Wim van der Putten

Titels Prof. dr. ir.
Initials W.H.
Main position Afdelingshoofd Terrestrial Ecology NIOO-KNAW
Disciplines Ecology
Chair Functionele biodiversiteit
Domain Natural Sciences and Engineering
Membership Member
Since 2015
Chair of Jury of the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences
Member of Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering
Member of Natural Sciences and Engineering
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.