Welcome to the website of the Terrestrial Ecology Unit - one of the vibrant biology labs @ Ghent University
At TEREC, we study patterns and processes underlying the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. We therefore run competitive research programs on population and community dynamics, biotic interactions and life-history strategies in a wide suite of plants and animals. Research activities comprise field observations, field- and lab experiments and computer simulations, and results are interpreted both within a fundamental (evolutionary-ecological) and applied (conservation-oriented) framework. To reach scientific excellence and sustain technological innovation, our researchers are active in various national and international research networks, such as SPEEDY
Apart from conducting research, academic staff and researchers are also deeply involved in science-based teaching, both at BSc level and in the international Global Change Ecology MSc program.
To help you navigating through our wide variety of research activities, the latter are organized by Discipline, Organism, Region and Project. You can also check our Staff, Publications and Vacancy pages.
Hope you enjoy our site, do not hesitate to contact us for more information !
Prof. Dr. Luc Lens
Terrestrial Ecology Unit
Department of Biology
K. L. Ledeganckstraat 35
telephone numbers and e-mail addresses can be found here
Take the main entrance in the Ledeganckstraat in front of the highest building, continue until you see the 3 elevators and take it to the 10th floor. Please see the first room on the left for our secretary.
Arriving at Brussels airport:
The airport City Express leaves from within the airport building (floor -2) and takes you to one of the main stations in Brussels (subsequently Noord/Nord, Centraal/Central and Zuid/Midi).
Here you can switch to one of the many intercity trains (IC) to or via "Gent-Sint-Pieters", Ghent's main railway station (Directions Brugge, Knokke, Blankenberghe, Oostende all stop in Ghent).
Some trains run directly from the airport to "Gent-Sint-Pieters".
Arriving by train in Brussels:
Switch to one of the many intercity trains (IC) to or via "Gent-Sint-Pieters", Ghent's main railway station (Directions Brugge, Knokke, Blankenberghe, Oostende all stop in Ghent).
Ghent is on the crossroads of the international lines "London - Brussel - Köln" and "Paris - Lille - Antwerpen"
>> Information on timetables and prices can be found at the NMBS website
Continuing by car:
When leaving the airport, immediately follow the road signs "E40 Gent-Oostende". After about 15 km on the Brussels ringway "R0" you will see the actual exit to the motorway "E40". Stay on this road for about 50 km and you will see the exit "Gent-centrum", which will bring you to the centre of Ghent.
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