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Tom Artois
Tom Artois
Head of the team | Full professor
The study of biodiversity learns us more about ourselves than about the organisms we are studying.
Maarten Vanhove
Maarten Vanhove
Assistant professor
Evolutionary parasitology is a prime playground to study biodiversity mechanisms. We also transfer biodiversity science to global South...
Nikol Kmentová
Nikol Kmentová
Postdoctoral researcher
Potential of parasites as tags for host population structure, demographic history and introduction pathways
Marlies Monnens
Marlies Monnens
Postdoctoral assistant
Unravelling the secrets of meiofaunal evolution, one flatworm at a time.
Yander Diez Garcia
Yander Diez Garcia
Postdoctoral researcher
Description of the new taxa of marine Rhabdocoela from Cuba and other tropical areas, with emphasis in the phylogeny of Koinocystididae and...
Martijn Bollen
Martijn Bollen
PhD student
Many generations of ecologists have searched for patterns explaining the distribution of species, with modern statistics this search has become...
Camila Bosch Diaz
Camila Bosch Diaz
PhD student
Discovering the marvelous fauna of freshwater rhabdocoels from Cuba and its phylogenetic relationships.
Armando Cruz Laufer
Armando Cruz Laufer
PhD student
Parasites host specificity can vary considerably even at genus level. This study will investigate the evolutionary mechanisms causing these...
Vincent Cuypers
Vincent Cuypers
PhD student
The discipline of taxonomy is an interesting study object in itself. What are species? What do taxonomists think species are?
Claudia de la Caridad Sanjuan Hernández
Claudia de la Caridad Sanjuan Hernández
PhD student
More information coming soon.
Mare Geraerts
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...
Jeffrey Jacobs
Jeffrey Jacobs
PhD student
Can green roofs compensate for the loss of biodiversity in an urbanizing world?
Céline Kowalczyk
Céline Kowalczyk
PhD student
Investigating patterns in Nightjar genomes within and among populations to make inferences about their ecology and evolution.
Michiel Lathouwers
Michiel Lathouwers
PhD student
How is the migration ecology of European Nightjars and other migratory bird species affected by global climate- and landuse change?
Leona Milec
Leona Milec
PhD student
Population genomics and phylogeography of freshwater sardines in Central African lakes
Fortunate Mafeta Phaka
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...
Kelly Thys
Kelly Thys
PhD student
The more it changes, the more it stays the same?
Thomas Van Dijck
Thomas Van Dijck
PhD student
Isolated urban green structures: platforms for a mind-blowing biodiversity.
Natalie Beenaerts
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
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
Natascha Steffanie
Specialised laboratory technician
I provide technical support for the biodiversity and toxicology group.
Ria Vanderspikken
Ria Vanderspikken
Specialised laboratory technician
I provide administrative support for the biodiversity and toxicology group.