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PhD defence Thomas Kerkhove 7 Feb 2020 We have the pleasure to announce Thomas Kerkhove will defend his PhD on Friday February 7th, 2020 with a dissertation on "Ecological and getic basis for sustainable fishery for the Atlantic seabob shrimp Xiphopenaeus kroyeri in the Guianan Ecoregion, South America". This research was promotod by...
Eel tagging campaign @ EOS Wetenschap 23 Dec 2019 Last week Kim Verhaeghe from EOS Wetenschap joined on an eel tagging campaign with MarBiol reseacrher Pieterjan Verhelst and made a short movie, which is distributed over social media (the movie is in dutch). The life cycle of the European eel remains for a large part shrouded in mystery. To...
, 'Paul van Oye' price 2019 (KVAB) for Anna-Maria Vafeiadou 14 Dec 2019 MarBiol researcher Anna-Maria Vafeiadou was awarded by the Royal Belgian Academy of Sciences and Arts (KVAB) in Brussels. Anna-Maria received the 'Paul van Oye' price 2019, which is awarded every 2 years for innovative research on general biology  in Flanders (Flemish Universities). Her PhD...
PhD defence Lara Macheriotou 13 Dec 2019 We have the pleasure to announce that on December 13th, 2019 Lara Macheriotou will defend her PhD thesis on "Community structure of deep-sea nematodes: a metabarcoding approach". This PhD research project was promoted by prof. dr. Ann Vanreusel (Ghent University) en dr. Sofie Derycke (Institute...
Interview Pieterjan Verhelst @ RTBF on illegally transported European eel 10 Dec 2019 MarBiol researcher Pieterjan Verhelst was asked by RTBF - the public broadcasting station for the French speaking community in Belgium - to give some words about the European eel in light of the illegal trafficking to Asia that has been going on for some years now. View the interview here....
, Eel tagging into the night 3 Dec 2019 In the third week of November, the MarBiol (dr. Pieterjan Verhelst) and DTU-Aqua (dr. Martin Lykke Kristensen, Denmark) tagged European eels to get more insight into their enigmatic marine migration behaviour. Most of the studies on this migratory fish species are conducted in freshwater, so much...
, , 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...

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