Research teams


   Thierry Hance
(Ecology of interactions and biological   control)

Species interact with each other. We analyse the evolution of trophic systems through the relationships between plants, herbivorous insects, symbiotic bacteria and natural enemies. The results are used to develop new systems of crop and forest protection.

Jérôme Mallefet
(Marine Biology)

We aim to understand the adaptations and mechanisms underlying the ability to emit light in marine organisms. Multidisciplinary studies attempt to provide answers to the following questions: where, how and for what purposes do marine organisms emit light?

 Caroline Nieberding
 (Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics)

We test the role of selection on the evolution of several adaptive traits : i) sex pheromone communication in butterflies; ii) dispersal ability in mites; iii) life history traits in host-parasite interactions using hymenopterans and nematodes.

Nicolas Schtickzelle
(Quantitative Conservation Biology)

We focus on viability and dynamics of populations in a context of biodiversity conservation, combining experimental ecology in microcosms and in nature (butterflies), with a strong quantitative approach (experimental design, statistical data analysis, computer modelling).

 Hans Van Dyck
 (Behavioural Ecology & Conservation)

We address basic and applied issues about changing organisms in rapidly changing environments. We study variation in behaviour and life history and how these may evolve in natural and anthropogenic environments. Study species include insects and birds.
Renate Wesselingh
(Plant Evolutionary Ecology)
The main study system is the hemiparasitic plant genus Rhinanthus, in which several species combinations form fertile hybrids. We study natural hybridisation, including pollinator behaviour, the evolutionary relationships between the species and flowering time. 
 Daniel Tyteca
  (Orchid Research)
We contribute to the knowledge of systematics, ecology and evolution of European orchids, through research on complex species groups, interactions with fungi and insects, reproductive strategies, hybridization, selective pressures, and distributional patterns.