Jacob van Etten, a Dutch national, joined Bioversity in 2012 to lead the work on climate change adaptation. He has worked for Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Mali, and for the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines.
Before joining Bioversity, he worked at an international university in Spain, where he taught environmental sciences and directed a Master programme.
In his work, Jacob brings together insights and methods from the social, environmental and plant sciences to study plant genetic resources and agricultural development. He develops quantitative and geospatial methods to study crop diversity and environmental change. He has a specific interest in using information and communication technology in farmer-participatory crop improvement, to speed up adaptation to climate change. He is now based in Spain.
PhD, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
MSc, Free programme (global agriculture), Wageningen University, The Netherlands
van Etten, J., Fuentes López, M.R., Molina Monterroso, L.G., Ponciano Samayoa, K.M. 2008. Genetic diversity of maize (Zea mays L. ssp. mays) in communities of the western highlands of Guatemala: geographical patterns and processes. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. 55(2), 303-317.
van Etten, J., Hijmans, R.J. 2010. A geospatial modelling approach integrating archaeobotany and genetics to trace the origin and dispersal of domesticated plants. PLoS One 5(8), e12060.