Leon holds a dual M.Sc. degree in ‘Sustainable Development’ at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands and the University of Basel, Switzerland.
Leon holds a dual M.Sc. degree in ‘Sustainable Development’ at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands and the Universit y of Basel, Switzerland. He wrote his master’s thesis at the ALTERRA Research Institute of the Wageningen University on the interplay of agricultural production, biodiversity conservation and land policies in rural landscapes in Western Europe using data from agricultural censi and aerial imagery.
After working on several smaller projects, Leon joined Vietnam’s national Space Technology Institute (STI) as an environmental research officer in 2014. The position was aimed at increasing the national capacity to monitor and research environmental changes through remote sensing. An important part of his work involved the development of a monitoring framework for coastal forests and land-use changes in Southern Vietnam using hyper- and multispectral remote sensing data to understand the impact of human disturbance and vegetation distributions.
In 2016, Leon returned to the Netherlands to commence his work on the MULTIPLY project at the CML - focusing on the development of a satellite remote sensing derived functional diversity framework to facilitate global biodiversity assessments.
MULTIPLY project - the development of a satellite remote sensing derived functional diversity framework to facilitate global biodiversity assessments and the remote sensing based vegetation types for application in global vegetation models.