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Bart Wickel's research focues on the conservation of natural resources and ecosystems, and he has worked on this issue in Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, Russia, China, Uzbekistan and other countries. His areas of expertise include hydrology, remote sensing and GIS spatial planning, climate change adaptation, dams, land-use change and ecosystem services.
Prior to joining SEI, he was lead hydrologist for WWF-US in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for the development of tools and methods to support freshwater biodiversity conservation efforts in WWF priority basins and places around the globe.
He earned an M.Sc. from the Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and a Ph.D. from the University of Bonn, Germany. He has held research positions affiliated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, EMBRAPA-CPATU (Amazonian Agricultural Research Service, Brazil) and CONABIO (Commission for Biodiversity, Mexico).
Recent Publications by Bart Wickel
Biodiversity, wetland ecosystems and flood risks: Implications of hydropower expansion on the Magdalena River
SEI, The Nature Conservancy and USAID fact sheetAuthor(s): Angarita, H. ; Escobar, M. ; Wickel, B. ; Delgado, J.
Research Area(s): Water ResourcesDescription: This fact sheet presents the first results of modelling in the Magdalena River Basin in Colombia using new WEAP enhancements to capture large-scale floodplain and wetland flooding processes. The Mompos Depression in Colombia includes one of the largest wetland systems in the world. Annual large-scale inundation of its floodplains and associated wetlands regulates water, nutrient and sediment cycles – which, in turn, sustain a wealth of ecological processes and ecosystem services that are critical to communities' food supplies, in particular fisheries. However, flooding also poses a serious threat to communities, which are often ill prepared for extreme events.