Ruben envisions to become the mangrove expert of the research group, an ecosystem that is exposed to extreme hydrological conditions. As a PhD student, he will focus on mangrove restoration, looking at the complex process from a financial, socio-economical and environmental point of view. Fieldwork is expected to be done in Kenya and South-east Asia. Ruben highly values the societal relevance of science and this will hence be a thread running through his research. His project is one of the first PhD projects within the Forest Edge doctoral scholarships, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

After his MSc at the KU Leuven (Belgium), Ruben worked for eight months in Ethiopia as an intern with the NGO WeForest, specialising in forest conservation and restoration. In addition to his commitment in nature organisations in Belgium, he is active in the non-profit institution BINCO, surveying remote natural areas. If you don’t find Ruben behind his desk, go and look in the woods!

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