CAVElab - Research Projects

Current Research Projects

ERC starting grant TREECLIMBERS

  • Modelling lianas as key drivers of tropical forest responses to climate change
  • 2015–2020
  • Project Website

BOF starting grant (Special Research Fund Ghent University) 

  • There’s no such thing as “The Tropical Rainforest”: regional and continent specific parameterization of tropical forests in a global vegetation model
  • 2016–2019.

VLIR UOS CO2 compensation project (scientific support to Bos+)

  • Planting multipurpose trees for carbon sequestration, improvement of forest corridors and socio-economic benefits for small-scale cattle farmers in rural areas of Northern Ecuador
  • 2016-2018.

BOF PhD Scholarship of Francis Mumbanza Mundondo

  • The role of lianas for the carbon cycle in the tropical rainforests of the Congo basin
  • 2016-2020.

CEBA LabEx CEBA scientific project DROUGHT

  • Functional diversity and response to drought in tropical forests
  • 2016-2019.
  • Project Website


    • Congo basin eco-climatological data recovery and valorization
    • 2017-2020.

    • Project Website


  • Understanding turning points in dryland ecosystem functioning
  • 2017-2021.

  • Project Website


  • Collective Response from Individual Behavior in Groups and Ecosystems
  • 2017-2019.

  • Project Website


  • Novel in-situ 3D forest structure and biomass estimates to validate air/spaceborne products
  • 2017-2020.

  • Project Website

FWO research grant (Krediet aan navorsers)

  • Unraveling below ground competition for water between lianas and trees using stable isotopes
  • 2018-2019.


  • Understanding responses and resilience of central Congo basin forests to a changing environment.
  • 2018-2021.

COFOREC I & II (VLIRUOS South Initiative)

  • Consolidating a long-term forest monitoring network in a human modified landscape in Northern Ecuador.
  • 2018-2019

  • Project website

Yangambi Pôle  Scientifique au Service de l'homme (YPS-project)

  • Contrat FED/2017/388-960 entre la Communauté Européenne et le CIFOR
  • Building a flux tower in the Yangambi Man and Biosphere Reserve
  • see also the information page at the ISOFYS lab
  • 2018-2021

FWO project

  • There’s no such thing as “The Tropical Rainforest”: incorporating heterogeneity of tropical forests in a global vegetation model
  • 2019–2022

Previous Research Projects

Citizen science project Jungle Rythms

  • Digitizing a unique historical phenology datasets of tropical trees in the DR Congo
  • 2015–2016.
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VLADOC PhD Scholarship (VLIR UOS) Marijn Bauters

  • Disentangling biogeochemical cycles in contrasting tropical forests of the central Congo Basin, for a better understanding of their interaction with global change
  • 2015–2017

VLIR-UOS team project FORMONCO

  • Development of a platform for long-term integrated forest ecosystem monitoring in DR Congo
  • 2015-2016.

VLIR-UOS (Flemish University Development Cooperation) ICP PhD grant Jackie Epila

  • Assessment of the drought vulnerability of key tree species in Ugandan tropical forest
  • 2012-2016


  • Congo basin integrated monitoring for forest carbon mitigation and biodiversity
  • 2011-2015
  • Project Website

VEGECLIM-project (BELSPO: Belgian Science Policy Office STEREO II)

  • Integrating SPOT – VEGETATION 10 yr Time Series and Land-Surface Modelling to Forecast the Terrestrial Carbon Dynamics in a Changing Climate
  • 2010-2014.
  • Project Website


  • Raising the alert about critical feedbacks between climate and land use change in Amazonia
  • 2011-2014
  • Project Website