Dr. Ir. Sylvanus Mensah

Dr. Ir. Sylvanus Mensah

Research assistant

Position

Researcher| Forest Ecology

 

Research interests

  1. Forest estimation
  2. Biomass modelling
  3. Functional ecology
  4. Ecosystem services
  5. Conservation ecology

 

Background

  • 2014-2016: Ph.D., Forest sciences, Department of Forest and Wood Science, Faculty of AgriSciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • 2012-2013: M.Sc., Natural Resources Management, Graduated with Highest honors Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin
  • 2010-2011: Agricultural Engineer Degree, Graduated with Highest honors Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin
  • 2006-2010: Sc., Natural Resources and Forest Engineering, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin

 

Research project

  • Assessing the effects of abiotic and biotic factors on the early recruitment of the threatened Afzelia africana Sm. ex Pers. (Fabaceae-Ceasalpinioideae) in Benin (West Africa)
  • Multi-functionality in natural forest ecosystems: biodiversity, tree carbon storage, habitat quality and bee forage provision
  • Estimating Biomass and Carbon in Natural and Planted Forests

 

Awards and distinctions

  • Consolidoc Award (2017) for writing and publishing article, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • African Forestry Forum (AFF): Research grants on Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry Linked to Climate Change (2016-2017)
  • SHARE Intra ACP Scholarship for PhD studies at Stellenbosch University, South Africa (2014 – 2016)
  • International Foundation for Science (IFS): Research Grant for “Assessing the effects of abiotic and biotic factors on the early
  • recruitment of the threatened Afzelia africana Sm. ex Pers. (Fabaceae-Ceasalpinioideae) in Benin (West Africa)”

 

Profiles and Curriculum

  • Link: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sylvanus_Mensah2;
  • https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=E9hcr_gAAAAJ&hl=en

 

Total number of publications

  • Articles scientifiques publiés dans les journaux: +30
  • Communications: 10
  • Documents techniques: 07

 

Key publications

  • Mensah S, Pienaar OL, Kunneke A, du Toit B, Seydack A, Uhl E, Pretzsch H, Seifert T (2018). Height–diameter allometry in South Africa indigenous high forests: Assessing generic models performance and theoretical function forms. Forest Ecology and Management 410: 1–11; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2017.12.030
  • Mensah S, du Toit B, & Seifert T (2018). Diversity-biomass relationship across forest layers in multispecies Afromontane natural forests: implications for niche complementarity and selection effects. Oecologia, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-018-4144-0
  • Dimobe K, Mensah S, Ouédraogo A, Goetze D, Porembski S, Thiombiano A (2018). Aboveground biomass partitioning and additive models for Combretum glutinosum and Terminalia laxiflora in West Africa. Biomass and Bioenergy, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2018.04.022
  • Mensah S, Veldtman R, Assogbadjo AE, Ham C, Glèlè Kakaï R & Seifert T (2017) Ecosystem Service Importance and Use Vary with Socio-Environmental factors: A Case Study from Household-surveys in Local Communities of South Africa. Ecosystem Services 23:1-8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.10.018
  • Mensah S, Veldtman R, Assogbadjo A, Glèlè Kakaï R & Seifert T (2016). Tree species diversity promotes tree carbon storage through functional diversity and dominance. Ecology & Evolution, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.2525