Staff Head of research group
Pascal Boeckx, Prof. Dr. ir.
Pascal Boeckx is full professor at Ghent University and head of the Isotope Bioscience laboratory – ISOFYS. He holds a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences (1998, Ghent University), an MSc in Environmental Sanitation (1992, Ghent University) and an MSc in Bioscience Engineering (1991, Ghent University). He received an award certificate for contributing to the Nobel Peace Prize of the IPCC in 2007.

His research is oriented towards a wide range of stable isotope applications and analyses. He has a key interest in biogeochemistry, climate change, ecosystem functioning and integrated soil fertility management. His research is highly internationally oriented with ongoing research projects in Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ivory Coast, DR Congo, South Africa and Greenland.

Affiliation:
Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Office number: B3.022

Phone: +32 9 264 60 00
E-mail: pascal [dot] boeckx [at] ugent [dot] be
Skype: pascalboeckx

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Scientific staff (Post-doc)
Dries Huygens, Dr. ir.
Dries Huygens is a postdoctoral fellow funded by the European Commission (International Outgoing Fellowships (IOF) for career development - Marie Curie Actions) (since 2012) and the Fund for Scientific Research - Flanders (FWO, since 2009). After finishing his PhD at ISOFYS (2003-2007), he worked for about 1.5 years (2008-2009) as assistant professor at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences of the Universidad Austral de Chile in Chile.

Dries Huygens is interested in soil ecosystem functioning using stable isotope methodologies. His current research project investigates impacts of the composition and function of plant and microbial communities on soil biogeochemistry. This work draws on plant and microbial ecology, and biochemistry and is focused at several scales of understanding. He has a large experience in South American forest and shrub land ecosystems and international cooperation with scientists of the Americas and Europe.

Affiliations: Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Isotope Bioscience Laboratory, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Instituto Multidisciplinario de Biología Vegetal (IMBIV), FCEFyN - Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Avenida Velez Sarsfield 299 CC 495 CP 5000, Córdoba, Argentina

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Office number: -

Phone: +54 9354 161 99 61
E-mail: dries [dot] huygens [at] ugent [dot] be
Skype: dries.huygens

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Samuel Bodé, Dr.
Samuel Bodé is assistant at the Isotope Bioscience laboratory – ISOFYS of Ghent University. He holds an MSc degree in chemistry (2004, Ghent University).

His research is focused on the use of stable and radioactive isotopes in terrestrial C fluxes. His main interests are in: soil carbon cycles, soil microbiological physiology, sequestration and degradation dynamics of biomarkers in soil and paleoclimatology.

Affiliation:
Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Isotope Bioscience Laboratory, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Office number: B3.038

Phone: +32 9 264 60 06
E-mail: samuel [dot] bode [at] ugent [dot] be
Skype: samuelbode

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Sebastian Doetterl, Dr.
Sebastian Doetterl is a post-doc at Ghent University and holds a PhD in Geosciences (2013, University of Louvain), and a Diploma in Physical Geography with focus on Soil Science and Plant Ecology (2008, University of Regensburg). He recently was honored with the Wiley and Blackwell Award 2012 for the best paper published in one of their journals.

His research is oriented towards Geo-ecosystem research at different spatial and temporal scales, focused on carbon and nitrogen dynamics and the effects of anthropogenic disturbances by soil redistribution on soil processes. His present work aims at identifying the pathways of carbon from plants and microorganisms into specific carbon fractions in soils with differing mineralogy, climate and pedogenic history.

His research is involved in several international science networks (SOGLO, RAISIN) with ongoing projects in Brazil, Chile, DR Congo, Greenland and the United States.

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Affiliation: Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

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Office number: B3.038

Phone: +32 9 264 60 06
E-mail: sebastian [dot] doetterl [at] UGent [dot] be
Skype: schnubert1

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Marco Griepentrog, Dr.
Marco Griepentrog is a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF). He holds a PhD in Soil Science and Biogeochemistry (2014, University of Zurich) and a Diploma in Environmental Engineering (2009, University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan).

He is generally interested in biogeochemistry and studies the interactions between plants, soil and atmosphere on a molecular basis. He focuses on carbon and nitrogen cycles and their interactions with global environmental changes, such as elevated atmospheric CO2 and increased nitrogen deposition. In his research, he uses compound-specific stable-isotope-analysis to determine the isotopic composition of plant- and microbial-derived biomarkers and their turnover in the environment.

Affiliation:
Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Isotope Bioscience Laboratory, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

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Office number: B3.038

Phone: +32 9 264 60 06
E-mail: marco [dot] griepentrog [at] ugent [dot] be
Scientific staff (PhD)
Janvier Mulumuna, MSc
Janvier Mulumuna is a PhD student at Ghent University at the Isotope Bioscience laboratory – ISOFYS. He holds an MSc in soil fertility management (2011, University of Kinshasa). His ongoing research is oriented towards the development of integrated soil fertility management technologies for South Kivu, DR Congo.

Affiliation:
Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Isotope Bioscience Laboratory, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

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Office number: -

Phone: +243 818 50 54 32
E-mail:
janvier [dot] mulumunawalola [at] ugent [dot] be
janviermulumuna [at] gmail [dot] com
Skype: janvier.mulumuna

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Kassaye Tolessa Sherge, MSc
Kassaye Tolessa is a PhD student founded by Nuffic, Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NICHE) at Ghent University, Isotope Bioscience laboratory -ISOFYS. Her current research project aims at determining coffee quality (cup taste and biochemical composition) in relation to growing environment, genotypes, and cultivation practices and post harvest techniques and to derive concepts and methodologies to enhance coffee quality. In addition, coffee cup quality and biochemical compositions will be predicted from near infrared (NIR) spectra in combination with machine learning tools.

Affiliations:
Department of Horticulture and Plant Science, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Jimma University, P.O.box 307, Jimma, Ethiopia Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Isotope Bioscience Laboratory, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

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Office number: B3.024

Email:
kassayetolessa [dot] sherge [at] ugent [dot] be
kasech_tolassa [at] yahoo [dot] com
Phone: +32 484 97 13 31, +251 917 10 51 48
Skype: kumekoo

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Lawrence Munjonji, MSc
Lawrence Munjonji is a PhD student at Ghent University and University of Limpopo. He holds an MSc in Physical Land Resources (2011, Ghent University), BSc in Agriculture (University of Zimbabwe, 2004). His PhD research is on the assessment of drought tolerance of maize, cowpea and triticale in the Limpopo province of South Africa.

Affiliations:
Limpopo University, Department of Plant Production, Soil Science and Agriculture Engineering, P Bag X1106, Sovenga 0727, South Africa Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Isotope Bioscience Laboratory, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

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Office number: -

Phone: +27 735 53 83 13, +32 9 264 60 01
E-mail: lawrence [dot] munjonji [at] ugent [dot] be
Skype: lawrencemunjonji

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Hari Ram Upadhayay, MSc
Hari Ram Upadhayay is a PhD student of Ghent University at ISOFYS, working in collaboration with Kathmandu University, Nepal. He holds an MSc in Physical Land Resources (soil science) from Ghent University (2010) and BSc in Agricultural Science from Tribhuvan University (2006). He is working via VLIR-UOS funds (2012-2016) on the use of compound-specific stable isotopes (CSSI) and fallout radionuclides (FRNs) in water erosion assessment at watershed scale in Nepal. His work will identify the sediment source hot-spots and quantify the sediment load from the respective hot-spots which is essential to plan and implement effective control measures to reduce soil loss and related environmental and food security problems in the middle mountain of Nepal.

Affiliations:
Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Isotope Bioscience Laboratory Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Department of Environment Science and Engineering, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Nepal.

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Phone: +32 485 08 45 13, +977 9847 78 43 89
Email: hrgene [at] gmail [dot] com
Skype: hrgene1

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Jean-Baptiste Gnahoua, MSc
Jean-Baptiste Gnelie Gnahoua is a PhD student at Ghent University at Isotope Bioscience Laboratory – ISOFYS. He hold a Master in plant physiology and pathology (2004, University of Abidjan in Ivory Coast). His ongoing research is oriented towards the Integrated Soil Fertility Management in Ivory Coast.

Affiliations:
Laboratory of soil sciences, University Felix Houphouet-Boigny, 01 BP V34 Abidjan 01, Côte d'Ivoire
Ghent University, faculty Bioscience Engineeriing, Isotope Bioscience Laboratory, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Office number: B3.022

Phone: +225 02745017 +225 06023293
E-mail:
baptistegnelie [at] yahoo [dot] fr
jean-baptiste [dot] gnahoua [at] ugent [dot] be

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Elyn Remy, ir.
Elyn Remy has recently started as a PhD student (February 2013) at the Forest and Nature Lab (Geraardsbergsesteenweg 267, 9090 Gontrode). She holds a master degree in bioscience engineering: forest and nature management (2012, Ghent University).

Her research focuses on the nitrogen (N) cycle in temperate forest edges. Due to the use of the 15N isotope in several experiments, there's a co-operation with the ISOFYS lab. The experiments will be conducted in 6 forest edges (4 in Flanders and 2 in Denmark) on poor, sandy soils.

Keywords: N cycle, forest edge, mineralization, 15N isotope, C and N sequestration, N trace gas exchange

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Contact: ir. Elyn Remy
Campus Gontrode, room 0.15
Phone: +32 9 264 90 35
E-mail: elyn [dot] remy [at] ugent [dot] be

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Lien De Wispelaere, MSc
Lien De Wispelaere is a PhD student at ISOFYS since January 2014. She holds a MSc in Geology, option Soil and Groundwater (2013, Ghent University).

Her research contributes to the DeepCHALLA project. Herein the hydrogen-isotopic composition of fossil plant leaf wax n-alkanes that are archived in the sediment core of lake Challa (Tanzania) will be used as proxy for past changes in equatorial African precipitation amounts and relative humidity.

Promotor: Prof. Dr. ir. Boeckx

Keywords: equatorial East Africa, paleohydrology, deuterium, n-alkanes

Affiliation:
Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Isotope Bioscience Laboratory Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

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Phone: +32 9 264 60 06
Email: lien [dot] dewispelaere [at] ugent [dot] be

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Marijn Bauters, MSc
Marijn Bauters is a PhD-researcher at the Isotope Bioscience laboratory – ISOFYS of Ghent University. He holds a MsC Degree in Bioscience Engineering, Soil and Water Management (2013). He is currently working on the COBIMFO project - Congo Basin integrated monitoring for forest carbon mitigation and biodiversity. His research focusses on the one hand on disentangling the biogeochemical nutrient cycles in tropical forests, to improve the understanding of the interaction of global change and these biomes. On the other hand he has a great interest in the role of biodiversity in different ecosystem processes, and hopes that improved knowledge on this topic leads to better conservation incentives.

Affiliations: Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Isotope Bioscience Laboratory, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

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Office number: B3.038

Phone: +32 483 45 29 72
E-mail: marijn [dot] bauters [at] ugent [dot] be
Skype: Marijn.Bauters

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Elizabeth Kearsley, MSc
Elizabeth Kearsley is a PhD student at Ghent University. She holds an MSc in Bioscience Engineering, Environmental Technology (2011, Ghent University). Her research is part of the COBIMFO project - Congo Basin integrated monitoring for forest carbon mitigation and biodiversity. Her research focusses on understanding carbon cycling and functional diversity in pristine and intervened dense tropical forest of the Congo Basin. Fieldwork for this project is located at Yangambi, D.R. Congo.

Affiliations:
Laboratory of Plant Ecology, Department of Applied Ecology and Environmental Biology, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Belgium.
Laboratory for Wood Biology and Xylarium, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Tervuren, Belgium
Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Isotope Bioscience Laboratory, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

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Office number: A2.092

Phone: +32 92 64 61 26
E-mail: elizabeth [dot] kearsley [at] ugent [dot] be
Skype: -

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Bahsar Al-Barri, MSc
Bashar Al-Barri is a research staff member carrying out his PhD at Ghent University. He is also assigned as assistant researcher at the Atomic Energy Commission of Syria. He holds a Bioscience Engineering degree in Environmental Sciences and Technologies (2011, Catholic University of Louvain) and an Agriculture Engineering degree in Soil Sciences and Land Reclamation (2006, Tishreen University, Syria).

During his research, Mr. Al-Barri will handle the issue of integrating sediment redistribution component into a 3D physically based hydrological model known as HydroGeoSphere on field and small watershed scales in Belgium. He will use fallout radionuclides: Be-7 and Cs-137 and O-18 to calibrate and validate the modified model and to trace sediment load sources.

Affiliation:
Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

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Office number: B1.035

Phone: + 32 9 264 60 58
E-mail: bashar [dot] albarri [at] ugent [dot] be
Skype: b.al-barri

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Pedro Hervé, MSc
Pedro Hervé is a student of the applied biological sciences PhD program at Ghent University. He holds an MSc in Hydrological resources (2007, Universidad Austral de Chile).

His research interest is in Hydrology, Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem functioning.

Affiliations:
Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

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Phone: + 32 9 264 61 40
E-mail:
pedroherve [at] hotail.com
pedro [dot] herve [at] ugent.be
Skype: pedro.herve.f

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Nick Ryken, MSc
Nick Ryken started his PhD research on 01-02-2013 at Ghent University at the Research Unit Soil Degradation and Soil Conservation in close collaboration with the Isotope Bioscience laboratory – ISOFYS. He holds an MSc in Environmental Science (2010, University of Antwerp) and an MSc in Geography (2011, KU Leuven).

The overall objective of his research is to develop scientifically sound sampling, measuring and interpreting techniques/protocols for the use of fallout radionuclides in soil erosion studies. His main interests are soil erosion, river hydrology and ecosystem functioning.

Affiliation:
Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

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Office number: B1.028

Phone: +32 9 264 60 52
E-mail: nick [dot] ryken [at] ugent [dot] be
Skype: nickryken

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John Edem Kongor, MSc
John Edem Kongor is a PhD student at the Laboratory of Food Technology and Engineering, Gent University since March 2014. He holds Msc. Food Science from the University of Ghana (2012). He also holds a Bsc. Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Ghana (2005). He is working on a VLIR-UOS TEAM cocoa project title 'Sustaining high quality cocoa production by West-African smallholder farmers'.

His research is aimed at intervening in the entire cocoa value chain by identifying realistic interventions such as best farm management practices, soil care and optimized fermentation conditions, which will allow for sustainable production of high quality beans by smallholder farmers in Ghana and Ivory Coast.

Promoter: Prof. dr. ir. Koen Dewettinck (Gent University)
Copromoter: Prof. dr. ir. Pascal Boeckx (Gent University)
Copromoter: Prof. Emmanuel Ohene Afoakwa (University of Ghana)

Keywords: Sustainability, smallholder farmers, cocoa, fermentation, drying

Affiliation:
Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium
University of Ghana, College of Applied Science, Nutrition and Food Science Department, P.O Box LG134, Legon, Ghana

Office number: B0.025 (B block, ground floor, room 025)

Phone: +32 9 264 61 76
E-mail:
johnedem [dot] kongor [at] ugent [dot] be
jonkongor [at] yahoo [dot] com
Sofie Pierreux, MSc
Sofie is a PhD student at Ghent University. She holds an MSc in Bioscience Engineering (2009, Ghent University) and a MSc in Conflict and Development (2011, Ghent University). Her PhD research focuses on the emission of greenhouse gas from paddy rice fields under alternative irrigation management. Her present work aims at assessing the relative contributions of methane production and oxidation to methane emissions as common to paddy rice fields.

Affiliation:
Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Department of Soil Management, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

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Office number: B1.020

Phone: +32 (0)485 081 037, +32 (0)9 264 60 57
E-mail: sofie [dot] pierreux [at] ugent [dot] be
Skype: sofie_pierreux
Mohammed Worku, MSc
Affiliation:
Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Isotope Bioscience Laboratory (ISOFYS), Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Department of Horticulture and Plant Science, College of Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine, Jimma University, Ethiopia P.O. Box 307, Jimma, Ethiopia

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Phone: +32 9 264 60 52
E-mail:
mohaworku [at] gmail [dot] com
mohammed [dot] worku [at] ju [dot] edu [dot] et
Skype: mamisha33
Technical staff members
Saskia Van der Looven
Secretary who provides administrative support to the different research groups in the department. She is involved with the coordination and implementation of office procedures and has responsibility for specific project related administration and finances. She is very often the first contact with students and stakeholders.

Affiliation:
Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Office number: B3.022

Phone: +32 9 264 60 01
E-mail: saskia [dot] vanderlooven [at] ugent [dot] be
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Katja Van Nieuland
Katja Van Nieuland is IRMS technician and technical assistant for MSc and PhD students. Her tasks include analyses of stable isotopes via EA-IRMS and TGII-IRMS, quality control of stable isotope analyses, mineral N measurements with a continuous flow analyzer, trace gas analyses via gas chromatography. She is the secretary of the Benelux Association of Stable Isotope Scientists (BASIS).

Affiliation:
Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Office number: B3.037

Phone: +32 9 264 60 95
E-mail: katja [dot] vannieuland [at] ugent [dot] be
Skype: katja van nieuland (inkalama)
Eric Gillis
Eric Gillis is a laboratory technician at ISOFYS. He is technical assistant and primary contact for MSc and PhD students. E. Gillis does mainly preparatory laboratory work for further analysis. He is responsible for radioactivity measurements by liquid scintillation and a germanium crystal detector. He manages laboratory chemicals and disposables and is responsible for appropriate chemical and radioactive waste disposal.

Affiliation:
Ghent University, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Isotope Bioscience Laboratory, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Laboratory number: B3.042

Phone: +32 9 264 60 05
E-mail: eric [dot] gillis [at] ugent [dot] be
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