Research projects

01/04/2017 to 31/03/2019

Metagenomics of Extreme Wave Events

This project explores the use of high-throughput, metagenomic sequencing techniques to identify marine organisms in tsunami deposits from their DNA remains in order to reconstruct cryptic diversities.
Reconstruction of Dormaalcyon latouri(Dormaal, Belgium; Eocene). Image credit: Charlène Letenneur, MNHN / Pascale Golinvaux, RBINS.
15/01/2017 to 15/04/2019

CARNAGES: Critical analysis of the CARNivoran mammal success during the early AGES

Why are we surrounded by only one group of placental carnivorous mammals (Carnivora: the present-day lions, dogs, bears, and seals among others) today, while at least three other groups of placental mammals (Hyaenodonta, Mesonychia, Oxyaenidae) were in competition with carnivorans 50 million years ago?

15/12/2016 to 31/12/2020

RESPONSE – Reactive transport modelling of point source contamination in soils and groundwater

The RESPONSE project deals with the transport of point source contaminants in soils and groundwater. Point source contaminations result from historical or current activities and constitute a variety in forms, areas and contaminants involved (e.g. landfills, industrial facilities, storage tanks, disposal of hazardous waste).

01/11/2015 to 31/10/2018

The oldest and the rarest - combining insight from both hemispheres to gain a global picture of baleen whale origins and macroevolution

Baleen whales (Mysticeti), the largest animals on earth, are a spectacular example of evolutionary adaptation and, as predators and nutrient distributors, a major component of the modern ocean ecosystem.

29/04/2015 to 28/10/2017

H3O – The Campine

The general scope of this project is to solve existing connection problems between the Flemish and Dutch geological and hydrogeological layer cake models in the Campine Region by producing cross-border, up-to-date, three-dimensional geological and hydrogeological models of the Cenozoic deposits, based on existing (hydro-) geological data.
15/12/2014 to 15/03/2017

ALPI: Assessment of Low Carbon Society Policy Instruments

Finance is a critical issue for the development of a low-carbon society especially during times of economic recession. The ALPI project promotes relevant instruments to accelerate the transition towards a low-carbon society by demonstrating the performance and impact of policy instruments on economic, government budget and environmental aspects.
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


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.


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