Nienke Ansems joined IGRAC as a Researcher in 2013. "I am a hydrogeologist that would love to make a significant contribution to sustainable groundwater developments globally.” Working at an organization like IGRAC, with its interdisciplinary research and international atmosphere makes it an inspiring working environment.
Nienke Ansems is IGRAC's main focal point for the Global Groundwater Monitoring Network (GGMN) programme and leading development of IGRAC's Global Groundwater Information System (GGIS). Within various projects such as RAMOTSWA and GGRETA, she is working on GIS data and analysis and assists in the development of training courses and organization of regional workshops. Nienke is currently focusing on themes Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR), Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Groundwater & Ecosystems.
Nienke holds a BSc in Geology and MSc in Hydrogeology from Utrecht University, The Netherlands. She combined her study in Utrecht with exchanges abroad in Earth Sciences (University of Grenoble, France) and research at the Ecohydrology department (University of Waterloo, Canada). She took supplementary courses from the MSc Sustainable Development (Utrecht) to obtain basic understanding of environmental governance and policies. Nienke worked as a research assistant at University of Waterloo and as a junior teacher at Utrecht University before joining IGRAC.