Dr. Robert De Wulf (MSc Forest Management, 1978) is director of FORSIT (Laboratory of Forest Management and Spatial Information techniques), Ghent University, Belgium, since 1996.
He is responsible lecturer for the following courses of the MSc Forest and Nature Management curriculum: Forest Mensuration and Inventory, Forest and Nature Management Planning, Tropical Forestry, GIS and Remote Sensing. Early in his career he worked several years in Indonesia in a National Parks development project with FAO. Upon his return to Belgium he assumed various research positions at the Faculty of Bio-Science Engineering (UGhent), and obtained his PhD in 1992 with a thesis about remote sensing of agricultural crop yield forecasting.
He worked as a consultant with WWF in China and Vietnam. He was external coordinator (2007-2013) of a newly established MSc programme Sustainable Management of Natural Resources at the University of Suriname where he currently is a guest professor for Remote Sensing and Forest Management. At the Free University of Brussels he teaches a course on Tropical Forestry and Agroforestry (Erasmus Mundus TROPIMUNDO programme). He has been promotor of 8 PhD projects, and was principal investigator with 3 ESA projects. He was promoter/coordinator of 20+ national and international research projects. He represents Belgium in IUFRO (International Union of Forestry Research Organisations).