PhD research @ FORSIT

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Unsolicited applications

FORSIT is continuously in search of motivated PhD students, to join current research, or to explore new research lines. Our research domains are (tropical) forest management, with emphasis on quantitative aspects such as inventory, modelling and planning, and spatial information techniques such as remote sensing and GIS applied on land use issues, and forest and protected area management.

  • Development of agroforestry (tree) resource assessment methods in the tropics
  • GIS-based risk assessment of landslides in forested landscapes in the moist tropics
  • Quantification of ecosystem services from forested landscapes and urban greenery (tropical and temperate zones)
  • Quantifiable parameters to assess sustainability of tropical forest management
  • Impact of climate change on forestry practice
  • Development of quantitative biodiversity indicators from forest structure and species composition
  • GIS and remote sensing based study of timber flow (from felling to the processing plant)
  • Spatial wildlife habitat characterization to support conservation management
  • Development of tropical forest typology in view of remote sensing based mapping
  • Development of decision models for sustainable management of inhabited tropical ecosystems
  • Tropical forest canopy characterisation in view of (assisted) regeneration
  • Object-based image analysis for environmental landscape studies
  • Algorithmic optimization of intelligent data processing techniques for their use as classifiers; feature extractors and image processing tools
  • Automatic tropical rainforest tree species identification from high resolution bark photographs using AI based image processing techniques.

Other subjects might also be considered, provided that they have a sizeable quantitative component. Whenever appropriate co-promoters who are able to provide complementary expertise will be considered.

Interested candidates should send (by e-mail) a motivation letter, full CV featuring at least two reference persons, and a draft research proposal including problem statement, research objectives and methodology.

FORSIT has no research budget of its own. Ghent University has (limited) scholarships available although competition is very strong. Further info can be found on

Candidates are also strongly advised to inquire about funding with their national authorities, or with EU funding programmes.

General information on PhD studies at Ghent University may be obtained from