Our research group studies fundamental ecological processes of small and often variable aquatic systems and the evolutionary biology of their biota. We have special attention for the evolution and (epi-) genetic base of life histories and their contribution to species radiations. There is special focus on risk spreading strategies to cope with variable disturbance regimes. We also assess patterns and underlying processes of biodiversity in relation to environmental gradients. In a new research line on animal behavior, we study the impact of color dimorphism on environment-personality interactions in a fish model. In our ecotoxicological research we attempt to develop more ecologically relevant approaches in risk assessments. We are also strongly involved in research on sustainable use of aquatic resources, mainly in Africa. As model systems we focus on temporary pools, especially in arid regions. Our preferred model organisms are enigmatic large branchiopods and colorful annual killifish, a promising vertebrate model.
- Brendonck L., De Meester L. 2003. Egg banks in freshwater zooplankton: evolutionary and ecological archives in the sediment. Hydrobiologia. vol.491 (1-3) , pp. 65-84
- Waterkeyn A., Grillas P., Vanschoenwinkel B., Brendonck L. 2008. Invertebrate community patterns in Mediterranean temporary wetlands along hydroperiod and salinity gradients. Freshwater biology. vol.53 (9) , pp. 1808-1822
- Vanschoenwinkel B., Buschke F., Brendonck L. 2013. Disturbance regime alters the impact of dispersal on alpha and beta diversity in a natural metacommunity. Ecology. vol.94 (11) , pp. 2547-2557
- Navis S., Waterkeyn A., Putman A., De Meester L., Vanermen G., Brendonck L. 2015. Timing matters: sensitivity of Daphnia magna dormant eggs to fenoxycarb exposure depends on embryonic developmental stage. Aquatic Toxicology. vol. , pp. 176-183
- Pinceel T., Vanschoenwinkel B., Deckers P., Grégoir A., Ver Eecke T., Brendonck L. 2015. Early and late developmental arrest as complementary embryonic risk spreading strategies in African killifish. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. vol.114 (4) , pp. 941-948