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De Groote S., Van Schrojenstein Lantman I., Sercu B., Dekeukeleire D., Boonyarittichaikij R., Smith H.K., De Beelde R., Ceunen K., Vantieghem P., Matheve H., De Neve L., Vanhellemont M., Baeten L., De la Peña E., Bonte D., Martel A., Verheyen K. & Lens L. (in press). Tree species identity outweighs the effects of tree species diversity and forest fragmentation on understorey diversity and composition. Plant Ecology and Evolution.
PDF Boonyarittichaikij R., Verbrugghe E., Dekeukeleire D., De Beelde R., Rouffaer L.O., Haesendonck R., Strubbe D., Mattheus W., Bertrand S., Pasmans F., Bonte D., Verheyen K., Lens L. & A. Martel (2017). Salmonella Typhimurium DT193 and DT99 are present in great and blue tits in Flanders, Belgium. PloS ONE 12: e0187640.
PDF Chawaka S.N., Mereta S.T., Goethals P.L.M., Lens L. & Boets P. (2017). Effect of Human-induced Environmental Changes on Bird Diversity and Abundance in Natural Wetlands of Southwest Ethiopia. Waterbirds 40: 129-143.
PDF Habel J.C., Constanza I., Casanova C., Zamora C., Teucher M., Hornetz B., Shauri H., Mulwa R.K. & Lens L. (2017). East African coastal forest under pressure. Biodiversity and Conservation 11: 2751-2758.
PDF Habel J.C., Lens L., Eggermont H., Githiru M., Mulwa R.K., Suleiman Shauri H., Lewinsohn T.M., Weisser W.W. & Schmitt T. (2017). More topics from the tropics: additional thoughts to Mammides et al. Biodiversity and Conservation 26: 237-241.
PDF Pfeifer M., Lefebvre V., Peres C., Banks-Leite C., Wearn O.R., Marsh C.J., Butchart S.H.M., Arroyo-Rodríguez V., Barlow J., Cerezo A., Cisneros L., D'Cruze N., Faria D., Hadley A., Harris S.M., Klingbeil B.T., Kormann U., Lens L., Medina-Rangel G.F., Morante-Filho J.C., Olivier P., Peters S.L., Pidgeon A., Ribeiro D.B., Scherber C., Schneider-Maunoury L., Struebig M., Urbina-Cardona N., Watling J.I., Willig M.R., Wood E.M. & Ewers R.M. (2017). Creation of forest edges has a global impact on forest vertebrates. Nature.
PDF Piano E., De Wolf K., Bona F., Bonte D., Bowler D.E., Isaia M., Lens L., Merckx T., Mertens D., van Kerckvoorde M., De Meester L. & Hendrickx F. (2017). Urbanization drives community shifts towards thermophilic and dispersive species at local and landscape scales. Global Change Biology 23: 2554-2564.
PDF Rouffaer L.O., Baert K., Van den Abeele A.-M., Cox I., Vanantwerpen G., De Zutter L., Strubbe D., Vranckx K., Lens L., Haesebrouck F., Delmee M., Pasmans F. & Martel A. (2017). Low prevalence of human enteropathogenic Yersinia spp. in brown rats (Rattus norvegicus) in Flanders. PLoS ONE 12: e0175648.
PDF Salleh Hudin N., De Neve L., Strubbe D., Fairhurst G.D., Vangestel C., Peach W.J. & Lens L. (2017). Supplementary feeding increases nestling feather corticosterone early in the breeding season in house sparrows. Ecology and Evolution 7: 6163-6171.
PDF Santos C.S.A., Blondel L., Sotillo A., Müller W., Stienen E.W.M., Boeckx P., Soares A.M.V.M., Monteiro M.S., De Neve L. & Lens L. (2017). Offspring Hg exposure relates to parental feeding strategies in a generalist bird with strong individual foraging specialization. Science of the Total Environment 601: 1315-1323.
PDF Sercu B.K., Baeten L., van Coillie F., Martel A, Lens L., Verheyen K. & Bonte D. (2017). How tree species identity and diversity affects light transmittance to the understory in mature temperate forests. Ecology and Evolution.
PDF Teyssier A., Rouffaer L.O., Saleh Hudin N., Strubbe D., Matthysen E., Lens L. & White J. (2017). Inside the guts of the city: urban-induced alterations of the gut microbiota in a wild passerine. Science of the Total Environment 612: 1276-1286.
PDF Ulrich W., Banks-Leite C., De Coster G., Habel J.C., Matheve H., Newmark W.D., Tobias J.A. & Lens L. (2017). Environmentally and behaviourally mediated co-occurrence of functional traits in bird communities of tropical forest fragments. Oikos 0: doi: 10.1111/oik.04561.
PDF Van de Loock D., Strubbe D., De Neve L., Githiru M., Matthysen E. & Lens L. (2017). Cooperative breeding shapes post-fledging survival in an Afrotropical forest bird. Ecology and Evolution 7: 3489-3493.
PDF Vanderhoeven S., Adriaens T., Desmet P., Strubbe D., Backeljau T., Barbier Y., Brosens D., Cigar J., Coupremanne M., De Troch R., Eggermont H., Heughebaert A., Hostens K., Huybrechts P., Jacquemart A.-L., Lens L., Monty A., Paquet J.-Y., Prévot C., Robertson T., Termonia P., Van De Kerchove R., Van Hoey G., Van Schaeybroeck B., Vercayie D., Verleye T.J., Welby S. & Groom Q.J (2017). Tracking Invasive Alien Species (TrIAS): Building a data-driven framework to inform policy. Research Ideas and Outcomes 3: e13414.
PDF Aben J., Bocedi G., Palmer S.C.F., Pelikka P., Strubbe D., Hallmann C., Travis J.M.J., Lens L. & Matthysen E. (2016). The importance of realistic dispersal models in conservation planning: application of a novel modelling platform to evaluate management scenarios in an Afrotropical biodiversity hotspot. Journal of Applied Ecology 53: 1055-1065.
PDF Cousseau L., Husemann M., Foppen R., Vangestel C. & Lens L. (2016). A longitudinal genetic survey identifies temporal shifts in the population structure of Dutch house sparrows. Heredity 117: 259-267.
PDF de Jong B., Lens L., Amininasab S.M., van Oers K., Darras V.M., Eens M., Pinxten R., Komdeur J. & Groothuis T.G. (2016). Effects of experimentally sustained elevated testosterone on incubation behaviour and reproductive success in female great tits (Parus major). General and Comparative Endocrinology 230: 38-47.
PDF de Jong B., Lens L., van der Velde M., Korsten P., Groothuis T. & Komdeur J. (2016). Testosterone Reduces Promiscuity of Female Blue Tits (Cyanistes caeruleus): An Experimental Study Ethology 123: 69-82.
PDF Gupta T., Santos C.S.A., Sotillo A., De Neve L., Stienen E.W.M., Müller W. & Lens L. (2016). Nutritional Stress Causes Heterogeneous Relationships with Multi-Trait FA in Lesser Black-Backed Gull Chicks: An Aviary Experiment. Symmetry 8: doi:10.3390/sym8110133.
PDF Habel J.C., Teucher M., Mulwa R.K., Haber W., Eggermont H. & Lens L. (2016). Nature conservation at the edge. Biodiversity and Conservation 25: 791-799.
PDF Mills J.A., Teplitsky C., Arroyo B., Charmantier A., Becker P.H., Birkhead T.R., Bize P., Blumstein D.T., Bonenfant C., Boutin S., Bushuev A., Cam E., Cockburn A., Côté S.D., Coulson J.C., Daunt F., Dingemanse N.J., Doligez B., Drummond H., Espie R.H.M., Festa-Bianchet M., Frentiu F., Fitzpatrick J.W., Furness R.W., Garant D., Gauthier G., Grant P.R., Griesser M., Gustafsson L., Hansson B., Harris M.P., Jiguet F., Kjellander P., Korpimäki E., Krebs C.J., Lens L., Linnell J.D.C., Low M., McAdam A., Margalida A., Merilä J., Møller A.P., Nakagawa S., Nilsson J-A., Nisbet I.C.T., van Noordwijk A.J., Oro D., Pärt T., Pelletier F., Potti J., Pujol B., Réale D., Rockwell R.F., Ropert-Coudert Y., Roulin A., Thébaud C., Sedinger J.S., Swenson J.E., Visser M.E., Wanless S., Westneat D.F., Wilson A.J. & Zedrosser A. (2016). Solutions for archiving data in long-term studies - a reply to Whitlock et al. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 31: 85-87.
PDF Rouffaer L.O., Lens L., Haesendonck R., Teyssier A., Salleh Hudin N., Strubbe D., Haesebrouck F., Pasmans F. & Martel A. (2016). House Sparrows Do Not Constitute a Significant Salmonella Typhimurium Reservoir across Urban Gradients in Flanders, Belgium. PLoS ONE.
PDF Sellah Hudin N., Strubbe D., Teyssier A., de Neve L., White J., Janssens G.P.J. & Lens L. (2016). Predictable food supplies induce plastic shifts in avian scaled body mass. Behavioral Ecology 27: 1833-1840.
PDF Stienen E.W.M., Desmet P., Aelterman B., Courtens W., Feys S., Vanermen N., Verstraete H., Van de Walle M., Deneudt K., Hernandez F., Houthoofdt R., Vanhoorne B., Bouten W., Buijs R.-J., Kavelaars M.M., Müller W., Herman D., Matheve H., Sotillo A. & Lens L. (2016). GPS tracking data of Lesser Black-backed Gulls and Herring Gulls breeding at the southern North Sea coast. ZooKeys 555: 115-124.
PDF Ulrich W., Lens L., Tobias J.A. & Habel J.C. (2016). Contrasting Patterns of Species Richness and Functional Diversity in Bird Communities of East African Cloud Forest Fragments. PloS ONE 11: e0163338.
PDF Buechley E.R., Sekercioglu C.H., Atickem A., Gebremichael G., Kuria Ndungu J., Abdu Mahamued B., Beyene T., Mekonnen T. & Lens L. (2015). Importance of Ethiopian shade coffee farms for forest bird conservation. Biological Conservation.
PDF Coulon A., Aben J., Palmer S.C.F, Stevens V.M., Strubbe D., Lens L., Matthysen E. Baguette M. & Travis J.M.J. (2015). A stochastic movement simulator improves estimates of landscape connectivity. Ecology 8: 2203–2213.
PDF De Baere S., Rosendahl Larsen T., Devreese M., De Backer P., De Neve L., Lens L. & Croubels S. (2015). Use of LC–MS–MS as an alternative to currently available immunoassay methods to quantitate corticosterone in egg yolk and albumen. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 407: 4351–4362.
PDF De Coster G., De Laet J., Vangestel C., Adriaensen F. & Lens L. (2015). Citizen science in action - Evidence for long-term, region-wide House Sparrow declines in Flanders, Belgium. Landscape and Urban Planning 134: 139-146.
PDF Habel J.C., Borghesio L., Newmark W.D., Day J.J., Lens L., Husemann M. & Ulrich W. (2015). Evolution along the Great Rift valley: phenotypic and genetic differentiation of East African White-eyes (Aves, Zosteropidae). Ecology and Evolution 5: 4849-4862.
PDF Habel J.C., Teucher M., Hornetz B., Jaetzold R., Kimatu J.N., Kasili S., Mairura Z., Mulwa R.K., Eggermont H., Weisser W.W. & Lens L. (2015). Real-world complexity of food security and biodiversity conservation. Biodiversity and Conservation 24: 1531-1539.
PDF Husemann M., Cousseau L., Borghesio L., Lens L. & Habel J.C. (2015). Effects of population size and isolation on the genetic structure of the East African mountain white-eye Zosterops poliogaster (Aves). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 114: 828-836.
PDF Husemann M., Cousseau L., Callens T., Matthysen E., Vangestel C., Hallmann C. & Lens L. (2015). Post-fragmentation population structure in a cooperative breeding Afrotropical cloud forest bird: emergence of a source-sink population network. Molecular Ecology 24: 1172-1187.
PDF Mills J.A., Teplitsky C., Arroyo B., Charmantier A., Becker P.H., Birkhead T.R., Bize P., Blumstein D.T., Bonenfant C., Boutin S., Bushuev A., Cam E., Cockburn A., Côté S.D., Coulson J.C., Daunt F., Dingemanse N.J., Doligez B., Drummond H., Espie R.H.M., Festa-Bianchet M., Frentiu F., Fitzpatrick J.W., Furness R.W., Garant D., Gauthier G., Grant P.R., Griesser M., Gustafsson L., Hansson B., Harris M.P., Jiguet F., Kjellander P., Korpimäki E., Krebs C.J., Lens L., Linnell J.D.C., Low M., McAdam A., Margalida A., Merilä J., Møller A.P., Nakagawa S., Nilsson J-A., Nisbet I.C.T., van Noordwijk A.J., Oro D., Pärt T., Pelletier F., Potti J., Pujol B., Réale D., Rockwell R.F., Ropert-Coudert Y., Roulin A., Thébaud C., Sedinger J.S., Swenson J.E., Visser M.E., Wanless S., Westneat D.F., Wilson A.J. & Zedrosser A. (2015). Archiving primary data: solutions for long-term studies. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30: 581-589.
PDF Rosendahl Larsen T., Fairhurst G.D., De Baere S., Croubels S., Müller W., De Neve L. & Lens L. (2015). Novel insights into relationships between egg corticosterone and timing of breeding revealed by LC-MS/MS. Journal of Avian Biology 46: 643-647.
PDF Aben J., Strubbe D., Adriaensen F., Palmer S.C.F., Travis J.M.J., Lens L. & Matthysen E. (2014). Simple individual-based models effectively represent Afrotropical forest bird movement in complex landscapes: implications for improved management recommendations. Journal of Applied Ecology 51: 693-702.
PDF Habel J.C., Eggermont H., Günter S., Mulwa R.K., Rieckmann M., Pin Koh L., Niassy S., Ferguson J.W.H., Gebremichael G., Githiru M., Weisser W.W. & Lens L. (2014). Towards more equal footing in north–south biodiversity research: European and sub-Saharan viewpoints. Biodiversity and Conservation 23: 3143-3148.
PDF Habel J.C., Mulwa R.K., Gassert F., Rödder D., Ulrich W., Borghesio L., Husemann M. & Lens L. (2014). Population signatures of large-scale, long-term disjunction and small-scale, short-term habitat fragmentation in an Afromontane forest bird. Heredity 114: 828-836.
PDF Habel J.C., Ulrich W., Peters G., Husemann M. & Lens L. (2014). Lowland panmixia versus highland disjunction: Genetic and bioacoustic differentiation in two species of East African White-eye birds. Conservation Genetics 15: 655-664.
PDF Pfeifer M., Lefebvre V., Gardner T.A., Arroyo-Rodriguez V., Banks-Leite C., Barlow J., Betts M.G., Brunet J., Cerezo A., Cisneros L.M., Collard S., D'Cruze N., da Silva Motta C., Baeten L., Duguay S., Eggermont H., Eigenbrod F., Hadley A.S., Hanson T.R., Hawes J.E., Heartsill Scalley T., Klingbeil B.T., Kolb A., Kormann U., Kumar S., Lachat T., Lakeman Fraser P., Lantschner V., Laurance W.F., Leal I.R., Lens L., Marsh C.J., Medina-Rangel G.F., Melles S., Mezger D., Oldekop J.A., Overal W.L., Owen C., Peres C.A., Phalan B., Pidgeon A.M., Pilia O., Possingham H.P., Possingham M.L., Raheem D.C., Ribeiro D.B., Ribeiro Neto J.D., Robinson W.D., Robinson R., Rytwinski T., Scherber C., Slade E.M., Somarriba E., Stouffer P.C., Struebig M.J., Tylianakis J.M., Tscharntke T., Tyre A.J., Urbina Cardona J.N., Vasconcelos H.L., Wearn O., Wells K., Willig M.R., Wood E., Young R.P., Bradley A.V. & Ewers R.M. (2014). BIOFRAG – a new database for analyzing BIOdiversity responses to forest FRAGmentation. Ecology and Evolution 4: 1524-1537.
PDF Spanhove T., Callens T., Hallmann C., Pellikka P. & Lens L. (2014). Nest predation in Afrotropical forest fragments shaped by inverse edge effects, timing of nest initiation and vegetation structure. Journal of Ornithology 155: 411-420.
PDF Thijs K.W., Aerts R., Musila W., Siljander M., Matthysen E., Lens L., Pellikka P., Gulinck H. & Muys B. (2014). Potential tree species extinction, colonization and recruitment in Afromontane forest relicts. Basic and Applied Ecology 15: 288-296.
PDF Willie J., Tagg N., Petre C.-A., Pereboom Z. & Lens L. (2014). Plant selection for nest building by western lowland gorillas in Cameroon. Primates 55: 41-49.
PDF Bosman D.S., Vercruijsse H.J.P., Stienen E.W.M., Vincx M. & Lens L. (2013). Age of first breeding interacts with pre- and post-recruitment experience in shaping breeding phenology in a long-lived gull. PLoS ONE 8: e82093.
PDF Bosman D.S., Vercruijsse H.J.P., Stienen E.W.M., Vincx M., De Neve L. & Lens L. (2013). Effects of body size on sex-related migration vary between two closely related gull species with similar size dimorphism. Ibis 154: 52-60.
PDF De Coster G., De Neve L. & Lens L. (2013). Intra-clutch variation in avian eggshell pigmentation covaries with female quality. Journal of Ornithology 154: 1057-1065.
PDF De Coster G., Van Dongen S., Malaki P., Muchane M., Alcántara-Exposito A., Matheve H. & Lens L. (2013). Fluctuating asymmetry and environmental stress: understanding the role of trait history. PLoS ONE 8: e57966.
PDF Habel J.C, Gassert F., Meyer J., Cox S., Mulwa R.K. & Lens L. (2013). Population genetics of the East African White-eye species complex. Conservation Genetics.
PDF Habel J.C, Weisser W.W., Eggermont H. & Lens L. (2013). Food security versus biodiversity protection: an example of land-sharing from East Africa. Biodiversity Conservation.
PDF Habel J.C., Gossner M.M., Meyer S.T., Eggermont H., Lens L., Dengler J. & Weisser W.W. (2013). Mind the gaps when using science to address conservation concerns. Biodiversity Conservation 22: 2413-2427.
PDF Habel J.C., Rödder D., Lens L. & Schmitt T. (2013). The genetic signature of ecologically different grassland Lepidopterans. Biodiversity Conservation 22: 2401-2411.
PDF Vangestel C., Callens T., Vandomme V. & Lens L. (2013). Sex-biased dispersal at different geographical scales in a cooperative breeder from fragmented rainforest. PLoS ONE 8: e71624.
PDF Willie J., Tagg N., Petre C.A., Pereboom Z. & Lens L. (2013). Herbaceous plant availability and use by western lowland gorillas in south-east Cameroon. Folia Primatologica 84: 345.
PDF Aben J., Adriaensen F., Thijs K.W., Pellikka P., Siljander M., Lens L. & Matthysen E. (2012). Effects of matrix composition and configuration on forest bird movements in a fragmented Afromontane biodiversity hotspot. Animal Conservation 15: 658-668.
PDF Bosman D.S., Vercruijsse H.J.P., Stienen E.W.M., Vincx M., De Neve L. & Lens L. (2012). Effects of body size on sex-related migration vary between two closely related gull species with similar size dimorphism. Ibis 154: 52-60.
PDF Buijs S., Van Poucke E., Van Dongen S., Lens L. & Tuyttens F.A.M. (2012). Cage size and enrichment effects on the bone quality and fluctuating asymmetry of fattening rabbits. Journal of Animal Science.
PDF De Coster G., De Neve L. & Lens L. (2012). Intraclutch variation in avian eggshell pigmentation: the anaemia hypothesis. Oecologia 170: 297-304.
PDF De Coster G., De Neve L., Verhulst S. & Lens L. (2012). Maternal effects reduce oxidative stress in female nestlings under high parasite load. Journal of Avian Biology 43: 177-185.
PDF de la Peña E., Van De Velde H., Lens L., & Bonte D. (2012). Soil conditions in natural, declining and restored heathlands influence plant-pollinator interactions of Calluna vulgaris. Restoration Ecology 20: 603–611.
PDF Gelorini V., Verbeken A., Lens L., Eggermont H., Odgaard B.V. & Verschuren D. (2012). Effects of land use on the fungal spore richness in small crater-lake basins of western Uganda. Fungal Diversity 55: 125–142.
PDF Raeymaekers J.A.M., Lens L., Van den Broeck F., Van Dongen S. & Volckaert F.A.M. (2012). Quantifying population structure on short timescales. Molecular Ecology.
PDF Vangestel C., Mergeay J., Dawson D.A., Callens T., Vandomme V. & Lens L. (2012). Genetic diversity and population structure in contemporary house sparrow populations along an urbanization gradient. Heredity.
PDF Willie J., Petre C.-A., Tagg N. & Lens L. (2012). Density of herbaceous plants and distribution of western gorillas in different habitat types in south-east Cameroon. African Journal of Ecology 51: 111-121.
PDF Willie J., Petre C.-A., Tagg N. & Lens L. (2012). Evaluation of species richness estimators based on quantitative performance measures and sensitivity to patchiness and sample grain size. Acta Oecologica 45: 31-41.
PDF Callens T., Galbusera P., Matthysen E., Durand E.Y., Githiru M., Huyghe J.R. & Lens L. (2011). Genetic signature of population fragmentation varies with mobility in seven bird species of a fragmented Kenyan cloud forest. Molecular Ecology 20: 1829–1844.
PDF De Coster G., Verhulst S., Koetsier E., De Neve L., Briga M. and Lens L. (2011). Effects of early developmental conditions on innate immunity are only evident under favourable adult conditions in zebra finches. Naturwissenschaften 98: 1049-1056.
PDF Eraly D., Hendrickx F., Backeljau T., Bervoets L. & Lens L. (2011). Direct and indirect effects of metal stress on physiology and life history variation in field populations of a lycosid spider. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 74: 1489-1497.
PDF Erbout N., Virgilio M., Lens L., Barr N. & De Meyer M. (2011). Discrepancies between subgeneric classification and molecular phylogeny of Ceratitis (Diptera: Tephritidae), can the evolution of host use provide some clues? Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 60: 259–264.
PDF Githiru M., Lens L., Adriaensen F., Mwang'ombe J. & Matthysen E. (2011). Using science to guide conservation: from landscape modelling to increased connectivity in the Taita Hills, SE Kenya. Journal for Nature Conservation 1: 263-268.
PDF Habel J.C., Lens L., Rödder D. & Schmitt T. (2011). From Africa to Europe and back: refugia and range shifts cause high genetic differentiation in the Marbled White butterfly Melanargia galathea. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11: 215.
PDF Lehouck V., Spanhove T. & Lens L. (2011). Avian fruit ingestion differentially facilitates seed germination of four fleshy-fruited plant species of an Afrotropical forest. Plant Ecology and Evolution 144: 96-100.
PDF Vangestel C. & Lens L. (2011). Does fluctuating asymmetry constitute a sensitive biomarker of nutritional stress in house sparrows (Passer domesticus)? Ecological Indicators 11: 389–394.
PDF Vangestel C., Mergeay J., Dawson D.A., Vandomme V. & Lens L. (2011). Developmental stability covaries with genome-wide and single-locus heterozygosity in house sparrows. PLoS ONE 6: e21569.
PDF Vangestel C., Mergeay J., Dawson D.A., Vandomme V. & Lens L. (2011). Spatial heterogeneity in genetic relatedness among house sparrows along an urban-rural gradient as revealed by individual-based analysis. Molecular Ecology 20: 4643–4653.
PDF Aerts R., Thijs K.W., Lehouck V., Beentje H., Benny Bytebier B., Matthysen E., Gulinck H., Lens L. & Muys B. (2010). Woody plant communities of isolated Afromontane cloud forests in Taita Hills, Kenya. Plant Ecology.
PDF De Busschere C., Hendrickx F., Van Belleghem S.M., Backeljau T., Lens L. & Baert L. (2010). Parallel habitat specialization within the wolf spider genus Hogna from the Galápagos. Molecular Ecology 19: 4029–4045.
PDF De Coster G., De Neve L., Martín-Gálvez D., Therry L. & Lens L. (2010). Variation in innate immunity in relation to ectoparasite load, age and season: a field experiment in great tits (Parus major). Journal of Experimental Biology 213: 3012-3018.
PDF Eggermont H., Verschuren D., Audenaert L., Lens L., Russell J., Klaassen G. & Heiri O. (2010). Limnological and ecological sensitivity of Rwenzori mountain lakes to climate warming. Hydrobiologia 648: 123–142.
PDF Eraly D., Hendrickx F., Bervoets L. & Lens L. (2010). Experimental exposure to cadmium affects metallothionein-like protein levels but not survival and growth in wolf spiders from polluted and reference populations. Environmental Pollution 158: 2124-2131.
PDF Talloen W., Lens L., Van Dongen S., Adriaensen F. & Matthysen E. (2010). Mild stress during development affects the phenotype of great tit Parus major nestlings: a challenge experiment. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 100: 103–110.
PDF Vangestel C., Braeckman B.P., Matheve H. & Lens L. (2010). Constraints on home range behaviour affect nutritional condition in urban House sparrows (Passer domesticus). Biological Journal of Linnean Society 101: 41–50.
PDF Bonte D., Swertvaeger I., De Clercq N. & Lens L. (2009). Repeatability of dispersal behavior in a common dwarf spider: evidence for different mechanisms behind short and long distance dispersal. Ecological Entomology 34: 271-276.
PDF De Coster G., Matthysen E., Cahill J.R.A. & Lens L. (2009). Home range characteristics of the Near Threatened Giant Conebill (Oreomanes fraseri) in fragmented Polylepis forest. Bird Conservation International 19: 215–223.
PDF Eraly D., Hendrickx F. & Lens L. (2009). Condition-dependent mate choice and its implications for population differentiation in the wolf spider Pirata piraticus. Behavioral Ecology 20: 856-863.
PDF Erbout N., De Meyer M., Vangestel C. & Lens L. (2009). Host plant toxicity affects developmental rates in a polyphagous fruit fly - experimental evidence. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 97: 728–737.
PDF Hendrickx F., Maelfait J.-P., Desender K., Aviron S., Bailey D., Diekotter T., Lens L., Liira J., Schweiger O., Speelmans M., Vandomme V. & Bugter R. (2009). Pervasive effects of dispersal limitation on within- and among-community species richness in agricultural landscapes. Global Ecology and Biogeography 18: 607–616.
PDF Kappes H, Jordaens K., Van Houtte N., Hendrickx F., Maelfait J-P., Lens L. & Backeljau T. (2009). A land snail's view on a fragmented landscape. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 98: 839-850.
PDF Kappes H., Jordaens K., Hendrickx F., Maelfait J.-P., Lens L. & Backeljau T. (2009). Response of snails and slugs to fragmentation of lowland forests in NW Germany. Landscape Ecology 24: 685 -697.
PDF Lehouck V. Spanhove T., Gonsamo A., Cordeiro N. & Lens L. (2009). Spatial and temporal effects on recruitment of an Afromontane forest tree in a threatened fragmented ecosystem. Biological Conservation 142: 518 -528.
PDF Lehouck V., Spanhove T., Colson L., Adringa-Davis A., Cordeiro N.J. & Lens L. (2009). Habitat disturbance reduces seed dispersal of a forest interior tree in a fragmented African cloud forest. Oikos 118: 1023-1034.
PDF Lehouck V., Spanhove T., Demeter S., Groot N.E., & Lens L. (2009). Complementary seed dispersal by three avian frugivores in a fragmented Afromontane forest. Journal of Vegetation Science 20: 1110-1120.
PDF Lehouck V., Spanhove T., Vangestel C., Cordeiro N. J. & Lens L. (2009). Does landscape structure affect resource tracking by avian frugivores in a fragmented Afrotropical forest? Ecography 32: 1-11.
PDF Pellegroms B., Van Dongen S., Van Dyck H. & Lens L. (2009). Larval food stress differentially affects flight morphology in male and female speckled woods (Pararge aegeria). Ecological Entomology 34: 387-393.
PDF Pellikka P., Lanne M. & Lens L. (2009). Airborne remote sensing of spatiotemporal change (1955-2004) in indigenous and exotic forest cover in the Taita Hills, Kenya. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 11: 221-232.
PDF Spanhove T. Lehouck V. & Lens L. (2009). Inverse edge effect on nest predation in a Kenyan forest fragment: an experimental case study. Bird Conservation International 19: 367-378.
PDF Spanhove T., Lehouck V. & Lens L (2009). Edge effects on avian nest predation: the quest for a conceptual framework. Animal Conservation 12: 284-286.
PDF Spanhove T., Lehouck V., Boets P. & Lens L. (2009). Forest fragmentation relaxes natural nest predation in an Afromontane forest. Animal Conservation 12: 267-275.
PDF Talloen W., Van Dongen S., Van Dyck H. & Lens L. (2009). Environmental stress and quantitative genetic variation in butterfly wing characteristics. Evolutionary Ecology 28: 473 -485.
PDF Van Dongen S., Cornille R. & Lens L. (2009). Sex and asymmetry in humans: what is the role of developmental instability? Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22: 612 -622.
PDF Van Dongen S., Lens L., Pape E., Volckaert F.A.M. & Raeymaekers J.A.M. (2009). Evolutionary history shapes the association between developmental instability and population-level genetic variation in three-spined sticklebacks. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22: 1695-1707.
PDF Aerts R., Lerouge F., November E., Lens L., Hermy M. & Muys B. (2008). Land rehabilitation and the conservation of birds in a degraded Afromontane landscape in northern Ethiopia. Biodiversity and Conservation 17: 53-69.
PDF Bonte D., Lanckacker K., Wiersma E. & Lens L. (2008). Web building flexibility of an orb-web spider in a heterogeneous agricultural landscape. Ecography 31: 646-653.
PDF Bonte D., Lukác M. & Lens L. (2008). Starvation affects pre-dispersal behaviour of Erigone spiders. Basic and Applied Ecology 9: 308-315.
PDF Bonte D., Travis J., Swertvaeger I., De Clercq N. & Lens L. (2008). Thermal conditions during juvenile development affect adult dispersal in a spider. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 105: 17000-17005.
PDF Erbout N., De Meyer M. & Lens L. (2008). Hybridization between two polyphagous fruit-fly species (Diptera: Tephritidae) causes sex-biased reduction in developmental stability. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 93: 579-588.
PDF Lens L. & Eggermont H. (2008). Fluctuating asymmetry as a putative marker of human-induced stress in avian conservation. Bird Conservation International 18: 125-143.
PDF Somers N., D’haese B., Bossuyt B., Lens L. & Hoffmann M. (2008). Food quality affects diet preference of rabbits: experimental evidence. Belgian Journal of Zoology 138: 170-176.
PDF Talloen W., Lens L., Van Dongen S. & Matthysen E. (2008). Feather development under environmental stress: lead exposure effects on growth patterns in Great Tits Parus major. Bird Study 55: 108–117.
PDF Tuyttens F., Heyndrickx M., De Boeck M., Moreels A., Van Nuffel A., Van Poucke E., Van Coillie E., Van Dongen S. & Lens L. (2008). Broiler chicken health, welfare and fluctuating asymmetry in organic versus conventional production systems. Livestock Science 113: 123-132.
PDF Wauters L.A., Githiru M., Bertolino S., Molinari A., Tosi G.& Lens L. (2008). Demography of alpine red squirrel populations in relation to fluctuations in seed crop size. Ecography 31: 104-114.
PDF Bonte D. & Lens L. (2007). Heritability of spider ballooning motivation under different wind velocities. Evolutionary Ecology Research 9: 817-827.
PDF Bonte D., Bossuyt B. & Lens L. (2007). Aerial dispersal plasticity under different wind velocities in a salt marsh wolf spider. Behavioral Ecology 18: 438-443.
PDF Githiru M. & Lens L. (2007). Application of fragmentation research to conservation planning for multiple stakeholders: An example from the Taita Hills, southeast Kenya. Biological Conservation 134: 271-278.
PDF Githiru M., Lens L. & Bennun L.A. (2007). Ranging behaviour and habitat use by an Afrotropical songbird in a fragmented landscape. African Journal of Ecology 45: 581-589.
PDF Githiru M., Lens L., Bennun L.A. & Matthysen E. (2007). Can a common bird species be used as a surrogate to draw insights for the conservation of a rare species? A case study from the fragmented Taita Hills, Kenya. Oryx 41: 239-246.
PDF Hendrickx F., Maelfait J.-P. & Lens L. (2007). Effect of metal stress on life history divergence and quantitative genetic architecture in a wolf spider. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 21: 183 -193.
PDF Lens L. (2007). Studying patterns of fluctuating asymmetry in Afrotropical birds: pitfalls and applications. Ostrich 78: 320-320.
PDF Mulwa R.K., Bennun L.A., Ogol C.K.P.O. & Lens L. (2007). Population status and distribution of Taita White-eye Zosterops silvanus in the fragmented forests of Taita Hills and Mount Kasigau, Kenya. Bird Conservation International 17: 141-150.
PDF Van Nuffel A., Tuyttens F.A.M., Van Dongen S., Talloen W., Van Poucke E., Sonck B. & Lens L. (2007). Fluctuating asymmetry in broiler chickens: A decision protocol for trait selection in seven measuring methods. Poultry Science 86: 2555 -2568.
PDF Van Poucke E., Van Nuffel A., Van Dongen S., Sonck B., Lens L. & Tuyttens F. A. M. (2007). Experimental stress does not increase fluctuating asymmetry of broiler chickens at slaughter age. Poultry Science 86: 2110-2116.
PDF Adriaensen F., Githiru M., Matthysen E. & Lens L. (2006). Modelling forest connectivity for critically-endangered bird species: A case study in the Taita Hills, Kenya. Journal of Ornithology 147: 125-125.
PDF Bonte D., Lens L. & Maelfait J.-P. (2006). Sand dynamics in coastal dune landscapes constrain diversity and life-history characteristics of spiders. Journal of Applied Ecology 43: 735–747.
PDF Bonte D., Vanden Borre J., Lens L. & Maelfait J.-P. (2006). Geographic variation in wolfspider dispersal behaviour is related to landscape structure. Animal Behaviour 72: 655-662.
PDF Cosyns E., Bossuyt B., Hoffmann M., Vervaet H. & Lens L. (2006). Seedling establishment after edozoochorous seed dispersal. Basic and Applied Ecology 7: 360-369.
PDF De Laet J., Summers-Smith D., Lens L., Vangestel C. & Matheve H. (2006). The status of the House Sparrow in large towns: First results from Belgium. Journal of Ornithology 147: 154-154.
PDF Githiru M. & Lens L. (2006). Demography of an Afrotropical passerine in a highly fragmented landscape. Animal Conservation 9: 21-27.
PDF Githiru M. & Lens L. (2006). Annual survival and turnover rates of an Afrotropical robin in a fragmented forest. Biodiversity and Conservation 15: 3315-3327.
PDF Githiru M., Lens L., Bennun L.A. & Perrins C. (2006). Experimental evidence of ‘floaters’ in two isolated populations of an Afrotropical forest bird. Ostrich 77: 28-35.
PDF Lens L. (2006). New unconventional methods of estimating habitat quality: strengths and weaknesses. Journal of Ornithology 147: 24-24.
PDF Vangestel C. & Lens L. (2006). Fluctuating asymmetry and ptilochronology as phenotypic markers of food stress in the House Sparrow. Journal of Ornithology 147: 20-20.
PDF Bowie R.C.K., Voelker G., Fjeldsa J., Lens L., Hackett S.J. & Crowe T.M. (2005). Systematics of the olive thrush Turdus olivaceus species complex with reference to the taxonomic status of the endangered Taita thrush T. helleri. Journal of Avian Biology 36: 391-404.
PDF Cosyns E., Delporte A., Lens L. & Hoffmann M. (2005). Germination success of temperate grassland species after passage through ungulate and rabbit guts. Journal of Ecology 93: 353-361.
PDF Githiru M., Bennun L.A., Lens L. & Ogol C.P.K.O. (2005). Spatial and temporal variation in fruit and fruit-eating birds in the Taita Hills, south-east Kenya. Ostrich 76: 37-44.
PDF Githiru M., Lens L. & Cresswell W. (2005). Nest predation in a fragmented Afrotropical forest: evidence from natural and artificial nests. Biological Conservation 123: 189-196.
PDF Tuyttens F.A.M., Maertens L., Van Poucke E., Van Nuffel A., Debeuckelaere S., Creve J. & Lens L. (2005). Measuring fluctuating asymmetry in fattening rabbits: a valid indicator of performance and housing quality? Journal of Animal Science 83: 2645-2652.
PDF Van Dongen S., Talloen W. & Lens L. (2005). High variation in developmental instability under non-normal developmental error: A Bayesian perspective. Journal of Theoretical Biology 236: 263-275.
PDF Bonte D., Baert L., Lens L. & Maelfait J.-P. (2004). Effects of aerial dispersal, habitat specialisation, and landscape structure on spider distribution across fragmented grey dunes. Ecography 27: 343-349.
PDF Bonte D., Lens L. & Maelfait J.-P. (2004). Lack of homeward orientation and increased mobility result in high emigration rates from low-quality fragments in a dune wolf spider. Journal of Animal Ecology 73: 643-650.
PDF Galbusera P., Githiru M., Lens L. & Matthysen E. (2004). Genetic equilibrium despite habitat fragmentation in an Afrotropical bird. Molecular Ecology 13: 1409-1421.
PDF Githiru M. & Lens L. (2004). Using scientific evidence to guide the conservation of a highly fragmented and threatened Afrotropical forest. Oryx 38: 404-409.
PDF Kark S., Lens L., Van Dongen S. & Schmidt E. (2004). Asymmetry patterns across the distribution range: does the species matter? Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 81: 313-324.
PDF Talloen W., Van Dyck H., Lens L. & Matthysen E. (2004). The cost of melanization: butterfly wing colour development under environmental stress. Evolution 58: 360-366.
PDF Aguirre L.F., Lens L. & Matthysen E. (2003). Patterns of roost use by bats in a neotropical savanna: implications for conservation. Biological Conservation 111: 435-443.
PDF Aguirre L.F., Lens L., Van Damme R. & Matthysen E. (2003). Consistency and variation in the bat assemblages inhabiting two forest islands within a neotropical savanna in Bolivia. Journal of Tropical Ecology 19: 367-374.
PDF Bonte D., Lens L., Maelfait J.-P., Hoffmann M. & Kuijken E. (2003). Patch quality and connectivity influence spatial dynamics in a dune wolfspider. Oecologia 135: 227-233.
PDF Bonte D., Vandenbroecke N., Lens L. & Maelfait J.-P. (2003). Low propensity for aerial dispersal in specialist spiders from fragmented landscapes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 270: 1601-&607.
PDF Hendrickx F., Maelfait J.-P. & Lens L. (2003). Relationship between fluctuating asymmetry and fitness within and between stressed and unstressed populations of the wolf spider Pirata piraticus. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 16: 1270-1279.



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Githiru M., Bennun L.A. & Lens L. (2002). Regeneration patterns among bird-dispersed plants in a fragmented Afrotropical forest, south-east Kenya. Journal of Tropical Ecology 18: 143-149.
Githiru M., Lens L., Bennun L.A. & Ogol C.P. (2002). Effects of site and fruit size on the composition of avian frugivore assemblages in a fragmented Afrotropical forest. Oikos 96: 320-330.
Lens L. & Van Dongen S. (2002). Fluctuating asymmetry as a bio-indicator in isolated populations of the Taita Thrush: a Bayesian perspective. Journal of Biogeography 29: 809-819.
Lens L., Van Dongen S. & Matthysen E. (2002). Fluctuating asymmetry as an early warning system in the critically endangered Taita Thrush. Conservation Biology 13: 479-487.
Lens L., Van Dongen S., Kark S. & Matthysen E. (2002). Fluctuating asymmetry as an indicator of fitness: can we bridge the gap between studies? Biological Reviews 77: 27-38.
Lens L., Van Dongen S., Norris K., Githiru M. & Matthysen E. (2002). Avian persistence in fragmented rainforest. Science 298: 1236-1238.
Muchai M., Bennun L.A., Lens L., Rayment M. & Pisano G. (2002). Land-use and the conservation of Sharpe's Longclaw Macronyx sharpei in central Kenya. Bird Conservation International 12: 107-121.
Muchai M., Lens L. & Bennun L.A. (2002). Habitat selection and conservation of Sharpe's Longclaw (Macronyx sharpei), a threatened Kenyan grassland endemic. Biological Conservation 105: 271-277.
Van Dongen S. & Lens L. (2002). Modelling developmental instability as the joint action of noise and stability: a Bayesian approach. BMC Evolutionary Biology 2: 11.
Lens L. & Van Dongen S. (2001). Fluctuating asymmetry as an indicator of stress: paradigm or conservation tool? Ostrich 15: 44-47.
Lens L., Bennun L.A. & Duchateau L. (2001). Landscape variables affect the density of Sharpe's Longclaw, Macronyx sharpei, a montane grassland specialist. Ibis 143: 674-676.
Van Dongen S., Lens L. & Matthysen E. (2001). Developmental instability in relation to stress and fitness in birds and moths studied by the Laboratory of Animal Ecology of the University of Antwerp. Belgian Journal of Zoology 1331: 87-92.
Galbusera P., Lens L., Schenck T., Waiyaki E. & Matthysen E. (2000). Genetic variability and gene flow in the globally, critically-endangered Taita Thrush. Conservation Genetics 1: 45-55.
Lens L. & Van Dongen S. (2000). Fluctuating and directional asymmetry in natural bird populations exposed to different levels of habitat disturbance, as revealed by mixture analysis. Ecology Letters 3: 516-522.
Lens L., Muchai M., Bennun L.A. & Duchateau J. (2000). Conservation planning in an agricultural landscape: the case of Sharpe's Longclaw. Ostrich 71: 300-303.
Lens L., Van Dongen S., Galbusera P., Schenck T., Matthysen E. & Van de Casteele T. (2000). Developmental instability and inbreeding in natural bird populations exposed to different levels of habitat disturbance. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 13: 889-896.
Van Dongen S. & Lens L. (2000). The evolutionary potential of developmental instability. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 13: 326-335.
Van Dongen S. & Lens L. (2000). Symmetry, size, and stress. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 15: 330.
Lens L. & Van Dongen S. (1999). Evidence for organism-wide asymmetry in five bird species of a fragmented afrotropical forest. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 266: 1055-1060.
Lens L., Van Dongen S., Wilder C.M., Brooks T.M. & Matthysen E. (1999). Fluctuating asymmetry increases with habitat disturbance in seven bird species of a fragmented afrotropical forest. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 266: 1241-1246.
Van Dongen S., Lens L. & Molenberghs C. (1999). Mixture analysis of asymmetry: modelling directional asymmetry, antisymmetry and heterogeneity in fluctuating asymmetry. Ecology Letters 2: 387-396.
Adriaensen F., Dhondt A.A., Van Dongen S., Lens L. & Matthysen E. (1998). Stabilising selection on Blue Tit fledging mass in the presence of sparrowhawks. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences 265: 1011-1016.
Lens L., Galbusera P., Brooks T., Waiyaki E. & Schenck T. (1998). Highly skewed sex ratios in the critically endangered Taita Thrush as revealed by CHD genes. Biodiversity and Conservation 7: 869-873.
Lens L., Van Dongen S., Van den Broeck M., Van Broeckhoven C. & Dhondt A.A. (1997). Why female Crested Tits copulate repeatedly with the same partner: evidence for the mate assessment hypothesis. Behavioral Ecology 8: 87-91.
Njoroge P., Lens L., Sutton J. & Bennun L.A. (1997). The validity of open seasons for sandgrouse shooting: analysis of an 11-year data set from Kenya. African Journal of Ecology 35: 186-193.
Brodin A., Lahti K., Lens L. & Suhonen J. (1996). A northern population of Willow Tits, Parus montanus, did not store more food than southern ones. Ornis Fennica 73: 114-118.
Lens L. (1996). Wind stress affects foraging site competition between Crested Tits and Willow Tits. Journal of Avian Biology 27: 41-46.
Lens L. & Wauters L.A. (1996). Effects of population growth on Crested Tit, Parus cristatus, post-fledging settlement. Ibis 138: 545-551.
Lens L., Nasirwa O., Nemeth E. & Bennun L.A. (1996). Response to simulated intrusions by territorial Yellow-whiskered Greenbuls, Andropadus latirostris. Ibis 138: 561-563.
Lens L. (1995). Storms affecting Crested Tit, Parus cristatus, social organisation. Journal für Ornithologie 136: 291-294.
Matthysen E., Lens L., Van Dongen S., Verheyen G.R., Wauters L.A., Adriaensen F. & Dhondt A.A. (1995). Diverse effects of forest fragmentation on a number of animal species. Belgian Journal of Zoology 125: 175-183.
Wauters L.A. & Lens L. (1995). Effects of food availability and density on Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) reproduction. Ecology 76: 2460-2469.
Wauters L.A., Lens L. & Dhondt A.A. (1995). Variation in territory fidelity and territory shifts among Red Squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris, females. Animal Behaviour 49: 187-193.
Brodin A., Lens L. & Suhonen J. (1994). Do Crested Tits, Parus cristatus, store more food at northern latitudes? Animal Behaviour 48: 990-993.
Lens L. & Dhondt A.A. (1994). Effects of habitat fragmentation on the timing of Crested Tit, Parus cristatus, natal dispersal. Ibis 136: 147-152.
Lens L., Adriaensen F. & Dhondt A.A. (1994). Age-related hoarding strategies in the Crested Tit, Parus cristatus: should the cost of subordination be re-assessed? Journal of Animal Ecology 63: 749-755.
Lens L., Wauters L.A. & Dhondt A.A. (1994). Nest-building by Crested Tit, Parus cristatus, males: an analysis of costs and benefits. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 35: 431-436.
Lens L. & Dhondt A. (1993). Individual variation in mate care by alpha males in crested tit winter flocks. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 33: 79-85.

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