The Marine Biology Research group has a strong tradition and therefore extensive expertise in structural and functional biodiversity research in the benthos. Ann Vanreusel, since 2000 part of the academic staff (professor), has focused her research on the ecology of extreme marine environments including the deep sea, polar regions and mangroves. She is at the moment supervisor of 11 PhD students at the UGent. She has numerous publications (± 100) in the field of marine ecology. Most of the deep-sea research performed by the promoter is embedded in international projects and networks such as the EU integrated projects. She also has a strong engagement in capacity building in developing countries, mainly with Kenya and Vietnam. She teaches in addition to the EMBC course, also in the ICP on Nematology and is the UGent promoter for the interuniversity master course Oceans and lakes.