Naam CR Stoof

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A soil scientist by training with a passion for interdisciplinary work on water and fire sciences, my research focuses on the impacts of human and natural disturbances on soil and water resources. Key questions are: what are the fundamental processes affecting soil hydrologic functioning, and how can we improve understanding of these processes to sustainably manage soil, water and landscapes? 

The themes I work on are broad, and include fire, ash, soil management and classification, bioenergy, biochar, fundamental soil physics, and interaction with plants. My common core in these various themes is soil health and soil hydrology. 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.  For more information on my current projects, please visit my personal website.

Science communication

I actively engage the general public as well as public media to communicate my research to the broader public, both through invited talks for laymen and through the spoken and written press.

My work has been featured in national and international media in 7 different countries on 3 continents, and has led to (participation in) 5 tv-programs, 11 radio shows, 17 articles in popular-scientific magazines and > 130 articles in newspapers and on the web. I additionally give (invited) talks to laymen, and my research is also used for Wageningen University student recruitment purposes. This outreach work has been recognized by two awards: a Storm-van der Chijs Award and a WUR Environmental Sciences Success Award. Click here for a shortlist of science communication activities - please feel free to contact me for (popular-scientific) information on my research, or other soil, water and fire related questions.

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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-10309 - Integration Course Soil, Water, Atmosphere
  • SGL-11806 - Fundamentals of Landscape
  • SGL-80812 - BSc Thesis Soil, Water, Atmosphere
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