Amber Heijboer

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Amber Heijboer
PhD Programme Coordinator


About me
My name is Amber Heijboer and I am one of the PhD Programme coordinators of PE&RC. I studied Biology at the Utrecht University and after obtaining my MSc diploma in Environmental Ecology in 2012, I started a PhD project at Wageningen University. My PhD research focused on soil microbial ecology and was in close collaboration with Utrecht University and the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW). In June 2018 I obtained my PhD degree by defending my PhD thesis entitled: ‘Disentangling microbial decomposition networks’.

During my time as PhD candidate at Wageningen University I was an active member of the PE&RC PhD Council (PPC) and the Wageningen PhD Council (WPC), furthermore I was the Wageningen representative in the PhD Network Netherlands (PNN). Due the experience in these councils I became more and more interested in science organisation and policy and was therefore very excited that in 2017 I could start the combined job of Science Officer (University of Amsterdam) and PhD Programme Coordinator (PE&RC).

As Science Officer I work at the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) at the University of Amsterdam, one of the PE&RC affiliated research institutes. As science officer I play a supporting role in the science policy development of the institute. For 25% of my time I am working as PhD Programme Coordinator for PE&RC and as such I am co-responsible for developing and maintaining the PE&RC PhD programme. While most of my PE&RC colleagues are based in Wageningen, I have my office in Amsterdam. In this way I also try to enlarge the visibility of PE&RC as a national graduate school.