I obtained my master in Biology (UGent) in 1995 with a masterthesis on 'Community structure and feeding ecology of fishes from a tropical bay (Gazi Bay, Kenya)'. My PhD research (1995-2001, Research Foundation –Flanders (FWO)) focussed on ‘Ecology of harpacticoid copepods: structural biodiversity in tropical seagrass beds’ in close cooperation with KMFRI (Kenya Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kenya), ECOSUR (El Colegio del frontera Sur, Mexico) and DOSCST (Davao Oriental State College for Science and Technology, The Philippines). As Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation-Flanders (2001-2011) I study the structural aspects of marine biodiversity and develop lab experiments to unravel trophic interactions at the basis of marine food webs. These research interests fit well within the Special Research Fund project on ‘Understanding biodiversity effects on the functioning of marine benthic ecosystems’ (BOF-UGent) where I am currently involved in.
List of Courses
|Biodiversity of aquatic foodwebs : from algae to marine mammals||6|
|Ecology of coastal seas||3|
|Specific topics in methodology for marine biodiversity||3|