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.

Jonas LembrechtsJonas Lembrechts ecology mountains

Postdoctoral fellow
Research Group Plants and Ecosystems (PLECO)
University of Antwerp
Wilrijk, Belgium
Contact details

Publication list: Google Scholar

Main collaborators

Prof. Dr. Ivan Nijs – supervisor
University of Antwerp, Wilrijk, Belgium (website)

Dr. Jonathan Lenoir – supervisor
Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens, France (website)

SoilTemp (www.soiltempproject.com)
MIREN, the Mountain Invasion Research Network (www.mountaininvasions.org)
CurieuzeNeuzen (www.curieuzeneuzen.be)


Current PhD candidates and postdocs

Dr. Charly Geron
University of Rennes, France
w/ David Renault (website)

Dr. Eduardo Fuentes-Lillo
University of Concepcíon, Chile
w/ Aníbal Pauchard (website)

Jan Clavel
University of Antwerp, Belgium
w/ Ivan Nijs and Erik Verbruggen (website)

Stef Haesen
KULeuven, Belgium
w/ Koenraad van Meerbeek and Pieter De Frenne (website)

David Klinges
University of Florida, USA
w/ Brett Scheffers (website)

Stijn Van De Vondel
University of Antwerp, Belgium
w/ Filip Meysman and Ivan Nijs (website)

Katoria Lesaalon Lekarkar
Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
w/ Ann Van Griensven and Anne Gobin (website)

Previous PhD candidates
Ronja Wedegärtner (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway), Charly Géron (Université de Liège, Belgium), Eduardo Fuentes-Lillo (University of Concepcíon, Chile)


Current master students:

Jelle Hijlkema. Climate change from nature’s perspective. w/ Jakob Raymaekers & Stefan Smeekens.

Tist Liekens. Plant invasion along mountain trails.

Brent Wouters. Historical changes in snowbed species. w/ Keith Larson.

Beau Ramaeckers. Phenology of alpine plants. w/ Keith Larson.

Tom Vermeire. Are non-native species expanding their ranges along Norwegian mountain roads? w/ Jan Clavel.

Millie Lejeune. The velocity of species range changes along Norwegian mountain roads. w/ Jan Clavel.

Janessa Rathgeber. Community thermophilisation under microclimate change.

Inez Vanhoutte. Recalibrating thermal niches using microclimate data. w/ Jan Clavel.

Emma Pellegrini. Using citizen science data to update the biogeography of bumblebees in Northern Sweden. w/ Richard Gill.

Jasmine Spreeuwers. Using 100 years of biodiversity data to study species distributions in northern Scandinavian tundra. w/ Keith Larson.

Andreas de Preter. The modelling of temperature in Flemish gardens. w/ Filip Meysman.

Previous master students: 

Sarane Coen, Amber Pirée, Renée Lejeune, Lore Hostens (website), Dymphna Wiegmans, Kobe Tilley, Jens De Keyser, Bindia-Roy Jaddoe, Aaron Van Poecke, Jef Vanwinkelen, Maria Van Assche, Nell Van den Plas, Naomi De Vries, 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).

Andromeda polifolia

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.

56 Responses to About

  1. timalil says:

    Hi, wonderful job you’ve got and wonderful blog. Thanks for following my blog thereby letting me find yours. Looking forward to your posts. Best of Luck! 🙂

  2. kenben says:

    Hello. You have an interesting jog.
    Merry Christmas

  3. Herman says:

    Hi Jonas! Thank you for visiting and following HoB. Much appreciated! Maar vermoedelijk had ik dit ook in het Nederlands kunnen zeggen…??

  4. Hello Jonas! Thanks for following A Journey of Wonders (www.journeywonders.com), I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading about my travel adventures as well as my tips for saving money in order to travel more 😀

  5. Hi there Jonas,
    Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the blogosphere and for following. Your support is greatly appreciated, Looking forward to seeing more from you 🙂


  6. bobothefishy says:

    Thanks for following my blog 🙂 your blog is great, I look forward to seeing your photos

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  8. marianina says:

    Hi Jonas!

    My name is Maria and along with other four gorgeous ladies we have a small travel/photography blog. We have been following your blog for a while and we really enjoy your pictures! The sceneries are just wonderful and the composition you chose always gives an amazing result! We decided to nominate your blog for the Liebster award,a collaborative award that was created to motivate small bloggers to keep creating ,link with other bloggers and discover new blogs with great content. You can find our blog proposals and rules on our blog post: http://t.co/aiIEF7IXHO.
    We really hope you will accept our award! Good luck with your phd!


    • Hi Maria!

      Thanks for the very kind words, it is a joy to write and post for readers as enthusiastic as you! Thanks also for the nomination for the award, it is great to read such things.
      I am currently not passing on awards, I am afraid, even not when they are from such a wonderful and interesting blog.
      I am howeve very happy that I now found my way to your fantastic spot on the internet, and I am definitely going to come back to enjoy your pictures and stories!

      • marianina says:

        Thanks for your kind words! No problem for the award, for us rather than awarding blogs it was much more an opportunity to discover new blogs and connect to other bloggers which is happening right now as we are writing to each other so…goal achieved!:)

  9. svtakeiteasy says:

    Thanks for dropping by, Jonas, and following our adventures. Reading about you, it’s fantastic when work and hobbies blend together well – makes for an interesting and fulfilling life. 😊

  10. Elina says:

    What a lovely blog Jonas, your photos are incredibly beautiful! 🙂

  11. vsperry says:

    I am looking forward to seeing more of your pictures and reading about all of your plant knowledge. Thanks for visiting my blog today!

  12. Uncle Spike says:

    Merhaba Jonas…

    Here’s a little New Years message from Türkiye to say “thank you”. I appreciate your recent ‘follow’, knowing how many interesting and entertaining blogs there are out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my little corner of the world tries to offer an eclectic smattering of posts, from basic amateur photography, to sharing my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day-to-day happenings here on our fruit farm in southern Turkey. I also throw in a few of my observations on life and lighter-hearted stuff for good measure.

    You are more than welcome to have a look around, stay a while and have a trawl through my collection. There are plenty of categories within the drop-down menus to help in said digging process. Of course, if you have any comments, suggestions or concerns, feel free to let me know – I’m not easily offended 🙂

    Hope you have a great day and even better 2015…


  13. Susan Xu says:

    Hello Jonas!

    My name is Susan Xu and I am the content manager and chief writer at Clapway, a New York based multi-platform company that houses an extensive collection of articles, videos, and marketplace services with a focus on adventure and travel. I came across your blog and really enjoyed your posts. Would you potentially be interested in writing for Clapway as a contributor? If so, please email me back at content [at] clapway [dot] com. We would love to feature your work.


    Susan Xu
    Content Manager at Clapway
    195 Plymouth St #6/17
    Brooklyn, NY 11201

  14. beckarooney says:

    Heya thank you for checking out my blog, I appreciate the follow. What an awesome job you have, I’m jealous! 😉 Looking forward to your posts 🙂

  15. Ban Kc says:

    A nature fanatic like myself finds your work Incredible esp. with all the pics you’ve taken. I’m facinated by all of them. Kuddos!

  16. Thom Hickey says:

    Really pleased to have found your fascinating blog. I’m going to learn a lot while being entertained. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (give it a whirl!)

  17. beeseeker says:

    keep up the good work!

  18. Gorgeous photos! And what an interesting job you have! I wish I had studied something interesting like that! (instead of boring old business studies)

  19. ccrooksphoto says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog, Jonas and ‘liking’ my post. I love it that you’re a photographing ecologist!

  20. Thank you for visiting my first 18

  21. roddyfox says:

    Great to see so many lovely pictures of places I’ve been.

  22. dilloncruz72 says:

    What an amazing job you have. Ecology is something I would like to know more about as I am interested in permaculture as a means of regenerating ecosystems.


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  24. 2ndhalfolife says:

    Thanks for visiting!

  25. A friend of mine studies primulas in mountain environments around the world. I have passed on your blog info to her and she’s excited to read some of your work.

  26. Denzil says:

    Hi. You have an interesting blog, with some great photos and insightful articles. Looking forward to reading more.

  27. anne steven says:

    Hi I am a landscape architect and conservationist in New Zealand. I am Chair of a voluntary conservation group working in the Lindis Pass Otago New Zealand, a subalpine rain-shadow mountainous pass area altitude 800 – 1400m. Our work is in part controlling the spread of Russell Lupin from the highway that passes through the area.We have observed other exotic opportunist plants such as viola on the road side. I would love to have a copy of your paper please.

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