This blog narrates the adventures and discoveries of Jonas Lembrechts, a Belgian PhD-student with a passion for nature, writing and photography. Within the framework of a PhD on mountain ecology at the University of Antwerp, all these passions can be combined into a daily, exciting adventure.
I am a plant ecologist, which means I study the interactions between plants and their environment. I am especially interested in the effects of us, humans, on mountain vegetation, and how plant species manage to change their location rapidly (or not) to adapt to these effects. An important part of this research involves the study of the negative effects of invasive species, plants that follow humans from elsewhere to invade the undisturbed nature in the mountains.
As a mountain ecologist, my research involves a lot of adventures all over the world. From Belgium to Lapland or Patagonia, everywhere my work brings me, I try to catch the beauty of the world I am studying. This blog wants to narrate my adventures, yet I will always aim at raising awareness about the importance of ecological sciences in this changing world.
This blog thus serves as a unique combination of travel adventures and scientific communication. You can see me as a photographing ecologist: the pictures and personal stories provide the background for information over ecology, invasive species and the interesting biology of mountains. I strongly believe in the importance of my work and the communication of it to a non-scientific public, which I try to make an interesting read for everyone, with the help of photography.
So enjoy your visit to my blog and let me take you on a fascinating trip trough a PhD in mountain ecology. Believe me, it is worth the stay, because there is still a lot to explore!
If you want a good start for my blog, you can find it here. That page allows you to learn more about me, my research and my adventures. For a short overview of my scientific projects and publications, please refer to my PhD-cv.
I get and got financial support from the Flemish government through the FWO, from Pleco, the Research Group on Plant and Vegetation Ecology at the University of Antwerp, an International Collaborative Research Grant from The Swedish Research Council, INTERACT and ActUA vzw.
All statements on this blog are strictly personal and in no way linked to the aforementioned institutions. This blog claims no scientifical value whatsoever, unless through the referencing of scientific peer-reviewed papers..
All pictures on this blog are courtesy of Jonas Lembrechts, unless stated differently. You can now buy a selection of my pictures on Fotolia (more than 1000 pictures, mildly booming!) (and some on Dreamstime, Shutterstock and 123RF).