Dr Hans Joosten

Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology, University Greifswald, Germany

Email: joosten@uni-greifswald.de

Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee and Author of the SCOPE Rapid Assessment Project on the Benefits of Soil Carbon


Hans Joosten studied biology in the Netherlands with majors in Geobotany (Nijmegen), Aquatic Ecology (Wageningen/Leersum) and Historical Plant Geography (Utrecht). After his doctoral (drs.) exams he worked as a docent at the Open University Heerlen, as scientific policy officer at the Dutch State Forestry Service and the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Fisheries, and as a scientific researcher at University Utrecht (Laboratory of Palaeobotany and Palynology).

From 1996 on, Hans Joosten leads the Department of Peatland Studies and Palaeoecology in the Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology of Greifswald University, since 2002 as associate professor, since 2008 as Extraordinary Professor. In 2010 he received an Honorary Doctorate of the University of Batumi (Georgia) for his achievements in studying and protecting the peatlands of Colchis.

Hans Joosten and his research group study peatlands in an integrative way at the crossroads of palaeo-ecology (palynology, macrofossil analysis, geochemistry), ecology (bio indicators, peat formation and accumulation), landscape ecology (eco-hydrology, mire and landscape development, human impact, climate change, greenhouse gases), nature conservation (classification, biodiversity, restoration), and wise use (peatland ecosystem services, paludiculture). The group has research projects in several European countries as well as in Georgia (Transcaucasia), Russia (Yakutia, West-Siberia), China (Tibet, Altai, Jilin), Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei, Iran, Senegal/Mauretania, and Tierra del Fuego (Argentina).

Since 2000 Hans Joosten is Secretary-General of the International Mire Conservation Group (www.imcg.net), the world organisation of peatland conservationists. In recent years Hans Joosten is - as expert member of the Belarusian delegation - involved in the negotiations within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. He is furthermore active in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, especially in developing IPCC guidelines and guidance for reporting and accounting emissions from wetlands and organic soils.