Selected Publications

In this study we research the effect of macroclimate, landscape and habitat properties on the Borrelia burgdorferi prevalence in Ixodes ricinus ticks collected along a pan-European gradient in isolated forest patches. Habitat properties have, in comparison with the other potential drivers the highest explanatory power. Especially habitat properties that can potentially be managed by humans have a noteworthy effect.
Parasites Vectors, 2018

The castor bean tick (Ixodes ricinus) transmits infectious diseases such as Lyme borreliosis, which constitutes an important ecosystem disservice. Despite many local studies, a comprehensive understanding of the key drivers of tick abundance at the continental scale is still lacking. We analyze a large set of environmental factors as potential drivers of I. ricinus abundance.
BMC Ecol, 2017

My Recent Publications

. Low probability of a dilution effect for Lyme borreliosis in Belgian forests. Ticks Tick Borne Dis, 2018.

Source Document

. Habitat properties are key drivers of Borrelia burgdorferi (s.l.) prevalence in Ixodes ricinus populations of deciduous forest fragments. Parasites Vectors, 2018.

PDF Code Project

. Promoting biodiversity values of small forest patches in agricultural landscapes: Ecological drivers and social demand. Sci Total Environ, 2017.

Project Source Document

. Environmental drivers of Ixodes ricinus abundance in forest fragments of rural European landscapes. BMC Ecol, 2017.

PDF Code Project

. Molecular identification of novel phlebovirus sequences in European ticks. Ticks Tick Borne Dis, 2017.

Project Source Document

. Ecosystem Services from Small Forest Patches in Agricultural Landscapes. Curr Forestry Rep, 2016.

PDF Project Source Document

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The rasterTools package provides a toolchain for a transparent and reproducible workflow to obtain and process spatial (earth observation) data for an evidence based approach to landscape ecological questions.


In many parts of Europe, the original forest cover has strongly reduced and forests presently occur as small fragments, often embedded in an intensively used agricultural matrix. Despite their small size, these forest patches often act as refugia for biodiversity.