Research projects

Material used by PARADI2S to investigate Early Cretaceous systems of vertebrate parasitism: endoparasites from fossil feces, hematophagous arthropods of skin, feathers and furs, that could have been vectors to paleo-pathogens.
01/05/2021 to 30/04/2025

PARADI²S - PARAsitic DIversity, vectors, hosts and transfers in Early Cretaceous DInosaur-aSsociated vertebrates

Over geological times, biological crises and diversification events have fashioned the evolutionary history of plants and animals. Palaeontologists usually interpret the evolutionary success of a lineage and its demise in direct relation to environmental variations, including its food web and climate changes.

Device used at Synchrotron Soleil (Gif-sur-Yvette) with a reconstruction of Pikaia by N. Tamura (top left)
01/03/2021 to 28/02/2023

Deciphering early stages of VERTebrate evolution: insights from long IGnored Belgian Devonian fossil Organisms - VERTIGO

The evolutionary history of vertebrates began, at the latest, during the early Cambrian (c. 520 Myr) with the first occurrence of laterally flattened soft-bodied organisms known as chordates, possessing a notochord (the forerunner of the vertebral column) but devoid of backbone and jaw.

01/03/2020 to 29/02/2024


While the EU is on track to meet its goal of 20% renewable energy production in 2020, Belgium’s target number, i.e. 13%, is projected not to be reached (European Commission, 2019).
CT-CEPH - A fresh look at Devonian, Early Carboniferous and Latest Cretaceous to Paleogene nautilid cephalopods from Belgium
01/01/2020 to 31/12/2023

CT-CEPH - A fresh look at Devonian, Early Carboniferous and Latest Cretaceous to Paleogene nautilid cephalopods from Belgium

Cephalopods (Class Cephalopoda, Phylum Mollusca) are amongst the most diverse, intelligent, and rapidly evolving marine invertebrates that have explored a multitude of evolutionary pathways since their entry point more than 500 myr ago.

LIBS with Cu5-Blue
15/12/2019 to 15/03/2024

Screening Critical Raw materials from exploration to (post)beneficiation using New LIBS techniques. – LIBS-SCReeN

Meeting the growing need in Critical Raw Materials (CRM) is one of the greatest challenges for the next decades in EU and beyond. Highly flexible, rapid and reliable measurement techniques are needed to enhance our capacity of pollutant-free CRM exploration, exploitation and recycling in various environments.

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15/12/2019 to 15/03/2024

DESIGNATE - Decision Support under Uncertainty for Geothermal Applications

Geothermal energy as a renewable, continuously available source of energy can help reducing our climate impact and increasing energy security. Shallow, closed-loop systems provide a source for heating in combination with heat pumps.

Flipper bones of the bottlenose dolphin Tursiops, with 3D model
01/10/2019 to 30/09/2023

Study of the evolution of the postcranial skeleton and locomotion of pelagic cetaceans

Cetaceans are the largest group of mammals that transitioned from land to sea. Their long evolutionary history produced a wide variety of whales, dolphins, and porpoises, characterized by a number of different types of predation and ecological niches.

3D model of the skull of the late Miocene seal Hadrokirus
01/10/2019 to 30/09/2022

Neogene Pinnipedia from Peru: investigating seal evolution in Southern Hemisphere through specialized paleontological approaches

Although all Phocidae, or true seals, have one common ancestor, the two living subfamilies are currently biogeographically separated.
26/10/2018 to 24/10/2022

Deep Geothermal Energy-Rollout


NWE has to reduce CO2 emission. One major source of CO2 is the production of electricity and heat by burning fossil fuels, which could be vastly replaced by using deep geothermal energy (DGE).

Rebecca Bennion surface scanning
01/10/2017 to 30/09/2021

SEA TALE: SEcondary Adaptations of Tetrapods to Aquatic LifE

Ever since they first made the transition to life on land around 350 million years ago, a wide range of different lineages of tetrapods have reinvaded aquatic ecosystems.


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