Samuel Vanden Abeele
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My research focuses on the evolutionary history of tropical forests in the Congo Basin. I apply phylogenomics, phylogeography and population genomics methods to unravel the evolutionary relationships and dynamics within genera of the Detarioideae subfamily (Fabaceae), e.g. Prioria and Gilbertiodendron.
My genetics research also focusses on crop wild relatives (coffee, bananas and beans).
- Population genetics and evolution of African trees
- Wood identification
- Diversity of crop wild relatives (CWRs)
- PhD, Free University of Brussels (ULB), Brussels, Belgium, 2019
- MSc, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2015
- Research scientist, Meise Botanic Garden, Belgium, 2021 - ongoing
- Postdoctoral Researcher, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, 2020-2021
- PhD student, Meise Botanic Garden, Belgium, 2015 - 2019
- HERBAXYLAREDD: Unlocking valuable ecological information from the collections of the Meise Botanic Garden Herbarium and the Royal Museum for Central Africa Xylarium
- Effects of tropical rainforest disturbance on gene flow, genomic diversity and introgression in understory trees: the case of Coffea canephora in the Congo basin
- Diversity of Coffea in the Congo basin with a focus on the Yangambi MAB reserve