Sustainable and economically efficient ecosystem management: modeling biophysical scale followed by optimizing payments for ecosystem services Hasselt University
When global threats meet localized practices: Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) vs. recognition and regeneration of ecosystem knowledge in Nicaragua and Guatemala. University of Antwerp
Daphnia-parasite interactions on ecosystem level: is there a scope for eco-coevolutionary dynamics ? KU Leuven
We will study the role of host-parasite coevolution as an important evolutionary process underlying eco-evolutionary dynamics (‘eco-coevolutionary dynamics’, i.e. eco-evolutionary dynamics where co-evolution is the central evolutionary process). We aim to study how this eco-coevolutionary dynamics affect fundamental ecosystem functions, more in particular primary productivity and nutrient recycling in freshwater ecosystems. We will use the ...
The preparation of an ecosystem oriented framework for the optimization of the water-level in the 'Uitkerkse' polder land. University of Antwerp
Marine ecosystem productivity in a gradient of toxic stress and the implications for higher trophic levels Ghent University
In this PhD research, I want to examin to what extend persisten organic pollutants (POPs) affect primary production in the North Sea, relative to the effects of temperature and nutrients. Also, the implications of such effects for seabirds, i.e. a model for higher trophic level species, will be examined.
Understanding interrelated cycles of human and natural ecosystems for an adaptive landscape in the age of climate change and sea level rise. A case-based exploration between Lebanon and Vietnam KU Leuven
According to the National Academy of Sciences (USA), by 2100 the sea level will rise by an average of 2 meters. This unprecedented situation urgently demands a need to rethink the built environment, the design and implementation of new flood resilient infrastructures, and the safeguarding of coastal populations. It is imperative to seize this historic opportunity to call for immediate restraint from business-as-usual in the scope of ...
Physiological and environmental controls of water and ozone fluxes in a short rotation poplar plantation: from leaf to tree to ecosystem scale (Physio-Pop). University of Antwerp
Digital revolution in Belgian federal government: an open governance ecosystem for big data, artificial intelligence and blockchain. KU Leuven
Three contextual factors define the context by which DIGI4FED is influenced. The first factor is the growing attention for the potential impact of Big Data (BD) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) on traditional government information processes. The second factor is the growing expectation of society from public administrations, to adopt new technological means to advance efficient and effective governance and public service ...
The ecosystem services concept as a tool for ecological and socio-economic optimization of nature-oriented measures on agricultural land Ghent University
Intensification of agriculture in the EU has boosted yield, food security and food quality, contributing to economic development and human well-being. On the other hand, land abandonment and intensification have resulted in a strong decline of farmland biodiversity. Seventy-six per cent of the Habitat Directive habitats linked to agro-ecosystems and 70% of the Habitat Directive species linked to agro-ecosystems have an unfavourable ...