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Saturday, December 16, 2017
Wageningen University (WU) is an internationally-leading education and research institute on life sciences and the sustainable use of the environment. WU has a strong international focus in terms of education and research. WU belongs to the top six of the most cited research institutes in the domains of ecology/environment, plant production, and agriculture. WU has a longstanding record of successfully conducting and coordinating large European projects within the current and past EU Framework Programmes. Research is implemented in close collaboration with stakeholders and private and public research partners. WU has first-class resources for research and teaching, with an ongoing investment in high-quality teaching and learning facilities, including libraries and computing to language labs and wireless networking. WU offers a dynamic research environment with excellent computer facilities, with dedicated multi-processor computing servers available to its researchers, and a fully operational central database. Relevant observational data are available on all aspects dealt with in the research project. WU can perhaps be characterized as one of the largest biology faculties in the world, since its work on agricultural research questions (both on animals and plants) can be characterized as full-fledged applied ecology and applied biology. WU more over is characterized by it very short lines of communication and extreme willingness to cooperate and share with partners. The Resource Ecology Group (www.reg.wur.nl) conducts high-quality research on causality, effect and description of animal movements, especially of mammals in the tropics and in Europe, with special focus on the interaction between herbivores and vegetation. This research is carried out at different scale levels, from plant to ecosystem. Within the group there is much experience with animal tracking of large mammals. The group has internationally recognized expertise in savannah ecology, foraging ecology, spatial ecology and increasingly disease ecology, with 6 scientific staff and 34 PhD students and post- docs.