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Staff members with discipline Environmental Sciences

Academia develops at the interface of different fields. This is one reason why the University of Groningen is home to a wide range of fields, each with a great number of subject specialists. The overview below, which is based on a standard categorization of fields, will help you find the right expert for each field. If you cannot find the expert you are looking for in this list, try searching via a related field or faculty; you may find him or her there.

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Modelling energy and environmental items from a systems perpective. Examples: National electricity production, Household energy (direct & indirect) consumption, Decentralized energy storage, Energy analysis
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Contact
r.m.j.benders rug.nl
+31 50 36 34604
Function
Researcher Energy and Environment
My research is dedicated to facilitate the energy transition process. I investigate this process from a system perspective with a sharp eye for detail. I am especially interested in solutions to effectively integrate the power, heat, and passive energy systems. My expertise ranges from long term investment planning to short term strategies to balance the power system.

My experience encompasses energy systems models like power system simulation models, bottom-up technology-oriented models based on linear programming, top-down macro-economic models like computable general equilibrium models, agent based models, and geographical explicit models. With my expertise, I know how to combine (softlink) the strengths of different models, and interpret their results in the light of their weaknesses. Models I am familiar with include Plexos, MARKAL, TIMES, TIMER, WorldScan, and ArcGIS at national, European, and global scale.

I supervise European and national research projects. Topics of recent projects:
wind and solar power integration in the European power system (based on hourly modelling); impact of energy efficieny on electricity and heat demand patterns; identification of optimal placement of photovoltaic systems and wind across Europe; demand response at a large scale steel plant; combining energy efficiency measures, bio-based technologies and CO2 capture and storage (CCS) in the industry.

As supervisor of PhDs and Master Students I can explore new ideas in the energy efficiency and energy systems modelling research.

I am always interested in discussing cooperation and future opportunities.
prof. dr. ir. M. A. van den Broek
Contact
m.a.van.den.broek rug.nl
Function
Adjunct Hoogleraar
Atmospheric measurements of greenhouse gases and related tracers
Lagrangian Particle Dispersion Model simulations
prof. dr. H. (Huilin) Chen
Contact
huilin.chen rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor
Expertise in skin reactions to external chemical, biological and physical agents. Expertise in dermato-epidemiology.
prof. dr. P.J. (Pieter Jan) Coenraads
Contact
p.j.coenraads01 umcg.nl
Function
Professor, Occupational & Environmental Dermatology and Dermato-allergy
Aerosol Science
Air pollution 
prof. dr. U. (Ulrike) Dusek
Contact
u.dusek rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor
Field / Discipline
Ongoing research covers energy system integration questions, modelling, transition processes towards low carbon energy systems and related innovation and policy questions. Main key words: Biobased Economy, renewable energy technologies, energy system and scenario analysis and modelling, sustainability assessments of energy systems, alternative transport fuels, decarbonisation of fossil fuels, capture and storage of CO2, hydrogen economy, waste treatment, material & energy efficiency, technological learning and innovation in energy systems, greenhouse gas balances & accounting, energy and research policies.
prof. dr. A.P.C. (André) Faaij
Contact
a.p.c.faaij rug.nl
Function
Distinguished Professor Energy System Analysis
Professor Grootjans expertise is on  ecohydrological approaches to nature conservation and restoration ecology. This research is carried out on the landscape scale but also on the habitat scale. Recent research is on or less natural mires in various countries and continents. The focus is on  relationships of wet ecosystems with the hydrological cycle on the landscape level.  Research areas are coastal wetlands in The Netherlands, England, South Africa and West-Australia. The focus is on establishment of restoration perspectives of damaged wetland and peatlands and monitoring long-term results of restoration projects. The hydrological functioning of peatlands and adaptations of peatland species have been studied in Poland, Slovakia, Latvia, South-Africa, Tierra del Fuego (Argentina) and The Netherlands.
prof. dr. A.P. (Ab) Grootjans
Contact
a.p.grootjans rug.nl
+31 50 36 34605
Function
Professor
Applied heterogeneous catalysis
Bio-based energy and chemicals
Treatment of waste water
Utilization of solid waste
dr. S. (Songbo) He
Contact
songbo.he rug.nl
+31 50 36 37676
Function
Environmental Management System, Industrial Ecology, Circular Economy, Biogas
D.L. (Linh) Hoang, MSc MSc
Contact
d.l.hoang rug.nl
Function
PhD student
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Contact
k.hubacek rug.nl
Function
Professor
Atmospheric research, technician
B.A.M. (Bert) Kers
Contact
b.a.m.kers rug.nl
+31 50 36 37144
Function
research assistent
Plant physiology,  plant sulfur metabolism, air pollution and global change, abiotic and biotic stress
L.J. (Luit) de Kok
Contact
l.j.de.kok rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor
Energy Modelling
Biobased Economy
Land use systems
Bioenergy
Integrated Sustainability Assessment
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Contact
t.lap rug.nl
Function
dr. P.W. (Winnie) Leenes
Contact
p.w.leenes rug.nl
+31 50 36 34872
Function
Palaeoecology: Macrofossils and testate amoebae
Climate science: Atmospheric processes
Climate change: Impacts and adaptation; Holocene climate
Water quality assessment 
Water resource management of Island states
Hydrochemistry / Biogeochemistry of wetlands
Ecological refugia of northern wetlands
dr. G. (Gunnar) Mallon
Contact
g.mallon rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor in Physical Geography
J.C. (Hans) Meerman, PhD
Contact
j.c.meerman rug.nl
Function
Postdoc
Atmospheric greenhouse gases, isotope physics
prof. dr. H.A.J. (Harro A J) Meijer
Contact
h.a.j.meijer rug.nl
+31 50 36 34760
Function
Full Professor
Atmospheric research, esp. carbon cycle and climate change research
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Contact
n.t.l.nguyen rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Environmental impacts (global) foodsupply system, options for biomass as energy source, biofuels and the competition with foodsupply.
dr. ir. S. (Sanderine) Nonhebel
Contact
s.nonhebel rug.nl
+31 50 36 34611
Function
Associate professor environmental sciences
Ecology, Biodiversity, Biodiversity Conservation, Nature Conservation, Sustainable Landscapes
prof. dr. H. (Han) Olff
Contact
h.olff rug.nl
+31 50 36 32214
Function
Professor of Community and Conservation Ecology
Carbon cycle, CO2, greenhouse gases, emissions, numerical modeling, methane, fossil fuels, climate, meterology, data assimilation, isotopes in greenhouse gases, ocean, biosphere, atmosphere, air quality
prof. dr. W. (Wouter) Peters
Contact
w.peters rug.nl
+31 6 4704 7588
Function
Professor Atmospheric Composition Modeling
F. (Frank) Pierie, MSc
Contact
f.pierie rug.nl
+31 6 5106 7674
Function
Researcher
drs. C.M. (Karin) Ree
Contact
c.m.ree rug.nl
+31 50 36 34132
Function
Coordinator Science Shop, lecturer Science & Society

My research interests and expertise include:
Monitoring of greenhouse gases and (reactive) organic trace gas species.
The global carbon cycle.
High precision measurements of stable isotopes of CO2 (and CH4).
Atmospheric transport of pollutants and their role in atmospheric chemistry and physics.
dr. ir. H.A. (Bert) Scheeren
Contact
h.a.scheeren rug.nl
Function
Researcher and lab coordinator
My research is focussed on the complex interaction between people and the natural environment. Some topics within this broad theme have my particular interest:

- the degree to which plant remains (mainly seeds and pollen) in various natural and anthropogenic features reflect the local and region vegetation
- the translation of palaeoecological data into vegetation
- the integration of archaeological and historical sources
- integrated research and publishing strategies of ‘specialists’ and ‘generalists’

Selection of current research projects and cooperations

Arable farming in salt marsh landscape. In 2015, I was awarded a NWO VENI grant to study early crop cultivation in the coastal salt marshes of the Netherlands and Germany. In this project, I participate with a number of people and institutions, both outside and inside academia. An incomplete list:
Prof Dr Karl-Ernst Behre,  Lower Saxony Institute for Historical Coastal Research: review of crops
Dr Welmoed Out, Moesgaard museum: palaeoecological analysis of tillage levels
Dr Niek Scheepens, University of Tübingen: partner for experimental agriculture
It Fryske gea, Landscape organisation of the province of Friesland: experimental agriculture

Swifterbant project. An ongoing project led by Professor Daan Raemaekers studying the Neolithic settlements in the Dutch Flevoland region

Medieval house Agde. Project in cooperation with Professor Henny Groenendijk, focusing on plant remains from early modern mortar obtained from a house in southern France

The ecological impact of Roman Expansion. A project dealing with a Roman agricultural landscape in the vicinity of Rome (Italy). In cooperation with, amongst others, Dr Tymon de Haas and Dr Gijs Tol

Medieval Groningen. A project in cooperation with historian Jeroen Benders, in which we integrate archaeobotanical and historical sources dealing with the availability of various crop plants in the Groningen area between AD 850 and AD 1600

Advent city. A project led by Dr Frigga Kruse, dealing with an early 20th century mining exploration camp on Svalbard

Palaeoassocia 2.0 A project in cooperation with Dr Otto Brinkkemper and Dr Onno van Tongeren to improve a previously published vegetation reconstruction method
dr. M. (Mans) Schepers
Contact
mans.schepers rug.nl
Function
Assistant professor
Dermato-allergie, eczemen en arbeidsdermatosen
M.L.A. (Marie-Louise) Schuttelaar
Contact
m.l.a.schuttelaar umcg.nl
Function
Dermatologist
A. (Andrea) Scifo, MSc
Contact
a.scifo rug.nl
Function
Dr. Yuli Shan is a Research Fellow at the Energy and Sustainability Research Institute Groningen, University of Groningen. He is also an affiliate member of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and a board member of the Journal of Cleaner Production.

Yuli obtained a PhD in Climate Change Economics from the University of East Anglia (2018), an MSc in Social Development and Public Policy from Fudan University (2014), and a BSc in Statistics from Tianjin University of Finance and Economics (2012). He has conducted research at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Germany), University of California, Irvine (USA), and University of Pannonia (Hungary) as a visiting fellow.

Yuli has won a dozen academic prizes including the Green Talents, which is awarded to 25 researchers in the field of sustainability globally. The jury especially valued the scientific expertise regarding his research on adaption and investigation of sustainable policies in cities. Yuli has been interviewed by internationally renowned media such as Reuters, Financial Times, and Xinhua net to discuss city-level sustainable development.

Yuli has published over 50 papers in high-impact journals, such as Science Advances, Nature Geoscience, and Nature Communications. His paper has been cited over 1700 times (h-index 17, i10-index 24), and 9 of them are ESI hot paper, 11 of them are ESI highly cited papers.

Yuli’s research focuses on emission accounts, climate change economics, and sustainable development. Yuli’s home country China is the world’s leading energy consumer and CO₂ emitter, considering factors such as rapid economic development, lifestyle change, and consumption growth. At the same time, China is playing a major role in global emission reduction and climate change mitigation. Yuli has developed a set of methods for composing CO₂ emissions inventories for China and its regions. His transparent and comparable emission data is uploaded to CEADs and available for free academic use. His study “City-level climate change mitigation in China” differentiates and generates low-carbon roadmaps for each city.

Furthermore, Yuli has engaged in spreading the low-carbon life to students and co-organizes a summer school with lectures and seminars on emission accounts and sustainable development. The summer school has successfully held since 2017 and involved over 200 students totally. He links his knowledge of sustainability to environmental science, economics, and management.
Y. (Yuli) Shan, PhD
Contact
y.shan rug.nl
Function
Faculty Research Fellow
Environmental science (Polar regions)
Global mercury emissions
Radioecology and environmental distribution of radionuclides
Spatial analysis (GIS)
Python
Data analysis
F. (Frits) Steenhuisen
Contact
f.steenhuisen rug.nl
Function
Researcher
Ethical and social aspects at the interface of natural sciences (especially the life and environmental sciences) and society.
dr. J.A.A. (Sjaak) Swart
Contact
j.a.a.swart rug.nl
Function
Associate professor Science & Society Studies
Studying biogeochemical cycles impacted by global change, leveraging data science and statistical techniques to harness the potential of a range of data sources in an interdisciplinary setting
T.S. (Tessa Sophia) van der Voort, PhD
Contact
t.s.van.der.voort rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor Sustainability and Environmental Sciences
E.C. (Esther) van der Waal, MA MSc MSc
Contact
e.c.van.der.waal rug.nl
Function
Field / Discipline
Cooperation with African universities
Science, Business & Policy
dr. P.D.M. (Peter) Weesie
Contact
p.d.m.weesie rug.nl
+31 50 36 32256
Function
Project leader
See website ESRIG / Science & Society Group: http://www.rug.nl/research/science-society-group/
dr. H.J. (Henny J) van der Windt
Contact
h.j.van.der.windt rug.nl
+31 50 36 32280
Function
Associate Professor
A.I.M. Younis, MSc
Contact
a.i.m.younis rug.nl
Function
B. (Bingquan) Zhang
Contact
bingquan.zhang rug.nl
Function
PhD student
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