Staff

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Rik
van den Bosch

Director
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Godert
van Lynden

Deputy Director. Land Degradation & Sustainable Land management.
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Yolanda
Karpes

Secretariat
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Zhanguo
Bai

Senior reseacher / Soil and land degradation assessment and restoration
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Niels H.
Batjes

Senior Soil Scientist / Coordinator World Data Centre for Soils
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Andries
Bosma

Manager External Relations
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Luís
Duque Moreira de Sousa

Geoinformatics
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Ingrid
Haas

Webmaster and programmer
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Gerard
Heuvelink

Pedometrics and Digital Soil Mapping
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Bas
Kempen

Soil mapping specialist
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Johan
Leenaars

Soil scientist (agropedologist)
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Stephan
Mantel

Sustainable land management, Head of World Soil Museum
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Jorge
Mendes de Jesus

Programmer
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L (Livija)
Petrovic

Volunteer, library
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Laura
Poggio

Digital soil mapping
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Eloi
Ribeiro

Geoinformatics
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María
Ruiperez Gonzalez

Remote Sensing, GIS and Soil mapping
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Ulan
Turdukulov

Earth informatics
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Fenny
van Egmond

Acquisition, Soil sensing
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Jan
van Kleef

Monolith preparation
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Cynthia
van Leeuwen

PhD student

Guest researchers

Jiaying Cheng

[2019/01 - 2019/10]

Jiaying is an associate professor at the resource and environmental college, Huazhong Agricultural University, China. During his stay at ISRIC, Jiaying completed a soil map of Jiangxi province, combining SoilGrids covariates and outputs. He was also interested in using proximal sensing data (pXRF and spectrum) to improve digital soil mapping. Scientific support was provided by Gerard Heuvelink, Luís Duque Moreira de Sousa, and Fenny van Egmond.

Jiaying's guest research at  ISRIC was sponsored by the Chinese Scholarship Council.

 

Matthanje Kolhoff

[2019/06 - 2019/07]

Matthanje is a recent graduate of Wageningen University (MSc – International Land- and Water Management). Her main tasks as a ‘student assistant’ were to contribute to the DATA (WoSIS) project and to work on metadata in support of the ISRIC Soil Data Hub. Her work was supervised by Eloi Ribeiro under general direction from Niels Batjes.

Yuri Gelsleichter

[2019/02 - 2019/08]

Yuri is an Environmental Engineer with a background in Remote Sensing and GIS. He is a PhD candidate at Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro focusing on Proximal Soil Sensing. He is also involved with the Brazilian soil database and aims to contribute to the Universal Soil Classification System.

In 2019, Yuri joined ISRIC as guest researcher to contribute to modeling and digital soil mapping. His stay was made possible through a fellowship awarded by the Climate Food and Farming Network (CLIFF) and the Global Research Alliance (GRA). 

AJM (Ad) van Oostrum, MSc

[2016/10 - present]

Ad has more than 30 years experience in soil, plant and water analysis, and assessment of reliability of laboratory data, including consultancy in laboratory methods and quality management in developing countries.

Ad joined the International Soil Museum in Utrecht in 1971. His main focus while at ISRIC was on data quality, documentation, and the development and use of collections.

Ad retired in September 2016. Since that time, as a guest researcher, he provides special support on 'soil analytical methods' to the DATA (WoSIS) project.

 

Angela Bedard-Haughn, PhD

[2017/04- 2017/07]

Angela is a Professor of Soil Science in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. During her guest research, Angela worked on the development of a gridded soil map for Saskatchewan, including identification and evaluation of the optimum Digital Soil Mapping technique(s) for the low-relief Canadian prairies. She was also interested in collaborating on development of interoperable soil information systems to facilitate integration among different data repositories, nationally and internationally.

Scientific support was provided by Gerard Heuvelink, Niels Batjes, and Eloi Ribeiro.

Francis Silatsa Tedou, MSc

[2017/01-2017/12/]

Francis Silatsa, from Cameroon, stayed at ISRIC while a PhD student. During his stay, he completed/validated the soil profile database for Cameroon,  and learned data analysis techniques for the production of soil maps for Cameroon at a spatial resolution of 100 m, to a depth of 200 cm. His work was supervised by Tom Hengl.

Alessandro Samuel Rosa, MSc

[2014/01 - 2014/12]

Alessandro came to ISRIC as a guest researcher sponsored by the CAPES Foundation, Ministry of Education of Brazil. He was a PhD student at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; part of his PhD research project at ISRIC was developed under the supervision of Dr. Gerard Heuvelink.

The general objective of his research was to evaluate the main sources of uncertainty in digital soil mapping. 

Andrew M Sila, MSc

[2014/03 - 2014/04]

Andrew came to ISRIC as a Postdoc Researcher from World Agroforesty Centre (ICRAF, Kenya). Andrew extended the soil spectroscopy package and assisted the ISRIC-AfSIS team in developing and documenting a Soil Spectral Reference Library as a part of the GSIF package and providing a well-organized spectral reference library for use by AfSIS for digital mapping purposes. Assistance was provided by Tom Hengl.

CC (Cristine) Muggler, Prof

[2011/01 - 2012/01]

Cristine, an Associate Professor at the Soil Science Department of Federal University of Viçosa, Minas Gerais (Brazil), worked on the World Soil Museum during her sabbatical at ISRIC.

 

CJE (Nynke) Schulp, PhD

[2010/04 - 2012/04]

Nynke, an employee of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), worked on a part-time basis as a guest researcher at ISRIC. She contributed to a cooperation project with PBL on ‘Global Modelling of Soil Degradation and the Impact on Ecosystem Services.’

While at ISRIC, she worked mainly with Stephan Mantel.

E (Eliana) de Souza, PhD

[2013/08 - 2015/04]

Eliana first came to ISRIC in 2012 to work on her PhD (Fed. University of Viçosa) on “digital soil mapping” and to acquire experience in producing soil property and class maps with special attention for the Rio Doce Basin, Minas Gerais. Her stay was funded by the Brazilian CAPES foundation.

After having obtained her Doctorate, Eliana returned to ISRIC as a guest researcher (2013-2015) for further research on ‘Pedometric Mapping for Brazil’.

Kevin Vaysse, MSc

[2014/04 - 2014/07]

Kevin, a PhD student from France, worked on the development of digital soil mapping methods for soil properties to improve soil data at the regional scale.

His advisors at ISRIC were Gerard Heuvelink and Tom Hengl.

L (Laura) Battle Bayer, MSc

[2009/05 - 2010/04]

Laura, from Spain, an agronomist by training, worked as a Guest Researcher on “soil carbon dynamics”. This included the development and testing of a summary-model of soil organic carbon dynamics focusing on defined land use changes in the Brazilian Cerrado.

An important aim of the ‘scholarship’ was to a write peer-reviewed paper on this subject. In addition to this, several proposals for follow up studies were prepared respectively submitted for possible external funding.

ISRIC provided a stipend, working facilities and scientific support. Niels Batjes acted as her supervisor.

Milan Kilibarda, PhD

[2013/05 - 2013/06]

Milan is a teaching assistant in Cartography, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Geodesy and Geoinformatics, University of Belgrade.

As a guest researcher, he worked on Digital Soil Mapping; scientific support was provided by Tom Hengl.

 

 

N (Nikolay) Rybalskiy, MSc

[2011/03 - 2011/08]

Nikolay, a guest researcher from Moscow State University, worked on the development of a SOTER database for a section of Russia. He also contributed to field work in Russia for the SOLEX project.

Scientific support was provided by Vincent van Engelen and Koos Dijkshoorn.

N (Nikoo) Hamzehpour, MSc

[2011/03 - 2011/09]

Nikoo Hamzehpour, a guest researcher from Iran (Tarbiat Modares University), worked on her PhD project "Evaluating spatial variability of soil salinity in Uromieh Plain".

Scientific advise was provided by Tom Hengl.

Paddikal Chandran, PhD

[2011/01 - 2011/03]

Dr Paddikal Chandran came to further his knowledge of soil and terrain databases (SOTER) and to get acquainted with various research institutes in the Netherlands.

During his stay Dr Chandran has developed an updated SOTER database for the Indo Gangetic Plains (IGP), India, building on earlier SOTER-related work for the international GEF-SOC project. Dr Chandran obtained funds for his visit to ISRIC under the World Bank funded National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP); ISRIC provided facilities and scientific support (Koos Dijkshoorn).

Priyabatra Santra, PhD

[2013/09 - 2013/12]

Dr Priyabrata Santra came to ISRIC to learn advanced research areas in geoinformatics. He worked on spatial assessment of soil properties using digital soil mapping techniques. Soil organic carbon content has been assessed by him at six different spatial scales starting from farmer’s field to national scale in India using geostatistical techniques. He also developed a web based GIS for Arid Western India to estimate soil water retention based on apedotransfer function model and digital soil maps (paper).

His visit at ISRIC was funded by world bank funded NAIP project in ICAR, India.

His research work at ISRIC was supported by Gerard Heuvelink and Niels Batjes.

Uttam Kumar Mandal, PhD

[2013/09 - 2013/12]

Dr Uttam Kumar Mandal, a soil scientist by profession, came to ISRIC to get acquainted with advanced applications of Geo-informatics in the field of natural resources management. He learnt geo-statistical soil mapping techniques and developed the soil organic carbon stock map for Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh. He also worked on the digital soil and terrain (SOTER) units for West Bengal state. Further, he assessed spatio-temporal changes in land use land cover of Sundarbans using satellite imagery.

His visit at ISRIC was funded by the World Bank funded NAIP Project under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

His work at ISRIC was facilitated by Gerard Heuvelink and Niels Batjes.

Wei Shangguan, PhD

[2014/10-2015/10]

Wei came to ISRIC as a guest researcher sponsored by the Chinese Scholarship Council.

Wei is an associate professor at the Beijing Normal University, China, and participated in several ongoing projects, such as Global Soil Information Facilities at ISRIC under the supervision of Tom Hengl and Gerard Heuvelink.

Dr Shangguan's research interests includes soil geography and soil physics, focusing on soil mapping.

During his guest research at ISRIC, Wei worked on a mapping the global soil depth and the soils of China.

PhD-candidates supervised by ISRIC staff

ISRIC is a science-based organisation that provides its services using state-of-the-art scientific methods. ISRIC staff regularly present their work at international scientific conferences and publish in the peer-reviewed international scientific literature. For fundamental research ISRIC also has a collaboration with Wageningen University through the appointment of a special professor and membership of ISRIC staff in a Wageningen University graduate school. As part of this collaboration multiple PhD-research projects are being conducted.

 

 

PhD candidates

Cynthia van Leeuwen

[2019-2023]

I am a PhD candidate at ISRIC, where I work under the supervision of dr ir Gerard Heuvelink (promotor), dr ir Titia Mulder (co-promotor) and ir Niels Batjes (supervisor) on the development of a soil information system that stores uncertainty information in full, through probability distributions. 

Yingxia Liu

Yingxia Liu

[2017 - present]

Yingxia is a PhD candidate at WUR and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS, China). The general objective of her PhD research is 'space-time statistical analysis and modelling of nitrogen use efficiency indicators of China'. Yingxia is supervised by Gerard Heuvelink, Zhanguo Bai and Ping He (CAAS). 

Luc Steinbuch, MSc

[2014 - present]

Luc is a Dutch PhD student, working on geostatistics and more specifically the use of Bayesian algorithms to increase the reliability of soil maps and landuse maps. Besides ISRIC, this PhD project is also supported by the Soil Geography and Landscape group (Wageningen UR) and by WenR (formerly Alterra, Wageningen UR). His work is supervised by Gerard Heuvelink and Dick Brus.

Mirjam Breure, MSc

[2016 - present]

Mirjam graduated from Wageningen University in Plant Sciences in 2015 and started her PhD in 2016. During her PhD, she will do research on the 'effects of micro nutrient fertilization on crop growth in sub-Saharan Africa'. Her work is supervised by Ellis Hoffland (Soil Quality, WUR); Bas Kempen (ISRIC) will assist with digital soil mapping.

Bertin Takoutsing

[2019/03 - 2019/08]

Bertin Takoutsing is an Associate Scientist in land health management working with the World Agroforestry Centre (Cameroon). He is a PhD candidate at Wageningen University and research. He visited ISRIC for a period of six months in 2019 to further develop his research proposal on 'new digital soil mapping approaches that account for uncertainties in soil observations to support sustainable agricultural intensification in West and Central Africa’. His stay at ISRIC was made possible through a fellowship awarded by the Climate Food and Farming Network (CLIFF) and the Global Research Alliance (GRA); his work was supervised by Gerard Heuvelink..

ME (Marcos) Angelini, Agronomy Eng.

[2013-2019]

Marcos came to ISRIC as a PhD candidate in 2013. In Argentina, he worked for the Soil Institute of the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA), which granted his PhD study. His well received thesis was about integrating information on soil forming processes in digital soil mapping.

Scientific support was provided by Gerard Heuvelink.

 

R (Rogier) de Jong, MSc

[2009 - 2012]

Rogier contributed to the Global Assessment of Land Degradation (GLADA), and worked on his PhD thesis entitled "Analysis of vegetation-activity trends in a global land degradation framework". Scientific support was provided by David Dent and Zhanguo Bai.
 
Rogier's thesis is available at http://edepot.wur.nl/210966

Students

Lisanne Schoneveld

[2019 - present]

Anna Christien (Lisanne) Schoneveld is a Dutch MSc student of Wageningen University. Her master thesis research is to study the effect of synthetic profiles on SoilGrids. She analyses which parts of the world are under-represented in the feature and geographical space in the SoilGrids calibration dataset and which effect incorporating synthetic profiles has on the SoilGrids prediction maps. She also investigates how synthetic profiles can be generated using expert elicitation. Her work is supervised by Gerard Heuvelink, Luís Duque Moreira de Sousa and Sytze de Bruin. Her research contributes to the understanding and proper use of synthetic profiles in SoilGrids.

Tom van Ebbenhorst Tengbergen

[2019/09 -  2020/03]

Tom is a Dutch MSc student Geo-information Science (MGI) at Wageningen University. While studying International Tourism Management (BA), he was introduced to GIS and statistics. His fascination for both subjects combined with an interest in mapping led him to study MGI and ultimately fall in love with geostatistics. Currently, Tom works on a critical evaluation and improvement of cross-validation strategies for accuracy assessment of digital soil maps at ISRIC. The research is supervised by Gerard Heuvelink, Laura Poggio and Sytze de Bruin. Besides his activities at ISRIC, Tom works as a 'Geo-ICTer' at Tijhuis Ingenieurs, specialised in soil and water advisory services.

Rik van Heumen

Rik van Heumen

[2019 - 2019]

At the time, Rik was a Dutch MSc student at Wageningen University with a BSc in Soil, Water, Atmosphere and an MA in Landscape History. Rik worked on a space-time convolutional neural network for the digital soil mapping of soil organic carbon content and subsequently tested this methodology for Argentina. By bringing the spatial context of a point into the modelling stage, this machine learning technique can help to more accurately model and thus understand trends in SOC. The research was supervised by Gerard Heuvelink and Laura Poggio.

Wietse Wiersma

[2018 - 2018]

During his MSc study, Wietse worked on a soil mapping project in southern Colombia. His thesis was part of a larger project led by CIAT and partners aimed at evaluating land use types in terms of their soil quality and climate change mitigation potential. Active and total carbon were measured with a view to map SOC for the whole study area. The soil chemical part of his research was supervised by Mirjam Pulleman (Soil Biology and Biological Soil Quality) and Gerard Heuvelink supervised the digital soil mapping. 

Kees Baake

Kees Baake

[2017/09 - 2018/04]

Kees, a Dutch MSc student of Wageningen University, worked on the evaluation of methods for uncertainty quantification in Digital Soil Mapping (DSM) with special attention for Machine Learning, and the challenge of quantifying the uncertainties in DSM interpolations. His work was supervised by Gerard Heuvelink.

Job de Pater

[2016 - 2016]

Job did his MSc thesis on the 'spatial prediction of the availability of zinc for plant uptake'. For this, he used a prediction model based on soil data from IFDC, his own soil analyses, the QUEFTS model (nutrient uptake + growth) and, where possible, environmental covariates. His case study focused on Rwanda. He was supervised by Ellis Hoffland (Soil Quality, WUR) and Bas Kempen (ISRIC).

Olfa Koster, MSc

[2016 - 2016]

Olaf is a graduate from Wageningen University in International Land and Water Management. During his internship at ISRIC, he contributed to the ISQAPER project; he was involved in a meta-analysis of the effects of agricultural practices on key soil quality indicators in major pedo-climatic zones across Europe and China. Olaf was supervised by Zhanguo Bai and Thomas Caspari.

Iolanda Simó

[2015 - 2015]

Iolanda sought assistance from ISRIC to help her with the development of the 'Irish soil attribute maps' for selected soil properties. She applied pedometric techniques to the Irish SIS data to develop the soil attribute maps. Further, she contributed 200 profiles from the Irish SIS to the SoilGrids effort, for  validation purposes. Yolanda was supervised by Gerard Heuvelink, Bas Kempen and Tom Hengl.

Thanos Strantzalis

[2014 - 2014]

Thanos did his MSc thesis on developing a framework for the generalization of SoilGrid maps, according to the user's zoom level. Guidance and scientific support were provided by Gerard Heuvelink (ISRIC) and Sytze de Bruin (GRS, WUR).

Susanne Hof

[2014 - 2014]

Susanne did her MSc study at the Soil Geography and Landscape Group of Wageningen University. During her internship with WenR (formerly Alterra, WUR) and ISRIC, she investigated the benefit of using legacy soil data in addition to 'contemporary' soil data for updating the national soil map of the Netherlands using digital soil mapping.  Her work was supervised by Dick Brus (WenR) and Bas Kempen (ISRIC).

Soufiane El Boualaoui

[2014 - 2014]

Soufiane came to ISRIC to contribute to the Green Water Credits for Algeria Algeria as well as the RECARE project. His work was supervised by Godert van Lynden and Thomas Caspari. 

Charl Wong

[2013 - 2013]

Charl worked on developing/applying a method that considers soil legacy maps as co-variates in Digital Soil Mapping with a view to assessing possible gains in accuracy of the predictions. He was supervised by Johan Leenaars, Gerard Heuvelink and Sytze de Bruin (WenR, WUR).

Siyu Zhang

[2013 - 2013]

Siyu studied Geo-information Science at Wageningen University. Her MSc-research was on 'Digital Soil Mapping for Africa'. She analysed the usefulness of various statistical models to establish the relationship between the dependent variable (soil property) and explanatory variables (environmental covariates). Guidance was provided by Gerard Heuvelink.

Sabastine Ugbaje

[2012 - 2012]

Sabastine worked on Functional Digital Soil Mapping for the prediction of available water capacity in Nigeria The findings of his MSc study were published in the Vadose Zone Journal. Scientific support was provided by Hannes Reuter.

LI (Liesbeth) Wilschut, MSc

[2008 - 2008]

Liesbeth did her internship on the Green Water Credits program working on the Upper Tana basin project area in Kenya. Scientific support was provided by Sjef Kauffman and David Dent.

Former Staff

Below is a list of former ISRIC staff, including the period of time they have been working for the organisation. The list is sorted alphabetically by surname.

  • M (Mateen) Ahmad   [1991 - 2009]
  • Wim Andriessen
  • Drs JHV (Hans) van Baren   [1972 - 1997]  
  • JGR (Ruud) Beemster, Drs   [1988 - ?]
  • KJ (Hans) Berendsen   [1991, 1993 - 2002]
  • PS (Prem) Bindraban, PhD   [2009 - 2013]    Contact: LinkedIn
  • RO (Rob) Bleyert, Ing   [1979 - 1993]
  • JC (Jan) ten Bokkel   [1981 - ?]
  • W (Wout) Bomer   [1966 - 1983]  
  • WCWA (Wout) Bomer   [1979 - 2010]
  • AB (Albert) Bos, Ing   [1984 - 2001]
  • AF (Lex) Bouwman, Ir   [1986 - 1990]
  • E.M. (Mike) Bridges, Dr   [1991-1996]
  • J (Jaques) Brunt, Ir   [1989 - 1995]
  • J (Jan) Brussen   [<1978 -  2008]
  • TM (Thomas) Caspari, Dr [2013 - 2017]  Contact
  • BJ (Marie-Be) Clabaut   [1985 - 1995]
  • Drs D (Dick) Creutzberg   [1979 - 1993]  
  • M (Marian) Creutzberg-Sippel   [1994]
  • AJ (Arjan) van Dam, Ir   [1982 - 1983]
  • DL (David) Dent, Dr   [2003 – 2009]
  • CA (Kees) van Diepen, Ir   [1981 - 1984]
  • JA (Koos) Dijkshoorn, Ir   [1995 - 2011]
  • WP (Vincent) van Engelen, Drs   [1988 – 2012]
  • M van Genderen   [2007 - 2009]
  • J (Jan) Gerits   [1988]
  • GJ (Gerda) Giesen-Peters   [1977 - 1980]
  • M (Maryla) de Groot-Sot   [1981, 1994]
  • RTA (Ruud) Hakkeling   [1987 - 1988]
  • AE (Alfred) Hartemink, Dr   [1995, 1999 - 2010]
  • P (Peter) Heilman
  • (Tom) Hengl, Dr [2010-2018]
  • Hein van Holsteijn   [2013 - 2014]
  • IIM (Ingrid) Huibers-Govaert, Ir   [2006 - 2010]
  • JRM (Jan) Huting   [1974 – 2012]
  • T (Theo) Jacobs [2011- 2017]
  • A (Aagje) Jellema   [1977? - 1979]
  • JC (Joke) Jonker-Verbiesen   [1979 - 2002]  
  • JH (Sjef) Kauffman, Ir   [1984 - 2011]
  • Arie van Kekem
  • R (Ruth) Krause   [2009 - 2010]
  • J (Jan) Kuyper   [1985 - 1986]
  • B (Barend) van Lagen   [1982 - 1987]
  • AH (Hiske) Land, Drs   [2011-2013]
  • J (Jan) de Leeuw. Dr [2017-2019] Contact
  • PC (Priscilla) van Leeuwen   [1978 - 1985]
  • Aagje Legger
  • EE (Emiel) van Loon   [1994 - 1995]
  • RA (Bob) MacMillan, PhD, P.Ag   [2009 - 2011]
  • N (Iraj) Manuchehri   [1990 - 2004]
  • J (Johanna) Martinez Devia, MBA   [2009 - 2011]
  • CJ de Mooy   [1965 - 1967]
  • PJM (Paul) Mulder, Drs   [1989 -1993]
  • G (Ger) Naber, Ir   [2006 – 2012]
  • J Nijhuis-Möller   [1979 - 1986]
  • LR (Roel) Oldeman, Dr Ir   [1985 - 2002]  
  • AJM (Ad) van Oostrum, MSc   [1974 - 2016]
  • LK (Leendert) Pleysier, Ir   [1985 - 1987]
  • NM (Nadia) Pons-Ghitulescu, Dr   [1983 - 1990]
  • JHM Pulles, Ir   [1988 - 1990]
  • LP (Piet) van Reeuwijk, Dr Ir   [1979 - 2002]
  • H (Hans) Renaud   [1966? - 1979?]
  • JW (Jacqueline) Resink   [1994 - 1997]
  • H (Henk) van Reuler   [1980 - 1984]
  • HI (Hannes) Reuter, Dr   [2009-2013]
  • AC (Sandra) Reyerse   [1980 - 1982]
  • HF de Ridder-Helder   [? -1999]
  • PAM (Nelly)Roefs [2012-2019]
  • AF (Arjen) Rotmans   [1994 - 1995]
  • Jules Scholten
  • JD (Dick) Schreiber   [<1970]
  • W (Wout) Siderius, Dr   [1973, 1980 – 1982, 1987 -1989]
  • A (Arnaud) de Sitter   [1979 - 1980]
  • RA (Rob) Smaal   [1974 - 2000]
  • WG (Wim) Sombroek, Dr Ir   [1979 - 1991]  
  • OC (Otto) Spaargaren, Dr   [1979 – 2009]  
  • P (Piet) Tempel, Ir   [1993 - 2013]
  • J (Joost) Tersteeg   [1995]
  • BH Thalen   [1996]
  • J (Jan) Verhagen   [1986 - 1987]
  • AW (Adriaan) Vogel   [1993 - 1994]
  • S (Siebe) Vriend   [1997 - 2001]
  • E (Erik) van Waveren, Drs   [1984 - 1986]
  • T (Theo) Weghelaar
  • I (Ineke) Wolters-van Otterloo   [1967 - 1974]

Honorary Fellows

Honorary Fellows are appointed in recognition of mutual long and fruitful relationship with ISRIC - World Soil Information:

  • Dr Wim G. Sombroek (in memoriam First Honorary Fellow    former Director of ISRIC; and outstanding contributions to the Institute by optimising the earned recognition worldwide 
        
  • Professor Dr Rudi Dudal (in memoriam― mastermind of the Soil Map of the World and long-time friend of ISRIC
       
  • Professor Dr Klaas Jan Beek seminal work of  land evaluation and through the trusteeship as Rector of the International Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation  
     
  • Dr Robert Brinkman seminal work carrying soil survey through land evaluation to land use planning; and support as Chief of FAO Land Resources 
         
  • Dr Luca Montanarella ― leading soil science in the EU Joint Research Centre; promoting the European Digital Archive of Soil Maps and SOTER; and for carrying soil survey data into policy
        
  • Professor Dr Johan Bouma ― soil physical properties and application of soil survey data; carrying soil information into national and international policy; and for long-time support as member of the ISRIC Board
     
  • Professor Dr Pedro Sanchez ― seminal work on the properties and management of soils of the tropics; and support as Co-Chair of the Hunger Task Force of the UN Millennium Project

  • Dr JA (Seppe )Deckers emeritus professor at the University of Leuven in Belgium.He has a leading role in the field of international soil classification, education of soils and their sustainable management; long time collaboration with ISRIC, especially in the development of the World Reference Base for Soil Resources.
     
  • Dr RA (Bob) MacMillan-Scientific coordinator of the GlobalSoilMap project, helped establish GlobalSoilMap specifications.He is a genuine advocate of Open Soil data and international collaboration and has been instrumental in the development of SoilGrids

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                   Dr Klaas-Jan Beek (left) and Dr Rudi Dudal (right) with the FAO-Unesco Soil Map of the World 
          
at the official opening of new premises for the International Soil Museum, in 1979

International Scientific Advisory Council (ISAC)

The International Scientific Advisory Council of ISRIC-World Soil Information is an advisory body to help set out the overall strategy for ISRIC, and to provide advice about, and actively support actions to implement the strategy.

The specific areas for recommendation and actions concern:

  1. international institutional strategy,
  2. science policy and funding strategy with 3, 5 and 10 year goals, and
  3. support for fund raising opportunities
 

Members of ISAC:

International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAC)

Dr. Luca Montanarella (Chair)

Chair, Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS)
Joint Research Centre, European Commission, lspra, Italy

Dr. Andre Bationo

International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), Accra, Ghana

Dr. Neil McKenzie

Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Agriculture & Food, Canberra, Australia

Dr. Victor M. Castillo

Scientific Affairs Officer, Knowledge Management, Science and Technology Unit,

UN Convention to Combat Desertification, Bonn, Germany

Prof. Diana H. Wall

Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA

Prof. Dr. Johan Six

Full Professor at the Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Peter de Ruiter

Chairman ISRIC Managing Board, and Director University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Mr. Rik van den Bosch (observer)

Director ISRIC - World Soil Information, Wageningen, The Netherlands

 

Managing board

The Managing Board of ISRIC currently consists of the following persons:

  • Prof. Dr PC de Ruiter, Scientific Manager, Mathematical and Statistical Methods, Plant Sciences, Wageningen UR, The Netherlands (Chair)
  • M Roos MSc, Director Operations, Environmental Sciences Group, Wageningen UR, The Netherlands 
  • Prof. Dr RNJ Comans, Environmental Sciences Group, Sub-department of Soil Quality, Wageningen UR, The Netherlands 
  • Prof. Dr Ir. A Veldkamp, University of Twente, Decaan Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC);

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Group photo of ISRIC Managing Board (February 2018): Prof. Dr RNJ Comans, M Roos (MSc), Prof. Dr PC de Ruiter (from left to right),not on photo Prof. Dr Ir. A Veldkamp.