Tom Buijse

Specialist in freshwater ecosystem health and restoration

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Prof. Dr. Tom Buijse (1962) is a specialist in ecological restoration of inland waters and fish-based assessment. He graduated from Wageningen University in 1987 as population biologist and obtained his PhD degree in 1992 on fish population dynamics in a large shallow freshwater lake. From 1993 onwards his research and consultancy concentrated on ecological rehabilitation of large rivers such as the Rhine, Danube and Volga and 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 50+ peer-reviewed scientific publications and H-index of 29 (Google Scholar 2020). April 2020 he has been appointed as extraordinary professor freshwater fish ecology at the WUR to optimize fish resources and species diversity in inland waters

His present research focuses on the hydromorphological rehabilitation of rivers and tuning the implementation of environmental legislation with other socio-economic demands such as flood protection and navigation and fisheries management. From 2011-2015 he coordinated the 4-yr large integrated EU-funded research project REFORM (Restoring Rivers for Effective Catchment Management) involving 26 European partners. He was the prime organizer of and guest-editor for international conferences on “Large river rehabilitation” in 2003 and on “Novel Approaches to Assess and Rehabilitate Modified Rivers” in 2015. His 30-yrs research and consultancy experience covers rivers, floodplains, lakes and deltas.

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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