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As a scientists, my main goal lies in the contributions to the world’s common knowledge , achieved mostly through my papers. For a list of all of them up till now, I gladly refer you to my profile on Google Scholar. On this page, I like to take the chance to give you a short summary of the main conclusions up till now.

Small note: this list would be a whole lot less long if not for the fantastic network of dedicated colleagues, supervisors and co-authors I am a part of, many of them grouped within the MIREN network (Mountain Invasion Research Network). They deserve the biggest possible thank you.

Mountain roads

  • Mountain roads affect species composition, with higher species richness and a very different community in the roadsides than in the natural vegetation (Lembrechts et al. (2014). PLoS ONE).
  • These mountain roads thus have inevitable effects on species ranges, with lowland (native and non-native) species expanding their ranges on average 600 m upward in the roadside, and alpine species 200 m downwards (Lembrechts et al. (2016). Ecography).

Plant invasion in mountain plant communities

Belowground processes

  • Litter decomposition is driven more by climate than by species, site or origin of the litter. How much litter remains – and how much carbon and nitrogen within the litter – is thus predicted best by precipitation, soil water content and air temperature (Portillo-Estrada et al. (2015). Biogeosciences).

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Student projects

Amélie – masters thesis 2018 – plant species distribution shifts along mountain roads: microclimate (Norway).
Maria-Rose – masters thesis 2018 – plant species distribution shifts along mountain roads over time (Norway).
Jan – masters thesis 2018 – plant and mycorrhizal distribution shifts along mountain roads (Norway).
Sebastien – masters thesis 2017 – drivers of plant invasion in mountains: disturbance and trails (Sweden).
Sharissa –
masters thesis 2017 – microclimate explains patters of recolonisation in disturbed vegetation (Belgium).
Nina –
masters thesis 2016 – including roads into species distribution models of non-native plant invaders (modelling).
Gilles – masters thesis 2016 – drivers of plant invasion in mountains: microclimate and disturbance (Sweden).
Charly – masters thesis 2015 – limits to the invasibility of sub(ant)arctic mountain vegetation and the effects of microclimate (Chile and Sweden).
Pablo – 2015 – the combined effect of invading pine trees and cushion plants on understory alien species along a Patagonian steppe road (Chile).
Arne – masters thesis 2015 – limits to the invasibility of subarctic mountain vegetation (Sweden).
Niels – masters project 2015 – abiotic en biotic microvariation within gaps and their effect on winter survival of gap colonisers (Belgium).
Lotte and Kevin – bachelors thesis 2015 – microscale effects of savannah trees on understory diverity (Tanzania).

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Teaching

Cold stress in plants – Plant Ecology for the masters in Biology, Ecology and Environment, University of Antwerp (2013, 2015-present).
Fluorescence as a measure of plant stress – Plant Ecology for the masters in Biology, Ecology and Environment, University of Antwerp (2013-present).
Forest types – Ecosystem types for the Bachelors in Biology, University of Antwerp (2014-present).

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Presentations, posters and chairing sessions

October 2016 – poster Biology Research Day – Antwerp – Belgium.
September 2016 –
presentation Neobiota conference – Vianden – Luxemburg.
September 2016 – presentation seminar sessions – Abisko – Sweden.
August 2016 –
presentation ESA Conference – Florida – USA.
January 2016 
– presentation seminar Université de Picardie – Amiens – France.

October 2015 – presentation Perth III – mountains of our future earth – Perth – Scotland.
October 2015 – session chair Perth III – mountains of our future earth – Perth – Scotland.
September 2015 – pitch presentation Biology Research Day – Antwerp – Belgium.
September 2015 – poster Biology Research Day – Antwerp – Belgium.
September 2015 – presentation seminar sessions – Abisko – Sweden.
June 2015 – several presentations at the 10th MIREN meeting – Flen – Sweden.
May 2015 – poster Empowering Biodiversity Conference – Brussels – Belgium.

December 2014 –  presentation annual county board meeting – Umeå – Sweden.
August 2014 –  presentation ESA Conference – Sacramento – USA.
August 2014 – session chair ESA Conference – Sacramento – USA.

June 2014 – poster Heteroclim Workshop – Loches – France.
April 2014 – poster Benelux conference on invasive species – Ghent – Belgium.

September 2013 – presentation seminar sessions – Abisko – Sweden.
July 2013 – presentation proclamation – Antwerp – Belgium.

Enjoying the PhD

Awards and achievements

October 2015 – finalist of  ‘Man and Mountain’ – Perth III Mountains of Our Future Earth photography contest
June 2014 – 
FWO PhD fellowship (4 years)
January 2014 – INTERACT Travel Grant
June 2013 – ActUA student award

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Scientific blogs

2015 – present – MRI, the Mountain Research Initiative, blog coordinator for the MIREN network.
2015 – present – Scilogs, the blog platform of EOS.
2015 – The Arctic Research blog from INTERACT.
2015 – latinamericanscience.org for the South-American part.
2015 – Biodiverse Perspectives, a joint blogging effort of graduate students.

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