Filip Vandelook

Director of Research
Department: Research
Research scientist trait ecology and evolution
Scientific Manager Seed Bank



My research focuses on evolution and ecology from a plant trait perspective. During my PhD research I started studying requirements for germination and dormancy of temperate climate herbs. Later on, my research broadened to studying evolution of seed traits and other plant traits across angiosperms using comparative methods. In other projects, plant traits are being studied at the population level using molecular and quantitative genetic methods. Although plant traits are studied across all angiosperms, I have interest in Coffea canephora, wild beans and wild bananas.


  • PhD, K.U. Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2009
  • MSc, K.U. Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2003   

Employment history

  • Research scientist, Meise Botanic Garden, 2013 - ongoing
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Philipps Universität Marburg, Marburg, Germany, 2010-2013
  • Postdoctoal Researcher, K.U. Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2009-2010


  • Congo basin eco-climatological data recovery and valorisation - (Belspo funded)
  • Exploration of genetic diversity, drought tolerance and Fusarium resistance of wild bananas in Vietnam (FWO funded)
  • Effects of tropical rainforest disturbance on gene flow, genomic diversity and introgression in understory trees: the case of Coffea canephora in the Congo basin (FWO funded)
  • XI EDF Project in Yangambi: Intervention in the coffee sector - (EU funded)
  • Évaluation, conservation et valorisation d’une espèce de caféier endémique du Kivu (Koning Boudewijnstichting)

Professional activities

  • Scientific manager seed bank (2019 - ongoing)

Publications: FRIS research portal