Mr Maarten Wynants

Mr Maarten Wynants

Student Mentor

Teaching & Learning Support (NC)


PhD researcher


  • Master in Biology: KULeuven (Belgium)
  • Bachelor in Biology: KULeuven (Belgium)

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.


Lemmens, P., Teffera, F. E., Wynants, M., Govaert, L., Deckers, J., Bauer, H., ... & 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.