Naam CR Stoof

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  • Advisory Board Member Firelogue project - Firelogue - EU project
    jan 2022 - Nu

    adviserende rol in EU project over het beter verbinden van vuur-gerelateerde EU projecten

  • - European Expert Group of Forest Fires - Europese Commissie
    mei 2019 - Nu

    nederlands vertegenwoordiger naar de Europese Expert Group of Forest Fires waar de Europese natuurbrandstatistieken worden besproken.



I am specialized in pyrogeography - the interdisciplinary study of the distribution and functioning of wildland fire. I am a board member of the International Association of Wildland Fire, the national delegate of The Netherlands to the EU Expert Group of Forest Fires, and coordinator of the newly funded Innovative Training Network PyroLife, that will train 15 PhD candidates to become the our new generation of integrated fire management experts. PyroLife will foster knowledge transfer from southern Europe to temperate Europe, and from cross-risk approaches including water management to fire. It thereby combines how the North solves community problems with fire knowledge from the European South, with a strong focus on diversity in terms of interdisciplinarity, science-practice links, geography and gender. With this, PyroLife will train young people to understand fire, deal with uncertainty, communicate risks, and stimulate knowledge exchange to improve awareness and preparedness for current and future fire challenges.

My fundamental research focuses on the impacts of human and natural disturbances on soils, water and landscapes. The themes I work on are broad, and include fire, ash, soil management, soil hydrology and interaction with plants. An important aspect in my work is scale, and how small-scale fundamental mechanisms translate into larger-scale impacts relevant for land and water managers. I enjoy connecting scientific disciplines and researchers not typically working together, working with students in my research, and communicating my work to stakeholders. 

Science communication

I actively engage the general public as well as public media to communicate my research to the broader public, and as such, I am a regular contributor to national and international media covering wildland fires on tv, radio, in newspapers and online. Those who follow me on Twitter (@dr_firelady) know my favorite outlet ever is het Jeugdjournaal (kids news program). 

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  Cathelijne Stoof op Linkedin
  Cathelijne Stoof op ResearchGate



Marie Curie Reintegration Grant: Ko'-Ts’ah-Tó project (Sept 2016 - Aug 2018). Study into how plants control fire impact on soil and hydrology. With UTAD (Portugal), VU University Amsterdam (the Netherlands), University of Wollongong (Australia), Exeter University (UK), Cornell University (USA), University of Arizona (USA), and USGS (USA). For more info, please visit the project website.

Other projects and collaborations:

  • Effects of wildland fire ash on soil water flow (with Cornell University, US Geological Survey)
  • Fire effects and fire management (with UTAD, US Geological Survey)
  • Sustainable development of perennial grass bioenergy on marginal soils of New York State (with Cornell University)
  • Interaction between plant growth and soil water distribution (with the Center for Crop Systems Analysis WUR)
  • Biochar and soil hydrology (with Soil Physics and Land Management WUR, Cornell University, Bahir Dar University Ethiopia)
  • Visual Soil Assessment (supervising PhD candidate Maricke van Leeuwen)


I teach in the following Wageningen University courses:

  • SGL-10309 Integration Course Soil, Water and Atmosphere (first year BSc)
  • SGL-30306 Inventory Techniques in Geosciences (first year MSc)
  • SOQ-33306 Integrated Natural Resource Management in Organic Agriculture (first year MSc)
  • SGL-23806 Fundamentals of Landscapes (new pre-master course Landscape Architecture)


Besides these courses, I have a range of topics available for BSc and MSc theses and internships, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Projects can include lab, field and modeling work on e.g. soil hydrology and water repellency, plant-soil interactions, biochar effects, erosion, wildland fires, soil science communication. Joint projects with other groups in Wageningen are also a possibility - please contact me for details.

  • SGL-80812 BSc thesis Soil, Water, Atmosphere
  • SGL-80424 through to SGL-80439 Thesis Soil Geography and Landscape
  • SGL-70424 through to SGL-70439 Internship Soil Geography and Landscape
  • SGL-24306 - Fundamentals of Landscapes
  • SGL-40306 - Pyrogeography
  • SGL-70224 - MSc Internship Soil Geography and Landscape
  • SGL-70424 - MSc Internship Soil Geography and Landscape
  • SGL-79224 - MSc Research Practice Soil Geography and Landscape
  • SGL-79324 - MSc Research Practice Soil Geography and Landscape
  • SGL-80424 - MSc Thesis Soil Geography and Landscape
  • SGL-80436 - MSc Thesis Soil Geography and Landscape
  • SGL-80812 - BSc Thesis Soil, Water, Atmosphere
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