'Paul van Oye' price 2019 (KVAB) for Anna-Maria Vafeiadou
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 research was about: Species Coexistence of Marine Nematodes. She studied Environmental conditions, resource utilisation and microhabitat partitioning as possible drivers of niche differentiation, which in simple words can be summarised as the possible ways and mechanisms that species can live together. The focus of Anna-Maria’s research is the ecological theory of species coexistence using experimental approaches. She investigates environmental factors, resource utilisation and microhabitat partitioning as possible drivers of niche differentiation. Anna-Maria is particularly interested in investigating species interactions and ecological mechanisms which can maintain local biodiversity and important ecosystem functions. Unravelling the complexity of the mechanisms promoting species coexistence is a major task in ecological research, especially in a rapidly changing environment due to climate change.
You can find a short CV and description on the website of KVAB https://www.kvab.be/nl/node/163/25 (in dutch).