Steven Bouillon

Analytical and Environmental Chemistry

Ph.D. in Science Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2002

Agricultural engineer (Environmental Technology, Agriculture of the Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions),
Catholic University of Leuven (KUL), 1998

Research Interests

1999-2002 :involved in the EC-INCO project 'Mangrove degradation and resilience in the Indian sub-continent : the cases of Godavari Estuary and South West Sri Lanka'. Research topics include the fate of mangrove carbon in different mangrove ecosystems, and the importance of different primary producers to the faunal communities in mangrove ecosystems. Most of this work is based on the use of the natural abundance of stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes (d13C and d15N), and the potential of these tracers as an indicator for migration of fish and prawns is also evaluated.

2003 :  Ongoing work focusses on the role of microbial production (primary and secondary) in the carbon dynamics of intertidal mangrove sediments, and on the biogeochemical interactions between intertidal mangroves and the aquatic environment. See project page for details.

Related publications

For an updated publication list and links to pdf files of these papers, please see:
Bouillon S, Chandra Mohan PC, Sreenivas N, & Dehairs F (2000) Sources of suspended organic matter and selective feeding by zooplankton in an estuarine mangrove ecosystem as traced by stable isotopes. Marine Ecology Progress Series 208: 79-92. Abstract.
  Bouillon S, & Dehairs F (2000) Estimating spatial and seasonal phytoplankton d13C variations in an estuarine mangrove ecosystem. Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies 36 : 273-284. Abstract.
Bouillon S, Koedam N, Raman AV, & Dehairs F (2002a) Primary producers sustaining macro-invertebrate communities in intertidal mangrove forests. Oecologia 130 : 441-448.Copyright of full text is Springer-Verlag.
Bouillon S, Raman AV, Dauby P, & Dehairs F (2002b) Carbon and nitrogen stable isotope ratios of subtidal benthic invertebrates in an estuarine mangrove ecosystem (Andhra Pradesh, India). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 54 : 901-913.

Bouillon S, Koedam N, Rao AVVS, Dahdouh-Guebas F, & Dehairs F (2003) Sources of organic carbon in mangrove sediments : variability and possible implications for ecosystem functioning. Hydrobiologia 495 : 33-39. Abstract on Hydrobiologia website  | E-mail for pdf version

Bouillon S, Frankignoulle M, Dehairs F, Velimirov V, Eiler A, Etcheber H, Abril G, & Borges AV (2003) Inorganic and organic carbon biogeochemistry in the Gautami Godavari estuary (Andhra Pradesh, India) during pre-monsoon : the local impact of extensive mangrove forests. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 17 (4): 1114, doi:10.1029/2002GB002026. Copyright [2003] American Geophysical Union. Further reproduction or electronic distribution is not permitted.

Bouillon S, Baeyens W, Koedam N, Satyanarayana B, & Dehairs F (2004) Selectivity of subtidal benthic invertebrate communities for local microalgal production in an estuarine mangrove ecosystem during post-monsoon. Journal of Sea Research 51: 133-144

Bouillon S, Moens T, Koedam N, Dahdouh-Guebas F, Baeyens W, & Dehairs F (2004) Variability in the origin of carbon substrates for bacterial communities in mangrove sediments. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 49: 171-179
  Bouillon S, Moens T, Overmeer I, Koedam N, & Dehairs F (2004) Resource utilization patterns of epifauna from mangrove forests with contrasting inputs of local versus imported organic matter. Marine Ecology Progress Series 278: 77-88. Abstract on MEPS website  | E-mail for pdf version
  Bouillon S, Moens T, & Dehairs F. Carbon sources sustaining benthic mineralization in mangrove and adjacent seagrass sediments (Gazi bay, Kenya). Biogeosciences 1: 71-78. Available online at




Contact Information

Steven Bouillon
Mangrove Management Group
Department of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry   
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Free University Brussels)
Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium.
phone: ++ 32 (0)2 629.39.70
fax: ++ 32 (0)2 629.32.74


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