Ralph Buij specialised in ecology during his biology study at Utrecht University. He graduated in 2000 on the relation between fruit availability and orang-utan movements in Sumatran rainforests. After a BSc (Honours) study year at the Centre for Wildlife Management at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, his research interest shifted towards the African continent.
Between 2002 and 2005 Ralph was involved with several ecological research and conservation projects in southern and West/Central Africa, from developing and implementing ecological management plans for protected areas to his position as project coördinator for the forest-elephants project of the Smithsonian Institution in Gabon.
From 2005 to 2010 he was coördinator at the Centre for Environment and Development Studies in Cameroon, for the Institute of Environmental Sciences of Leiden University. He was responsible for the implementation and supervision of the Africa-programme, including supervising PhD and MSc students. Ralph was closely involved with the ‘Bénoué Large Carnivore Project’, the ongoing research on lion populations in Waza and the ROCAL project for the protection of lion populations in West and Central Africa. His research on the effect of landuse in the Sahel-zone on the ecology and population dynamics on raptors led to a PhD thesis in 2013.
Since 2013 Ralph works as a researcher at Alterra Wageningen University and Research Centre, where he is involved in policy questions and ecological research with a focus on population dynamics of birds, ecosystem dynamics and nature conservation in the Netherlands, Europe, Africa and Asia. Ralph is secretary of the Van Tienhoven Foundation for International Nature Conservation and active member of the IUCN Vulture Specialist Group.
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