Directorate Taxonomy and Phylogeny

Research projects

owl
01/01/2019 to 31/12/2021

HARRY POTTER AND THE FATE OF THE EUROPEAN BARN OWL (OWL)

We characterise the genetic diversity of the current Tyto alba population in Belgium and compare this to the genetic diversity from before the Harry Potter hype. This comparison will highlight whether/how much genetic material from foreign subspecies has entered our local population.

01/01/2019 to 31/12/2019

RAD SEQUENCING TO RECONSTRUCT THE EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY OF THE CICHLID ASSEMBLAGES OF THE LAKE VICTORIA REGION SUPERFLOCK (KEREAD)

The cichlid species flocks of the East African Great Lakes form the most spectacular examples of adaptive radiation and explosive speciation in vertebrates. The endemic cichlid species flocks from some of the lesser lakes, such as Albert, Edward and Kivu have remained largely overlooked.

africanlakes
01/04/2018 to 30/09/2019

STRENGTHENING CAPACITY IN RESEARCH, POLICY AND MANAGEMENT THROUGH DEVELOPMENT OF A NETWORK OF AFRICAN GREAT LAKES BASIN STAKEHOLDERS

To develop a perpetual network of key stakeholders to collaborate and coordinate action on priority research, policy and management issues on the African Great Lakes region through regular and consistent communication exchange, this project will host an applied, collaborative workshop which creates lake committees on each of the African Great La

01/01/2017 to 31/12/2019

POPULATION GENOMICS OF THE LAKE TANGANYIKA SPRAT (Stolothrissa tanganicae)

The Lake Tanganyika sprat (Stolothrissa tanganicae) and the Lake Tanganyika sardine (Limnothrissa miodon), form the bulk of the fisheries in Lake Tanganyika, which provide a livelihood for tens of thousands of lakeshore fishermen and a cheap source of protein for millions of people in the neighbouring countries.

01/01/2015 to 31/12/2020

HUMAN IMPACTS ON ECOSYSTEM HEALTH AND RESOURSES IN LAKE EDWARD (HIPE)

Lake Edward is shared between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The lake is unique amongst the East African Great Lakes as its shoreline is completely surrounded by protected areas. Lake Edward stands out due to its high productivity, but, in the last decades, its fishery seemed to have collapsed.

01/06/2014 to 31/05/2017

INVAXEN: Invasive biology of Xenopus laevis in Europe

Information on the invasive potential of a species is crucial to assess likely future impacts on biodiversity and to improve the scientific basis for decision-making on biological invasions.

genbas
01/01/2014 to 31/12/2019

BEHAVIOURAL AND GENOMIC ASPECTS OF CICHLID SPECIATION (GENBAS)

The main objective of this project is to define the genomic differentiation that drives the mate choice, and hence the speciation process (differential gene-expression in the brains of female fishes).

Cobimfo
01/01/2011 to 31/12/2016

CONGO BASIN INTEGRATED MONITORING FOR FOREST CARBON MITIGATION AND BIODIVERSITY (COBIMFO)

Aims to improve our understanding of the elusive underlying patterns of the dynamics of African tropical forests: the presumed relationship between biodiversity and above ground carbon stock.

cobafish
01/01/2011 to 31/12/2016

FROM CARBON TO FISHES (COBAFISH)

The Congo River harbours the richest known fish species diversity on the African continent. Its fish fauna also represents a major source of proteins for the riparian human population. Despite of this, the ecology, dynamics and ecosystem functioning of the Congo River remain poorly understood.

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