Meet the team and our research interestsCome say Hello! Tom Artois Head of the team | Full professor The study of biodiversity learns us more about ourselves than about the organisms we are studying. Patrick Reygel Associate professor Describing new marine flatworms, giving them a name and figuring out their relation with other excisting flatworms to reveal some evolutionary... Maarten Vanhove Assistant professor Evolutionary parasitology is a prime playground to study biodiversity mechanisms. We also transfer biodiversity science to global South... Nikol Kmentová Postdoctoral researcher Potential of parasites as tags for host population structure, demographic history and introduction pathways Martijn Bollen PhD student Many generations of ecologists have searched for patterns explaining the distribution of species, with modern statistics this search has become... Armando Cruz Laufer PhD student Parasites host specificity can vary considerably even at genus level. This study will investigate the evolutionary mechanisms causing these... Yander Diez Garcia PhD student Description of the new taxa of marine Rhabdocoela from Cuba and other tropical areas, with emphasis in the phylogeny of Koinocystididae and... Mare Geraerts PhD student Using tiny parasites as a magnifying glass to unravel the introduction history of the invasive Nile tilapia and studying their impact on local... Stefan Gobert PhD student Among the sand grains of the beach and the ocean floor there exists a ealth of biodiversity waiting to be explored. By describing and catalogueing... Jeffrey Jacobs PhD student Can green roofs compensate for the loss of biodiversity in an urbanizing world? Michiel Jorissen PhD student Invasive species are species that are introduced into new regions and have a detrimental effect on the local ecosystem. They are one of the major... Céline Kowalczyk PhD student Investigating patterns in Nightjar genomes within and among populations to make inferences about their ecology and evolution. Leona Milec PhD student Population genomics and phylogeography of freshwater sardines in Central African lakes Fortunate Mafeta Phaka PhD student Exploring the complex link between biological and cultural diversity is a good way to find ecologically and socially just conservation solutions... Jolien Wevers PhD student Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion. Marlies Monnens PhD student Can flatworms unravel the secrets behind an endosymbiotic lifestyle? Michiel Lathouwers PhD student How is the migration ecology of European Nightjars and other migratory bird species affected by global climate- and landuse change? Thomas Van Dijck PhD student Isolated urban green structures: platforms for a mind-blowing biodiversity. Toon Willems Researcher The possibility to save farmland birds is hidden in the right agri-environmental management. Natalie Beenaerts Guest staff member As the project leader of the Field Research Centre of UHasselt I try to see, start up and mentor research and educational projects related to the... Ruben Evens Guest staff member I’m studying the whereabouts of birds throughout their annual cycle. Using modern tracking technologies, I investigate their spatial use and... Natascha Steffanie Specialised laboratory technician I provide technical support for the biodiversity and toxicology group. Ria Vanderspikken Specialised laboratory technician I provide administrative support for the biodiversity and toxicology group.