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Welcome to the website of the Terrestrial Ecology Unit – one of the vibrant biology labs at 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, MAD, EVENET and CONGENOMICS.

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.

Hope you enjoy our site, do not hesitate to contact us for more information !

Prof. Dr. Luc Lens

NEW PAPER OUT @ecologyplant

Flowering phenology and reproduction of a forest understorey plant species in response to the local environment #geumurbanum

Read it here: https://tinyurl.com/wrp9u6kb

@iris_moeneclaey @BonteDries @LanderBaeten @TEREC_ugent


How diverse are obligate ant #symbionts and what ant #traits promote their richness?

spoiler: extreme diverse, particularly in widespread ants with large colonies!

Find out for European #ants in our paper in #BiolRev:

@frederikDL @BonteDries

A good day of field work yesterday. Measuring vegetation in the pilot to build dunes in front of dikes. Now back to online meetings - sigh @SARCCeu @agentschapMDK @TEREC_ugent @2seasEndure


Happy to announce that my newest paper is online @ESAEcology. We investigated how the type of environment and genetic diversity affects population spread rates (in mites). read it all at https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.3345
with: Stefano Masier and @BonteDries
pic: Gilles San Martin

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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


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

Phone: +32 (0)9 264 52 63