About me


My name is Jonas Lembrechts, PostDoctoral fellow in the Centre of Excellence on Plants and Ecosystems at the University of Antwerp in Belgium and co-coordinator of the Mountain Invasion Research Network. I study plant species distributions – mostly in mountains – and the effect of humans on these distributions.

On top of the world

Here on ‘On top of the world’, I share my adventures and discoveries. I created this blog in October 2013, when I started my PhD at the University of Antwerp, to combine my passion for ecology, writing and photography and illustrate all aspects of a PhD-student’s life. Now, the website has grown into a way to communicate all our (me and my colleagues) scientific discoveries and fieldwork adventures to you.

Mountain ecology

Mountain ecology is a wonderful journey, that leads me to places as far as north- and southpole, and everything in between. I climb mountains, struggle my way through forests, gasp at aurora’s in starry nights and explore unknown horizons, all on a hunt to answer my questions on why plants are growing where they grow. I thus stand on top of the world, look down on it and question everything I see, because that’s what scientists do.

Garden angelica flanking mountain road

Photographing ecologist

This blog shares my experience. It wants to give a glimpse of the adventures of an ecologist, from start to finish, and serve as a unique combination of fieldwork 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, global change 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 mountain ecologists’ life. Believe me, it is worth the stay, because there is still a lot to explore!


For a short overview of my scientific projects and publications, please refer to my Short cv and Science-page. 

I get and got financial support from the Flemish government through the FWO, from the Centre of Excellence on Plants and Ecosystems 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.

Andromeda polifolia

54 Responses to About me

  1. timalil says:

    Hi, wonderful job you’ve got and wonderful blog. Thanks for following my blog thereby letting me find yours. Looking forward to your posts. Best of Luck! 🙂

  2. kenben says:

    Hello. You have an interesting jog.
    Merry Christmas

  3. Herman says:

    Hi Jonas! Thank you for visiting and following HoB. Much appreciated! Maar vermoedelijk had ik dit ook in het Nederlands kunnen zeggen…??

  4. Hello Jonas! Thanks for following A Journey of Wonders (www.journeywonders.com), I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading about my travel adventures as well as my tips for saving money in order to travel more 😀

  5. Hi there Jonas,
    Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the blogosphere and for following. Your support is greatly appreciated, Looking forward to seeing more from you 🙂


  6. bobothefishy says:

    Thanks for following my blog 🙂 your blog is great, I look forward to seeing your photos

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  8. marianina says:

    Hi Jonas!

    My name is Maria and along with other four gorgeous ladies we have a small travel/photography blog. We have been following your blog for a while and we really enjoy your pictures! The sceneries are just wonderful and the composition you chose always gives an amazing result! We decided to nominate your blog for the Liebster award,a collaborative award that was created to motivate small bloggers to keep creating ,link with other bloggers and discover new blogs with great content. You can find our blog proposals and rules on our blog post: http://t.co/aiIEF7IXHO.
    We really hope you will accept our award! Good luck with your phd!


    • Hi Maria!

      Thanks for the very kind words, it is a joy to write and post for readers as enthusiastic as you! Thanks also for the nomination for the award, it is great to read such things.
      I am currently not passing on awards, I am afraid, even not when they are from such a wonderful and interesting blog.
      I am howeve very happy that I now found my way to your fantastic spot on the internet, and I am definitely going to come back to enjoy your pictures and stories!

      • marianina says:

        Thanks for your kind words! No problem for the award, for us rather than awarding blogs it was much more an opportunity to discover new blogs and connect to other bloggers which is happening right now as we are writing to each other so…goal achieved!:)

  9. svtakeiteasy says:

    Thanks for dropping by, Jonas, and following our adventures. Reading about you, it’s fantastic when work and hobbies blend together well – makes for an interesting and fulfilling life. 😊

  10. Elina says:

    What a lovely blog Jonas, your photos are incredibly beautiful! 🙂

  11. vsperry says:

    I am looking forward to seeing more of your pictures and reading about all of your plant knowledge. Thanks for visiting my blog today!

  12. Uncle Spike says:

    Merhaba Jonas…

    Here’s a little New Years message from Türkiye to say “thank you”. I appreciate your recent ‘follow’, knowing how many interesting and entertaining blogs there are out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my little corner of the world tries to offer an eclectic smattering of posts, from basic amateur photography, to sharing my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day-to-day happenings here on our fruit farm in southern Turkey. I also throw in a few of my observations on life and lighter-hearted stuff for good measure.

    You are more than welcome to have a look around, stay a while and have a trawl through my collection. There are plenty of categories within the drop-down menus to help in said digging process. Of course, if you have any comments, suggestions or concerns, feel free to let me know – I’m not easily offended 🙂

    Hope you have a great day and even better 2015…


  13. Susan Xu says:

    Hello Jonas!

    My name is Susan Xu and I am the content manager and chief writer at Clapway, a New York based multi-platform company that houses an extensive collection of articles, videos, and marketplace services with a focus on adventure and travel. I came across your blog and really enjoyed your posts. Would you potentially be interested in writing for Clapway as a contributor? If so, please email me back at content [at] clapway [dot] com. We would love to feature your work.


    Susan Xu
    Content Manager at Clapway
    195 Plymouth St #6/17
    Brooklyn, NY 11201

  14. beckarooney says:

    Heya thank you for checking out my blog, I appreciate the follow. What an awesome job you have, I’m jealous! 😉 Looking forward to your posts 🙂

  15. Ban Kc says:

    A nature fanatic like myself finds your work Incredible esp. with all the pics you’ve taken. I’m facinated by all of them. Kuddos!

  16. Thom Hickey says:

    Really pleased to have found your fascinating blog. I’m going to learn a lot while being entertained. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (give it a whirl!)

  17. beeseeker says:

    keep up the good work!

  18. Gorgeous photos! And what an interesting job you have! I wish I had studied something interesting like that! (instead of boring old business studies)

  19. ccrooksphoto says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog, Jonas and ‘liking’ my post. I love it that you’re a photographing ecologist!

  20. Thank you for visiting my first 18

  21. roddyfox says:

    Great to see so many lovely pictures of places I’ve been.

  22. dilloncruz72 says:

    What an amazing job you have. Ecology is something I would like to know more about as I am interested in permaculture as a means of regenerating ecosystems.


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  24. 2ndhalfolife says:

    Thanks for visiting!

  25. A friend of mine studies primulas in mountain environments around the world. I have passed on your blog info to her and she’s excited to read some of your work.

  26. Denzil says:

    Hi. You have an interesting blog, with some great photos and insightful articles. Looking forward to reading more.

  27. anne steven says:

    Hi I am a landscape architect and conservationist in New Zealand. I am Chair of a voluntary conservation group working in the Lindis Pass Otago New Zealand, a subalpine rain-shadow mountainous pass area altitude 800 – 1400m. Our work is in part controlling the spread of Russell Lupin from the highway that passes through the area.We have observed other exotic opportunist plants such as viola on the road side. I would love to have a copy of your paper please.

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