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Welcome!

Welcome to the website of the Terrestrial Ecology Unit, one of the vibrant research consortia within the Department of Biology.

The consortium brings together three complementary labs, each led by a full-time professor: the Avian Ecology and Evolution lab (Luc Lens), the Spatial Ecology and Evolution lab (Dries Bonte), and the Molecular Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics lab (Nicky Wybouw).

Our competitive research programs focus on evolutionary mechanisms, biotic interactions, population and community dynamics, and life history strategies in terrestrial plants and animals. A wide range of methods are used, including laboratory and field experiments, behavioural observations and computer simulations, and research results are interpreted and implemented in both fundamental (evolutionary ecology) and applied (conservation) settings. To ensure scientific excellence and promote technological innovation, our researchers are actively involved in several national and international research networks. They are also heavily involved in academic teaching, both within the Biology program and beyond.

We invite you to explore our website and please don’t hesitate to contact us for further information. Enjoy your visit!

Prof. Dr. Luc Lens
Director

Contact

Terrestrial Ecology Unit
Department of Biology
Ghent University
K.L. Ledeganckstraat 35
9000 Gent Belgium

Phone: +32 (0)9 264 52 63

How to reach us?

Take the main entrance in the Karel Lodewijk 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