Du feu à l'eau: source and flux of dissolved black carbon from the Congo River

T.W. Drake, S. Wagner, A. Stubbins, J.N. Wabakanghanzi, J.B. Dinga, J. Six, and R.G.M. Spencer

Global Biogeochemical Cycles, doi: 10.1029/2020GB006560


Seasonality, drivers, and isotopic composition of soil CO2 fluxes from tropical forests of the Congo Basin

S. Baumgartner, M. Barthel, T.W. Drake, M. Bauters, I.A. Makelele, J.K. Mugula, L. Summerauer, N. Gallarotti, L.C. Ntaboba, K. Van Oost, P. Boeckx, S. Doetterl, R.A. Werner, and J. Six

Biogeosciences Discussions,, in review, 2020.

Century-long apparent decrease in intrinsic water-use efficiency with no evidence of progressive nutrient limitation in African tropical forests

M. Bauters, S. Meeus, M. Barthel, P. Stoffelen, H.P.T. De Deurwaerder, F. Meunier, T.W. Drake, Q. Ponette, J. Ebuy, P. Vermeir, H. Beeckman, F. Wyffels, S. Bodé, H. Verbeeck, F. Vandelook, P. Boeckx

Global Change Biology, 2020;26:4449-4461.

Environmental research in the heart of Africa: The Congo Biogeochemistry Observatory: The role of the changing Tropics for future global carbon dynamics

S. Dötterl, T. Drake, M. Bauters, K. Van Oost, M. Barthel and A. Hoyt

Open Access Government, vol. Jan20, no. 25, 2020, pp. 328-​329.


Long‐term recovery of the functional community assembly and carbon pools in an African tropical forest succession

M. Bauters, O. Vercleyen, B. Vanlauwe, J. Six, B. Bonyoma, H. Badjoko, W. Hubau, A. Hoyt, M. Boudin, H. Verbeeck and P. Boeckx

BIOTROPICA, vol. 51, no. 3, 2019, pp. 319–29.

Land‐use controls on carbon biogeochemistry in lowland streams of the Congo Basin

T.W. Drake, D.C. Podgorski, B. Dinga, J. Chanton, J. Six and R.G.M. Spencer

Global Change Biology. First published: 30 October 2019. doi:10.1111/gcb.14889

Understanding carbon cycling in tropical soil systems

S. Doetterl

EU Research SUM19/P37, August 12, 2019

Mobilization of aged and biolabile soil carbon by tropical deforestation

T.W. Drake, K. Van Oost, M. Barthel, M. Bauters, A.M. Hoyt, D.C. Podgorski, J. Six, P. Boeckx, S.E. Trumbore, L. Cizungu Ntaboba and R.G.M. Spencer

Nature Geoscience, June 24, 2019. 12(7): 541-46.

Contrasting nitrogen fluxes in African tropical forests of the Congo Basin

M. Bauters, H. Verbeeck, T. Rütting, M. Barthel, B. Bazirake Mujinya, F. Bamba, S. Bodé, F. Boyemba, E. Bulonza, E. Carlsson, L. Eriksson, I. Makelele, J. Six, L. Cizungu Ntaboba and P. Boeckx

Ecological Monographs, January 02, 2019. doi:10.1002/ecm.1342



Phylogenetic Classification of the World’s Tropical Forests

J. W. F. Slik, J. Franklin, V. Arroyo-Rodríguez, R. Field, S. Aguilar, N. Aguirre, J. Ahumada et al.

PNAS February 20, 2018. 115 (8) 1837-1842; published ahead of print February 5, 2018.

High fire-derived nitrogen deposition on central African forests

M. Bauters, T. W. Drake, H. Verbeeck, S. Bodé, P. Hervé-Fernández, P. Zito, D. C. Podgorski, F. Boyemba, I. Makelele, L. Cizungu Ntaboba, R. G. M. Spencer, and P. Boeckx

PNAS January 16, 2018. 115 (3) 549-554; published ahead of print January 2, 2018.


Parallel functional and stoichiometric trait shifts in South American and African forest communities with elevation

M. Bauters, H. Verbeeck, M. Demol, S. Bruneel, C. Taveirne, D. Van der Heyden, L. Cizungu and P. Boeckx

Biogeosciences, 14, 5313-5321,, 2017.

Spatial Distribution of Carbon Stored in Forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo

L. Xu, S. Saatchi, A. Shapiro, V. Meyer, A. Ferraz, Y. Yang, JF. Bastin, N. Banks, P. Boeckx, H. Verbeeck et al.

Scientific Reports, 7(1), 15030., 2017.

Functional Composition of Tree Communities Changed Topsoil Properties in an Old Experimental Tropical Plantation

M. Bauters, H. Verbeeck, S. Doetterl, E. Ampoorter, G. Baert, P. Vermeir, K. Verheyen and P. Boeckx

Ecosystems 20: 861., 2017.

Congolese Rhizospheric Soils as a Rich Source of New Plant Growth-Promoting Endophytic Piriformospora Isolates

J. Venneman, K. Audenaert, J. Verwaeren, G. Baert, P. Boeckx, A. M. Moango, B. D. Dhed’a, D. Vereecke and G. Haesaert

Frontiers in Microbiology, 8, 212., 2017.


Origins, seasonality, and fluxes of organic matter in the Congo River

R. G. M. Spencer, P. J. Hernes, B. J. Dinga, J. N. Wabakanghanzi, T. W. Drake and J. Six

Global biogeochemical cycles, 30: 1105-1121, Washington, DC: American Geophysical Union, 2016.

Facultative nitrogen fixation by legumes in the central Congo basin is downregulated during late successional stages

M. Bauters, N. Mapenzi, E. Kearsley, B. Vanlauwe and P. Boeckx

Biotropica, 48: 281-284. doi:10.1111/btp.12312, 2016.


An integrated pan‐tropical biomass map using multiple reference datasets

V. Avitabile, M. Herold, G. B. M. Heuvelink, S. L. Lewis, O. L. Phillips, G. P. Asner, J. Armston, P. S. Ashton, L. Banin, N. Bayol et al.

Global Change Biology, 22: 1406-1420. doi:10.1111/gcb.13139, 2016.


Aboveground vs. Belowground Carbon Stocks in African Tropical Lowland Rainforest: Drivers and Implications

S. Doetterl, E. Kearsley, M. Bauters, K. Hufkens, J. Lisingo, G. Baert, H. Verbeeck and P. Boeckx

PLOS ONE, 10(11), e0143209. Retrieved from, 2015.

Functional identity explains carbon sequestration in a 77-year-old experimental tropical plantation

M. Bauters, E. Ampoorter, D. Huygens, E. Kearsley, T. De Haulleville, G. Sellan, H. Verbeeck, P. Boeckx and K. Verheyen

Ecosphere 6(10):198., 2015.

Leaky nitrogen cycle in pristine African montane rainforest soil

T. Rütting, L. Cizungu Ntaboba, D. Roobroeck, M. Bauters, D. Huygens, and P. Boeckx

Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 29, 1754–1762, doi: 10.1002/2015GB005144., 2015.


An estimate of the number of tropical tree species

J. W. F. Slik, V. Arroyo-Rodríguez, SI. Aiba, P. Alvarez-Loayza, L. F. Alves, P. Ashton, P. Balvanera, M. L. Bastian et al.

PNAS June 16, 2015. 112 (24) 7472-7477; published ahead of print June 1, 2015.


The biogeochemistry of carbon across a gradient of streams and rivers within the Congo Basin

P. J. Mann, R. G. M. Spencer, B. J. Dinga, J. R. Poulsen, P. J. Hernes, G. Fiske, M. E. Salter, Z. A. Wang, K. A. Hoering, J. Six and R. M. Holmes

Journal of Geophysical Research. Biogeosciences, 119 (4): 687-702, Washington, DC: Wiley, 2014.