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Staff members with discipline Geography, Physical

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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Landscape geography, earth & environmental sciences, soil science, hydrology, historical geography, GIS
dr. ir. E.W. (Erik) Meijles
+31 50 36 34182
Director of Education and Associate Professor Landscape Geography
Field / Discipline
Research interests

My research is focussed on the complex interaction between people and the natural environment. Some topics related to this broad theme have my particular interest:

- The present perception (and presentation) of past human behaviour.
- Modelling/understanding the way plant remains end up in different types of archaeological context to facilitate more nuanced interpretation.
- Understanding the interaction between ecological, physical-geographical, and cultural forces in various landscape types
- Improving transdisciplinary cooperation and exchange of ideas.
- The relation between Art and Environment. I am co-supervising the PhD project by Anna-Rosja Haveman on Artistic Approaches to the Coastal Landscape of the Netherlands.

Selection of research projects

Living dikes
A NWO financed project led by dr ir Bas Borsje from Twente University. Together with a Postdoc researcher, I will investigate the way new coastal defence strategies will affect the existing landscape and how this is related to the history of coastal landscapes. 

On suitable grounds
A NWO funded project led by prof dr Hans Huisman, dealing with the introduction of crop cultivation in the Netherlands. I co-supervise the PhD-project carried out by Ana Smuk, dealing with palaeoecological analyses.
dr. M. (Mans) Schepers
Assistant professor
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