CAVElab - Research Projects

Current Research Projects

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.


      • Congo basin eco-climatological data recovery and valorization
      • 2017-2020 (extended to 2022)

      • Project Website


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

    • Project Website


    • 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 (extended)

    • 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

    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.

    CEBA LabEx CEBA scientific project DROUGHT

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

    CRIB (ERANET-LAC project)

    • 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.

    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

    EU FP7 project AMAZALERT

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