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Deputy Director. Land, water and environmental management.
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Senior reseacher / Soil and land degradation assessment and restoration
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Senior Soil Scientist / Head, World Data Centre for Soils
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Business Developer
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Carvalho Ribeiro

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Soil/agricultural modeller


Webmaster and programmer


Digital Soil Mapping
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Pedometrics and Digital Soil Mapping


Soil mapping


Soil scientist (agropedologist), AfSIS-GlobalSoilMap
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Sustainable land management, Head of World Soil Museum
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Ruiperez Gonzalez

Remote Sensing, GIS and Soil mapping
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van Egmond

Aquisition, Soil sensing
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van Kleef

Monolith preparation

Guest researchers

AJM (Ad) van Oostrum, MSc

AJM (Ad) van Oostrum, MSc

[2016/10 - present]

Ad has more than 30 years experience in soil, plant and water analysis, and assessment of reliability of laboratory data, including consultancy in laboratory methods and quality management in developing countries.

Alessandro Samuel Rosa, MSc

Alessandro Samuel Rosa, MSc

[2014/01 - 2014/12] Alessandro came to ISRIC as a guest researcher sponsored by the CAPES Foundation, Ministry of Education of Brazil. He was a PhD student at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; part of his PhD research project at ISRIC was developed under the supervision of Dr. Gerard Heuvelink.
Andrew M Sila, MSc

Andrew M Sila, MSc

[2014/03-2014/04] Andrew came to ISRIC as a Postdoc Researcher from World Agroforesty Centre (ICRAF, Kenya). Andrew extended the soil spectroscopy package and assisted the ISRIC-AfSIS team in developing and documenting a Soil Spectral Reference Library as a part of the GSIF package and providing a well-organized spectral reference library for use by AfSIS for digital mapping purposes. 
Prof CC (Cristine) Muggler

CC (Cristine) Muggler, Prof

[2011/01 - 2012/01]

Cristine, an Associate Professor at the Soil Science Department of Federal University of Viçosa, Minas Gerais (Brazil), worked on the World Soil Museum during her sabbatical at ISRIC.

Dr CJE (Nynke) Schulp

CJE (Nynke) Schulp, PhD

[2010/04 - 2012/04]

Dr D (David) G Rossiter

D (David) G Rossiter, PhD

[2014/11 - present]

E (Eliana) de Souza PhD

E (Eliana) de Souza, PhD

[2013/08 - 2015/04]

Eliana, first came to ISRIC in 2012 (March to October) to work on her PhD (Federal University of Viçosa) on “digital soil mapping” and to acquire experience in producing soil property and class maps with special attention for the Rio Doce Basin (Minas Gerais).

Kevin Vaysse, MSc

Kevin Vaysse, MSc

[2014/04 - 2014/07]

Kevin is a PhD student from France. He worked on the development of digital soil mapping methods for soil properties to improve soil data at the regional scale.

His advisors while at ISRIC were Gerard Heuvelink and Tom Hengl.

L (Laura) Battle Bayer, Msc

L (Laura) Battle Bayer, MSc

[2009/05 - 2010/04]

Laura, from Spain, an agronomist by training, worked as a Guest Researcher on “soil carbon dynamics”. This included the development and testing of a summary-model of soil organic carbon dynamics focusing on defined land use changes in the Brazilian Cerrado.

Milan Kilibarda

Milan Kilibarda, PhD

[2013/05 - 2013/06]

Milan is a teaching assistant in Cartography, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Geodesy and Geoinformatics, University of Belgrade.

As a guest researcher, he worked on Digital Soil Mapping; scientific support was provided by Tom Hengl.


N (Nikolay) Rybalskiy, MSc

N (Nikolay) Rybalskiy, MSc

[2011/03 - 2011/08]

Nikolay, a guest researcher from Moscow State University, worked on the development of a SOTER database for a section of Russia. He also contributed to field work in Russia for the SOLEX project.

N (Nikoo) Hamzehpour, Msc

N (Nikoo) Hamzehpour, MSc

[2011/03 - 2011/09]

Nikoo Hamzehpour, a guest researcher from Iran (Tarbiat Modares University), worked on her PhD project "Evaluating spatial variability of soil salinity in Uromieh Plain".

Scientific advise was provided by Tom Hengl.

Dr Paddikal Chandran

Paddikal Chandran, PhD

[2011/01 - 2011/03]

Dr Paddikal Chandran came to further his knowledge of soil and terrain databases (SOTER) and to get acquainted with various research institutes in the Netherlands.

Dr Priyabatra Santra

Priyabatra Santra, PhD

[2013/09 - 2013/12]

Dr Uttam Kumar Mandal

Uttam Kumar Mandal, PhD

[2013/09 - 2013/12]

Dr. Wei Shangguan

Wei Shangguan, PhD


Wei came to ISRIC as a guest researcher sponsored by the Chinese Scholarship Council.

Former staff

Ad van Oostrum


Jorge Mendes de Jesus, PhD


with ISRIC: 2012-2017

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Honorary fellows

Honorary Fellows are appointed in recognition of mutual long and fruitful relationship with ISRIC - World Soil Information:

  • Dr Wim G. Sombroek (in memoriam First Honorary Fellow    former Director of ISRIC; and outstanding contributions to the Institute by optimising the earned recognition worldwide 
  • Professor Dr Rudi Dudal (in memoriam― mastermind of the Soil Map of the World and long-time friend of ISRIC
  • Professor Dr Klaas Jan Beek seminal work of  land evaluation and through the trusteeship as Rector of the International Institute for Geo-information Science and Earth Observation  
  • Dr Robert Brinkman seminal work carrying soil survey through land evaluation to land use planning; and support as Chief of FAO Land Resources 
  • Dr Luca Montanarella ― leading soil science in the EU Joint Research Centre; promoting the European Digital Archive of Soil Maps and SOTER; and for carrying soil survey data into policy
  • Professor Dr Johan Bouma ― soil physical properties and application of soil survey data; carrying soil information into national and international policy; and for long-time support as member of the ISRIC Board
  • Professor Dr Pedro Sanchez ― seminal work on the properties and management of soils of the tropics; and support as Co-Chair of the Hunger Task Force of the UN Millennium Project

  • Dr JA (Seppe )Deckers emeritus professor at the University of Leuven in Belgium.He has a leading role in the field of international soil classification, education of soils and their sustainable management; long time collaboration with ISRIC, especially in the development of the World Reference Base for Soil Resources.
  • Dr RA (Bob) MacMillan-Scientific coordinator of the GlobalSoilMap project, helped establish GlobalSoilMap specifications.He is a genuine advocate of Open Soil data and international collaboration and has been instrumental in the development of SoilGrids

                   Dr Klaas-Jan Beek (left) and Dr Rudi Dudal (right) with the FAO-Unesco Soil Map of the World 
at the official opening of new premises for the International Soil Museum, in 1979

International Scientific Advisory Council (ISAC)

The International Scientific Advisory Council of ISRIC-World Soil Information is an advisory body to help set out the overall strategy for ISRIC, and to provide advice about, and actively support actions to implement the strategy.

The specific areas for recommendation and actions concern:

  1. international institutional strategy,
  2. science policy and funding strategy with 3, 5 and 10 year goals, and
  3. support for fund raising opportunities

The Managing Board of ISRIC has decided to change the composition of the International Scientific Advisory Council by looking for a diverse and more balanced representation of the science community, international governing bodies and private sector and civil society. New members are being sought.

Managing board

The Managing Board of ISRIC currently consists of the following persons:

  • ITJ Grimm MSc, Director Operations, Environmental Sciences Group, Wageningen UR, The Netherlands 
  • Prof. Dr RNJ Comans, Environmental Sciences Group,Soil Chemistry and chemical soil quality Wageningen UR, The Netherlands 
  • Prof. Dr PC de Ruiter, Scientific Manager, Mathematical and Statistical Methods, Plant Sciences, Wageningen UR, The Netherlands (Chair)


Group photo of ISRIC Managing Board (March 2017): Prof. Dr PC de Ruiter, ITJ Grimm, Prof. Dr RNJ Comans (from left to right)


Francis Silatsa Tedou, MSc

Francis Silatsa is a Cameroonian PhD student with a MSc in soil science.

Luc Steinbuch, MSc

I am a Dutch PhD student, working on geostatistics and more specific the use of Bayesian algorithms to increase the reliability of soil maps and landuse maps.

ME (Marcos) Angelini, Agronomy Eng.

Marcos is a guest PhD student from Argentina. He has a scholarship from the National Institute of Agriculture Technology (INTA). He is working on soil survey, digital soil mapping and soil database development. Scientific support is provided by Gerard Heuvelink.

Mirjam Breure, MSc

Mirjam grew up in the west of the Netherlands where her parents own a greenhouse. So food production has always been an important part of her life. She graduated from Wageningen University in Plant Sciences in 2015 and started her PhD in 2016.