Two researchers Faculty of Science among 1% most cited worldwide

Hans Cornelissen and Guido van der Werf belong to the 1% most cited researchers worldwide, i.e. they are on the Highly Cited Researchers 2017 list of Thomson Reuters.

12/12/2017 | 12:39 PM

In practice this means that they are among 3000 most cited researchers out of 300,000 who publish internationally in journals covered by the Web of Science. The list is based on citations of their papers in such journals over the past 10 years.

Guido van der Werf is a climate scientist at the Department of Earth Sciences where he holds a Chair in Global Carbon Cycle and Land Use Change. In 2011 he received a prestigious ERC Starting Grant for his research in this field. Since then he has been awarded several prestigious research prizes and obtained a personal big VICI grant from the Dutch science foundation, NWO.  Van der Werf is especially  interested in the effects of fire on regional atmospheric chemistry and global climate, with a special focus on the role of human land use.

Hans Cornelissen holds a Chair in Functional Biodiversity  at the Department of Ecological Science. Cornelissen studies the impact of climate change on ecosystems, especially the impact via shifts in the composition of plant species and their traits. He studies how changing vegetation composition in polar regions, China and other parts of the world cause changes in soil and climate, e.g. via decomposition and fire regimes. Cornelissen is also a co-author on three papers in Nature about the role of plant traits for vegetation structure and composition worldwide.

Remarkably, Cornelissen, van der Werf and their respective teams, all “Triple E” researchers within the faculty, are working together closely in international fire projects based on their complementary areas of expertise. Cornelissen focuses  on the flammability of vegetation and soil, both at plot scale in the field in different biomes and in his fire laboratory, FLARE, at VU.  Van der Werf observes both fires themselves and the chemical composition of the atmosphere after fires, at regional to global scale, using satellite images and drones among other tools.