Forest Ecology and Management Research Group

Raf Aerts

Contact

  • E-mail: raf.aerts@ees.kuleuven.be
  • Phone: 32-16-329746
  • Fax: 32-16-329760
  • Address: Celestijnenlaan 200E-2411, BE-3001 Leuven

Networks and profiles

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Diploma

  • MSc in bioscience engineering, Land and Forest Management (1999)
  • ITECO course for Development Cooperation (2000)
  • PhD in Bioscience engineering (2006)

Work history

  • Researcher for Ground for GIS (GfG, K.U. Leuven R&D, now SADL) specialized in the thematical domains soil, water and flood risks (1999-2000)
  • Permanent expert and project-coordinator of the VLIR OI project "Forest rehabilitation through natural regeneration in Tigray, Northern-Ethiopia" of K.U. Leuven and Mekelle University (Ethiopia) (2001-2003)
  • VLIR-UDC researcher at the Division Forest, Nature and Landscape (2004-2005)
  • Postdoctoral research fellow K.U.Leuven Research Fund (2006-2008) and FWO (2008-2011)
  • Lecturer in Ecology (2009-2010) and Forestry (2010-2011)

Expertise

  • Plant and bird communities of tropical (dry) forests
  • Facilitation and forest restoration
  • Seed dispersal and recruitment of bird-dispersed trees
  • Spatial genetic structure, genetic diversity and productivity of wild coffee
  • University Development Cooperation

Miscellaneous

  • Member of the British Ecological Society
  • Member of the Association for Tropical Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Member of Natuurpunt Oost-Brabant
  • Member of VELT vzw

Personal website

Visit Nature Network African Blog of Ecology

Projects

Publications

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LiriasOA Open Access versions of published articles available at Lirias
Articles in internationally reviewed scientific journals
  • Berecha G, Aerts R, Vandepitte K, Van Glabeke S, Muys B, Roldán-Ruiz I, Honnay O 2014. Effects of forest management on mating patterns, pollen flow and intergenerational transfer of genetic diversity in wild Arabica coffee (Coffea arabica L.) from Afromontane rainforests. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 112, 76-88. DOI: 10.1111/bij.12274
  • Thijs KW, Aerts R, Musila W, Siljander M, Matthysen E, Lens L, Pellikka P, Gulinck H, Muys B 2014. Potential tree species extinction, colonization and recruitment in Afromontane forest relicts. Basic and Applied Ecology (accepted).
  • Thijs KW, Aerts R, Van de Moortele P, Musila W, Gulinck H, Muys B 2014. Contrasting cloud forest restoration potential between plantations of different exotic tree species (accepted). Restoration Ecology.
  • Aerts R 2013. Old trees: extraction, conservation can coexist. Science 339, 904-904. DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6122.904-a
  • Aerts R, Berecha G, Gijbels P, Hundera K, Van Glabeke S, Vandepitte K, Muys B, Roldán-Ruiz I, Honnay O 2013. Genetic variation and risks of introgression in the wild Coffea arabica gene pool in southwestern Ethiopian montane rainforests. Evolutionary Applications 6, 243-252. DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-4571.2012.00285.x
  • De Beenhouwer M, Aerts R, Honnay O 2013. A global meta-analysis of the biodiversity and ecosystem service benefits of coffee and cacao agroforestry. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 175, 1-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2013.05.003
  • Hundera K, Aerts R, De Beenhouwer M, Van Overtveld K, Helsen K, Muys B, Honnay O 2013. Both forest fragmentation and coffee cultivation negatively affect epiphytic orchid diversity in Ethiopian moist evergreen Afromontane forests. Biological Conservation 159, 285-291. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2012.10.029
  • Hundera K, Aerts R, Fontaine A, Van Mechelen M, Gijbels P, Honnay O, Muys B 2013. Effects of coffee management intensity on composition, structure and regeneration status of Ethiopian moist evergreen Afromontane forests. Environmental Management 51, 801-809. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-012-9976-5
  • Muńoz JC, Aerts R, Thijs KW, Stevenson PR, Muys B, Sekercioglu CH 2013. Contribution of woody habitat islands to the conservation of birds and their potential ecosystem services in an extensive Colombian rangeland. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 173, 13-19. DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2013.04.006
  • Negussie A, Achten WMJ, Aerts R, Norgrove L, Sinkala T, Hermy M, Muys B 2013. Invasiveness risk of the tropical biofuel crop Jatropha curcas L. into adjacent land use systems: from the rumours to the experimental facts. Global Change Biology - Bioenergy 5(4), 419-430. DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12011
  • Achten WMJ, Trabucco A, Maes WH, Verchot LV, Aerts R, Mathijs E, Vantomme P, Singh VP, Muys B 2012. Global greenhouse gas implications of land conversion to biofuel crop cultivation in arid and semi-arid lands - lessons learned from Jatropha. Journal of Arid Environments (accepted).
  • Aynekulu E, Aerts R, Moonen P, Denich M, Gebrehiwot K, Vagen TG, Mekuria W, Boehmer HJ 2012. Altitudinal variation and conservation priorities of vegetation along the Great Rift Valley escarpment, northern Ethiopia. Biodiversity and Conservation 21, 2691-2707. DOI: 10.1007/s10531-012-0328-9
  • Honnay O, Jacquemyn H, Aerts R 2012. Crop wild relatives: more common ground for breeders and ecologists. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 9(3), 121. DOI: 10.1890/12.WB.007
  • Abiyu A, Lemenih M, Gratzer G, Aerts R, Teketay D, Glatzel G 2011. Status of native woody species diversity and soil characteristics in an exclosure and in plantations of Eucalyptus globulus and Cupressus lusitanica in northern Ethiopia. Mountain Research and Development 31, 144-152. DOI: 10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-10-00116.1
  • Aerts R, Honnay O 2011. Forest restoration, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. BMC Ecology 11, 29. DOI: 10.1186/1472-6785-11-29
  • Aerts R, Honnay O 2011. Seeds of change for restoration ecology. Science 333, 156-156. DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6039.156-a
  • Aerts R, Hundera K, Berecha G, Gijbels P, Baeten M, Van Mechelen M, Hermy M, Muys B, Honnay O 2011. Semi-forest coffee cultivation and the conservation of Ethiopian Afromontane rainforest fragments. Forest Ecology and Management 261, 1034-1041. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2010.12.025
  • Aerts R, Thijs KW, Lehouck V, Beentje H, Bytebier B, Matthysen E, Gulinck H, Lens L, Muys B 2011. Woody plant communities of isolated Afromontane cloud forests in Taita Hills, Kenya. Plant Ecology 212, 639-649. DOI: 10.1007/s11258-010-9853-3
  • Aynekulu E, Denich M, Tsegaye D, Aerts R, Neuwirth B, Boehmer HJ 2011. Dieback affects forest structure in a dry Afromontane forest in northern Ethiopia. Journal of Arid Environments 75, 499-503. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2010.12.013
  • Reubens B, Achten WMJ, Maes WH, Danjon F, Aerts R, Poesen J, Muys B 2011. More than biofuel? Jatropha curcas root system symmetry and potential for soil erosion control. Journal of Arid Environments 75, 201-205. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2010.09.011
  • Achten WMJ, Maes WH, Aerts R, Verchot L, Trabucco A, Mathijs E, Singh VP, Muys B 2010. Jatropha: from global hype to local opportunity. Journal of Arid Environments 74, 164-165. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2009.08.010
  • Achten WMJ, Nielsen LR, Aerts R, Lengkeek AG, Kjaer ED, Trabucco A, Hansen JK, Maes WH, Graudal L, Akinnifesi FK, Muys B 2010. Towards domestication of Jatropha curcas. Biofuels 1(1), 91-107. DOI: 10.4155/bfs.09.4
  • Aerts R, Finneran N, Haile M, Poesen J 2010. The accumulation of Stone Age lithic artifacts in rock fragment mulches in northern Ethiopia. Geoarchaeology 25, 137-148. DOI: 10.1002/gea.20299
  • Özkan K, Gulsoy S, Aerts R, Muys B 2010. Site properties for Crimean juniper (Juniperus excelsa) in semi-natural forests of south western Anatolia, Turkey. Journal of Environmental Biology 31, 97-100. get abstract / full text
  • Trabucco A, Achten WMJ, Bowe C, Aerts R, Van Orshoven J, Norgrove L, Muys B 2010. Global mapping of Jatropha curcas yield based on response of fitness to present and future climate. Global Change Biology Bioenergy 2(3), 139-151. DOI: 10.1111/j.1757-1707.2010.01049.x
  • Aerts R 2009. Open-access publishing can survive recession. Nature 458, 967-967. DOI: 10.1038/458967a
  • Aerts R, Nyssen J, Haile M 2009. On the difference between "exclosures" and "enclosures" in ecology and the environment. Journal of Arid Environments 73, 762-763. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2009.01.006
  • Aerts R, Volkaert H, Roongruangsree N, Roongruangsree U, Swennen R, Muys B 2009. Site requirements of the endangered rosewood Dalbergia oliveri in a tropical deciduous forest in northern Thailand. Forest Ecology and Management 259, 117-123. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2009.09.051
  • Negussie A, Aerts R, Gebrehiwot K, Prinsen E, Muys B 2009. Euphorbia abyssinica latex promotes rooting of Boswellia cuttings. New Forests 37, 35-42. DOI: 10.1007/s11056-008-9106-7
  • Achten WMJ, Verchot L, Franken YJ, Mathijs E, Singh VP, Aerts R, Muys B 2008. Jatropha bio-diesel production and use. Biomass and Bioenergy 32(12), 1063-1084. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2008.03.003
  • Aerts R 2008. Digital identifiers work for articles, so why not for authors?. Nature 453, 979-979. DOI: 10.1038/453979b
  • Aerts R 2008. Digital identifiers could keep up with authors' moves. Nature 454, 575-575. DOI: 10.1038/454575c
  • Aerts R, Lerouge F, November E, Lens L, Hermy M, Muys B 2008. Land rehabilitation and the conservation of birds in a degraded Afromontane landscape in northern Ethiopia. Biodiversity and Conservation 17, 53-69. DOI: 10.1007/s10531-007-9230-2
  • Aerts R, November E, Maes W, Van der Borght I, Negussie A, Aynekulu E, Hermy M, Muys B 2008. In situ persistence of African wild olive and forest restoration in degraded semiarid savanna. Journal of Arid Environments 72, 1131-1136. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2007.11.009
  • Negussie A, Aerts R, Gebrehiwot K, Muys B 2008. Seedling mortality causes recruitment limitation of Boswellia papyrifera in northern Ethiopia. Journal of Arid Environments 72, 378-383. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2007.06.009
  • Achten WMJ, Mathijs E, Verchot L, Singh VP, Aerts R, Muys B 2007. Jatropha biodiesel fueling sustainability?. Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining 1(4), 283-291. DOI: 10.1002/bbb.39
  • Aerts R 2007. Church forests in Ethiopia. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 5(2), 66-66. DOI: 10.1890/1540-9295(2007)5[66a:CFIE]2.0.CO;2
  • Aerts R, Negussie A, Maes W, November E, Hermy M, Muys B 2007. Restoration of dry Afromontane forest using pioneer shrubs as nurse-plants for Olea europaea ssp. cuspidata. Restoration Ecology 15, 129-138. DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2006.00197.x
  • Fontaine M, Aerts R, Özkan K, Mert, A, Gülsoy, S, Süel, H, Waelkens, M, Muys B 2007. Elevation and exposition rather than soil types determine communities and site suitability in Mediterranean mountain forests of southern Anatolia, Turkey. Forest Ecology and Management 247, 18-25. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2007.04.021
  • van Wyk G, Pepler D, Gebrehiwot K, Aerts R, Muys B 2007. The potential and risks of using exotics for the rehabilitation of Ethiopian dryland forest. Journal of the Drylands 1, 148-157. get abstract / full text
  • Aerts R, Maes W, November E, Behailu M, Poesen J, Deckers J, Hermy M, Muys B 2006. Surface runoff and seed trapping efficiency of shrubs in a regenerating semiarid woodland in northern Ethiopia. Catena 65, 61-70. DOI: 10.1016/j.catena.2005.09.004
  • Aerts R, Maes W, November E, Negussie A, Hermy M, Muys B 2006. Restoring dry Afromontane forest using bird and nurse plant effects: direct sowing of Olea europaea ssp. cuspidata seeds. Forest Ecology and Management 230, 23-31. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2006.04.001
  • Aerts R, Negussie A, Maes W, November E, Hermy M, Muys B 2006. Survival of planted African wild olive seedlings in northern Ethiopian exclosures depending on planting season and shrub cover. Journal of the Drylands 1, 64-71. get abstract / full text
  • Aerts R, November E, Van der Borght I, Behailu M, Hermy M, Muys B 2006. Effects of pioneer shrubs on the recruitment of the fleshy-fruited tree Olea europaea ssp. cuspidata in Afromontane savanna. Applied Vegetation Science 9, 117-126. DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-109X.2006.tb00661.x
  • Aerts R, Van Overtveld K, Haile M, Hermy M, Deckers J, Muys B 2006. Species composition and diversity of small Afromontane forest fragments in northern Ethiopia. Plant Ecology 187, 127-142. DOI: 10.1007/s11258-006-9137-0
  • Aerts R, Wagendorp T, November E, Behailu M, Deckers J, Muys B 2004. Ecosystem thermal buffer capacity as an indicator of the restoration status of protected areas in the northern Ethiopian highlands. Restoration Ecology 12, 586-596. DOI: 10.1111/j.1061-2971.2004.00324.x
  • Muys B, Wagendorp T, Aerts R, Garcia Quijano J 2003. Ecological sustainability assessment of carbon conservation, sequestration and substitution projects using the exergy concept. Travaux 26, 67-85.
Books or book chapters, internationally recognised scientific publisher
  • Achten WMJ, Aninnifesi FK, Maes WH, Trabucco A, Aerts R, Mathijs E, Reubens B, Singh VP, Verchot L, Muys B 2010. Jatropha integrated agroforestry systems – biodiesel pathways towards sustainable rural development. In: Ponterio C & Ferra C (eds.) Jatropha curcas as a premier biofuel: cost, growing and management. Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY, USA (ISBN: 978-1-60876-003-9), 85-102. get abstract / full text
  • Verheyen K, den Ouden J, Muys B, Aerts R 2010. Populatiedynamiek. In: den Ouden J, Muys B, Mohren F, Verheyen K (Red.) Bosecologie en Bosbeheer. Acco Leuven/Den Haag, 103-121.
  • Verheyen K, den Ouden J, Muys B, Aerts R 2010. Populatiedynamiek. In: den Ouden J, Muys B, Mohren F, Verheyen K (eds.) Bosecologie en Bosbeheer. Acco Leuven/Den Haag, 103-121.
  • Aerts R 2008. Afrocarpus falcatus (Thunb.) C.N. Page. in: Louppe, D., Oteng- Amoako, A.A. and Brink, M. (eds), Plant Resources of Tropical Africa 7(1). Timbers 1. PROTA Foundation/Backhuys Publishers/CTA Wageningen, The Netherlands., 36-39. get abstract / full text
  • Aerts R 2008. Erythrina abyssinica Lam ex DC. in: Louppe, D., Oteng- Amoako, A.A. and Brink, M. (eds), Plant Resources of Tropical Africa 7(1). Timbers 1. PROTA Foundation/Backhuys Publishers/CTA Wageningen, The Netherlands., 249-252. get abstract / full text
Reviewed papers at international conferences and symposia, published in full in proceedings
  • Aerts R 2010. Olea capensis L.. Plant Resources of Tropical Africa 7(2), 501-504.
  • Aerts R, Vanderborght I, November E, Mintesinot Behailu, Hermy M, Muys B 2006. The importance of early successional shrubs for recruitment of African wild olive (Olea europaea subsp. cuspidata) in central Tigray, Ethiopia. In: S.A. Chazanfar & H.J. Beentje (Eds), Taxonomy and ecology of African plants, their conservation and sustainable use. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 167-176.
Other publications
  • Negussie A, Achten WMJ, Aerts R, Norgrove L, Sinkala T, Nacro S, Kenis M, Hermy M, Muys B 2013. Invasiveness risk assessment of new biofuel crops: theoretical considerations and practical experiences from Jatropha curcas L. in Africa.. International Workshop "Tracing Biofuel Transitions: Policies, Practices and Phase-outs", 24-25 January 2013, Eindhoven.
  • Tekalign M, Argaw M, Muys B, Aerts R, Poesen J, Nyssen J 2013. The Role of Exclosures for Biodiversity Conservation - the Biyo-Kelala Exclosures in Central Ethiopia. Poster presented at the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union, Vienna, 8-12 April 2013.. Geophysical Research Abstracts 15, EGU2013-4578.
  • Van de Peer T, Thijs KW, Aerts R, Lens L, Kindt R, Muys B 2013. Nestplaatskeuze van de Cabanis's Greenbul (Phyllastrephus cabanisi) in het afromontaan nevelwoud van de Taita Hills (Kenia). Studiedag Starters in het Natuur- en Bosonderzoek, 15 March 2013, Brussels.
  • Negussie A, Achten WMJ, Aerts R, Hermy M, Muys B 2012. Invasiveness risk of the tropical biofuel crop Jatropha. Studiedag Starters in het Natuur- en Bosonderzoek, 16 March 2012, Brussels.
  • Thijs KW, Aerts R, Gulinck H, Muys B 2012. Tropical forests: the Kenyan cloud forest of Taita Hills. Fascination of Plants Day. The European Plant Science Organisation, Leuven (Belgium), 18 May 2012.
  • Thijs KW, Aerts R, Van de Moortele P, Musila W, Pellikka P, Gulinck H, Muys B 2012. Arrested succession of indigenous species in exotic tree plantations in a severely fragmented Afromontane landscape. 49th Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, ATBC, Bonito (Brazil), 19-22 June 2012, Book of Abstracts, 40.
  • Aerts R 2011. Forest restoration in the South - A case study from Ethiopia. Young Botanist Day 2011 "Forest Biodiversity", Book of Abstracts, 8-8.
  • Aerts R, Berecha G, Gijbels P, Van Glabeke S, Vandepitte K, Muys B, Roldán-Ruiz I, Honnay O 2011. Genetic differentiation of wild and managed Coffea arabica populations in Afromontane rainforest fragments in SW Ethiopia. Forests and Global Change, British Ecological Society, University of Cambridge, 28-30 March 2011, 55-56.10.1038/npre.2011.5870.1
  • Aerts R, Spranghers S, Verbist B, Lens L, Sekercioglu C 2011. Bird surveys for REDD+: avian communities indicate forest degradation in a Peruvian coffee landscape. .
  • Aerts R, Spranghers S, Verbist B, Lens L, Sekercioglu CH 2011. Bird surveys for REDD+: avian communities indicate forest degradation in a Peruvian coffee landscape. Forests2011: Conservation and management of forests for sustainable development: where science meets policy. University of Leuven and Agency for Nature and Forest, Leuven, 23-24 November 2011, 40-40.10.1038/npre.2011.6589.1
  • Muys B, Achten W, Verbist B, Aerts R, Vincent K, Hermy M, Poppe J, Marx A, Van Orshoven J, Verheyen K, De Tavernier J, Fanta J, Van Rompaey A, Vranken L, Dondeyne S, Lenaerts L, Nabuurs G 2011. Behoud en beheer van bossen voor duurzame ontwikkeling: waar wetenschap en beleid elkaar ontmoeten. .
  • Muys B, Achten W, Verbist B, Aerts R, Vincent K, Martin H, Poppe J, Marx A, Verheyen K, De Tavernier J, Fanta J, Van Rompaey A, Vranken L, Dondeyne S, Lenaerts L, Nabuurs G 2011. Conservation and Management of Forests for Sustainable development: where science meets policy. .
  • Negussie A, Achten WMJ, Aerts R, Hermy M, Muys B 2011. Invasiveness risk of the tropical biofuel crop Jathropha. Young Botanist Day 2011 "Forest Biodiversity", Book of Abstracts, 18-18.
  • Nickmans H, Thijs KW, Musila W, Aerts R, Muys B 2011. Bepaling van de fysiologie van de 21 meest voorkomende boomsoorten van Taita Hills (Kenia) met behulp van bladkarakteristieken. Studiedag Starters in het Bosonderzoek, Brussels, 17 March 2011.
  • Thijs KW Musila W, Aerts R, Matthijsen E, Lens L, Pellika P, Siljander M, Gulinck H, Muys B 2011. Tree recruitment after severe forest fragmentation as a predictor of future forest composition. Forests and Global Change, British Ecological Society, University of Cambridge, 28-30 March 2011, Book of Abstracts, 66-67. get abstract / full text
  • Thijs KW, Musila W, Aerts R, Matthijsen E, Lens L, Pellika P, Siljander M, Gulinck H, Muys 2011. Structuur en samenstelling van het gefragmenteerde regenwoud of Taita Hills (Kenia). Studiedag Starters in het Bosonderzoek, Brussels, 17 March 2011.
  • Thijs KW, Musila W, Aerts R, Matthijsen E, Lens L, Pellika P, Siljander M, Gulinck H, Muys B 2011. Tree recruitment after severe forest fragmentation as a predictor of future forest composition. Forests2011: Conservation and management of forests for sustainable development: where science meets policy. University of Leuven and Agency for Nature and Forest, Leuven, 23-24 November 2011, Book of Abstracts, 35-35.
  • Thijs KW, Roelen I, Aerts R, Musila M, Gulinck H, Muys B 2011. Tree identification as integral component of forest research. Young Botanist Day 2011 "Forest Biodiversity", Leuven, 2 December 2011, Book of Abstracts, 11-11.
  • Vanderhaegen K, Verbist B, Aerts R, Muys, B 2011. Assessing carbon stocks at the landscape level in Jimma, Ethiopia. Abstracts Inverde Starters in het natuur- en bosonderzoek, March 16 2012, Brussels, Belgium.
  • Achten WMJ, Aerts R, Maes WH, Mathijs E, Reubens B, Trabucco A, Singh VP, Vandenbempt P, Verchot L, Muys B 2009. Environmental performance of tropical bio-diesel trees. in: Book of Abstracts of International Symposium Developing countries facing global warming: a post-kyoto assessment, Royal Academy for Overseas Sciences United Nations, Brussels, 12-13 June, 2009, 25-25. get abstract / full text
  • Muys B, Trabucco A, Aertsen W, Aerts R, Maes W 2009. Predictive mapping for dryland forest ecosystem restoration. Minisymposium on tropical dry forests: regeneration, succession, recovery and conservation. Wageningen University, 2 April 2009.. get abstract / full text
  • Aerts R, November E, Hermy M, Deckers J, Haile M, Muys B 2008. Assisting natural forest regeneration in Northern Ethiopia: one measure is not enough. Sustainable Forest Management in Africa, African Solutions to African Problems in Natural Forest Management, 3-7 November 2008, Stellenbosch, South Africa.10.1038/npre.2008.2437.1
  • Aerts R, Pankhurst R, Van Overtveld K, November E, Hermy M, Muys B 2008. Historical deforestation patterns and the conservation value of church forests in the northern Ethiopian highlands. International Conference Mountain Forests in a Changing World. Advances in Research on Sustainable Management and the Role of Academic Education. UNI BOKU Vienna, April 2-4, 2008. Book of abstracts, 14-14. Available from Nature Precedings.10.1038/npre.2008.1786.1
  • Aerts R, Prinsen E, Muys B 2008. Potential pathways of indole acetic acid (IAA) biosynthesis in Euphorbia abyssinica. Nature Precedings (Online).10.1038/npre.2008.2212.1
  • Aerts R, Negussie A, Muys B 2007. Management of exclosures. In: Nyssen J, Descheemaeker K, Haregeweyn N, Haile M, Deckers J, Poesen J (Eds) Lessons learnt from 10 years research on soil erosion and soil and water conservation in Tigray. Tigray Livelihood Papers 7, 49-53. get abstract / full text
  • Aerts R, Negussie A, Muys B 2007. Management of exclosures (In Tigrinya). In: Nyssen J, Descheemaeker K, Haregeweyn N, Haile M, Deckers J, Poesen J (Eds) Lessons learnt from 10 years research on soil erosion and soil and water conservation in Tigray. Tigray Livelihood Papers 6, 57-62. get abstract / full text
  • Aerts R, Reubens B, Descheemaeker K, Muys B 2007. Vegetation and sediment control: the potential of natural regeneration and assisted forest restoration. First International Sediment Forum, Cuenca University, Ecuador.
  • Bongers F, Wassie A, Aerts R, Mengistu T, Sterck F 2007. The fate of dry Afromontane forests in northern Ethiopia. Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation Symposium, Book of Abstracts.
  • Fontaine M, Aerts R, Özkan K, Waelkens M, Muys B 2007. Hoogteligging en expositie hebben een grotere invloed dan bodemeigenschappen op standplaatsgeschiktheid en het voorkomen van plantengemeenschappen in de Mediterrane bergwouden van Zuidwest-Turkije. Starters in het Bosonderzoek - donderdag 22 maart 2007. get abstract / full text
  • Aerts R 2006. Dispersal and recruitment of Olea europaea ssp. cuspidata in degraded Afromontane savanna: implications for forest restoration in the highlands of northern Ethiopia. Dissertationes de Agricultura 711, K.U.Leuven, Leuven. get abstract / full text
  • Aerts R, Maes W, Lerouge F, November E, Hermy M, Muys B 2005. Positive effects of gullies for bird-mediated seed dispersal and spontaneous reforestation in a degraded semi-arid landscape. In: Chen, L. and H. Gulinck (eds.) Erosion, Afforestation and People. Workshop Bilateral Project BIL0209, Leuven 24-26 May 2005, Book of abstracts, 2-2. Online Journal of Scientific Posters EP10610. get abstract / full text
  • Aerts R, Muys B, Hermy M 2005. Natuurlijke verjonging van Afrikaanse wilde olijf in Noord-Ethiopië: de cruciale rol van vogels. Studiedag Starters in het bosonderzoek, Brussel, 22 maart 2005, referatenmap.
  • Aerts R, November E, Maes W, Van der Borght I, Behailu M, Hermy M, Muys B 2004. Critical phases in the natural regeneration of African wild olive in Northern Ethiopia. In: Muys B, Gebrehiwot K, Bruneel S (eds.) Symposium on the rehabilitation of dryland forests in Ethiopia: ecology and management. Mekelle, Ethiopia, 21-24 September 2004. Book of abstracts, 29.
  • Aerts R, November E, Van der Borght I,. Maes W, Tafere M, Muys B 2004. Survival limitation of African Wild Olive seedlings by browsing livestock in the highlands of Tigray, Ethiopia. In: Muys B, Gebrehiwot K, Bruneel S (eds.) Symposium on the rehabilitation of dryland forests in Ethiopia: ecology and management. Mekelle, Ethiopia, 21-24 September 2004. Book of abstracts, 19.
  • Van Overtveld K, Aerts R, Behailu M, Muys B, Deckers J 2004. Possibilities for future forest expansion in the Geba river watershed, Tigray, Northern Ethiopia. In: Muys B, Gebrehiwot K, Bruneel S (eds.) Symposium on the rehabilitation of dryland forests in Ethiopia: ecology and management. Mekelle, Ethiopia, 21-24 September 2004. Book of abstracts, 51.
  • Aerts R, Amanuel Z, Fassil K, November E, Mintesinot B, Muys B 2003. From fragments to forests: Forest rehabilitation through natural regeneration in Tigray. Poster prepared for Mekelle University/K.U. Leuven/VLIR-EI. get abstract / full text
  • Aerts R, November E, Behailu M, Deckers J, Hermy M, Muys B 2003. Forest rehabilitation: one approach to water conservation in Central Tigray. Ethiopian Journal of Water Science and Technology 6(1), 34-37. get abstract / full text
  • Reubens B, Heyn M, Aerts R, Behailu M, Hermy M, Muys B 2003. Technical paper forest rehabilitation project TN-2003/10. Ecological seed bank analysis in Tigray, Northern Ethiopia. Mekelle University, 28.
  • Aerts R, Haile M, Muys B, Deckers J, Hermy M, Moeyersons J 2001. Forest rehabilitation and water conservation in the Tigray highlands, northern Ethiopia. European Tropical Forest Research Network Newsletter 33, 29-31. get abstract / full text