Johan Stapel is Director of the Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute (CNSI).
The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), through the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO), financed the set-up and development of a knowledge and education centre in the Caribbean, the Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute at St Eustatius (CNSI). The institute has a multifunctional objective. It serves a facilitating role for research and education for a wide spectrum of disciplines, relevant for a sustainable socioeconomic and ecological development of St Eustatius and the Caribbean Netherlands, and the wider Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Caribbean in general. The objective is to realise a permanent scientific presence in the Caribbean Netherlands, serving capacity building and sustainable development. CNSI is part of the Royal Netherlands Institute of Sea Research (NIOZ) and aims to facilitate all relevant scientific disciplines (marine and terrestrial; natural sciences, life sciences, social and economic sciences and humanities) for basic, strategic, applied and societal and policy relevant research.
Johan studied biology at the Radboud University of Nijmegen. He began his career studying seagrasses in Indonesia and lead a ten year unilateral scientific partnership with Indoensia. From 2010 Johan’s focus has been on the Caribbean region where he first organised a Dutch scientific network for tropical marine biologists (AcroporaNet). As a researcher at IMARES, Wageningen University he worked on the development of a tropic team and co-ordinated an interdisciplinary research programme “Triple P @ Sea” Caribbean. He was also involved in setting up the framework for a Multifunctional Knowledge Centre at St Eustatius (Netherlands Caribbean).