I am Yannick (Geert) Klomberg, a driven young tropical ecologist with a passion for enhancing the livelihoods of people, whilst promoting nature conservation through community-based conservation.
I grew up with parents whom loved Africa. This resulted in me having an increased fascination about Africa. So I decided I wanted to study something with which I could go abroad. Since another fascination was nature and how everything is related in nature I decided to combine these two. In 2005 I started studying Forest and Nature Management with a specialisation in tropical forestry. In 2008 my dream finally became reality with me going to South Africa to study Nature Conservation (with a strong focus on wildlife) at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. After returning from a year in South Africa I decided to move to a lesser developed country in Africa for my thesis: Tanzania.
After completion of these two studies I decided that a MSc degree would benefit me greatly, so in 2010 I started my study in Forest and Nature Conservation at the Wageningen University. With another opportunity to go abroad I had to make a decision. Will I continue to focus on Africa or broaden my horizons and see what the rest of the world has to offer? I chose the second part which led me to Bolivia.
After my final internship at the State Forestry Service in the Netherlands I received my MSc degree and the jobhunt started. From 01-03-2013 I started working at Naturalis, from which I took a short leave between January and March 2014 to take a voluntary position with Esri in Rwanda. After another period at Naturalis I spend some time in Congo and Cameroon as a consultant. Now I have accepted a position as a PhD-candidate at the Charles University of Prague and have started in June 2016.