Naamdr. M de Jong

OmschrijvingEducation innovator & Lecturer
OrganisatieDepartement Omgevingswetenschappen
OrganisatieeenheidPlantenecologie en Natuurbeheer
Telefoon secretariaat+31 317 483 174
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BezoekadresDroevendaalsesteeg 3a
PostadresPostbus 47
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    jan 2019 - Nu


In my current position as Education innovator & Lecturer at the Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation Group (PEN) and the Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group (FEM), I aim to improve our education to better fit the recent increase in student numbers at Wageningen University, by using innovative teaching methods, both online and offline.

Together with course coordinators and lecturers, I evaluate their course and pinpoint where changes may be needed. In most cases we try out some new elements during the current academic year. Some examples are; changing to closed questions in exams, using scan forms for scoring exams, changing the logistics and organisation of excursions, introducing peer feedback as part of a group assignment and designing formative assessments in addition to practicals. For the next academic year, we make a plan for further development or redesign of the course. Improvements in or assistance with general course structure, organisation and logistics are often also part of this. More specifically, I assist course coordinators with the move to the new learning management system Brightspace, which at the same time creates the opportunity to seek advice from involved educationalists on (parts of) the course design.

Apart from this work on bachelor and master programme courses, I am involved in the logistics around theses and internships, the organisation of a ‘thesis ring’ for peer feedback during the thesis writing process and promotional activities such as thesis and internship markets. Also, I am part of the Strategic Partnership ABBEE, a cooperation between WUR and German, Danish and Finnish universities, focussing on transferring and implementing innovative practices in the field of bio-based economy education and exchanging experiences at a European level.


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Effects of artificial light at night on nature

Natural night-time darkness has disappeared across large parts of the world as a result of light pollution. This increase in sky brightness can have severe effects on human health as well as detrimental impacts on nature. Within the Light on Nature project, we’ve set up a large-scale field experiment in which formerly dark, natural habitat is illuminated with white, green or red LED light to study the effects of night-time illumination on several species groups. Specific focus is on physiology, behaviour, life-history traits and fitness in common songbirds and changes in species abundance over time.

Conservation and restoration of afromontane rainforest

Ntchisi Forest Reserve is situated in central Malawi and contains one of the last remaining patches of afromontane evergreen rainforest in southern Africa. Within Future Forest Malawi we work together with the local community to conserve and restore the different ecosystems of Ntchisi Forest Reserve. Studies focus on inventory and monitoring of bird and mammal species in different vegetation types, on changes in vegetation composition and animal species abundance along a human disturbance gradient in the forest and on effectiveness of different reforestation approaches.

Long-term bird population trends across Europe

While common forest bird populations are more or less stable over the last 10-15 years, Europe’s farmland birds show a stunning decline of 55% since 1980. Intensification of agriculture and loss of grassland habitat are some of the driving forces behind this negative trend. Within the Pan-European Common Bird Monitoring Scheme species data from 28 countries is available and we work on relating e.g. changes in land use, anthropogenic disturbances and diet types to bird population trends in (different regions of) Europe.

Strategic Partnership ABBEE (Accelerating the transition towards the Bio-Based Economy via Education)

The overall objective of this Strategic Partnership is to inspire and train a new generation of (bio-based economy) students and help accelerating the transition towards a bio-based economy via education of future professionals. New innovative educational approaches can inspire students, professionals and entrepreneurs to become more active in the bio-based society. The focus of the Strategic Partnership, ABBEE, is on developing, transferring and implementing innovative practices in the field of bio-based economy and to exchange experiences at a European level.

  • FEM-20909 Forest and Nature Conservation II - Management Planning and Tools
  • FEM-22803 Agroforestry
  • FEM-30306 Forest Ecology and Forest Management
  • FEM-31303 European Forest Resources and the Bio-economy
  • FEM-31806 Models for Ecological Systems


  • FEM-11306 - Introduction to Forest and Nature Conservation
  • FEM-20909 - Forest and Nature Conservation II - Management Planning and Tools
  • FEM-30306 - Forest Ecology and Forest Management
  • FEM-50403 - Capita selecta Forest Ecology and Forest Management - open for individual projects
  • FEM-79224 - MSc Research Practice Forest Ecology and Forest Management
  • FEM-79324 - MSc Research Practice Forest Ecology and Forest Management
  • PEN-10503 - Ecology I
  • PEN-30806 - Restoration Ecology
  • PEN-79224 - MSc Research Practice Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation
  • PEN-79324 - MSc Research Practice Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation
  • PEN-80424 - MSc Thesis Plant Ecology and Nature Conservation
  • PEN-81318 - BSc Thesis Forest and Nature Conservation (Double Degree SLU)
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