Sandrine Godefroid

Research scientist Plant Conservation
Department: Research
Speciality : plant conservation, seed banking, plant ecology, restoration ecology
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Sandrine Godefroid


I’m developing ex situ conservation programs for endangered species, in support of their in situ conservation. This includes studies on seed viability and storage behaviour, the development of propagation protocols, and the restoration (reintroduction) of populations into the wild. I have a particular interest in the use of seed banks as a tool to investigate recent adaptation to global change (resurrection ecology). I’m also involved in research on evolutionary aspects in ex-situ collections and possible consequences on the establishment of reintroduced populations. I’m an active member of international consortia dealing with seed conservation and research supporting ecosystem restoration, such as the European Native Seed Conservation Network, the Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens, and the International Network for Seed-based Restoration.


  • PhD, Université libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Belgium, 1998      
  •   MSc, Université libre de Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Belgium, 1991

Employment history

  • Research scientist, Meise Botanic Garden, 2008 - ongoing
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium, 2000-2007
  • Scientific Collaborator, Centre Paul Duvigneaud de Documentation Ecologique, Brussels, Belgium, 1996-2000
  • Research Assistant, Université Catholique de Louvain, 1992-1994



  • François Crépin 2010 Award, granted by the Royal Botanical Society of Belgium
  • Jean Lebrun 2009 Award, granted by the Royal Academy of Sciences of Belgium
  • Lucien De Coninck 2008 Award, granted by the Lucien De Coninck Fund (Ghent University)
  • Emiel Van Rompaey 1999 Award, granted by Meise Botanic Garden
  • CEPULB 1999 Award, granted by the Permanent Education Council of the ULB

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