Contact Dr Jeroen Meersmans

Areas of expertise


After obtaining a master degree in Physical Geography at the University of Brussels in 2004, Jeroen became a teaching assistant and completed a PhD research project at the University of Louvain (2005-2009) studying the spatial and temporal evolution of soil organic carbon (SOC) at the regional scale (Belgium). Here the focus lay on the interplay of soil type, land use, climate and agro-management and there combined effect on SOC. In 2010 he started a 2 year post doc position at the French National institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) at Orléans, studying the factors influencing SOC over a wider range of environments (e.g. vastly differing climates) Moreover, special attention was paid to the C input component and the relation with agro-management, yield and climate.

Jeroen started working as a postdoc researcher at the University of Exeter in January 2012 on a Marie Curie inter-European Fellowship continued by a lectureship (2014-2016). In this project he aimed to study the influence of soil erosion and land use change on soil organic carbon (SOC) depth distribution, C input and mineralization rates in order to improve current knowledge regarding the 3D spatial and temporal evolution of SOC at landscape scale.

Current activities

Predicting soil organic matter dynamics across a wide range of scales has become one of the most important research priorities for many soil and climate scientists to better understand and protect ecosystem health and services for future generations, including climate regulation, food productivity and flood protection.
My research contributes to this emerging scientific question by making detailed assessments of the spatial and temporal behavior of soil organic carbon (SOC) considering field, catchment, regional and national scales, with a more specific focus on following key factors and processes:

- Modelling climate change & land use change impacts on past & future national scale SOC budgets

- Investigating soil type,  agro-management and erosion impacts on soil C input and mineralization.

- Assessing lateral fluxes of organic matter and sediments across the terrestrial aquatic continuum.

- Downscaling of large scale spatial distributions of SOC controlling climate variables, such as precipitation.


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