Annegret Larsen is assistant professor in the Soil Geography and Landscape Group at Wageningen University (WUR, the Netherlands). She has also been a lecturer at the University of Manchester (Great Britain), research scientist at the Université de Lausanne (Switzerland), the University of Brisbane (Australia), and the University of Kiel (Germany). She holds a PhD in Physical Geography and Geoarchaeology from the University of Kiel, and a degree in education from the Federal State of Bavaria (Germany). Dr. Larsen’s research focusses on human-landscape interaction, abiotic-biotic environmental feedbacks, rewilding, and ecosystem services. Her research has implications for conservation, land-use planning, and nature-based solutions. In her research she pays particular attention to better understanding the processes within sustainably managed and resilient landscapes, and how to create and manage them. This is where all of her research lines (human-landscape interaction, abiotic-biotic interactions, rewilding) and many spatiotemporal scales (millennial to minute, landscape to plot) come together, as a successful restoration/regeneration of a landscape is only possible when past human modifications, and their effects on the environment can be matched with an understanding of the present environmental processes initiated e.g. by conservation techniques like rewilding.
Dr. Larsen is an integrative scientist, and has a keen interest in involving practitioners and the general public in her research. She is running several citizen science projects, and lead conferences dedicated to practitioners and managers in the field of catchment management and conservation with the goal of translating the results of her research into practice. She is also actively promoting on an European and national level the field of Biogeomorphology, by leading special issues in the field, running conference sessions, and workshops in this new, and exciting field of research. Her teaching focuses on courses of highly integrative learning, which she greatly enjoys and bases upon her university degree in education, and seeks to continuously develop.