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Laboratory of Systems Ecology and Resource Management (Biocomplexity)

Faculty of Sciences | Biology of Organisms

(Code: ULB700)

Person in charge of the unit : DAHDOUH-GUEBAS Farid.

The Laboratory of Systems Ecology and Resource Management (c/o Prof. 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, vegetation science, socio-ecologic 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), for forecasting changes and for ecosystem management (conservation, restoration ecology). 
Within this framework we also emphasize on changes in biodiversity, on plant-animal and on man-ecosystem interactions. The mangrove is an important model,
but close links exist with adjacent ecosystems such as the tropical rainforest or the coral reef. The research focuses on (sub)tropical vegetation and is
done in collaboration with the Laboratory of Plant Biology and Nature Management of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Prof. Nico Koedam).  This laboratory was
previously named the Laboratory of Complexity and Dynamics of Tropical Systems and the Laboratory of Systematic Botany and Phytosociology (Prof. Jean
Lejoly - ULB).

Location : O.3.204
Address : CP264/1 Bruxelles
Phone number : +32-2-650.21.37
E-mail :
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Disciplines CRef :

 • Ecology

 • General botany

 • Phytogeography

 • Remote sensing

 • Territory development

Domain of the unit :

 • The Environment, Earth Science, Population Science and the Science of Organisms