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anthropogenic impacts

As a research group, we are dedicated to studying the impacts of human activities on benthic ecology. Our research encompasses a broad range of factors, including pressing concerns such as microplastics and the effects of offshore wind farms. Through our studies, we delve into the effects of microplastic pollution on benthic organisms, carefully examining their ingestion, bioaccumulation, and the potential ecological consequences that arise. Additionally, we are deeply interested in understanding the ecological implications of offshore wind farms. Our researchers analyze the effect of the physical presence of these structures, the underwater noise they generate, and the changes they induce in habitat structure on benthic communities and the ecosystem functions these perform. By assessing the direct and indirect effects of these anthropogenic stressors on benthic communities and their functioning, these impact studies provide valuable insights for sustainable marine management and conservation practices, aiming to minimize harmful impacts while balancing human activities with ecosystem preservation.


Tom Moens

Full Professor

Ulrike Braeckman

Assistant Professor

Jan Vanaverbeke

Guest Professor

Anna-Maria Vafeiadou

Postdoctoral Researcher, Academic Assistant

Carl Van Colen

Postdoctoral Researcher

Emil De Borger

Postdoctoral Researcher

Christelle Jammar

Research Assistant

Esther Cepeda Gamella

PhD Student

Gabriella Pantó

PhD Student

My Yen Nguyen

PhD Student

Nene Lefaible

PhD Student

Nanou Goedefroo

PhD Student

Abril Reynés Cardona

PhD Student
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