This website summarizes the science and research of The 3D Lab, the ‘virtual lab’ surrounding Jonas Lembrechts, currently postdoctoral researcher in the Centre of Excellence on Plants and Ecosystems (PLECO) at the University of Antwerp, and his colleagues.
In The 3D Lab, we are devoted to Discover Dynamic Distributions, the study of species distributions and the effect of humans on our biodiversity. We explore how we can improve our understanding of species distributions by including local measures of abiotic conditions (e.g. microclimate) and biotic interactions. We aim to combine a variety of methods (observations, experiments, modelling, citizen science) in our search for a better understanding of why species are occurring where they do. For our main conclusions: click here.
Research Group Plants and Ecosystems (PLECO)
University of Antwerp
Publication list: Google Scholar
Prof. Dr. Ivan Nijs – supervisor
University of Antwerp, Wilrijk, Belgium (website)
Dr. Jonathan Lenoir – supervisor
Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France (website)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
w/ Bente Jesse Graae and René Van der Wal (website)
University of Liège, Gembloux
w/ Arnaud Monty and Ivan Nijs (website)
University of Antwerp, Belgium
w/ Ivan Nijs and Erik Verbruggen (website)
w/ Koenraad van Meerbeek and Pieter De Frenne (website)
University of Concepcíon, Chile
w/ Aníbal Pauchard, Lohengrin Cavieres and Ivan Nijs (website)
Stijn Van De Vondel
University of Antwerp, Belgium
w/ Filip Meysman and Ivan Nijs (website)
Current master students:
Amber Pirée. Nature reserves as airconditioning for the city. w/ Filip Meysman
Renée Lejeune. Distribution limits of plants and their pollinators in the Scandinavian tundra.
Lore Hostens. Dark Diversity: what drives the absence of species in a Scandinavian tundra.
Jasmine Spreeuwers. Using 100 years of biodiversity data to study species distributions in northern Scandinavian tundra. w/ Keith Larson.
Dymphna Wiegmans. Climate and land-use change as drivers of species redistributions in the Scandinavian mountains. w/ Keith Larson.
Kobe Tilley. Stedelijke klimaatadaptatie op basis van data van het Curieuzeneuzen in de Tuin-project. University of Ghent, w/ Veerle Van Eetvelde.
Maria Van Assche. Kunnen tuinen een rol spelen bij klimaatadaptatie. w/ Filip Meysman, Camille Allonsius.
Nell Van den Plas – The role of mycorrhiza in upward plant species movement in mountains, w/ Ivan Nijs, Erik Verbruggen and Jan Clavel.
Naomi De Vries – New ecosystems in cities and their perception by citizens, w/ Charly Geron.
Previous master students:
Eef Derez, Bram Vanheule, Sam Vastmans, Ilias Janssens, Robin Halffman, Maria-Rose Eves-Down, Amélie De La Rocha Rotta, Jan Clavel (website), Sebastien Leys (website), Gilles Bussé, Sharissa Balliauw, Arne Ven (website), Niels Van Putte (website), Nina Roth (website), Charly Geron (website).
This website was born in October 2013, when I started my PhD at the University of Antwerp, with the main goal to combine my passion for ecology, writing and photography and to illustrate all aspects of a PhD-student’s life. Now, the website has grown into a way to communicate all our scientific discoveries and fieldwork adventures to you.