Growing up in the Dutch countryside, Thomas Heger developed a deep connection with the natural world from an early age. He believes the vast diversity and precious beauty of the world we all share is both a gift and a responsibility.
His fascination for growing plants led him to study Plant Sciences in Wageningen. During his time there, Thomas co-founded the Wageningen Student Farm, a student association focusing on food production and land restoration. Throughout the founding process, a passion for food was born.
Developing himself in the fields of ecology, agronomy and (ethno-)botany, he soon became interested in invasive plant species. A worldwide problem, invasive plant species cause a loss of land value from an economic, social and ecological perspective.
During his time in the Caribbean, Thomas will be doing research Coralita (Antigonon leptopus). This plant causes major problems on many islands throughout the Caribbean, so there is a dire need for testing various control measures. Aside from this, he will also be looking into the various possibilities for using Coralita and the land it covers for a variety of novel purposes.
We will be updating our calendar with activity dates and times as we continue to coordinate our event. Stay tuned!