Christoph Mensens

Christoph Mensens is a MARES PhD student who works on the effect of chemical stressors on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in intertidal food webs. As a biologist with specialization in ecotoxicology, he gained experience in field and laboratory studies in environmental biology and toxicology. He is now applying this experience to the marine environment, in order to investigate how chemical stressors affect biodiversity and ecosystem functioning at the basis of the North Sea food web.


Boyen, J.; Mensens, C.; Wellens, S.; Fink, P.; De Troch, M. (2018). A transcriptomic approach to unravel fatty acid pathways of harpacticoid copepods in a changing environment, in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) Book of abstracts – 53rd European Marine Biology Symposium. Oostende, Belgium, 17-21 September 2018. VLIZ Special Publication, 82: pp. 75

Mensens, C.; De Laender, F.; Janssen, C.; Rivera, F.C.; Sabbe, K.; De Troch, M.; Mensens, C. (2018). Selective and context-dependent effects of chemical stress across trophic levels at the basis of marine food webs. Ecol. Appl. 28(5): 1342-1353.


Mensens, C.; De Laender, F.; Janssen, C.R.; Sabbe, K.; De Troch, M. (2017). Different response-effect trait relationships underlie contrasting responses to two chemical stressors. J. Ecol. 105(6): 1598-1609.


Werbrouck, E.; Van Gansbeke, D.; Vanreusel, A.; Mensens, C.; De Troch, M. (2016). Temperature-induced changes in fatty acid dynamics of the intertidal grazer Platychelipus littoralis (Crustacea, Copepoda, Harpacticoida): insights from a short-term feeding experiment. J. Therm. Biol. 57: 44-53.


Mensens, C.; De Laender, F.; Janssen, C.R.; Sabbe, K.; De Troch, M. (2015). Stressor-induced biodiversity gradients: revisiting biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships. Oikos (Kbh.) 124(6): 677–684.