Bregje van Wesenbeeck
Nature-based flood risk mitigation and ecosystem assessment
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Dr. B.K. van Wesenbeeck is an expert on ecosystem assessment and ecological data analysis with a focus on coastal and wetland ecosystems. She executed her thesis on salt-marsh behavior in both the Netherlands and the US (RI), looking at the interaction between ecology, hydrodynamics and morphology. She has extensive field experience in intertidal systems and is skilled in solid experimental design and statistical testing. She values multidisciplinary research, and therefore often participates in projects that include ecology, hydrodynamics, water quality and morphology, which gives her an broad multidisciplinary background.
The last 5 years she has been working in projects where ecosystem services are used to obtain goals in water management, for instance using salt marshes and oyster reefs for coastal protection. Currently, she functions as a team leader and expert in several large projects on this topic and she coordinates Deltares marketing and research activities for ‘Building with Nature’ or ‘eco-engineering’. She is also responsible for implementing these innovative approaches for water management into the daily work of the Dutch government. In these roles she is continuously working on developing these concepts further, preferably together with multiple international parties. She initiated renewed collaboration with NGO’s on topics such nature-based coastal defense and coastal rehabilitation.
Last year she started the new research line to use the large-scale flume facilities of Deltares for validation of wave-dampening properties of biological structures, such as wetlands. This research bridges between ecologists and engineers and is executed in close collaboration between both. Dr. van Wesenbeeck presented her work on many international conferences and workshops and has a still growing publication list in peer-reviewed journals.
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|2012 - Present||Deltares||Senior researcher/advisor at Deltares.|
|2008 - 2011||Deltares||Researcher/advisor at Deltares.|
|2006 - 2007||NIOO||Coordination of project on creation of Japanese Oyster reefs as a mechanism for coastal defense at the NIOO.|
|2002 - 2007||Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and Brown University||PhD research at the Netherlands Institute for Ecology (NIOO), Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (RUG) and Brown University. Main topic: Structuring role of interactions between species and the environment in salt marsh pioneer zones. Promotores: Dr. J.P. Bakker, Dr. P.M.J. Herman and Dr. M.D. Bertness.|
|2001 - 2002||Province of Noord-Holland||Water & Green department of the Province of Noord-Holland. The project implied an extra impulse for policies on nature and water in a part of the urban agglomeration area of the Netherlands.|
Giving advice on implementation of nature-based coastal defence and on ecosystem functioning of mangroves. Collaborative design of construction and monitoring plans. Develop initiatives for fundraising and upscaling.
Advising and determining boundary conditions and evaluating methods to modify these conditions for salt-marsh development.
The Netherlands, 2012
Client: Ministry of Economics, Agriculture and Innovation.
Advice on implementation of nature-based coastal defence and on ecosystem functioning of mangroves. Collaborative design of construction and monitoring plans. Develop initiatives for fundraising and upscaling.
Client: Wetlands international.
Implementation of nature-based solutions for water management in the planning, design and execution phase of infrastructural projects. Generating tools for testing nature-based solutions and developing methods to include nature-based solutions in generic principles and integrating these principles into manuals. Thinking of new and cost-efficient directions for development of governmental projects.
The Netherlands, 2011 - Present
Client: Ministry of Infrastructure, public works and water, department of Infrastructure.
Implementation of pilot projects in the field, developing innovative solutions for water management using ecosystem services, designing nature-based solutions, setting up monitoring plans, managing monitoring efforts, dissemination of results.
The Netherlands, 2008 - 2011
Client: Ministry of Infrastructure, public works and water, department of water management.
Generalisation of green adaptation principles in close collaboration with Conservation International. Giving an overview of available knowledge and concepts and identifying knowledge gaps and most successful future routes.
The Netherlands, 2011
Client: Conservation International.
Identify and involve stakeholders to adopt nature-based flood defences that include wetlands. Present successful approaches from the Netherlands and identify needs from local communities and governmental bodies.
New Orleans (USA), 2008 - 2009
Client: Dutch Ministry of Economic affairs.
Developing innovative methods for water purification. Executing pilot studies and coordinating a monitoring program.
The Netherlands, 2007 - 2012
Client: Port of Rotterdam.
Site visits of projects and interacting with Chinese business developers. Interacting with Chinese students and exchanging knowledge on water management and sustainable building.
Client: County council Zeeland .
Management, providing insight in ecological quality and problems and performing analyses, writing of report/paper.
The Netherlands, 2008
Client: Ministry of transport, public works and water management.
Nature-based coastal defense: can biodiversity help?
B. K. van Wesenbeeck, J. N. Griffin, M. van Koningsveld, K.B. Gedan, M. McCoy, B.R. Silliman. Nature-based coastal defense: can biodiversity help? Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, 2nd Edition. Edited by: S. Levin. Princeton University Press.
Creating artificial underwater forests with pole and pontoon hulas in the Rotterdam harbour
P. Paalvast, B.K. van Wesenbeeck, G. van der Velde and M.B. de Vries. Creating artificial underwater forests with pole and pontoon hulas in the Rotterdam harbour. Ecological engineering 44: 199-209
How ecological engineering can serve in coastal defense strategies
B. Borsje, B.K. van Wesenbeeck, F. Dekker, P. Paalvast, T.J. Bouma, M. van Katwijk & M. de Vries. How ecological engineering can serve in coastal defense strategies. Ecological engineering 37: 113-122.
Unraveling the invasive species paradox by incorporating the role of positive interactions
A.H. Altieri, B.K. van Wesenbeeck, B.R. Silliman & M.D. Bertness. Unraveling the invasive species paradox by incorporating the role of positive interactions. Ecology 91 (5): 1269-1275.
Modeling the influence of a young mussel bed on fine sediment dynamics on an intertidal flat in the Wadden Sea
B. van Leeuwen, D.C.M. Augustijn, B.K. van Wesenbeeck, S.J.M.H. Hulscher, M.B. de Vries. Modeling the influence of a young mussel bed on fine sediment dynamics on an intertidal flat in the Wadden Sea. Ecological engineering, 36: 145-153.
Density thresholds determine benefits and edge effects for autogenic ecosystem engineer: a case study from the intertida
T.J. Bouma, M. Friedrichs, B.K. van Wesenbeeck, S. Temmerman, G. Graf, P.M.J. Herman. Density thresholds determine benefits and edge effects for autogenic ecosystem engineer: a case study from the intertidal. Oikos 118: 260-268.
Testing for alternative stable states in transition zones; distinguishing between local and lateral processes
B.K. van Wesenbeeck, J. van de Koppel, P.M.J. Herman, M.D. Bertness, D. van der Wal, J.P. Bakker & T.J. Bouma. Testing for alternative stable states in transition zones; distinguishing between local and lateral processes. Ecosystems 11 (7): 1133-1141.
Does scale-dependent feedback explain spatial complexity in salt-marsh ecosystems?
B.K. van Wesenbeeck, J. Van de Koppel, T.J. Bouma & P.M.J. Herman. Does scale-dependent feedback explain spatial complexity in salt-marsh ecosystems? Oikos 117: 152-159.
Distinct habitat types arise along a continuous hydrodynamic stress gradient due to interplay of competition and facilitation
B.K. van Wesenbeeck, C.M. Crain, A.H. Altieri & M.D. Bertness. Distinct habitat types arise along a continuous hydrodynamic stress gradient due to interplay of competition and facilitation. Marine Ecology Progress Series 349: 63-71.
Biomechanical warfare in ecology; Negative interactions between species by habitat modification
B.K. van Wesenbeeck, J. Van de Koppel, P.M.J., Herman, J.P., Bakker & T.J. Bouma., Biomechanical warfare in ecology; Negative interactions between species by habitat modification. Oikos 116: 742-750
|2008 - Present||Reviewer||Reviewing for: Ecology, Journal of ecology, Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, Helgoland Marine Research, Danish Journal of Geography, Applied vegetation ecology, Estuaries and coasts|
|2008 - 2010||Writer||Writer of popular science blogs.|
|2009||Winner Delta Water Award||Winner Delta Water Award (BAM, AM, Deltares and LOLA)|
|2006||One of the initiators||One of the initiators of Discovery 06, night for popularization of science.|
|2006||Author of a book||Author of a book chapter about nature restoration in popular scientific book on biology. Book title: In de toekomst is alles fantastisch. Chapter title: Instant landschap. By: Bregje K. van Wesenbeeck|