dr. M. (Marijke) van Kuijk
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  • Coordinator of the Prince Bernhard Chair for International Nature Conservation 
  • Coordinator of the track Ecology & Natural Resources Management (master program Environmental Biology)
  • Researcher Academy of Ecosystem Services

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. She currently works as Assistant Professor at Utrecht University.


Strategic themes / Focus areas
Involved in the following study programme(s)
Scientific expertise
carbon sequestration
sustainable forest management
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  • 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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01.06.2017 to 12.12.2030
General project description 

Ecosystems of the future

Two of the most pressing issues facing our environment are climate change and biodiversity loss. Human activities are resulting in a sharp decline in biodiversity, while at the same time, climate change is impacting the world's ecosystems. It long been assumed that biodiversity can help ecosystems be more resistant to climate change, but if and how this occurs remains unknown. UU BioCliVE mimics ecosystems of the future, thereby allowing us to understand the mechanisms by which biodiversity helps to buffer ecosystems against potential harmful effects of climate change. Such knowledge will be critical as we develop management plans for the future that help to maintain biodiversity and preserve ecosystem functioning.

Role Researcher Funding
Utrecht University
Project members UU
External project members:
  • Open for collaborations

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Tropical Ecosystems and Climate (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

Board member of the Dutch Association for Tropical Forests

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Full name
dr. M. van Kuijk Contact details
Hugo R. Kruytgebouw

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 04.07.2017