Prof. Dr. Olivier De Clerck

Short Description
Summary Role
My research focuses on evolutionary aspects of diversification of marine macroalgae. I apply a phylogenetic perspective to a variety of questions in evolution and biogeography, using marine algae as model systems. Topics range from questions which focus on diversification of specific groups of algae over broad spans of time [macroevolution] to species level studies which aim to elucidate the fine-scale details of sexual reproduction and its impact on speciation [microevolution]. Macroevolutionary studies integrate aspects of geology, biogeography and geography (GIS) in a phylogenetic context to answer questions related to the success or demise of algal groups. Microevolutionary questions aim to understand the mechanisms and genetics of sexual reproduction in Dictyota. It requires culturing and crossing several species under controlled conditions to detect reproductive barriers and to integrate these results with genomic data derived from the brown alga Ectocarpus siliculosus to pinpoin. 

List of Courses

EMBC+ MODULE 1: Understanding the structure and function of Marine Biodiversity
Biodiversity of aquatic foodwebs : from algae to marine mammals 6
Evolution and Biogeography of Aquatic Organisms 3
EMBC+ MODULE 2: Toolbox for investigating marine Biodiversity
Molecular techniques and their application in evolutionary and ecological studies 3