Licentiaat in biologie, (VUB), Master in Human Ecology (VUB), PhD in Sciences (VUB), Professeur ordinaire à l'Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Gewoon Hoogleraar aan de Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Mangrove ecosystems, Social-ecological systems, remote sensing, vegetation dynamics, plant-animal interactions, man-ecosystem interactions, ethnobiology, management, governance, science-policy interface, functionality; Noord- en Zuid-Amerika, Afrika, Azië,


Farid Dahdouh-Guebas is a Full Professor at ULB and directs the Systems Ecology and Resource Management research unit of the Department of Organismal Biology, a department which he also chairs. Farid Dahdouh-Guebas is also the Founding Director and Manager of the TROPIMUNDO Master of Excellence (Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems) including the VLIR-UOS ICP Mundus tropicalis. He also works for international institutions such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature. He teaches courses on Social-Ecological Systems, Plant Ecology, Terrestrial Ecosystems, and Integrated Coastal Zone Management. Active in science education he also teaches skills in scientific presentations and in planning a career in which family and kindness comes first. Since the 1990s he has studied mangrove forests in a transdisciplinary manner with 4 main research areas: (i) the ecology and spatio-temporal dynamics of vegetation and landscape (botany and tropical phytosociology, very high resolution remote sensing, plant-animal interactions), (ii) ethnobiology and socio-ecology (investigations into ecosystem goods and services, resilience of mangrove socio-ecological systems), (iii) restoration ecology (consolidation of the functions of the ecosystem, state of health of the ecosystem), and (iv) management (preservation, restoration options, governance). His studies are carried out on different spatial scales from local case studies in several tropical countries to the macro-ecological (global) level and also explores the interface between science and policy. Over the past 30 years, he has worked in more than 25 countries, published >225 peer-reviewed articles between journals such as Current Biology, Science, Nature Plants, Nature Communications, PNAS, OneEarth etc., and has obtained numerous scientific prizes and distinctions. Not only is he among the world's most productive scientists in the field of mangroves, but with more than 10,000 citations he also holds a position in the list of the world's Top 2% researchers in Ecology, Hydrobiology and Marine Biology published by Stanford University.

Key publications

Dabalà, A., F. Dahdouh-Guebas, D.C. Dunn, J.D. Everett, C.E. Lovelock, J.O. Hanson, K.C.V. Buenafe, S. Neubert & A.J. Richardson, 2023. Priority areas to protect mangroves and maximise ecosystem services. Nature Communications 14: 5863. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-41333-3 
Dahdouh-Guebas, F., D.A. Friess, C.E. Lovelock, R.M. Connolly, I.C. Feller, K. Rogers & S. Cannicci, 2022. Cross-cutting research themes for future mangrove forest research. Nature Plants 8: 1131–1135. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-022-01245-4 
Dahdouh-Guebas, F., Hugé, J., Abuchahla, G. M., Cannicci, S., Jayatissa, L. P., Kairo, J. G., Kodikara Arachchilage, S., Koedam, N., Mafaziya Nijamdeen, T. W., Mukherjee, N., Poti, M., Prabakaran, N., Ratsimbazafy, H. A., Satyanarayana, B., Thavanayagam, M., Vande Velde, K., & Wodehouse, D. (2021). Reconciling nature, people and policy in the mangrove social-ecological system through the adaptive cycle heuristic. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 248, 106942. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2020.106942
Vandebroek, I., Pieroni, A., Stepp, J. R., Hanazaki, N., Ladio, A., Alves, R. R. N., Picking, D., Delgoda, R., Maroyi, A., van Andel, T., Quave, C. L., Paniagua-Zambrana, N. Y., Bussmann, R. W., Odonne, G., Abbasi, A. M., Albuquerque, U. P., Baker, J., Kutz, S., Timsina, S., . . . Dahdouh-Guebas, F. (2020). Reshaping the future of ethnobiology research after the COVID-19 pandemic. Nature Plants, 6(7), 723–730. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-020-0691-6
Dahdouh-Guebas, F., Ajonina, G. N., Amir, A. A., Andradi-Brown, D. A., Aziz, I., Balke, T., Barbier, E. B., Cannicci, S., Cragg, S. M., Cunha-Lignon, M., Curnick, D. J., Duarte, C. M., Duke, N. C., Endsor, C., Fratini, S., Feller, I. C., Fromard, F., Hugé, J., Huxham, M., . . . Friess, D. A. (2020). Public Perceptions of Mangrove Forests Matter for Their Conservation. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2020.603651
Friess, D. A., Yando, E. S., Abuchahla, G. M., Adams, J. B., Cannicci, S., Canty, S. W., Cavanaugh, K. C., Connolly, R. M., Cormier, N., Dahdouh-Guebas, F., Diele, K., Feller, I. C., Fratini, S., Jennerjahn, T. C., Lee, S. Y., Ogurcak, D. E., Ouyang, X., Rogers, K., Rowntree, J. K., . . . Wee, A. K. (2020). Mangroves give cause for conservation optimism, for now. Current Biology, 30(4), R153–R154. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2019.12.054
Mukherjee, N., J. Hugé, W.J. Sutherland, J. McNeill, M. Van Opstal, F. Dahdouh-Guebas & N. Koedam, (2015). The Delphi technique in ecology and biological conservation: applications and guidelines. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 6(9): 1097-1109. http://doi.org/10.1111/2041-210X-12387
Appeltans, W., Ahyong, S., Anderson, G., Angel, M., Artois, T., Bailly, N., Bamber, R., Barber, A., Bartsch, I., Berta, A., Błażewicz-Paszkowycz, M., Bock, P., Boxshall, G., Boyko, C., Brandão, S., Bray, R., Bruce, N., Cairns, S., Chan, T. Y., . . . Costello, M. (2012). The Magnitude of Global Marine Species Diversity. Current Biology, 22(23), 2189–2202. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2012.09.036
Duke, N. C., Meynecke, J. O., Dittmann, S., Ellison, A. M., Anger, K., Berger, U., Cannicci, S., Diele, K., Ewel, K. C., Field, C. D., Koedam, N., Lee, S. Y., Marchand, C., Nordhaus, I., & Dahdouh-Guebas, F. (2007). A World Without Mangroves? Science, 317(5834), 41b–42b. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.317.5834.41b
Dahdouh-Guebas, F., S. Hettiarachchi, S. Sooriyarachchi, D. Lo Seen, O. Batelaan, L.P Jayatissa, & N. Koedam, (2005). Transitions in ancient inland freshwater resource management in Sri Lanka affect biota and human populations in and around coastal lagoons. Current Biology 15(6): 579-586. http://doi.org/10.16/j.cub.2005.01.053

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