Physical geographer Dr. Niko Wanders has won a KNAW Early Career Award. The prize is intended for young researchers who are able to further develop innovative and original research ideas. Wanders receives the award for his pioneering research into hydrological extremes and his prominent role in science communication.
Niko Wanders is an assistant professor in hydrological extremes at Utrecht University. He studies the interaction between extreme drought or precipitation, climate change and human water use. In 2017 he received an NWO-Veni to investigate the impacts of human reservoir management on drought in large-scale river basins. The jury of the KNAW Early Career Award praises his "groundbreaking research" into the predictions of large-scale flooding and drought. For his research into the predictability of floods and droughts, he won the NWO's Vening Meinesz Award last year.
Wanders is also well positioned in the international arena. With his Rubicon scholarship he worked for two years as a postdoc at Princeton University, where he still is a visiting researcher. He is also a member of the Utrecht Young Academy.