Mr Maarten Wynants

Mr Maarten Wynants

Honorary Research Fellow

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

  • PostDoc Research


  • 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.


Key publications

Key publications are highlighted


Blake WH, Kelly C, Wynants M, Patrick A, Lewin S, Lawson J, Nasolwa E, Page A, Nasseri M & Marks C 2020 'Integrating land‐water‐people connectivity concepts across disciplines for co‐design of soil erosion solutions' Land Degradation & Development , DOI
Kelly C, Wynants M, Munishi LK, Nasseri M, Patrick A, Mtei KM, Mkilema F, Rabinovich A, Gilvear D & Wilson G 2020 '‘Mind the Gap’: Reconnecting Local Actions and Multi-Level Policies to Bridge the Governance Gap. An Example of Soil Erosion Action from East Africa' Land 9, (10) 352-352 , DOI Open access
Wynants M, Millward G, Patrick A, Taylor A, Munishi L, Mtei K, Brendonck L, Gilvear D, Boeckx P & Ndakidemi P 2020 'Determining tributary sources of increased sedimentation in East-African Rift Lakes' Science of The Total Environment 717, 137266-137266 , DOI
Wynants M, Kelly C, Mtei K, Munishi L, Patrick A, Rabinovich A, Nasseri M, Gilvear D, Roberts CN & Boeckx P 2019 'Drivers of increased soil erosion in East Africa’s agro-pastoral systems: changing interactions between the social, economic and natural domains' Regional Environmental Change , DOI Open access
Blake WH, Rabinovich A, Wynants M, Kelly C, Nasseri M, Ngondya I, Patrick A, Mtei K, Munishi L & Boeckx P 2018 'Soil erosion in East Africa: an interdisciplinary approach to realising pastoral land management change' Environmental Research Letters 13, (12) 0-0 Author Site , DOI Open access
Wynants M, Solomon H, Ndakidemi P & Blake WH 2018 'Pinpointing areas of increased soil erosion risk following land cover change in the Lake Manyara catchment, Tanzania' International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 71, 1-8 , DOI Open access
Lemmens P, Teffera FE, Wynants M, Govaert L, Deckers J, Bauer H, Woldeyes F, Brendonck L, Bouillon S & 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, (7) 1482-1492 , DOI
Wynants M, Millward G, Patrick A, Taylor A, Munishi L, Mtei K, Brendonck L, Gilvear D, Boeckx P & Ndakidemi P 'Determining tributary sources of increased sedimentation in East-African Rift Lakes using a combination of sediment tracing and radioactive dating' , DOI
Taylor A, Kelly C, Wynants M, Patrick A, Mkilema F, Munishi L, Mtei K, Nasseri M, Ndakidemi P & Blake W 'Soils, Science and Community ActioN (SoilSCAN) to reduce land degradation in East Africa' , DOI