Within the context of the LIFE Belgian Nature Integrated Project, we obtained a public contract to record the occurrence of two amphibian species in 1.000 ponds in Wallonia. The detection of Triturus cristatus and Alytes obstetricans will be made through eDNA analyses.
At the request of the Public Service of Wallonia (Invasive species group), we studied the prevalence of the crayfish plague (Aphanomyces astaci) in invasive crayfish populations by applying molecular methods.
eDNA survey for the detection of the American bullfrog
In collaboration with the Invasive species group of the Public Service of Wallonia, we studied the distribution of the American bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeiana) comparing traditional trapping and eDNA detection.
eDNA survey for the detection of invasive crayfish
In collaboration with the Invasive species group of the Public Service of Wallonia, we studied the distribution of invasive crayfish species comparing traditional trapping and eDNA detection.
Artificial freshwater ecosystems
We worked as consultant on a project funded by Firestone Building Products Company aiming to describe and compare the biodiversity found in artificial freshwater ponds in Europe and Oceania.
Quagga mussel in Great Britain
We combined both morphological and genetic approaches (mitochondrial gene sequencing and microsatellites genotyping) in order to characterize the invasion of Great Britain by the quagga mussel, Dreissena rostriformis. This project was funded by Cambridge Environmental Consulting Ltd.
Decline of fish stocks
We were associated to a project funded by the European Fisheries Fund (FEP 32-1109-004) aiming to examine fish stocks in the Belgian section of the Meuse River, to identify the causes of their decline and to propose remedial measures.
Invasive freshwater species
In collaboration with the Laboratory of Evolutionary Genetics and Ecology led by Karine Van Doninck, we worked on several projects aiming to describe invasive bivalves (zebra and quagga mussels, Corbicula clams) and amphipods (Dikerogammarus, Chelicorophium and Echinogammarus species) by combining morphological, ecological and genetic studies,