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Research projects

FWO research project (3E100474; 01.01.2009 – 31.12.2012, with Luc Brendonck KU Leuven) Interactions between ecological and evolutionary processes in metacommunities along a sub continental climate gradient 2012-2015         

FWO research project (3E110799; 01.01.2012 – 31.12.2015, with Luc Brendonck, Luc De Meester, Joost Vanoverbeke KU Leuven) The evolutionary ecology of bet hedging 2013 – 2016           

VUB Global Minds Small Great project (SGP14): Barcoding for chocolate – 2018

VUB Global Minds Small Great project (SGP23):  Material Happiness -Uncoupling a meaningful life from the destruction of nature – 2018

VLIRUOS Institutional University Cooperation (IUC) project with the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Tanzania (first term: 2015-2019, second term 2019- 2022).

VLOV92: (2019 – 2021): Living Lab project from the Flemish Government. Urban ponds. This is a project with an educational and a research component. 58 000 euro

VLIR South Initiative. SERIAL: Socio – Ecological resilience in Agricultural landscapes (VLIR South Initiative) (2019-2021)

FWO : Research into the driving force of multi-species habitat selection as a link between local and regional biodiversity patterns in aquatic (meta) communities. (postdoctoral mandate Hendrik Trekels: 2016-2018)

 FWO: Filling trophic niche space in ancient island habitats – when does ecology outpace evolution and vice versa? (postdoctoral mandate Tom Pinceel: 2019-2021)

 Brazilian Science Foundation (Science without borders), Jayme Santangelo (2018), Influence of spatial contagion on metacommunities of active and passive dispersers.

VLIR- VLADOC PhD fellowship, Mathil Vandromme (2015-2019), Help from above – promoting the pollination of tropical crops by doing nothing.

FWO aspirant PhD, Evelien Deboelpaep (2015-) Mind the gap – a critical evaluation of the network structure and connectivity of wetland stopovers for migratory birds along the Palearctic-Afrotropical flyway

 FWO aspirant PhD, Lana Ramaekers (2018-)  Assessing the interactive effects of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and temperature increase on pond ecosystems



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