise in Soil. In 2009 he graduated from Wageningen University after having finished his MSc Earth and Environment with the specialisation Soil Geography and Earth Surface Dynamics.

In addition to the drilling investigations, I hope in the future to start investigate the earth science side of excavations.

Study choice

He made this choice because of his interest in processes that play part both on and in soil. "Wageningen as a small-scale university town attracted me, but especially Soil, Water, Atmosphere being a course focussing on processes of the earth near the earth's surface, rather than the deeper geology as given in other cities. Hence, there is a clear link with land use and spatial planning."


"After a student assistantship for the course ‘Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)’ at Wageningen University, I went to work at TenneT, the national grid operator. I had to perform GIS work which would support the environmental impact assessment of a power line from Diemen to the Eemshaven and a line of Doetinchem to Wesel in Germany. In this job, I really missed my passion for earth sciences. But in my current job in archaeology, it can come well into play."

Since 2011 Erwin works as prospector and GIS specialist at Archeodienst bv." I perform various drilling studies to map the archaeological potential of planning areas. This includes some desk research in which I study the landscape development of the planning area. Next to maps in the field of soil science and geomorphology (formation of the landscape) also many cultural historical maps play part. As such, one will experience a kind of journey through history!

In addition, I am concerned with all the data collected during excavations. From digital maps to databases containing information on the finds and traces. This way, 2D/3D maps can be linked to various administrative data from archaeological excavations. It will also make current maps become more lively.