Forest & Nature Lab (ForNaLab)

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Welcome

The Forest & Nature Lab (ForNaLab) consists of about 30 staff members and is headed by Prof. Kris Verheyen, Prof. Lander Baeten, Prof. Pieter De Frenne, and Prof. Jan Mertens. The research group is part of the department of Environment, and member of the Natural Capital research theme of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University, Belgium.

Research mission

The Forest & Nature Lab aims at understanding the interactions between the ecological processes, composition, and structure of terrestrial ecosystems, with a clear link to management and policy. The lab investigates forest and grassland ecosystems in temperate regions, focusing on:

 1. The link between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning

 2. The impact of global changes on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning.

Using these insights, the lab also works on developing:

 3. Guidelines for ecological restoration

 4. Management strategies for the optimal delivery of multiple ecosystem services.

Vacancies

Vacancy 1 as a PhD student on the FOURCAST project with focus on resurveys of forests. (more info)

Vacancy 2 as a PhD student on the FOURCAST project with focus on herbarium and museum specimens in combinations with a large-scale mesocosm experiment. (more info)

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