Professor Dr. Farid Dahdouh-Guebas is Heading the ULB/VUB Systems Ecology and Resource Management Research Unit and Founding/Managing Director of the Erasmus Mundus excellence Master in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems (TROPIMUNDO). He seeks to understand and predict how and why tropical mangrove vegetation and landscapes change over time. He uses transdisciplinary approaches such as ecological fieldwork, ethnobiology surveys with indigenous peoples, images from space-borne satellites and even historic archive research to understand how the ecosystem functions (health, resilience) and how it should be managed (conservation, restoration, governance). The research is done on spatial scales from case-studies in over 25 different countries to the global level . Farid Dahdouh-Guebas has published over 200 peer-review papers and was awarded several international scientific awards for his research on the science-policy interface.