Prof. J.C.J.M. de Kroon (Hans)

Professor - Plant Ecology and Physiology

Prof. J.C.J.M. de Kroon (Hans)
Visiting address

Heyendaalseweg 135
Internal postal code: 31

Working days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Trained and worked as a plant ecologist, I have devoted much of my scientific career to plant interactions, particularly on plant roots and how they behave in their dynamic soil environment. I am increasingly interested in how the biodiversity of ecosystems is regulated and sustained. Together with students and colleagues, I am involved in projects developing empirical and statistical tools to understand how the species richness of plant, bird and insect communities is maintained.
I am interested in applying my knowledge and experience towards the development and management of viable ecological communities. To this aim I am exploring programs with scientists from a variety of different disciplines as well as partnerships with NGO's, institutes, industry and governmental institutions. I am the initiator and coordinator of the interfaculty consortium Healthy Landscape at Radboud University.
For almost 8 years, I have served the Institute for Water and Wetland Research (IWWR, currently RIBES: Radboud Institute for Biological and Environmental Sciences) as a Research Director. I have also lead the Radboud Biosciences Teaching Institute for several years. From professional fascination and the urgency of reverting biodiversity decline, I invest in the training of the new generation of students and PhDs.

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Hans de Kroon wants to understand how changes occur in the biodiversity of plant, bird and insect species. The global insect decline is an important issue for him. In collaboration with a variety of partners, he also develops programmes that aim to restore our biodiversity.