Lennart Suselbeek leaves PE&RC

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Dear PE&RC members,

After having worked for 8.5 years for PE&RC, I have recently taken the decision to resign from my position as PhD Programme Coordinator at PE&RC. I have hugely enjoyed working for PE&RC, but as some of you may know, since 10 years now I have also been running my own company, Wildlife Monitoring Solutions (focusing on camera traps and other forms of wildlife monitoring), and this is slowly but steadily growing into proportions that do not healthily allow a combination with PE&RC. Therefore, in September last year I already went from 32 to 16 hours a week, allowing Sabine Vreeburg to take my position as PhD programme coordinator, and allowing me to focus more on specific projects within PE&RC. However, it soon became clear that this reduction in hours was not solving the challenge of combining the two jobs and my strong desire to perform optimally in both.

Hence the decision to give up my job at PE&RC. And I must say, taking that decision was not easy, because I truly had a wonderful time working with great colleagues in the office, but also having the stimulating interactions with scientists on all levels from PhDs to postdocs and academic staff! I will surely miss that a lot, but hope to see many of you again in the future! Luckily, we have been able to find a good successor in my place, Naomi Zweerus (Naomi.Zweerus@wur.nl), who has already been with us for the past 1.5 years for 2 days a week, but now will be working more days a week (first 3 and from November on 4).

Formally I have stopped working for PE&RC as of 1 July but I will still be involved in the PhD Course on European Forest Management in September this year.

Finally, I wish all of you the very best in your careers and in your lives and I truly hope to see many of you in future activities of PE&RC, NERN, or elsewhere!

Best wishes!


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