Professor

Prof. Dr. ir. Kathy Steppe

Prof. Dr. ir. Kathy Steppe


Professor - Head of the Laboratory of Plant Ecology
Research interests
  • Ecophysiology
  • Plant-water relations and carbon metabolism, including the fate of CO2 in plants
  • Xylem and phloem functioning, and their interactions
  • Climate change effects on tree physiology and forest ecosystem processes
  • Plant sensors for monitoring and stress detection
  • Medical imaging techniques for plant sciences (micro-CT, MRI, plant-PET)
  • Thermal remote sensing
  • Process-based and functional-structural plant modelling
  • Advanced plant-based control strategies (e.g., irrigation scheduling)


























Postdoctoral researchers

Dr. ir. Jonas Coussement


Postdoc
Research interests
  • Functional-Structural Plant Models
  • 3D-modelling
  • Ecophysiological models

Dr. Carmen M. Padilla-Díaz


FWO Postdoctoral Fellow
Research interests
  • Water and carbon fluxes in plants, and their interactions during drought stress
  • Plant sensors for monitoring and irrigation management
  • Mechanistic plant modelling
  • Impact of climate change on plant growth and fruit development

Dr. Richard L. Peters


SNSF Postdoctoral Fellow
Research interests
  • Tree physiology
  • Xylem formation
  • Hydraulic functioning
  • Forest monitoring networks
  • Mechanistic whole-tree modelling

Dr. Roberto Salomon


FWO [PEGASUS]2-Marie Curie Sklodowska Fellow
Research interests
  • Woody tissue respiration
  • Plant modelling
  • Transport of carbohydrates and CO2 in plants
  • Climate change and hydraulic functioning
  • Resprouting and coppice management

























Teaching assistents

ir. Willem Goossens


Teaching assistant – PhD student
Research interests
  • Plant-water relations
  • Leaf water uptake
  • Beech
  • Climate change

Researchers

Ben Colpaert


PhD student
Research interests
  • Remote sensing
  • Plant nitrogen cycle
  • Fertilizer use efficiency
  • Stable isotope research
  • Horticulture

ir. Linus De Roo


PhD student
Research interests
  • Climate change impact
  • Drought stress in plants and cavitation
  • Interactions between water and carbon
  • Carbon recycling

ir. Fran Lauriks


PhD student
Research interests
  • Plant-water relations
  • Climate change and drought effects on plant hydraulics
  • Drought-induced cavitation
  • Wood anatomical traits
  • Continuous plant monitoring

ir. Simon Lauwers


PhD student
Research interests
  • Functional-Structural Plant Models
  • Light relations
  • Photosynthesis
  • Agriculture
  • Wheat and pepper

ir. Jens Mincke


PhD student
Research interests
  • Photosynthesis
  • Carbon allocation and carbon recycling
  • Tracing xylem transported 11C-labelled CO2
  • PET-MRI medical imaging
  • Drought

ir. Jeroen Schreel


PhD student
Research interests
  • Plant-water relations
  • Climate change
  • Ecophysiology
  • Leaf water uptake
  • Mangroves

ir. Hans Van de Put


PhD student
Research interests
  • Plant modelling
  • Plant monitoring and stress detection
  • Ornamental horticulture

ir. Sarah Verbeke


PhD student
Research interests
  • plant-water relations
  • drought adaptation in wheat
  • wheat genetics
  • genotype-phenotype gap
  • plant modelling

ir. Jonathan Vermeiren


PhD student
Research interests
  • Plant sensors
  • Light and photosynthesis
  • LED lighting
  • Tomato, lettuce and strawberry

Selwyn Villers


PhD student
Research interests
  • Research interests 
  • Functional-Structural Plant Models
  • 3D-modelling
  • Greenhouse light modelling

























Administrative and Technical staff

Ann Byttebier


Secretary

Philip Deman


Technician

Geert Favyts


Technician

Erik Moerman


Technician

Pui Yi Ng


Secretary

























Master students 2019-2020

  • Kasper Coppieters
  • Fien De Cock
  • Guillaume Degroote
  • Merel Degroote
  • Roelke De Paepe
  • Simon Dequeker
  • Daan Dessomviele
  • Emiel Heyman
  • Elien Naert
  • Katrien Schaepdryver
  • Elise Tardy