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Simon Besnard

PhD Student (@Wageningen University) - co-oriented by MDI and Wageningen UR
Phone: +31 6 2468 3180
Email: simon.besnard(at)
Email: sbesnard(at)

Research interests

  • Land use change
  • Forest & soil degradation modelling
  • Terrestrial nitrogen-carbon cycle interactions
  • Earth observation.

Ph.D. project

Tracking disturbance: understanding the role of forest disturbance and recovery on forest carbon cycle dynamics inferred by flux-data, remote sensing and modelling.

Peer-reviewed publications

Conference contributions

  • Besnard, S., Philippon, O., Dosso, M. and Podwojewski, P. (2011). Understanding processes: the relation between farming practices and land degradation. Paper accepted at the 17th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference, Earth Institute, Columbia University, New York, United States of America.
  • Michot, D., Hallaire, V., Besnard, S., Chirié, G., Besnard, Y. and Dutin, G. (2010). Characterization of soil structure and water infiltration spatial variability using electrical resistivity tomography at decimetre scale. A study of two contrasted soil tillage modalities. 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Soil Solutions for a Changing World. August 6th, 2010, Brisbane, Australia

Curriculum Vitae

03/2015-present PhD Student in the Model Data Integration Research Group at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany
2015 MSc. Geo-Information Science and Remote Sensing - Major: Deforestation and Climate Change at Wageningen University, The Netherlands
2010 MSc. Tropical Agricultural Systems and Agricultural Development - Major: International Land Management at Montpellier SupAgro, France
2008 Maitrise Integrated Watershed Management - Major: Natural Resources Conservation and Rehabilitation at the School of Agriculture of Rennes, France
2007 B.Sc. Earth and Life Sciences - Major: Environmental Science at the University of Rennes 1, France
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