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Who I am...

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My name is Farid DAHDOUH-GUEBAS and I am from Belgium.  I graduated from high school in the Koninklijk Atheneum of Zaventem - located in Zaventem - and my great biology teachers (J. Engel & H. Verwacht) were the incentive to my becoming a biologist.  Furthermore, I love Zaventem !

 

I studied at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel - VUB and obtained a MSc. in Biology and an additional MSc. in Human Ecology followed by a PhD degree.  During the Biology curriculum I specialised in Mangrove Ecology, more particularly my thesis was dealing with Kenyan Mangrove Crabs.   For the post-graduate program in Human Ecology I remained in the field of Tropical Coastal Ecosystems, but learned to situate and understand the problems involved in a holistic context. In the Laboratory of General Botany and Nature Management I then did my PhD research on Mangrove vegetation structure dynamics and regeneration (fellowship financed by the IWT) and my postdoctoral research on Monitoring and modelling of coastal, vegetation and biodiversity changes in natural and restored mangrove forests on a fundamental and applied level (fellowship financed by the FWO).  See also : Mangrove Management Group.

 

I am now attached to both the Vrije Universiteit Brussel - VUB and the Université Libre de Bruselles - ULB, once a single institution but in the 1960s split into autonomous Frech-speaking and Dutch-speaking universities by the name unofficially translated in English as "free university of Brussels".  Within both institutions I am now leading the Biocomplexity Research Focus which has a major focus on mangroves and I have the teaching assignments below.  See also : Laboratory of Systems Ecology and Resource Management.

 

This research is within the objectives of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), Past Global Changes (PAGES) Focus 5 : Past Ecosystem Processes and Human-Environment Interactions and Human Impact on Terrestrial Ecosystems.

 

 

 

Keywords characterising my biocomplexity research in the folowing categories are : 

(keywords merely correspond to the ones in the GLObal Mangrove database & Information System)

Biology : 

mangrove, vegetation structure, succession, zonation, dynamics, biodiversity, biocomplexity, stability, functionality, recovery, crabs, gastropods, propagule predation, socio-ecology, ethnobiology, resilience

Management : 

sustainable management, human impact, aquaculture, afforestation, restoration, wood products, education, traditional values

Research methods :

remote sensing, GIS, mapping, sampling, modelling, assessment, monitoring, interviews, archive research, retrospection, prediction

Geography (in alphabetic order) :

active (personal data collection) : China, Kenya, Mauritania, Sri Lanka, Florida

passive (data collection by team members) : Brazil, Cameroon, Ecuador, French-Antilles, Gabon, Gambia, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozmbique, Tanzania, Vietnam

 


What my professional-educational experiences are...

 

This is only a selection of fieldwork expeditions and major symposia

 

LK2012

expedition

1.5 month research expedition in Sri Lanka at the University of Ruhuna in Matara (supervising MSc. Bio-engineering Puong-Nhung Phan).  
2012 Organisation of and participation in the Meeting on Mangrove ecology, functioning and Management - MMM3 Conference (2-6 July) and Workshop (9-13 July) in Galle and Pambala-Kakkapalliya, Sri Lanka.  See also MMM1 and MMM2.  
2011 Two month research stay in Germany at the Technische Universität Dresden  

KE2009

expedition

1.5 month research expedition in Kenya at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) in Mombasa (supervising PhD student Fleur Van Nedervelde).  

CN2009

exploration

2 week exploration mission in China at the Guangdong Ocean University.  
2008 Séminaires de l’Institut Océanographique de Paris/Seminars of the Oceanographic Institute of Paris (22 February, Paris, France.  
2007 Symposium on Advances in Tropical Aquatic Science Research and Management in Kenya, 9-13 February, Mombasa, Kenya.  
2007 Second International reunion of the PUMPSEA project (Peri-urban mangrove forests as filters and potential phytoremediators of domestic sewage in East-Africa), 5-9 February, Mombasa, Kenya.  
AU2006 Two month post-doctoral research stay in Australia at the University of Queensland.  
2006 Participation in Society of Wetland Ecologists' ‘Catchment to Coast’ Conference (9-14 July, Cairns).  
2006 Participation in the Daintree Workshop, 1-7 July, Daintree, Australia.
2006 Participation in the Mangrove Macrobenthos Meeting 2 - MMM2, 25-30 June, Coolangatta, Australia.

LK2006

expedition

One month post-doctoral research expedition in Sri Lanka at the University of Ruhuna in Matara and at the Small Fishers Federation of Lanka;
2006 Participation in International Symposium on Aquatic Vascular Plants, 11-13 January, Brussels, Belgium.
2005 Chief Rapporteur on the International conference on Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) in Africa and their Relevance for Sustainable Development, 21-23 November, Brussels, Belgium.
2005 Participation in the International Conference Bridging the Gap : policies and science as tools in implementing sustainable forest management, Alnarp, Sweden, 17-19 October.

KE_TZ2005

expedition

Two month post-doctoral research expedition in Kenya at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) in Mombasa, and in Tanzania (supervising PhD students Diana Di Nitto and Griet Neukermans, MSc. Biology students Bert Pecceu and Kris Van Den Bossche);
2005 Participation in the 3rd GBIF Science Symposium on Tropical Biodiversity : science, data and conservation, Brussels, Belgium, 18-19 April.
2005 Participation in the Gordon Research Conference on Past Ecosystem Processes and Human-Environment Interactions, Buellton, California, U.S.A., 13-18 February.

2004 

Participation in NECOV (Nederlands-Vlaamse vereniging voor ecologie) Syposium on Exploitation and Restoration of Tropical Aquatic Ecosystems, Brussels, Belgium, 7 October.

LK2004

expedition

Two month post-doctoral research expedition in Sri Lanka at the University of Ruhuna in Matara (supervising PhD student Diana Di Nitto, MSc. Biology students Kriki De Smet, Maite Bauwens and Sara Mulder, MSc. Natural Sciences students Filippo Cimò, Marco Fusi, Riccardo Simoni, Lucia Toccafondi, and Valeria Tomasello, and MSc. Zoology student R.G.K Vijayakumara);

2004

Participation in International Society of Ethnobiology 9th International Congress on Ethnobiology, Social Change and Displacement, in collaboration with the 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Economic Botany, and the 8th International Congress of the International Society of Ethnopharmacology, Canterbury, U.K., 13-18 June;

2003 

Participation in Bibliometry as measure of performance for culture- and behavioural sciences ?  Brussels, Belgium, 10 December;

KE2003

expedition

Two month post-doctoral research expedition in Kenya at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) in Mombasa (supervising MSc. Biology students Helen Defever and Anneleen Van Tendeloo and MSc. Ecological Marine Management Griet Neukermans);

2002 

Participation in The colour of ocean data – international symposium on oceanographic data and information management with special attention to biological data, Brussels, Belgium, 25-27 November;

2002 

Participation in the European Research Conference 2002, Brussels, Belgium, 11-13 November;

2002 

Participation in the International conference on the assessment of mangrove degradation and resilience in the Indian sub-continent, Pondicherry, India, 21-25 October;

LK2002

expedition

One month post-doctoral research expedition in Sri Lanka at the University of Ruhuna in Matara and at the Mangrove Conservation and Demonstration Centre of the Small Fishers Federation of Lanka in Pambala-Kakkapalliya (supervising MSc. Biology students Ivy Meert and Sven Princen, , MSc. Natural Sciences student Paola Savinelli, and MSc. Zoology student R.G.K Vijayakumara);

2002 

Participation in NECOV (Nederlands-Vlaamse vereniging voor ecologie) Syposium on Ecological Research in Tropical Coastal Systems, Leiden, Nederland, 14 June.

2002 

Training in Multivariate Statistical Analysis and Interpretation of Community Data from Ecology / Environmental Science using Plymouth Routines in Multivariate Ecological Research (PRIMER) at the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth, U.K., 4-8 March;

2001 

Participation in the Belgian meeting of the European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy (EPBRS) 'Scientific tools for in-situ biodiversity conservation (monitoring, modelling and experiments)', Brussels, Belgium, 2-4 December;

2001 

Participation in the Young Botanists Day of the Royal Botanical Society of Belgium, Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium, 10 November;

2001 

Participation in the Botanical biodiversity and Belgium's expertise Symposium, Bouchout-Meise, Belgium, 19-20 October;

2001 

Participation in the Third International Congress of Ethnobotany : Ethnobotany in the Third Millennium: Expectations and Unresolved Issues, Napoli, Italy, 22-30 September;

2001 

Participation in the 44th IAVS conference : Vegetation and Ecosystem Functions, Weihenstephan, Germany, 29 July - 5 August;

2001 

Public defence of PhD Mangrove vegetation structure dynamics and regeneration, Brussels, 19 January;

2000 

Participation in the Symposium on Biodiversity : from genes to landscapes, Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium, 13-15 December;

2000 

Participation in the Symposium Environment and Development in Vietnam : an overview of some relevant projects funded by the European Commission and Belgium, Brussels, Belgium, 14 November;

2000 

Participation in the International Meeting on Mangrove Macrobenthos - MMM, Mombasa, Kenya, 7-11 September;

KE2000

expedition

One month PhD research expedition in Kenya at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) in Mombasa;

2000 

Participation in the International Conference 'AQUA 2000 : responsible aquaculture in the new millenium', Nice, France, 2-6 May;

LK1999

expedition

Two months PhD research expedition in Sri Lanka at the University of Ruhuna in Matara and at the Mangrove Conservation and Demonstration Centre of the Small Fishers Federation of Lanka in Pambala-Kakkapalliya;

1999 

Participation in the 15th Biennial International Conference of the Estuarine Research Federation 'Where THE River Meets the Sea', New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A., 25-30 Sept;

1999 

Participation in the Shallow Tropical Waters and Humans International Conference, Naivasha, Kenya, 11-19 April;

KE1999

expedition

Three months PhD research expedition in Kenya at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) in Mombasa (supervising MSc. Biology student Ilse Van Pottelbergh);

1998 

Participation in the Symposium on Recent Advances and Future Trends in Mangrove Research : Biodiversity, Genetics, Evolutionary Biology and Restoration, Toulouse, France, 8-10 July;

MR1998

expedition

Organisation of and participation in a small scale research expedition on the condition of mangroves in the Parc National du Banc d'Arguin (Mauritania), i.e. at the biogeographical limit of mangroves along the West African coast;

LK1998

expedition

Three months PhD research expedition in Sri Lanka at the University of Ruhuna in Matara and at the Mangrove Conservation and Demonstration Centre of the Small Fishers Federation of Lanka in Pambala-Kakkapalliya;

KE1997

expedition

 

Three months PhD research expedition in Kenya at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) in Mombasa (supervising MSc. Human Ecology student Christine Mathenge);  

LK1997

expedition

Two months PhD research expedition in Sri Lanka at the University of Ruhuna in Matara and at the Mangrove Conservation and Demonstration Centre of the Small Fishers Federation of Lanka in Pambala-Kakkapalliya (supervising MSc. Biology student Anouk Verheyden);

1997 

Participation in the Symposium on Mangrove Ecosystems : Biodiversity, Functioning, Restoration and Management, Toulouse, France, 10-11 July;

1996 

Participation in the Symposium on the Conservation of Mangal Ecosystems, Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates, 5-7 December;

1995-96

I worked at the Laboratory for General Botany and Nature Management in the field of Environmental Impact Assessment and as a methodological researcher for the estimation of the ecological value of natural sites;

1993-97

Participation in ecological (botanical-zoological) excursions to Toscana (Italy), Corsica (France), Perpignan (France), the Urals (Russia) and Madeira (Portugal);

1993 

Participation in the International Senckenberg - Symposium on Crustacea Decapoda, Frankfurt a.M., Germany, 18-22 October;

KE1993

expedition 

Three months research expedition in Kenya at the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) in Mombasa for my MSc thesis' fieldwork. Mida Creek and Gazi Bay where the action sites;

1993 

Studying for six months at the Università degli Studi di Firenze at the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Marco Vannini and associated MSc thesis' lab work;


Publications, Presentations and Awards ?

 

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From the research unit website you can also access citations in the media.

 


Farid Dahdouh-Guebas' Education assignments / Onderwijsopdrachten

 

1996-present

Thesis subjects / Thesisonderwerpen

Licenties Biologie

 

Literature compilation on Tropical Coastal Ecosystems

 

Presently

Integrated Coastal Zone Management: Mangroves, Seagrass Beds and Coral Reefs (VUB-14395)

alias Tropical Coastal Biocomplexity (VUB-11352)

 

Biocomplexity and Systems Ecology (BIOL-F-420 / VUB17346)
Tropical Biocomplexity : natural dynamics, indigenous interactions and sustainable management (ULB : BING-F-526)

Botanique 2 / Botany 2 (ULB : BIOL-F-305)

Phytogéographie / Phytogeography (ULB : GEOG-F-314)

Stage de terrain : Écosystèmes Terrestres / Fieldwork : Terrestrial Ecosystems (ULB : BIOL-F-414)

 

2004-2007

Ethologie der Dieren / Gedragsecologie / Behavioural Ecology

2000-2001

Kandidatuur Polyvalente Wetenschappen

Kandidaturen Biologie, Bio-Ingenieur, Geografie en Geologie

 

Practical Skills (MSc. Human Ecology)

 


Language, culture and hobby

 

Nothing to do with science, but anyway... click here.

Visit also the courtesy links to some highly respected cultural sites.

 


Contact :

 

Prof. Dr. Farid DAHDOUH-GUEBAS

Faculty of Sciences and Bio-engineering Sciences

Mangrove Management Group

Department of Biology

Laboratory of General Botany and Nature Management

Biocomplexity Research Focus

Vrije Universiteit Brussel - VUB

Campus Oefenplein, VUB-APNA-WE

Pleinlaan 2

B-1050 Brussel

België - Belgium

Tel. + 32-02/629.34.22 (office 7F406)

Fax. + 32-02/629.34.13

E-mail : fdahdouh@vub.ac.be

Websites :

http://www.vub.ac.be/APNA/staff/FDG/fdg.html

 

 

See also collaboration with : Laboratory of Complexity and Dynamics of Tropical Systems (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

 


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The tsunami disaster on December 26, 2004 affected our mangrove sites and many people we know; we feel that the anti-erosion function of mangroves has been paid too little attention. For years, we, together with many other scientists, have critically assessed and criticized the conversion of mangroves to tourist resorts or shrimp farms in light of the ecological, socioeconomic, and physical function of these forests. An early warning system to announce the arrival of tsunamis or other ocean surges (let us not forget that the much more frequent cyclones locally have the same effect) can save many lives, but an additional early warning system such as the one introduced in this paper to detect obvious or cryptic mangrove degradation may even save more in those areas where mangroves protect communities living behind and within the mangrove forest. We dedicate this paper to all those who were affected by the tsunami, particularly those who, were it not for inappropriate land management, could have been helped by mangroves.  [Dedication of Dahdouh-Guebas et al. 2005, Current Biology 15(6) cover paper]