Dennis DE RYCK

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Room 7F412

Pleinlaan 2

1050 Brussel

+32-2-629 34 33

My personal interest has always been ecology, biodiversity and nature management, which I now use in the practical courses and field excursions I am responsible for, as well in my research work on the mangrove ecosystem. My research work is part of a larger research framework where we try to entangle the dispersal dynamics of mangrove propagules. This through three different but complementary approaches, namely, propagule dispersal experiments, population genetics and dispersal modeling, where I now focus on the first two for my PhD. Knowledge on dispersal dynamics of mangroves is generally lacking as it is difficult to study in situ, especially large-scale processes such as effective long-distance dispersal. However, this makes it a challenging and often rewarding subject to study.

De Ryck, D.J.R.; Koedam, N.; Van der Stocken, T.; van der Ven, R.M.; Adams, J; Triest, L. (2016). Dispersal limitation of the mangrove Avicennia marina at its South African range limit in strong contrast to connectivity in its core East African region. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 545: 123-134.

van der Ven, R.; Triest, L.; De Ryck, D.; Mwaura, J.; Mohammed, M.; Kochzius, M. (2016). Population genetic structure of the stony coral Acropora tenuis shows high but variable connectivity in East Africa. J. Biogeogr. 43(3): 510-519.

Van der Stocken, T.; Vanschoenwinkel, B.; De Ryck, D.J.R.; Bouma, T.J.; Dahdouh-Guebas, F.; Koedam, N.(2015). Interaction between water and wind as a driver of passive dispersal in mangroves. PLoS One 10(3):

Van der Stocken, T.; De Ryck, D.J.R.; Vanschoenwinkel, B.; Deboelpaep, E.; Bouma, T.J.; Dahdouh-Guebas, F.; Koedam, N. (2015). Impact of landscape structure on propagule dispersal in mangrove forests. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 524: 95-106.

Oste, J.; Robert, E.M.R.; Van der Stocken, T.; De Ryck, D.J.R.; Quisthoudt, K.; Kairo, G; Dahdouh-Guebas, F.; Koedam, N.; Schmitz, N. (2015). Viviparous mangrove propagules of Ceriops tagal and Rhizophora mucronata, where both Rhizophoraceae show different dispersal and establishment strategies. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 468:

Van der Stocken, T.; De Ryck, D.J.R.; Balke, T.; Bouma, T.J.; Dahdouh-Guebas, F.; Koedam, N. (2013). The role of wind in hydrochorous mangrove propagule dispersal. Biogeosciences 10(6): 3635-3647.

De Ryck, D.J.R.; Robert, E.M.R.; Schmitz, N.; Van der Stocken, T.; Di Nitto, D.; Dahdouh-Guebas, F.; Koedam, N. (2012). Size does matter, but not only size: two alternative dispersal strategies for viviparous mangrove propagules.Aquat. Bot. 103: 66-73.