Cathelijne Stoof

Board Member
Dr. Cathelijne Stoof (board member since 2019), Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, Wageningen University, Netherlands. Creator and Leader of PyroLife, Innovative Training Network on integrated fire management. Netherlands Dr. Cathelijne Stoof is specialized in pyrogeography - the interdisciplinary study of the distribution and functioning of wildland fire. She is the national delegate of The Netherlands to the EU Expert Group of Forest Fires, an active science communicator, and founder and leader of the newly funded Innovative Training Network PyroLife, that trains 15 PhD candidates to become the our new generation of integrated fire management experts. PyroLife fosters knowledge transfer from southern Europe to temperate Europe, and from cross-risk approaches including water management to fire. It thereby combines how the North solves community problems with fire knowledge from the European South, with a strong focus on diversity in terms of interdisciplinarity, science-practice links, geography and gender. With this, PyroLife trains early career researchers people to understand fire, deal with uncertainty, communicate risks, and stimulate knowledge exchange to improve awareness and preparedness for current and future fire challenges. Link to PyroLife: