Prof. Dr.


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Room 7F406
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels | Belgium


The team of Farid dahdouh-Guebas seeks to understand and to predict how and why spatio-temporal dynamics in vegetation and landscape occur. It adopts a retrospective approach using relevant methods from different disciplines (tropical botany, very high resolution sequential remote sensing and ground truth, socio-economic survey research, historic archive research,...), an integrative analysis (using geographical information systems, multivariate and multicriteria analyses,...) in order to generate outputs relevant for fundamental understanding of ecosystem functioning (health status, resilience) and for its management (conservation, restoration). Within this framework we also emphasize biodiversity changes, climate change, ecological and ethological plant-animal interactions and man-ecosystem interactions. Mangrove forests form an important model for our research. The research is done on different spatial scales from the case-study level in different countries to the macroecological level (global).

Hugé, J., T. Block, T. Waas, F. Dahdouh-Guebas & T. Wright, 2016. How to walk the talk? Developing actions for sustainability in academic research. Journal of Cleaner Production 137: 83-92.

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

Quisthoudt, K., J. Adams, A. Rajkaran, F. Dahdouh-Guebas, N. Koedam & C.F. Randin, 2013. Disentangling the effects of global climate and regional land-use change on the current and future distribution of mangroves in South Africa. Biodiversity and Conservation 22(6/7): 1369-1390.

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

Dahdouh-Guebas, F., S. Hettiarachchi, S. Sooriyarachchi, D. Lo Seen, O. Batelaan, L.P. Jayatissa & N. Koedam, 2005.  Transitions in ancient inland freshwater resource management in Sri Lanka affect biota and human populations in and around coastal lagoons.  Current Biology 15(6): 579-586.