Wim van der Putten

Titels Prof. dr. ir.
Initials W.H.
Main position Afdelingshoofd Terrestrial Ecology
Disciplines Ecology
Chair Functionele biodiversiteit
Division Science Division
Section Biology Section
Membership Member
Since 2015
Member of Academy Ecology Fund
Member of Jury Academy Education Prize
Employed by Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie (NIOO-KNAW)
Afdeling Terrestrische Ecologie
Droevendaalseweg 10
6708 PB Wageningen
tel.  0317 473 599
Personal website

Wim van der Putten (born in 1958) is an internationally recognised leader in the field of soil ecology. For example, he has done pioneering research into the role of soil-borne pathogens in the natural development of plant communities. Thanks to his work, we now have a better understanding of how terrestrial ecosystems work, what the influence is of biodiversity, and how we can more accurately predict the way plant communities adapt to the changing climate. Van der Putten’s emphasis on aboveground-belowground linkages has even led to the development of a new ‘subdiscipline’ within soil ecology.