After studying tropical forestry, I started working in Burkina Faso and in Indonesia. There it became clear that my professional knowledge was appreciated, but that dealing with people in a different culture was at least as important to achieve something. After that I worked at PROSEA and PROTA to make all published information on useful plants available. Here the emphasis was again on trees. Then I started working at the Department of Invasive Plants of the NVWA on research, photography and publication of information on invasive plants. I set up the database of collection materials, which can be accessed online.
invasive plants, electronic identification tools, photography, web database, collection management
- Collecting up-to-data data on invasive plants, their taxonomy and identity, ecology and invasiveness.
- Publish these data on a website, in species factsheets and in look-alike pages, that compare morphologically similar plants and stipulate the differences.
A selection of the topics I am working on currently.