Licentiaat in de wetenschappen (groep aardrijkskunde), doctor in de wetenschappen (KU Leuven), doctor of Science (Soil Science and Geomorphology, University of Wolverhampton), gewoon hoogleraar aan de KU Leuven en aan de Maria Curie-Skłodowska University, Lublin.  Dr.h.c. mult. (Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi en UMCS, Lublin).
Geomorfologie, landdegradatie, bodemconservatie, mens-milieu interacties, Globale Zuiden.

Jean Poesen is an emeritus professor of geography at KU Leuven (Belgium), where he continuous his research and teaching activities, and a full professor at the Faculty of Earth Science and Spatial Management, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS), Lublin (Poland).

He is a fellow member of the Royal Academy for Oversees Sciences (RAOS, 1997-), of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB 2009- ) and a foreign fellow of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (2013-  ).

Jean Poesen holds a master degree in geography (KU Leuven), a PhD. in Sciences (KU Leuven) and a DSc in Soil Science and Geomorphology (University of Wolverhampton, UK). He received honoris causa doctorates from the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Iasi, Romania (2013) and from the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University (UMCS) in Lublin, Poland (2014). In 2016 he was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Medal from the European Geosciences Union (EGU) and the David Linton Medal from the British Society for Geomorphology.

His expertise and research interests include geomorphology, soil degradation, soil erosion, sediment dynamics, hillslope hydrology, desertification processes and mitigation techniques, soil erosion control, soil and water conservation (including the human dimension), impact of environmental change on geomorphic processes under different ecological conditions, geoheritage and geotourism. He has conducted field- and laboratory-based research on geomorphic processes and human-environment interactions in Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America.

He is an author or co-author of more than 900 scientific papers of which 530 are listed in the Web of Science.


Key publications

Poesen, J., Nachtergaele, J., Verstraeten, G. and Valentin, C. 2003. Gully erosion and environmental change: importance and research needs. Catena 50 (2-4):91-133.https://doi.org/10.1016/S0341-8162(02)00143-1

Nyssen, J., Poesen, J., Moeyersons, J., Deckers, J., Mitiku H. and Lang A. 2004. Human impact on the environment in the Ethiopian and Eritrean highlands – a state of the art. Earth Science Reviews, 64/3-4:273-320.      https://doi.org/10.1016/S0012-8252(03)00078-3

Poesen, J. and Lavee, H. 1994.  Rock fragments in top soils: significance and processes. Catena 23(1-2):1-28.   https://doi.org/10.1016/0341-8162(94)90050-7

Vanmaercke M, Poesen J, Broeckx J, Nyssen J. 2014. Sediment Yield in Africa. Earth-Science Reviews 136: 350-368.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2014.06.004

Poesen, J. 2018. Soil erosion in the Anthropocene: Research needs. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 43, 64–84 (2018).  https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.4250


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