Filip Vandelook

Director of Science
Research scientist: functional trait ecology and evolution
Department: Research


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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

  • Director of Science, Meise Botanic Garden, 2023 - ongoing
  • Research scientist, Meise Botanic Garden, 2013 - 2022
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Philipps Universität Marburg, Marburg, Germany, 2010-2013
  • Postdoctoal Researcher, K.U. Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2009-2010


  • Conservation and cultivation of climate resilient beans in Burundi (G-STIC) - 
    FOrest cold and URban heat island effects on Climate Adaptation of biodiversity at different Spatial and Temporal scales - (Brain – Belspo)
    Congo basin eco-climatological data recovery and valorisation - (Brain - Belspo)
    Exploration of genetic diversity, drought tolerance and Fusarium resistance of wild bananas in Vietnam (FWO)
    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)
    Évaluation, conservation et valorisation d’une espèce de caféier endémique du Kivu (Koning Boudewijnstichting)

Professional activities

  • Director of Science – Meise Botanic Garden
  • Visiting Professor – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Publications: FRIS research portal