top of page


Dr. Adam Amir
Florida State University, PostDoc

I am a filmmaker with an interdisciplinary background including philosophy, political ecology, science communication, and feminist methodologies. For my research I use collaborative methods, particularly "Folk Filmmaking", a form of participatory video production that helps local communities express their environmental values and concerns through storytelling. My work focuses on cross-cultural, moral debates over environmental issues and explores how collaborative filmmaking can help foster contextual, respectful adjudication. I conducted Folk Filmmaking projects in Nigeria, Cameroon, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, and shared the methods while assisting productions with the Hualapai and Navajo Nations. With the Spencer Lab I am working in the Congo River Basin and refining Folk Filmmaking as a method for communicating environmental issues through respectful, cross-cultural media production.

Adam Amir

Dr. Florian Wilken
Augsburg University, PostDoc

UNA logo.png

Florian Wilken is a post-doc working in the field of soil erosion and associated carbon dynamics. Florians expertise links monitoring and modelling of hydrological and sedimentological processes. Furthermore, Florian works in the field of satellite and drone based remote sensing.

Within TropSOC, Florian is involved in the drone activities. The drone monitoring covers a continuous tracking of soil erosion related surface changes, multi-spectral vegetation and soil monitoring and hyper-spectral derivation of soil properties. Florian is also involved in the reconstruction of the soil erosion history (past 60 yrs.) using radionuclide fallout tracers.

University website profile


Florian Wilken

Isaac Makelele
Ghent University, PhD student

Isaac Makelele is a PhD researcher at the Isotope Bioscience Laboratory – ISOFYS of Ghent University. He attained his Master degree at the Univeristé de Kisangani, and was teaching subsequently in the Université Officielle de Bukavu and the Université Catholique de Bukavu. His research strongly focusses on nitrogen cycling within tropical forests along successional gradients.

Isaac Makelele

Joseph Okello
Ghent University, PhD student

Joseph Okello is a PhD researcher at the Isotope Bioscience Laboratory – ISOFYS and Computational and Applied Vegetation Ecology (CAVE) laboratory of Ghent University. He holds MSc. degree in Physical Land Resources - major soil science from Ghent University. Currently, his research focuses on biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus along elevation transect in Rwenzori montane forest. His research interest include sustainable land management and restoration of degraded land through integrated soil fertility management.

Joseph Okello

Simon Baumgartner
UCLouvain, PhD student


I studied Environmental Sciences at ETH in Zürich with a major in Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics.  I conducted my MSc thesis in the DRC, where I measured N2O fluxes and their isotopic composition across different forest types (Kahuzi-Biéga, Yoko and Yangambi). Because of this thesis, I got interested in the nutrient cycles of tropical forest ecosystems and the work in the DRC. My PhD is within the FORSEDCO-project at UCL in Louvain-la-Neuve. The goal of my work is to quantify particulate nutrient export (mainly nitrogen) in first-order streams because the availability of nutrients determines the productivity of forests and is an important factor controlling carbon sequestration. Furthermore, we want to assess the factors controlling these particulate losses due to erosion and its significance to the nutrient availability of tropical forests.


Simon Bumgatner
bottom of page