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. 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 Marlies Monnens Postdoctoral assistant Unravelling the secrets of meiofaunal evolution, one flatworm at a time. 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 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 PhD student Discovering the marvelous fauna of freshwater rhabdocoels from Cuba and its phylogenetic relationships. 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 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 PhD student For first time the proseriate fauna of Cuba will be studied. 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 PhD student Can green roofs compensate for the loss of biodiversity in an urbanizing world? Céline Kowalczyk PhD student Investigating patterns in Nightjar genomes within and among populations to make inferences about their ecology and evolution. 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 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... Kelly Thys PhD student The more it changes, the more it stays the same? Thomas Van Dijck PhD student Isolated urban green structures: platforms for a mind-blowing biodiversity. 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.