Mr Maarten Wynants

Mr Maarten Wynants

Teaching and Support Assistant

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (NC) (Faculty of Science & Engineering (NC))


PhD researcher


  • Master in Biology: KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • Bachelor in Biology: KU Leuven (Belgium)

Professional membership

Early career member of:

- European Geoscience Union
- British Ecological Society
- British Society of Soil Science

Research interests

I am interested in the effects of land use change on soil erosion dynamics and the accompanied declining ecosystem service provisions in East-Africa. Our research goal is to contribute to sustainable land management plans safeguarding food security, people's livelihoods and biodiversity. Some of the tools we use to reach these goals are GIS, geochemical fingerprinting, Compound specific stable isotopes and ecological assessments.


-Blake, W.H., Rabinovich, A., Wynants, M., Kelly, C., Nasseri, M., ... & Patrick Ndakidemi (2018). Soil erosion in East Africa: an interdisciplinary approach to realising pastoral land management change. Environmental research letters 13: 124014. 
- Wynants M., Solomon, H., Ndakidemi, P. and Blake, W.H. (2018). Pinpointing areas of increased erosion risk following land cover change in the Lake Manyara catchment, Tanzania. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 71: 1-8.
- Lemmens, P., Teffera, F. E., Wynants, M., Govaert, L., Deckers, J., ... & De Meester, L. (2017). Intra‐and interspecific niche variation as reconstructed from stable isotopes in two ecologically different Ethiopian Rift Valley lakes.  Functional Ecology 31: 1482-1492.