Tom Buijse

Specialist in freshwater ecosystem health and restoration

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Dr. Tom Buijse (1962) is a specialist in freshwater ecosystem health and restoration.  He obtained his PhD degree in 1992 on fish population dynamics in a large shallow freshwater reservoir. From 1993 onwards his research and consultancy concentrated on the ecological rehabilitation of large rivers such as the Rhine, Danube and Volga and the fish communities as indicator for freshwater ecosystem quality. His expertise on the potential to restore freshwater ecosystems was subsequently applied to implement the European Water Framework Directive in the Netherlands and to develop fish-based assessment methods for rivers. He has 35+ peer-reviewed scientific publications and was the prime organiser and guest-editor for an international conference on large river rehabilitation in 2003.

The present research focuses on the hydromorphological rehabilitation of rivers. In 2009 and 2010 he co-lead the international project FORECASTER aiming to facilitate the exchange of knowledge on the ecological effect of hydrological and morphological degradation and restoration of rivers. From November 2011 onwards he coordinates a 4-yr large integrated EU-funded research project REFORM (Restoring Rivers for Effective Catchment Management) involving 25 European partners. His 20-yrs research and consultancy experience covers rivers, floodplains, lakes and deltas. His citation Hirsh’s h-index in Scopus is 12.

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Working experience

2008 - present Deltares Department of Freshwater Ecology & Water Quality, specialist ecology.
1998 - 2008 Rijkswaterstaat - RIZA Ecology Department, senior advisor/specialist.
1993 - 1998 Rijkswaterstaat - RIZA Research Department, senior researcher.
1992 - 1993 Wageningen University Department of Fish Culture and Fisheries. Vice-project coordinator; responsible for scientific support of research projects in developing countries.
1987 - 1993 Wageningen University Department of Fish Culture and Fisheries. Ph.D. - student