Prof. dr ir Catharina (Katja) Johanna Maria Philippart

Director, Wadden Academy, E:,

Professor by Special Appointment, University of Utrecht, Department of Physical Geography, Coastal Processes, E:,

Research leader, Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research (NIOZ), Department of Coastal Systems, E:,

As a scientist, Katja Philippart studies the impacts of environmental changes (e.g., in global warming, frequency of droughts and nutrient supply) in coastal systems on short-lived microalgae – and accordingly, the shellfish that feed on those algae. Changes in the base of the food web has direct consequences for the fish that use shallow coastal systems as a breeding grounds and for the birds that find a vital tank station there while migrating between the North and South. In addition, this also affects the people who earn their living from shellfish fishing. The World Heritage Wadden Sea is her main focus area, with local findings on trends and interactions (as derived from long-term time series and experiments) being compared with those in other intertidal areas worldwide (e.g., by deriving information from field sampling and satellites) within European and international programs.

In addition to her scientific research, she is director of the Wadden Academy, teaches coastal ecology at the University of Utrecht and is a member of various boards including the National Committee and the Trilateral Committee for Wadden Sea Science Programs, the Environmental Council of the Wadden Sea region, the governmental Scientific Advisory Board on mining activities in the Dutch Wadden Sea, and the Scientific Advisory Board of an EU project on “Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe”. Furthermore, she chairs the Scientific Advisory Committee on the impacts of the cargo loss by the MSC ZOE and the Research & Monitoring Program of the Fish Migration River.