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Research projects

01/12/2014 to 31/12/2017

ColdCase: re-opening of the Bernissart Iguanodon crime scene

The Early Cretaceous Iguanodon Sinkhole at Bernissart is a unique fossil deposit owing to the quantity and preservation quality of Iguanodon. Since its discovery 136 years ago, the processes leading to the local accumulation of so many complete skeletons remain completely unexplained. This project aims to evaluate different taphonomic scenarios.
01/09/2014 to 01/09/2018

Neogene seals from the northern hemisphere: a multi-parameter paleontological study of the early evolution of Phocidae (Pinnipedia)

The return of tetrapods to a marine habitat constitutes one of the most significant ecological shifts, occurring multiple times during the last 250 million years. In the course of the evolution of marine tetrapod lineages, numerous behavioral and physiological changes are observed, accompanied by drastic morphological transformations.

01/09/2014 to 31/08/2018

GEPATAR: GEotechnical and Patrimonial Archives Toolbox for ARchitectural conservation in Belgium

The GEPATAR project started in September 2014 for a duration of four years and is funded by the BRAIN-be research programme of BELSPO. Aim of the project is to improve the management of built heritage in Belgium by integrating data from the archives of RBINS and RICH and by assessing the stability of monuments using radar interferometry.
01/01/2014 to 31/12/2015

BeTemper

The project aims to assess the shallow geothermal potential in Belgium through analysis of thermal properties of rocks from the surface to a depth of 150 m, which covers the standard depth for a vertical loop system currently installed in Belgium.
QuakeRECNankai
01/10/2013 to 31/12/2017

QuakeRecNankai

This project aims to reconstruct past earthquakes along the Nankai Trough, south central Japan. The project combines fieldwork, advanced sedimentological and geochemical analyses, innovative dating techniques, tsunami inundation modeling and hazard assessment, with government policy support and public outreach.
01/10/2013 to 30/09/2016

Deciphering shallow marine ecosystem dynamics during rapid global warmings: an early Eocene North Sea Basin perspective (Belgium)

This research is intended to lead to a better understanding of the interactions and feedbacks between the geo- and biosphere in shallow-water settings, and to answer the question how early Eocene benthic ecosystems respond to environmental changes during periods of rapid global warming.
01/01/2013 to 31/12/2016

Out of the trenches: towards disentangling gradual and catastrophic changes across the K/T boundary

In a recent synthesis, it was convincingly shown that the impact of a large asteroid in the Gulf of Mexico coincided with the Cretaceous/Tertiary (K/T) boundary, 65 million years ago, and with the sudden biodiversity decline known as the K/T mass extinction when numerous organisms became extinct.

02/04/2012 to 30/06/2016

Seasonality and mobility of the last Neanderthals/first Anatomically Modern Humans in North-West Europe: a faunal perspective

PhD project by Elodie-Laure Jimenez at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, on the different aspects of human and faunal occupation in North-West Europe at the end of MIS 3, by studying migrations and seasonality.
01/04/2012 to 30/09/2017

CORES: Comparing regionality and sustainability in Pisidia, Boeotia, Picenum and NW Gaul between Iron and Middle Ages (1,000 BC - AD 1,000)

The aim of the project is to approach the concepts of regionality and sustainability in four ancient regions, Pisidia, Boeotia, Picenum and NW Gaul, from 1000 BC to 1000 AD, through the interdisciplinary study of long-term waves of regional change and development in a comparative framework.
01/04/2012 to 31/03/2017

Greater Mesopotamia: Reconstruction of its Environment and History

Our aim is to contribute to a comprehensive study of depositional sedimentary environments, their evolution and the human interaction within the region. Regarding the latter topic it is our aim to detect how settlement patterns changed in relation to changing sea-level, shoreline displacements and to changing watercourses.

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