S.H. Huls (Steven)
PhD candidate - Plant Ecology and Physiology
6525 AJ NIJMEGEN
Internal postal code: 31
6500 GL NIJMEGEN
As a PhD-candidate in plant ecology, I am working in the Future Dikes project. Together with my promotors, we are studying how a species rich grass cover can improve the structural integrity of river dikes, now and in the future. This is very relevant, as the summers are getting warmer and dryer and could thereby damage the structural integrity. We will be testing new seed mixtures on their establishment, rooting patterns and drought resistance in order to find new ideotypes.
- 2022 - 2023 Our climate is changing and extremes in both rain and the rising sea level are pressuring our water safety. In the next 30 years, over 1.500 kilometers of dikes need to be reinforced to meet new safety standards. We need to know more about effective and safe ways to restore river dikes, while keeping an eye out for sustainability and biodiversity. In the Future Dikes project, a consortium of different parties, with the water board ‘Rivierenland’ as primary client, will develop new sustainable grass mixtures that are ready for the future: erosion resistant, cost effective and flower rich. More information