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 plant species distributions and the effect of humans on these distributions. 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) in our search for a better understanding of why species are occurring where they do. For our main conclusions: click here.
Centre of Excellence on 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)
Current master students:
Robin Halffman – Testing a thermometer of the past; bacterial communities and chemical fossils along a subarctic elevation gradient, w/ Cindy De Jonge
Bram Vanheule – Brussels’ Urban Heat Island: a hotspot for future plant invasions, w/ Ivan Nijs.
Sam Vastmans – Microclimate hotspots as stepping stones for upward moving plant species, w/ Ivan Nijs and Keith Larson.
Ilias Janssens – Modelling the distribution and fitness of upward moving plant species in the Scandinavian mountains, w/ Ivan Nijs and Ronja Wedegärtner.
Nell Van den Plas – The role of mycorrhiza in upward plant species movement in mountains, w/ Ivan Nijs, Erik Verbruggen and Jan Clavel.
Previous master students:
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.