Johanna is researcher and lecturer at the Soil Physics and Land Management group. She investigates the impacts of land degradation and sustainable land management on the delivery of ecosystem services.
Johanna’s research focusses on the quantification of ecosystem services at the landscape scale. She looks at both the biophysical and monetary valuation of ecosystem services. Spatial-explicit analyses at the human-ecosystem interface that aim to tackle urgent environmental challenges have her specific interest. Her key interests are drylands, water, rainwater harvesting, water quality, monetary valuation, GIS and sustainable development. She is member of the Drylands Working Group of the Ecosystem Services Partnership.
Johanna has finalized her PhD thesis on Ecosystem Services Valuation at Leiden University. As part of her PhD, she participated in the Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP) in South Africa. Johanna also worked at VU University Amsterdam and holds a MSc degree in Forest and Nature Conservation from Wageningen University and a BSc degree in Biology from Utrecht University, both specialized in Ecology. During her master studies, Johanna started working on the topic of ecosystem services at the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD.