dr. M. (Marijke) van Kuijk
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  • Assistant professor in Tropical Forest Ecology
  • Coordinator of the Prince Bernhard Chair for International Nature Conservation 
  • Coordinator of the master program Environmental Biology
  • Co-founder of the Academy of Ecosystem Services (www.uu.nl/aes)

Marijke van Kuijk is specialized in tropical forest ecology. She obtained a Doctorate Degree from Utrecht University (2008) on the topic of forest regeneration and restoration. Marijke subsequently worked on a number of national and international assignments, both as a researcher and as a consultant. She has knowledge of climate change, ecosystem services (in particular carbon sequestration), forest certification, (sustainable) forest management, natural resources management, nature conservation and biodiversity. She acquired her knowledge and experience mostly in the tropics, in particular in South East Asia and the Guianas. 


Current research:

- Biomass dynamics and carbon stocks in logged forests in Vietnam

- Certified forest management for fauna conservation in the Congo Basin

- Long term impact of hunting on tree composition in French Guiana

- Upscaling reforestation in Brazil

- Use of forest resources by indigenous peoples in Suriname


Strategic themes / Focus areas
Involved in the following study programme(s)
Scientific expertise
carbon sequestration
sustainable forest management
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  • Boedhihartono et al, 2018. Conservation science and practice must engage with the realities of complex tropical landscapes. Tropical Conservation Science 11: 1-7.
  • VT Nam, NPR Anten and M van Kuijk, 2018. Biomass dynamics in a logged forest: the role of wood density. Journal of Plant Research https://doi.org/10.1007/s10265-018-1042-9
  • VT Nam, M van Kuijk and NPR Anten. 2016. Allometric equations for aboveground and belowground biomass estimations in an evergreen forest in Vietnam. PLOS ONE DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0156827
  • William F. Laurance, Anna Peletier-Jellema, Bart Geenen, Harko Koster, Pita. Verweij, Pitou Van Dijck, Thomas E. Lovejoy, Judith Schleicher, and Marijke Van Kuijk. 2015. Reducing the global environmental impacts of rapid infrastructure expansion. Current Biology, DOI:10.1016/j.cub.2015.02.050.
  • Van Kuijk, M., Anten, N.P.R., Oomen, R.J. & Schieving, F. 2014. Stimulating seedling growth in early stages of secondary forest succession: a modelling approach to guide tree liberation. Front. Plant Sci5:345. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00345
  • REDD+ developments in the Guianas. Publication for WWF, 2012.
  • Van Kuijk, M., Zagt, R. & Putz, F.E. 2009. Effects of forest certification on biodiversity. Tropenbos International Wageningen. Research report.
  • Van Kuijk, M., Anten, N.P.R., Van Bentum, D.W., Oomen, R.J. &  Werger, M.J.A. 2008. The limited importance of size-asymmetric light competition and growth of pioneer species in early secondary forest succession in Vietnam. Oecologia 157, 1-12
  • Van Kuijk, M. & Anten, N.P.R. 2008. Whole-canopy nitrogen-use efficiency of pioneer species in early secondary forest succession in Vietnam. Ecological Research 24, 811-820
  • Forest regeneration and restoration in Vietnam. PhD-thesis, 2008, ISBN 978-90-393-4814-7


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International Nature Conservation (bachelor level 3)

Natuurbehoud, Duurzaamheid en Plantendiversiteit (bachelor level 2)

Ecology of Natural Resources (master level)

Foreign Field Course French Guiana (master level)

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Additional functions and activities

Membership of professional associations

Board member of the International Biodiversity Society of the Guiana Shield


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Full name
dr. M. van Kuijk Contact details
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Padualaan 8
Room N305
The Netherlands

Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 6846
Phone number (department) +31 30 253 6700
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Last updated 14.06.2018