Team

Staff

PROFESSORS

Vakgroep Biologie, Research group Evolutionary Morphology of Vertebrates   prof. dr. Dominique Adriaens

Group leader

Tel: +32 9 264.52.19

Anthony Herrel  prof. dr. Anthony Herrel

Guest professor - Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle (Paris)

Tel: +33 140.798.120

POSTDOCS

PHDs

Liesbeth Van Hauwermeiren  drs. Liesbeth Vanhauwermeiren

Joint PhD - Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (UGent)

Tel: +32 9 264.

Aurélien Lowie  drs. Aurélien Lowie

Tel: +32 9 264.52.33

Patricia Alves Pereira drs. Patricia Alves Pereira

StressChron Research group

Wetenschapspark 1, 8400 Oostende

Mona Goharimanesh  drs. Mona Goharimanesh

Joint PhD Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

TEACHING ASSISTANTS

dr. Sandra Vangestel

Tel: +32 9 264.48.57

  • Courses: Biodiversity of Vertebrates, Vertebrate Histology and Comparative Anatomy 

    mr. David Vander Haeghen

    Tel: +32 9 264.50.56

    • Courses: Biodiversity of Vertebrates, Teaching Methodology: Biology I & II, Teaching Biology: Practice-based Exercises

      mrs. Binke D'Haese

      Tel: +32 9 264.50.56

      • Publications: Biblio UGent
      • Courses: Teaching Methodology: Biology I & II, Teaching Biology: Practice-based Exercises

        mr. Arne Peleman

        Tel: +32 9 264.50.56

        • Courses: Teaching Methodology: Biology I & II, Teaching Biology: Practice-based Exercises

        mr. Pascal Casier

        Tel: +32 9 264.50.56

        • Courses: Teaching Methodology: Biology I & II, Teaching Biology: Practice-based Excercises

            TECHNICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

            mrs. Barbara De Kegel

            Tel: +32 9 264.53.00

            Technical staff

            mrs. Hilde Van Wynsberge

            Tel: +32 9 264.52.09

            Administrative staff

            mrs. Miranda Naert

            Tel: +32 9 264.52.78

            Practical course manager

            mr. Yves Israel

            Tel: +32 9 264.51.18

            Technical staff

            mr. Jürgen Verstraeten

            Tel: +32 9 264.51.18

            Technical staff

            mrs. Inge Borghgraef

            Tel: +32 9 264.52.40

            Student administration

            Alumni

            Former PhD students

            1         1999 – 2005             Stijn Devaere - “Taxonomy and evolutionary morphology of African catfishes (Clariidae): the roads to anguilliformity” – UGent (Promotor)(19/04/05).

            2         2001 – 2006             Tom Geerinckx - “Ontogeny and functional morphology of a highly specialized trophic apparatus: a case study of neotropical suckermouth armoured catfishes (Loricariidae, Siluriformes)” – UGent (Promotor) (08/12/06).

            3         2001 – 2007             Natalie De Schepper - “Evolutionary morphology of body elongation in teleosts: aspects of convergent evolution” – UGent (Promotor) (07/05/07).

            4         2001 – 2008             Frank Huysentruyt - “Ontogenetische studie van de kopstructuren bij Corydoras aeneus (Siluriformes, Loricarioidea), met een bijdrage tot de fylogenie van de Loricarioidea” – UGent (Promotor) (01/02/08).

            5         2005 - 2010              Soheil Eagderi - “Morphological phylogeny of Anguilliformes and Saccopharyngiformes” - Teheran University, Iran-UGent (Promotor) (31/08/2010).

            6         2006 - 2011              Heleen Leysen - “Evolutionary morphology of the extremely specialized feeding apparatus in seahorses and pipefishes (Syngnathidae)” - UGent (promotor) (11/03/2011).

            7         2007 - 2011              Fatemeh Tabatabaei Yazdi - “Patterns of variation in skull phenotypes in Meriones from the Iranean region, in relation to species and environmental-geographical diversity” – UGent (promoter) (28/02/2011).

            8         2008 – 2011             Annelies Genbrugge – “Evolutionary morphology of the trophic apparatus in Darwin finches: a case study on adaptive evolution of complex musculoskeletal systems” – Joint PhD UA-UGent (promotor UGent) (18/05/2011).

            9         2003 – 2012             Paul Van Daele - “Chromosomale en morfologische evolutie bij sociale molratten (Cryptomys - Bathyergidae)” – UGent (Promotor) (14/03/2012).

            10      2008 – 2012             Emilie Descamps – “Phenotyping of craniofacial deformations in vertebrate model organisms: Analysis and visualisation tools of abnormal development resulting from defects in cell signalling and adhesion” – UGent (promoter) (04/05/2012).

            11      2012 – 2013             Mahdi Rajabizadeh - Biodiversity of the Snakes in Northern and Western Mountains of Iran, with Special Emphasis on Biodiversity in Colubroids – UGent (promotor) (17/12/2013).

            12      2011 – 2016             Céline Neutens – Transforming tails into tools: from evolutionary morphology of prehensile tails in syngnathid fishes to exploring bio-inspiration potentials – UGent (promotor, M. De Beule co-promotor) (21/06/2016).

            13      2012 – 2017             Mathias Bouilliart – Ontogeny and feeding performance of the enigmatic Anguilla leptocephalus larva: a morphological and biomechanical study – UGent (promotor) (31/03/2017).

            14        2006 - 2008        Milica Ristovska - “Early development of the cranial and postcranial structures of Salmo letnica (Karaman, 1924) (Teleostei: Salmonidae). Constructional-morphological approach to the ontogeny of the cranial “Bauplan” - ("Sv. Ciril and Methodij" University, Republic of Macedonia - co-promotor) (24/01/08).

            15         2008 – 2013         Tomas Praet – “The biomechanical structure of the seahorse tail as a source of inspiration for industrial design” – Faculty of Engineering and Architecture UGent (co-promotor) (28/05/2013).

            16         2007 – 2017         Spyros Nikolakakis – “Analysis of size and shape in early larval stages of European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax): egg disinfection, axenity and bacterial load” – Faculty of Bio-engineering UGent (co-promotor). (8/12/2017).

            17         2013 – 2017          Jens De Meyer – From patterns to implications of head shape dimorphism on the complex life cycle of the European eel (Anguilla Anguilla) – UGent (promotor, C. Belpaire co-promotor) (30/05/2017).

            18          2012 – 2019        Thuong Phuc Nguyen – Nutrition and growth in gilthead seabream in relation to skeletal deformities – UGent (promotor, Patrick Sorgeloos co-promotor) (17/12/2019).

            19         2016 – 2021         Allison Luger – Evolution of prehensile tail systems in vertebrates – UGent (promotor, A. Herrel co-promotor) (21/01/2021)

            Former Postdocs

            1. Dr. Tom Geerinckx
            2. Dr. Paul Van Daele
            3. Dr. Anabela Maia
            4. Dr. Edina Prondvai
            5. Dr. Jens De Meyer

             

             

             

             

            Students

            Master students

            Gwendoline Deceuninck

            MSc in Biology

            • Project: Skeletal development and skeletal deformities in relation to light regime treatment in pikeperch
            • Supervisor: Dominique Adriaens (collaboration with INAGRO)

            Eva Vangenechten

            MSc in Biology

            • Project: Feeding related head shape dimorphism in Anolis (link)
            • Supervisor: Jens De Meyer

            Toon Meersman

            MSc in Biology

            • Project: Male-male competition related head shape dimorphism in Anolis (link)
            • Supervisor: Jens De Meyer

            Charlotte Steendam

            MSc in Biology

            • Project: Burrowing behavior in European eel (link)
            • Supervisor: Jens De Meyer