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Tom Van der Stocken

Dr. Tom Van der Stocken is a postdoctoral research scholar at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he is a member of the Sea Level & Ice Group and the Radar Science and Engineering Section. He graduated from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and KULeuven (KUL) with a degree in Physical Geography and holds a Ph.D. degree in Sciences from the VUB and Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). His research interests are focused on the distribution of species and ecosystems along geographic and environmental gradients, with a strong emphasis on the dispersal and community ecology of coastal wetlands, and combing knowledge and tools from different sciences such as biology and physical geography. He contributes to research on the global distribution of mangrove carbon stocks, and is working on the development and implementation of global coastal (deltas and estuaries) maps that will help guiding the Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission observations strategy. In these projects, the team uses state-of-the-art numerical models, as well as in situ and remote sensing data.

Education
  • Ph.D. degree, Sciences (Physical Geography and Ecology), Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • M.Sc. degree, Physical Geography, Vrije Universiteit Brussel & KULeuven
  • B.Sc. degree, Geography, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Research Interests
  • Dispersal and community ecology
  • Coastal wetlands
  • Science communication, science policy and its impacts
  • General: physical geography

Professional Experience
  • Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Earth Science Division, Oct. 2017 - present
  • Voluntary Researcher, Ecology and Biodiversity Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Oct. 2017 - present
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ecology and Biodiversity Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Oct. 2015 - Sept. 2017
  • JPL Visiting Student Researchers program (JVSRP), Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mar. - Apr. 2014 & Oct. - Nov. 2015
  • Teaching Assistant, Ecology and Biodiversity Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Oct. 2011 - Sept. 2015 (supervisor B.Sc. and M.Sc. dissertations, co-supervisor international excursions, guest lecturer)
  • Doctoral Research Fellow, Ecology and Biodiversity Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Oct. 2011 - Sept. 2015

Selected Awards
  • Best Postdoc Oral Presentation Award, VLIZ Marine Science Day, Flanders Marine Research Institute (2017)
  • JPL Visiting Student Researchers Program Fellowship (2015)
  • Best Student Oral Presentation Award (2nd), Society for Tropical Ecology, ETH Zürich (2015)
  • JPL Visiting Student Researchers Program Fellowship (2014)
  • Best Student Oral Presentation Award (2nd), VLIZ Marine Science Day, Flanders Marine Research Institute (2013)
  • Best Student Oral Presentation Award (3rd), Mangrove and Macrobethos Meeting (MMM3) (2012)
  • VLIR-UOS VLADOC doctoral research grant (2011-2015)

Selected Publications
  1. Van der Stocken T., Carroll D., Menemenlis D., Simard M. and N. Koedam (2019). Global-scale dispersal and connectivity in mangroves. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116(3): 915-922. - *Co-first author..
  2. Simard M., Fatoyinbo L., Smetanka C., Rivera-Monroy V.H., Castañeda-Moya E., Thomas N. and T. Van der Stocken (2019). Mangrove canopy height globally related to precipitation, temperature and cyclone frequency. Nature Geoscience 12: 40-45.
  3. Triest L., Sierens T., Menemenlis D. and T. Van der Stocken (2018). Inferring connectivity range in submerged aquatic populations (Ruppia L.) along European coastal lagoons from genetic imprint and simulated dispersal trajectories. Frontiers in Plant Science 9: article 801.
  4. Van der Stocken T., Vanschoenwinkel B., De Ryck D. and N. Koedam (2018). Caught in transit: offshore interception of seafaring propagules from seven mangrove species. Ecosphere 9: e02208.
  5. Behara S., Van der Stocken T., Rans G., Kodikara K. A. S., Ronsmans G., Jayatissa L. P., Husain M.-L., Koedam N. and F. Dahdouh-Guebas (2017). Island-wide coastal vulnerability assessment of Sri Lanka reveals that sand dunes, planted trees and natural vegetation may play a role as potential barriers against ocean surges. Global Ecology and Conservation 12: 144-157.
  6. Triest L., Hasan S., Mitro P.R., De Ryck D. and T. Van der Stocken (2017). Geographical distance and large rivers shape genetic structure of Avicennia officinalis in the highly dynamic Sundarbans mangrove forest and Ganges Delta region. Estuaries and Coasts 41(3): 908-920.
  7. Ngeve M., Van der Stocken T., Menemenlis D., Koedam N. and L. Triest (2017). Hidden founders? Strong bottlenecks and fine-scale genetic structure in mangrove populations of the Cameroon Estuary complex. Hydrobiologia 803(1): 189-207.
  8. Van der Stocken T. and D. Menemenlis (2017). Modeling the role of dispersal vector interactions and oceanic features on the potential for long distance dispersal in mangroves. Biotropica 49 (4): 472-481.
  9. Van der Stocken T., López-Portillo J. and N. Koedam (2017). Latitudinal pattern in the timing of mangrove propagule release: a meta-analysis of world data. Aquatic Botany 138: 92-99.
  10. Koedam N., Dahdouh-Guebas F., Barcellos R. L. and T. Van der Stocken (2016). Mangroves - captured by the keen eye of a 17th century landscape painter. Dutch Crossing 41(3): 247-263.
  11. Ngeve M., Van der Stocken T., Sierens T., Koedam N. And L. Triest (2017). Bidirectional gene flow on a mangrove river landscape and between catchment dispersal of Rhizophora racemosa (Rhizophoraceae). Hydrobiologia 790: 93-108.
  12. Ngeve M., Van der Stocken T., Menemenlis D., Koedam N. and L. Triest (2016). Contrasting effects of historical sea level rise and contemporary ocean currents on regional gene flow of Rhizophora racemosa in Eastern Atlantic mangroves. PLoS ONE 10(3): e0150950
  13. De Ryck D., Van der Stocken T., Koedam N., van der Ven R., Adams J. and L. Triest (2016). Dispersal limitation of Avicennia marina among deep inlets of South African coastline in strong contrast to high connectivity among East African mangroves. Marine Ecology and Progress Series 545: 123-134.
  14. Van der Stocken T., Hugé J., Deboelpaep E., Vanhove M. P. M., de Bisthoven L.-J. and N. Koedam (2016). Academic capacity building: holding up a mirror. Scientometrics 106: 1277-1280.
  15. Van der Stocken T., Vanschoenwinkel B., De Ryck D. J. R., Bouma T. J., Dahdouh-Guebas F. and N. Koedam (2015). Interaction between wind and water as a driver of passive dispersal dynamics: implications for potential effective dispersal. PLoS ONE 10 (3): e0121593.
  16. Van der Stocken T., De Ryck D. J. R., Vanschoenwinkel B., Deboelpaep E., Bouma T. J., Dahdouh-Guebas F. and N. Koedam (2015). Impact of landscape structure on propagule dispersal in mangrove forests. Marine Ecology Progress Series 524: 95-106.
  17. Robert E. M. R., Oste J., Van der Stocken T., De Ryck D.J.R., Quisthoudt K., Kairo J.G., Dahdouh-Guebas F., Koedam N. and N. Schmitz (2015). Viviparous mangrove propagules of Ceriops tagal and Rhizophora mucronata, both Rhizophoraceae, show different dispersal and establishment strategies. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 468: 45-54.
  18. Goessens A., Satyanarayana S., Van der Stocken T., Quispe Zuniga M., Mohd-Lokman H., Sulong I. and F. Dahdouh-Guebas (2014). Is Matang mangrove forest in Malaysia sustainably rejuvenating after more than a century of conservation and harvesting management? PLoS ONE 9(8): e105069.
  19. Van der Stocken T., De Ryck D., Balke T., Bouma T. J., Dahdouh-Guebas F. and N. Koedam (2013). The role of wind in hydrochorous mangrove propagule dispersal. Biogeosciences, 10: 895-925.
  20. De Ryck D., Robert E. M. R., Schmitz N., Van der Stocken T., Di Nitto D., Dahdouh-Guebas F. and N. Koedam (2012). Size does matter, but not only size: two alternative dispersal strategies for viviparous mangrove propagules. Aquatic Botany 103: 66-73.

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