Adna Steinmann

Adna Steinmann

  • Room 8A-40, NU-building

  • Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), De Boelelaan 1111

    1081 HV Amsterdam

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Adna is a Lecturer in the department of Environmental Geography (EG) at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She obtained her Bachelor degree in Agricultural and Agro-Environmental Sciences at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano in Italy. She then completed her Master degree in Transnational Ecosystem-based Water Management, a Double degree programme between the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands and the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.

Her research interest lies in river morphology, fish ecology, habitat suitability analyses and the intersection between those topics. These have also been the focus of her Bachelor thesis, Master project and Master thesis. She has studied the morphological changes that occurred within a restored river reach of the Ahr river in Italy, developed a draft internationalized ‘Smart Rivers’ method (see and analysed the fish assemblages in the groyne fields of the Netherlands. For the former analysis she has used ArcGIS, for the latter the statistical software program R. 

Currently, she is working as a Lecturer, assisting in a variety of different courses, ranging from courses about land use change to those focusing on designing solutions for global sustainability. As a teacher, she hopes to, in addition to providing students with theoretical concepts and explanations, make the students aware of all the possible ways in which they can contribute to sustainability.


Sustainable water management, river morphology, fish ecology, sustainable agriculture.


2021:  MSc Transnational Ecosystem-based Water Management, Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands, and University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany (Double degree).

2018:  BSc Agricultural and Agro-Environmental Sciences, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

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