Dr. Van Berkel was a former postdoctoral researcher at North Carolina State University and joined the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor in 2019. He received his Ph.D. from VU University in Amsterdam.
Dr. Van Berkel is interested in examining urban areas as complex coupled natural and human systems. Most recently he was an ORISE Fellow at the EPA contributing sociospatial models and data to the EnviroAtlas project. The breadth of research perspectives gained during these appointments (land use science, spatial economics, and ecology) has stimulated new and surprising questions about data analytics, design, and geovisualization within the interdisciplinary field of environment and sustainability.
Van Berkel, D.B., Verburg, P.H. (2014). Spatial quantification and valuation of cultural ecosystem services in an agricultural landscape. Ecological indicators. 37(163-174).
Verburg, P.H., Van Berkel, D.B. et al. (2010). Trajectories of land use change in Europe: a model-based exploration of rural futures. Landscape ecology. 25(217-232).