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, , SINAPSIS 2019 in Ghent 23 Oct 2019 The PhD students Iván Loaiza Alamo and Evelyn Paredes Corales from our Marine Biology research group were part of the Organizer Committee of the IV meeting of Peruvian Scientists in Europe - SINAPSIS 2019. For the first time in Belgium, around 120 Peruvian scientists were together in a successful...
, Participation of Marbiol at the UGent delegation 2019, Ecuador 1 Oct 2019 During the visit of the UGent delegation to Ecuador (1-6 October 2019), Rector Rik Van de Walle signed a cooperation agreement with the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) on the Galapagos Islands. This agreement allows more opportunities for future cooperation, exchange of students and staff and local...
DeepCCZ workshop in Friday Harbor, USA 1 Oct 2019 The first week of October the head of our research group (Prof. dr. Ann Vanreusel) and dr. Ellen Pape joined the DeepCCZ workshop in Friday Harbor in the USA. The aim of the workshop was to synthesize patterns of benthic biodiversity, species ranges, genetic connectivity, ecosystem function, and...
, FaCE-IT Summer School @ Calvi, Corsica 30 Sep 2019 From 30/9 to 4/10, we organised the second Summer school at the STARESO Research Station in Calvi, Corsica. This summer school is part of our BELSPO-project called FaCE-IT (2016-2020), with our partners from RBINS, NIOZ (NL), ILVO Ostend and Université de Liège. Within this training course,...
PhD defence Xiaoyu Fang 25 Sep 2019 On September 25th, 2019 Xiaoyu Fang will defend her PhD thesis on "Bioturbation in estuarine sediments: modelling macrofauna-mediated oxygen dynamics". This research concerns a Joint PhD Project between Ghent University and the University of Plymouth, in the framework of the MARES Joint Doctoral...
, , Research campaign @ ESPOL, Ecuador 16 Sep 2019 In June and July 2019, Dr. Christoph Mensens and PhD researcher Siel Wellens collaborated with Dr. Luis Dominguez, head of the water quality lab at the university ESPOL (Ecuador), to test how benthic organisms cope with changing environmental parameters. Benthic copepods were collected from the...
Deep-Sea Taxonomy under Pressure 10 May 2019 A quarter of all species described on our planet are threatened with extinction due to human activities*, yet most deep-sea animals are not yet even known to science. The deep ocean, the largest environment on Earth, is one of the most diverse ecosystems where wondrously bizarre life forms abound...
, , Monsoon School @ Unguja Island Zanzibar 19 Mar 2019 From the 12th  to the 23rd  of February 2019 the second year master students of the interuniversity international programme Oceans and lakes (www.oceansandlakes.be)  were at Unguja Island Zanzibar where a team of lecturers from Ghent University, Antwerp University and the University...
Article from Lara Macheriotou published in "Ecology and Evolution" 11 Mar 2019 Work by PhD student Lara Macheriotou and colleagues resulted in the first publication of the year 2019 for the Marine Biology Research Group. The article describes a methodological investigation of the utility of our internal curated nematode reference sequence database for the definition of...
, Marine Biology Research Group participates in JPIO MiningImpact - SO268 expedition to the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, equatorial Pacific 17 Feb 2019 In the period between 17 February and 22 May 2019, members of the Marine Biology Research group will participate in two scientific expeditions to the Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the equatorial Pacific in the framework of the JPIO MiningImpact project (https://miningimpact.geomar.de/). The region is...
MARES Closing Event 15 Feb 2019 On Friday February 15th, 2019 the MARES Closing Event will be organised at Ghent University. The MARES Joint Doctoral Programme on Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation is an Erasmus Mundus funded programme, which originally started up in 2011 and is offered by a consortium of 24...
PhD defence Anna-Maria Vafeiadou 7 Feb 2019 On February 2nd, 2019 Anna-Maria Vafeiadou will defend her PhD dissertation on "Species Coexistence of Marine Nematodes: Environmental Conditions, Resource Utilisation and Microhabitat Partitioning as Possible Drivers of Niche Differentiation". This research concerns a joint PhD project between...
PhD defence Xiuqin Wu 15 Jan 2019 We are pleased to announce that on Tuesday January 15th, 2019, PhD researcher Xiuqin Wu will be defending her PhD dissertation on "Drivers of nematode community structure and of nematode microbiomes on an estuarine intertidal flat". This PhD is promoted by prof. dr. Tom Moens. The defence starts at...
, , , , , , ICAN - Identification Course of Aquatic Nematodes 10 Dec 2018 From 10th to 21st December 2018 the two-week Identification Course on Aquatic Nematodes - ICAN was followed by 17 students coming from Austria, Brazil, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, The Netherlands and the Philippines. From this group of mixed and enthusiastic students, 16 followed the...
PhD defence Pieterjan Verhelst 7 Dec 2018 We are pleased to announce that on Friday 7 October 2018, PhD researcher Pieterjan Verhelst will be defending his PhD dissertation on "European eel (Anguilla anguilla L.) movement behaviour in relation to habitat fragmentation - Novel insights inferred from acoustic telemetry". This PhD is promoted...
OORI – Oceans of Opportunities, Rivers of Ideas 5 Dec 2018 OORI – Oceans of Opportunities, Rivers of Ideas, is an alumni networking event organized by the ICP Master of Science programme in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management. The event took place from 5 to 9 December 2018, at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and at Ghent Universiteit. The overall theme...
PhD defence Sebastiaan Mestdagh 5 Dec 2018 We are pleased to announce that on Wednesday 5 October 2018, PhD researcher Sebastiaan Mestdagh will be defending his PhD dissertation on "Functional roles of benthic macrofauna in sediment biogeochemistry across natural and anthropogenic gradients". This PhD is promoted by prof. dr. Tom Moens, dr...
Marine Biology Research Group represented and awarded prize at Lipids in the Ocean Conference 28 Nov 2018 PhD students Ivan Loaiza Alamo and Siel Wellens presented their research on the first Lipids in the Ocean Conference, held in Brest (France) from 20 to 22 November 2018 (https://marinelipids.sciencesconf.org/). Ivan presented his topic on ‘Benefits and risks of seafood consumption in Peru:...
, Tagged eels / European LifeWatch project 8 Nov 2018 The European eel (Anguilla anguilla L.) is a critically endangered fish species, the recruitment of which has declined by 90 – 99% since the 1970s. Restoration of the population is difficult, since the species has a complex life cycle and fundamental biological questions still remain unanswered. As...
PhD Defence Qian Huang 26 Oct 2018 We are pleased to announce that on Friday 26 October 2018, PhD researcher Qian Huang will be defending her PhD dissertation on "Assessing environmental effects of the bay scallop Argopecten irradians culture in China: Using abiotic and biotic indicators". This was a joint research project between...

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