About us


Environment Topics DiagramThe mission of the Department of Environment is to push the boundaries of research to better understand, value, map, and manage the world’s natural resources. This research focuses on both pristine and human-altered ecosystems worldwide and this in the context of societal relevant themes like climate change, sustainable primary production, land degradation and biodiversity conservation. There is a particular focus on the integrated management of the biotic and abiotic elements (plants, animals, soil, water, air) for the delivery of multiple ecosystem services. Through high-quality academic bachelor, master, and PhD-programmes we educate skillful professionals in the field of natural resource management. The department is furthermore engaged to reach out to society on current issues related to natural resources from an independent and critical scientific-based position.

In this context, the ultimate target is to strive for a sustainable stewardship of the world’s natural capital.


Head of department

Professor Kris Verheyen

Department secretary

The team

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