Dr. Jan Peter van der Sleen

  • Scientific staff
  • Research
  • Group: Auen-Institut
  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

    Institut für Geographie und Geoökologie
    Abteilung Aueninstitut
    D-76437 Rastatt

Peter van der Sleen


  • forest ecology
  • fish ecology
  • global change

Current position

2017 - Postdoctoral Researcher. Institute of Geography and Geoecology, department of Wetland Ecology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.

Previous positions

Nov 2015 - July 2017 Postdoctoral Researcher. Marine Science Institute, University of Texas, USA.
Aug 2014 - Feb 2015 Post-doctoral researcher. Forest Ecology and Management Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
Jan 2011 - July 2017 Freelance editor of a book ‘Field guide to the fishes of the Amazon, Orinoco and Guianas’.


Feb 2010 - Jun 2014 PhD candidate. Forest Ecology and Management Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Title thesis: Environmental drivers of tree growth: a pan-tropical study of stable isotopes.
Sep 2006 - Feb 2009 Master Tropical Ecology. Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia, Brazil. Degree awarded with honors (cum laude).
Sep 2003 - Jun 2006 Bachelor Biology. Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Bachelor thesis nominated for the best thesis award 2006.

Awards and honors

Apr 2016 Publication Award (first price) at the NERN (Netherlands Annual Ecology Meeting), Lunteren, the Netherlands.
May 2013 Best oral presentation at the TRACE (Tree Rings in Archaeology, Climatology and Ecology) meeting, Viterbo, Italy.
Feb 2009 MSc degree at the Utrecht University concluded with Honors (Cum Laude).