Completed projects

Grants in national and international competitive calls

2016-2017 – – Combining and improving online bird portals data to display near-real-time spatiotemporal patterns of bird distribution across Europe
Objective: The purpose of the LIFE EuroBirdPortal (LIFE EBP) project is to develop the EuroBirdPortal (EBP) demo viewer into a full-fledged web portal displaying detailed and up-to-date European-wide spatiotemporal patterns of bird distribution in near-real-time and in a reliable manner.
Host institution: Representative of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) hosted at the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (Spain)
Scientific responsibility: Project manager
Funding: EU LIFE Grants 2015 (LIFE 2014-2020) (grant agreement LIFE15 PRE/ES/002, LIFE preparatory project)
Partners: LIFE EBP is a project carried out under the umbrella of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) developed through a partnership that currently comprises 29 institutions from 21 different European countries, of which 6 are formally included as beneficiaries of this LIFE preparatory project.
PI: Dr. Lluís Brotons (Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia, Spain)

2015-2016 – FORESTCAST – Assessment and forecasting of ecosystem services in forests: impacts and adaptation to extreme climate events
Objective: The aim of the FORESTCAST project is to develop a conceptual and methodological framework to integrate risks, impacts and vulnerabilities of climate extreme events (mainly drought and fire) on Mediterranean forests.
Host institution: Representative of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) hosted at the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (Spain)
Scientific responsibility: Postdoctoral researcher
Funding: Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad, Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad (Spain)
PI: Dr. J. Retana (Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications, Spain)

2014-2017 – – Building the European Biodiversity Observation Network
Objective: The main objective of EU BON is to build a substantial part of the Group on Earth Observation’s Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON). In light of the new Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), such a network and approach are imperative for attaining efficient processes of data collation, analysis and provisioning to stakeholders. Amongst other specific objectives, EU BON will improve the range and quality of the methods and tools for assessment, analysis, and visualization of biodiversity and ecosystem information, particularly focusing on predictive modelling, identification of drivers of change and biodiversity indicators.
Host institution: Representative of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) hosted at the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (Spain)
Scientific responsibility: Postdoctoral researcher
Funding: EU 7th Framework Programme – FP7/2007-2013 (grant agreement 308454)
Partners: EU BON’s 30 partners from 18 countries are members of networks of biodiversity data-holders, monitoring organisations and leading scientific institutions
PI: Dr. C. Häuser (Museum fur Naturkunde – Leibniz-Institut fur Evolutions-und Biodiversitatsforschung an der Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin, Germany)


2014-2016 –  – Towards RUral Synergies and Trade-offs between Economic development and Ecosystem services
Objective: The main research objective of TRUSTEE is to disentangle the complex relationships between economic development and ecosystem services at different spatial scales in rural areas using an interdisciplinary approach that involve scientists, experts and stakeholders.
Host institution: Representative of the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) hosted at the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (Spain)
Scientific responsibilityPostdoctoral researcher
FundingRURAGRI ERA-NET supported by the EU 7th Framework Programme – FP7/2007-2013 (project number 235175)
Partners: TRUSTEE is a three-year research collaboration between 16 partners from 8 European countries (universities, science academies and research institutions)
PI: Dr. C. Détang-Dessendre (Inra Cesaer, Dijon, France)

2013-2014 – COLLURIO – Maladaptive habitat selection in human-modified landscapes: towards a functional understanding of an ecological trapping situation in a migratory passerine bird species
COLLURIOObjective: The overall aim of the COLLURIO project is to understand the maladaptive habitat selection pattern in a farmland bird species (Lanius collurio) expanding its breeding range to a novel, human-created open environment in forests. Top-down and bottom-up methodological approaches (e.g. non-intrusive sampling methods, experimental manipulation techniques, landscape pattern analyses, spatial analyses of species distribution patterns) are integrated to evaluate the impacts of modern forestry on farmland biodiversity.
Host institution: Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann (Luxembourg)
Scientific responsibility: Principal investigator
Funding: FNR CORE programme (Luxembourg)
Partners: Université catholique de Louvain – Prof. Hans Van Dyck (Belgium), Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia – Dr. Lluís Brotons (Spain)

2008-2012 – FORESTCLIM – Transnational forestry management strategies in response to regional climate change impacts

Objective: The project evaluated climate change impacts on forest site characteristics, forest protection functions, forest yield, biodiversity, water resources and carbon sequestration across North-West Europe; all of this linked to a diverse set of multi-level risk assessments associated with preserving the multitude of forest goods and services.
Host institution: Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann (Luxembourg)
Scientific responsibility: Project collaborator
Funding: INTERREG IVB NEW (EU)
Partners: 21 partners from 5 countries

PhD theses and post-doctoral projects

2010-2013 – BUTTACCLIM – Prediction of climate change related range expansion in a butterfly of European conservation concern: from patterns to mechanisms

Objective: The overall objective of the BUTTACCLIM project is testing to what extent a mechanistic bottom-up approach based on detailed data on habitat-use is able to complement the frequently used top-down bioclimatic and resource-selection modelling approach to provide reliable predictions of species range shifts under climate change. The focus is on a EU conservation-concern butterfly species, the Large Copper (Lycaena dispar).
Host institution: Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann (Luxembourg)
Scientific responsibility: PhD supervisor
Funding: FNR AFR PhD Grant (Luxembourg)
Partners: Université catholique de Louvain – Prof. Hans Van Dyck (Belgium), Université de Namur – Prof. Nicolas Dendoncker (Belgium), Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ – Dr. Josef Settele and Dr. Oliver Schweiger (Germany)

2009-2014 – MOBIMO – Application of niche-based modelling techniques to long-term common bird monitoring data

MOBIMOObjective: The MOBIMO project explores the convergence between species distribution modelling techniques and long-term biodiversity monitoring programmes with a particular focus on birds in Luxembourg, Belgium (Wallonia) and Spain (Catalonia). The overall objective is to evaluate to which extent the information on bird species occurrence provided by a monitoring programme can be exploited to map the distribution of bird species across a range of spatial scales.
Host institution: Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann (Luxembourg)
Scientific responsibility: PhD supervisor
Funding: FNR AFR PhD Grant (Luxembourg)
Partners: Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia – Dr. Lluís Brotons (Spain), University of Lleida – Prof. José Antonio Bonet (Spain), Natagora – Dr. Jean-Yves Paquet (Belgium), Institut Català d’Ornitologia (Spain)

2007-2013 – Maladaptive habitat selection of a migratory bird in a human-modified lansdscape: from patterns to mechanisms

Objective: This PhD project focused on the habitat selection of a migratory bird, the Red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio), breeding in mixed farmland-forest landscapes of southern Belgium. Agricultural activities in farmland and harvesting practices in plantation forests provide structurally different open habitats for shrikes and other open-habitat wildlife. This offered the opportunity to test whether habitat selection is adaptive or if there was evidence for an ecological trap in this study species. A three-year dataset was collected to document habitat preference and habitat quality for the shrikes. A series of key environmental conditions and resources for the shrikes were sampled and compared between both habitat types to examine the mechanisms of habitat selection.
Host institution: Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann (Luxembourg)
Scientific responsibility: PhD supervisor
Funding: FNRS FRIA Grant, F.R.S.-FNRS (Belgium)
Partners: Université catholique de Louvain – Prof. Hans Van Dyck (Belgium)

2007-2008 – Bridging the gap between ecological theory and species distribution modelling for conservation practice

Host institution: Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
Scientific responsibility: Postdoctoral researcher
Funding: FNRS postdoctoral fellow ‘chargé de recherche FNRS’, F.R.S.-FNRS (Belgium)
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2002-2006 – Modelling species distribution when habitat occupancy departs from suitability – Application to birds in a landscape context

Host institution: Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
Scientific responsibility: PhD student
Funding: Teaching assistant, Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
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R&D contracts with the private and the public sector
2013-2014 – BIODIV 3 – Biodiversity monitoring programme in Luxembourg: assessing species conservation status under Article 17 of the European Habitats directive
Biodiversity-MonitoringObjective: The objective of the BIODIV 3 project is to put into action the nationwide biodiversity monitoring programme in Luxembourg with a particular focus on documenting species conservation status under Article 17 of the EU Habitats directive.
Host institution: Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann (Luxembourg)
Scientific responsibility: Scientific coordination
Funding: Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures (Département de l’environnement) (Luxembourg)
Partners: Administration de la Nature et des Forêts (Luxembourg), Biologische Station Naturzenter SIAS (Luxembourg), Bürogemeinschaft Angewandte Ökologie (Germany), Centrale ornithologique luxembourgeoise (Luxembourg), GeoData Sc (Luxembourg), Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures (Luxembourg), Musée national d’histoire naturelle (Luxembourg), natur&ëmwelt (Luxembourg), Parc Naturel de la Haute-Sûre (Luxembourg), Parc Naturel de l’Our (Luxembourg), Station biologique SICONA (Luxembourg), Umweltplanungsbüro ECOTOP (Luxembourg)


2013 – Reporting under Article 12 of the Birds Directive 2009/147/CE in Luxembourg (2008-2012): contribution of species distribution modelling approaches

Host institution: Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann (Luxembourg)
Scientific responsibility: Scientific coordination
Funding: Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures (Département de l’environnement) (Luxembourg)

2013 – Reporting under Article 17 of the Habitats Directive in Luxembourg (2007-2012): conservation status of species listed in Annexes II, IV and V of the European Council Directive on the Conservation of Habitats, Flora and Fauna (92/43/EEC)

Host institution: Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann (Luxembourg)
Scientific responsibility: Scientific coordination
Funding: Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures (Département de l’environnement) (Luxembourg)

2011-2012 – BIODIV 2 – Biodiversity monitoring programme in Luxembourg: assessing species conservation status under Article 17 of the European Habitats directive

Objective: The objective of the project was to continue with the implementation of a biodiversity monitoring programme in order to document the changing state of biodiversity in Luxembourg, with a particular focus on the conservation status of the species listed in the annexes of the EU Habitats Directive.
Host institution: Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann (Luxembourg)
Scientific responsibility: Scientific coordination
Funding: Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures (Département de l’environnement) (Luxembourg)
Partners: Administration de la Nature et des Forêts (Luxembourg), Biologische Station Naturzenter SIAS (Luxembourg), Bürogemeinschaft Angewandte Ökologie (Germany), Centrale ornithologique luxembourgeoise (Luxembourg), GeoData Sc (Luxembourg), Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures (Luxembourg), Musée national d’histoire naturelle (Luxembourg), natur&ëmwelt (Luxembourg), Parc Naturel de la Haute-Sûre (Luxembourg), Parc Naturel de l’Our (Luxembourg), ProChirop Büro für Fledertierforschung und -schutz (Germany), Station biologique SICONA (Luxembourg), Umweltplanungsbüro ECOTOP (Luxembourg)

2011 – Reporting under Article 17 of the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC in Luxembourg (2007-2012): contribution of species distribution modelling approaches

Host institution: Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann (Luxembourg)
Scientific responsibility: Scientific coordination
Funding: Observatoire de l’environnement (Luxembourg)

2010-2011 – BIODIV 1 – Biodiversity monitoring programme in Luxembourg

Objective: The objective of the project was to continue with the implementation of a biodiversity monitoring programme in order to document the changing state of biodiversity in Luxembourg.
Host institution: Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann (Luxembourg)
Scientific responsibility: Scientific coordination
Funding: Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures (Département de l’environnement) (Luxembourg)
Partners: Administration de la Nature et des Forêts (Luxembourg), Biologische Station Naturzenter SIAS (Luxembourg), Bürogemeinschaft Angewandte Ökologie (Germany), Centrale ornithologique luxembourgeoise (Luxembourg), GeoData Sc (Luxembourg), Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures (Luxembourg), Musée national d’histoire naturelle (Luxembourg), natur&ëmwelt (Luxembourg), Parc Naturel de la Haute-Sûre (Luxembourg), Parc Naturel de l’Our (Luxembourg), ProChirop Büro für Fledertierforschung und -schutz (Germany), Station biologique SICONA (Luxembourg), Umweltplanungsbüro ECOTOP (Luxembourg)

2009-2010 – MOBIOLUX – Implementation of the biodiversity monitoring programme in Luxembourg

Objective: The objective of the project was to implement the methodologies developed in the BIOMONITOR project in order to put into action a biodiversity monitoring programme able to document the changing state of biodiversity in Luxembourg.
Host institution: Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann (Luxembourg)
Scientific responsibility: Scientific coordination
Funding: Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures (Département de l’environnement) (Luxembourg)
Partners: GeoData Sc (Luxembourg), Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures (Luxembourg), Musée national d’histoire naturelle (Luxembourg)

2008-2009 – BIOMONITOR – Establishment of a nationwide biodiversity monitoring programme in Luxembourg

Objective: The objective of the project was to set up sampling procedures and standardised field methods for data collection in order to document the changing state of biodiversity in Luxembourg. The field implementation of the proposed methodologies was expected to provide the necessary information for the establishment of a dashboard reflecting variations in biodiversity conservation status over time, which is of significant importance for decision- and policy-making in Luxembourg.
Host institution: Centre de Recherche Public – Gabriel Lippmann (Luxembourg)
Scientific responsibility: Scientific coordination
Funding: Ministère de l’Environnement (Luxembourg)
Partners: GeoData Sc (Luxembourg), Ministère du Développement durable et des Infrastructures (Luxembourg), Musée national d’histoire naturelle (Luxembourg)