Rik Leemans heads the Environmental Systems Analysis group at Wageningen University and Research. He leads interdisciplinary global-change research projects and contributes to international science-policy assessments, like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), as well as in research programs such as Future Earth. He has modeled boreal forest dynamics at Uppsala University (Sweden) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria), and led the development of an integrated Earth system model (IMAGE) at the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency.
He now develops transdisciplinary approaches to deal with global change and sustainability. Author of published papers on ecosystem dynamics, ecosystem services, biodiversity, climate and global change, vulnerability and sustainability, he is Editor-in-Chief of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, and participated in the 4th IPCC Report, awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, and the Millennium Ecosystems Assessment, distinguished with the Zayed Prize.