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Research Scientist, Royal Museum for Central Africa

Dr. Wannes Hubau explores tropical African vegetation responses to climate change at several timescales, combining repeated forest inventory data from permanent plots (spanning decades), growth-ring research (centuries) and fossil charcoal analysis (millennia). He obtained his PhD at Ghent University in 2013 and conducted post-doctoral research at Leeds University (UK), the Wood Biology Service of the Royal Museum for Central Africa (Belgium) and Ghent University (Belgium). He led numerous field expeditions in four African countries (Liberia, Ghana, Cameroon, D.R.Congo).

Research topics:
palaeobotany (Central Africa)
palaeoecology (Central Africa)
ancient soil charcoal sampling (Central Africa)
radiocarbon dating and identification of ancient charcoal (Central Africa)
wood anatomy
modern charcoal production
wood taphonomy (assessment of changes due to charcoalification)


  • –present
    Research Scientist, Royal Museum for Central Africa