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Sarah Wolff is a PhD researcher in the Environmental Geography group working on the quantification of ecosystem service demand to allow for their integration in global land change models and global ecosystem service assessments. Her work is part of the GLOLAND project (Integrating human agency in global land change models) under the supervision of Prof. Peter Verburg and Dr. Nynke Schulp.

Sarah holds a double degree Master of Science in Water and Coastal Management, and Environmental and Infrastructure Planning, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography.

Having an interdisciplinary background, she has a strong interest in socio-ecological relationships, telcoupling of interregional ecosystem services flows, impact assessment with regard to ecosystem service dependencies and sustainable trade.

Expertise: Ecosystem Services, Ecosystem Service Demand, Ecosystem Service Assessment, Land Use Change.


2013: MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning, University of Groningen.

2013: MSc Water and Coastal Management, University of Oldenburg.

2011: BA Human Geography, University of Bremen.

2010: Exchange Semester at University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA.

Professional employment history 

2014-present: PhD researcher at the Faculty of Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

2013: Intern with the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit in the Project 'Flood Proofing and Drainage for Adaptation to Climate Change in medium-sized cities in Vietnam' in Quy Nhon, Vietnam.

2012: International training program 'Planning for Sustainable Development in Thailand'. Development of a flood preparation guide for local communities in Krathum Baen, Thailand.

2011-2012: Student assistant at Max Plank Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen.

2011: Intern at West Hawaiian Sea Grant in the field of community- based coastal and marine resource management, Hawaii Island, Hawaii.

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Research Output 2015 2018

Interregional flows of ecosystem services: Concepts, typology and four cases

Schröter, M., Koellner, T., Alkemade, R., Arnhold, S., Bagstad, K. J., Erb, K. H., Frank, K., Kastner, T., Kissinger, M., Liu, J., López-Hoffman, L., Maes, J., Marques, A., Martín-López, B., Meyer, C., Schulp, C. J. E., Thober, J., Wolff, S. & Bonn, A., Jun 2018, In : Ecosystem Services. 31, Part B, p. 231-241

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
ecosystem service
ecosystem services
ecological system

Meeting global land restoration and protection targets: What would the world look like in 2050?

Wolff, S., Schrammeijer, E. A., Schulp, C. J. E. & Verburg, P. H., Sep 2018, In : Global Environmental Change. 52, p. 259-272 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

United Nations
land management

Quantifying Spatial Variation in Ecosystem Services Demand: A Global Mapping Approach

Wolff, S., Schulp, C. J. E., Kastner, T. & Verburg, P. H., 1 Jun 2017, In : Ecological Economics. 136, p. 14-29 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

ecosystem service
spatial variation
medicinal plant
outdoor recreation

Mapping ecosystem services demand: A review of current research and future perspectives

Wolff, S., Schulp, C. J. E. & Verburg, P. H., 2015, In : Ecological Indicators. 55, p. 159-171

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

ecosystem service
ecosystem services
land use planning
land use change