Mr Maarten Wynants

Mr Maarten Wynants

Honorary Research Fellow

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



Honorary research Fellow at University of Plymouth currently involved in the Jali Ardhi project. 


  • PhD in Physical Geography: University of Plymouth
  • 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.


Grants & contracts

Funding received:

Integrated community-driven engagement for sustainable enhancement of food production in East Africa: the Jali Ardhi project.

  • From 01-05-2020 to 31-10-2021

  • Funded by: BBSRC-NERC (BB/T012560/1)

  • Role: Co-investigator

  • PI: Prof. Dr. William Blake

  • Budget: £290,416

- SoilSCAN project: Soils, Science and Community Action.

  • From 17-02-2020 to 31-07-2020

  • Funded by: BBRSC (BB/T018704/1)
  • Role: Co-investigator

  • PI: Prof. Dr. William Blake

  • Budget: £19,248

-  Jali Ardhi project: Realising land management change in degraded Maasai grazing lands.

  • From 01-10-2018 to 20-04-2019

  • Funded by: NERC (NE/P015603/1)

  • Role: named Co-investigator

  • PI: Prof. Dr. William Blake

  • Budget:  £101,243

- Jali Ardhi project: Socio-ecological resilience to soil erosion driven by extreme climatic events: past, present and future challenges in East Africa.

  • From 01-11-2016 to 31-07-2017
  • Funded by: GCRF RCUK (NE/R009309/1)

  • Role: Co-investigator

  • PI: Prof. Dr. William Blake

  • Budget: £198,631

-  Contribution to a Decision Support System for the sustainable development of the Lake Manyara basin, Tanzania: environmental water requirements of a lake with high socio-economic importance.

  • From 01-09-2014 to 31-08-2016

  • Funded by: VLIR-UOS NSS

  • Role: Co-investigator

  • PI: Prof. Dr. Luc Brendonck

  • Budget: €74,800