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Onderzoeksgroep Evolutionaire Ecologie (UA)
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Onderzoeksgroep Evolutionaire Biologie (UA), more

English name: Evolutionary Ecology group
Parent institute: Universiteit Antwerpen; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Departement Biologie (UA), more

Thesaurus terms (8) : Behaviour; Conservation; Ecology; Ecotoxicology; Indicator species; Molluscs; Phylogeny; Systematics
Taxonomic terms (3) : Littorina striata P. P. King, 1832 [WoRMS]; Littorinidae Children, 1834 [WoRMS]; Mollusca [WoRMS]
Geographical terms (7) : Africa, East [Marine Regions]; ANE, North Sea [Marine Regions]; Azores [Marine Regions]; Belgium [Marine Regions]; Belgium, Flanders [Marine Regions]; Belgium, Schelde R. [Marine Regions]; Europe, West [Marine Regions]
Address:
Campus Groenenborger
Groenenborgerlaan 171
2020 Antwerpen
Belgium

Tel.: +32-(0)3-265 34 69
Fax: +32-(0)3-265 34 74
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Type: Scientific

Abstract:
Our research group focuses on the study of variation in morphology, behaviour and life-history characteristics of vertebrates (birds, mammals) and invertebrates (insects, molluscs). Specifically, the patterns and processes of speciation and adaptation at different levels of organisation (individuals, species, communities) are studied.

1. On an evolutionary time-scale the relations among individuals and taxa are investigated from a morphological, karyological, ecological and biochemical point of view.

2. The population ecology and life-history strategies of different species are studied and compared on an ecological time-scale.

3. Knowledge from the above mentioned research topics is used to develop mathematical models that are used for the management of species with economical value, the study of the ecology of diseases, and the conservation of biodiversity.

In particular the following topics are investigated:

Behavioural ecology and fitness
Molecular taxonomy and systematics
Population-ecology and pest management

Publications (42)  Top | Projects 
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  • Peer reviewed article Koudenoukpo, Z.C.; Odountan, O.H.; Van Bocxlaer, B.; Sablon, R.; Chikou, A.; Backeljau, T. (2020). Checklist of the fresh and brackish water snails (Mollusca, Gastropoda) of Bénin and adjacent West African ecoregions. ZooKeys 942: 21-64. https://hdl.handle.net/10.3897/zookeys.942.52722, more
  • Peer reviewed article Bendif, E.M.; Nevado, B.; Wong, E.L.Y.; Hagino, K.; Probert, I.; Young, J.R.; Rickaby, R.E.M.; Filatov, D.A. (2019). Repeated species radiations in the recent evolution of the key marine phytoplankton lineage Gephyrocapsa. Nature Comm. 10(1): 9 pp. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1038/s41467-019-12169-7, more
  • Peer reviewed article Beninger, P.G.; Backeljau, T. (2019). Understanding taxonomic and nomenclatural instability – a case study of the Manila clam. Aquaculture 504: 375-379. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2019.02.016, more
  • Peer reviewed article Fourdrilis, S.; Backeljau, T. (2019). Correction to: Highly polymorphic mitochondrial DNA and deceiving haplotypic differentiation: implications for assessing population genetic differentiation and connectivity. BMC Evol. Biol. 19(1): 103. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1186/s12862-019-1428-x, more
  • Peer reviewed article Fourdrilis, S.; Backeljau, T. (2019). Highly polymorphic mitochondrial DNA and deceiving haplotypic differentiation: implications for assessing population genetic differentiation and connectivity. BMC Evol. Biol. 19: 92. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1186/s12862-019-1414-3, more
  • Peer reviewed article Fourdrilis, S.; de Frias Martins, A.M.; Backeljau, T. (2018). Relation between mitochondrial DNA hyperdiversity, mutation rate and mitochondrial genome evolution in Melarhaphe neritoides (Gastropoda: Littorinidae) and other Caenogastropoda. NPG Scientific Reports 8: 17964. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1038/s41598-018-36428-7, more
  • Peer reviewed article Lange, M.K.; Penagos-Tabares, F.; Hirzmann, J.; Failing, K.; Schaper, R.; Van Bourgonie, Y.R.; Backeljau, T.; Hermosilla, C.; Taubert, A. (2018). Prevalence of Angiostrongylus vasorum, Aelurostrongylus abstrusus and Crenosoma vulpis larvae in native slug populations in Germany. Veterinary parasitology 254: 120-130. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.vetpar.2018.03.011, more
  • Peer reviewed article Barasa, J.E.; Mdyogolo, S.; Abila, R.; Grobler, J.P.; Skilton, R.A.; Bindeman, H.; Njahira, M.N.; Chemoiwa, E.J.; Dangasuk, O.G.; Kaunda-Arara, B.; Verheyen, E. (2017). Genetic diversity and population structure of the African catfish, Clarias gariepinus (Burchell, 1822) in Kenya: implication for conservation and aquaculture. Belg. J. Zool. 147(2): 105-127. https://hdl.handle.net/10.26496/bjz.2017.9, more
  • Peer reviewed article Barasa, J.E.; Mdyogolo, S.; Abila, R.; Grobler, J.P.; Skilton, R.A.; Bindeman, H.; Njahira, M.N.; Chemoiwa, E.J.; Dangasuk, O.G.; Kaunda-Arara, B.; Verheyen, E. (2017). Genetic diversity and population structure of the African catfish, Clarias gariepinus (Burchell, 1822) in Kenya: implication for conservation and aquaculture - Corrigendum. Belg. J. Zool. 147(2): 171-172. https://hdl.handle.net/10.26496/bjz.2017.14, more
  • Peer reviewed article Engler, J.O.; Stiels, D.; Schidelko, K.; Strubbe, D.; Quillfeldt, P.; Brambilla, M. (2017). Avian SDMs: current state, challenges, and opportunities. J. Avian Biol. 48(12): 1483-1504. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1111/jav.01248, more
  • Peer reviewed article Steeman, R.; Vanreusel, W.; Barendse, R.; Verloove, F.; Wysmantel, N.; Van den Bussche, W.; Gyselinck, T.; Hendrickx, P.; Zwaenepoel, A.; Van Vooren, P.; Jacobs, S.; Desmet, P.; Gielen, K.; Herremans, M.; Swinnen, K. (2017). Waarnemingen.be – Plant occurrences in Flanders and the Brussels Capital Region, Belgium. PhytoKeys 85: 1-10. https://hdl.handle.net/10.3897/phytokeys.85.14925, more
  • Peer reviewed article Verheye, M.L.; Backeljau, T.; d'Udekem d'Acoz, C. (2017). Locked in the icehouse: evolution of an endemic Epimeria (Amphipoda, Crustacea) species flock on the Antarctic shelf. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 114: 14-33. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.ympev.2017.05.013, more
  • Peer reviewed article Fourdrilis, S.; Mardulyn, P.; Hardy, O.J.; Jordaens, K.; de Frias Martins, A.M.; Backeljau, T. (2016). Mitochondrial DNA hyperdiversity and its potential causes in the marine periwinkle Melarhaphe neritoides (Mollusca: Gastropoda). PeerJ 4: 33 pp. https://hdl.handle.net/10.7717/peerj.2549, more
  • Peer reviewed article Morris, J.P.; Wang, Y.; Backeljau, T.; Chapelle, G. (2016). Biomimetic and bio-inspired uses of mollusc shells. Marine Genomics 27: 85-90. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.margen.2016.04.001, more
  • Peer reviewed article Verheye, M.L.; Backeljau, T.; d'Udekem d'Acoz, C. (2016). Looking beneath the tip of the iceberg: diversification of the genus Epimeria on the Antarctic shelf (Crustacea, Amphipoda). Polar Biol. 39(5): 925-945. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00300-016-1910-5, more
  • Peer reviewed article Decraemer, W.; Backeljau, T. (2015). Utility of classical alpha-taxonomy for biodiversity of aquatic nematodes. J. Nematol. 47(1): 1-10, more
  • Peer reviewed article Raeymaekers, J.A.M.; Backeljau, T. (2015). Recurrent adaptation in a low-dispersal trait. Mol. Ecol. 24(4): 699-701. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1111/mec.13081, more
  • Peer reviewed article Armenteros, M; Rojas-Corzo, A; Ruiz-Abierno, A; Derycke, S.; Backeljau, T.; Decraemer, W. (2014). Systematics and DNA barcoding of free-living marine nematodes with emphasis on tropical desmodorids using nuclear SSU rDNA and mitochondrial COI sequences. Nematology (Leiden) 16: 979-989. dx.doi.org/10.1163/15685411-00002824, more
  • Peer reviewed article Verreycken, H.; Belpaire, C.; Van Thuyne, G.; Breine, J.; Buysse, D.; Coeck, J.; Mouton, A.; Stevens, M.; Van den Neucker, T.; De Bruyn, L.; Maes, D. (2014). IUCN Red List of freshwater fishes and lampreys in Flanders (north Belgium). Fish. Manage. Ecol. 21(2): 122-132. hdl.handle.net/10.1111/fme.12052, more
  • Peer reviewed article Iserbyt, A.; De Schutter, P. (2012). Quantitative analysis of Elasmobranch assemblages from two successive Ypresian (early Eocene) facies at Marke, western Belgium. Geol. Belg. 15(3): 146-153, more
  • Peer reviewed article Fraaije, R.H.B.; Van Bakel, B.W.M.; Iserbyt, A.; Jagt, J.W.M. (2011). New extinct Paguroidea (Crustacea, Decapoda, Anomura), with the first example of capsulated setae from the fossil record. N. Jb. Geol. Paläont. Abh. 262(2): 247-255. https://dx.doi.org/10.1127/0077-7749/2011/0199, more
  • Peer reviewed article Pétillon, J.; Lambeets, K.; Ract-Madoux, B.; Vernon, P.; Renault, D. (2011). Saline stress tolerance partly matches with habitat preference in ground-living wolf spiders. Physiological Entomology 36(2): 165-172. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1111/j.1365-3032.2011.00778.x, more
  • Peer reviewed article Puzin, C.; Acou, A.; Bonte, D.; Pétillon, J. (2011). Comparison of reproductive traits between two salt-marsh wolf spiders (Araneae, Lycosidae) under different habitat suitability conditions. Anim. Biol. 61(2): 127-138. hdl.handle.net/10.1163/157075511X566461, more
  • Peer reviewed article Derycke, S.; Vanaverbeke, J.; Rigaux, A.; Backeljau, T.; Moens, T. (2010). Exploring the use of cytochrome oxidase c Subunit 1 (COI) for DNA barcoding of free-living marine nematodes. PLoS One 5(10): e13716. dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0013716, more
  • Peer reviewed article Fazalova, V.; Nevado, B.; Peretolchina, T.; Petunina, J.; Sherbakov, D. (2010). When environmental changes do not cause geographic separation of fauna: differential responses of Baikalian invertebrates. BMC Evol. Biol. 10: 320. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1186/1471-2148-10-320, more
  • Peer reviewed article Pétillon, J.; Lambeets, K.; Montaigne, W.; Maelfait, J.-P.; Bonte, D. (2010). Habitat structure modified by an invasive grass enhances inundation withstanding in a salt-marsh wolf spider. Biological Invasions 12(9): 3219-3226. dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10530-010-9714-y, more
  • Peer reviewed article Pétillon, J.; Erfanzadeh, R.; Garbutt, A.; Maelfait, J.-P.; Hoffmann, M. (2010). Inundation frequency determines the post-pioneer successional pathway in a newly created salt marsh. Wetlands 30(6): 1097-1105. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s13157-010-0115-x, more
  • Peer reviewed article Slabbekoorn, H.; Bouton, N.; van Opzeeland, I.; Coers, A.; ten Cate, C.; Popper, A.N. (2010). A noisy spring: the impact of globally rising underwater sound levels on fish. Trends Ecol. Evol. 25(7): 419-427. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.tree.2010.04.005, more
  • Peer reviewed article Casteleyn, G.; Evans, K.M.; Backeljau, T.; D'hondt, S.; Chepurnov, V.; Sabbe, K.; Vyverman, W. (2009). Lack of population genetic structuring in the marine planktonic diatom Pseudo-nitzschia pungens (Bacillariophyceae) in a heterogeneous area in the Southern Bight of the North Sea. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 156(6): 1149-1158. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-009-1157-6, more
  • Peer reviewed article Fichet-Calvet, E.; Lecompte, E.; Veyrunes, F.; Barrière, P.; Nicolas, V.; Koulémou, K (2009). Diversity and dynamics in a community of small mammals in coastal Guinea, West Africa. Belg. J. Zool. 139(2): 93-102, more
  • Peer reviewed article Guerra-Varela, J.; Colson, I.; Backeljau, T.; Breugelmans, K.; Hughes, R.; Rolan-Alvarez, E. (2009). The evolutionary mechanism maintaining shell shape and molecular differentiation between two ecotypes of the dogwhelk Nucella lapillus. Evolutionary Ecology 23(2): 261-280. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10682-007-9221-5, more
  • Peer reviewed article Van Dongen, S.; Lens, L.; Pape, E.; Volckaert, F.A.M.; Raeymaekers, J.A.M. (2009). Evolutionary history shapes the association between developmental instability and population-level genetic variation in three-spined sticklebacks. J. Evolution. Biol. 22(8): 1695-1707. dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1420-9101.2009.01780.x, more
  • Peer reviewed article Derycke, S.; Remerie, T.; Backeljau, T.; Vierstraete, A.; Vanfleteren, J.; Vincx, M.; Moens, T. (2008). Phylogeography of the Rhabditis (Pellioditis) marina species complex: evidence for long-distance dispersal, and for range expansions and restricted gene flow in the northeast Atlantic. Mol. Ecol. 17(14): 3306-3322. dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-294X.2008.03846.x, more
  • Peer reviewed article Van den Broeck, H.; Breugelmans, K.; De Wolf, H.; Backeljau, T. (2008). Completely disjunct mitochondrial DNA haplotype distribution without a phylogeographic break in a planktonic developing gastropod. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 153(3): 421-429. dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-007-0820-z, more
  • Peer reviewed article Derycke, S.; Backeljau, T.; Vlaeminck, C.; Vierstraete, A.; Vanfleteren, J.; Vincx, M.; Moens, T. (2007). Spatiotemporal analysis of population genetic structure in Geomonhystera disjuncta (Nematoda, Monhysteridae) reveals high levels of molecular diversity. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 151(5): 1799-1812. http://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s00227-007-0609-0, more
  • Peer reviewed article Derycke, S.; Backeljau, T.; Vlaeminck, C.; Vierstraete, A.; Vanfleteren, J.; Vincx, M.; Moens, T. (2007). Spatiotemporal analysis of population genetic structure in Geomonhystera disjuncta (Nematoda, Monhysteridae) reveals high levels of molecular diversity. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 151(5): 1799-1812. dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-007-0609-0, more
  • Peer reviewed article Virgilio, M.; Backeljau, T.; Abbiati, M. (2006). Mitochondrial DNA and allozyme patterns of Hediste diversicolor (Polychaeta: Nereididae): the importance of small scale genetic structuring. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 326: 157-165. dx.doi.org/10.3354/meps326157, more
  • Peer reviewed article Voets, J.; Talloen, W.; De Tender, T.; Van Dongen, S.; Covaci, A.; Blust, R.; Bervoets, L. (2006). Microcontaminant accumulation, physiological condition and bilateral asymmetry in zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) from clean and contaminated surface waters. Aquat. Toxicol. 79(3): 213-225. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aquatox.2006.06.001, more
  • Peer reviewed article Bruyndoncx, L.; Jordaens, K.; Ysebaert, T.J.; Meire, P.; Backeljau, T. (2002). Molluscan diversity in tidal marshes along the Scheldt estuary (The Netherlands, Belgium). Hydrobiologia 474(1-3): 189-196. dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1016539905812, more
  • Peer reviewed article Verdyck, P.; Desender, K. (1999). Hierarchical population genetic analysis reveals metapopulation structure in a phytophagous Galápagos beetle. Belg. J. Zool. 129(1): 95-104, more
  • Peer reviewed article Verdyck, P.; Desender, K. (1999). Hierarchical population genetic analysis reveals metapopulation structure in a phytophagous Galápagos beetle, in: Mees, J. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 5th Benelux Congress of Zoology Gent, 6-7 November 1998. Belgian Journal of Zoology, 129(1): pp. 95-104, more
  • Derycke, S.; Backeljau, T.; Vlaeminck, C.; Vierstraete, A.; Vanfleteren, J.; Vincx, M.; Moens, T. (2007). Spatiotemporal analysis of population genetic structure in Geomonhystera disjuncta (Nematoda, Monhysteridae) reveals high levels of molecular diversity, in: Derycke, S. Patronen en processen in de genetische structuur van twee mariene nemarodentaxa Rhabditis (Pellioditis) marina and Halomonhystera disjuncta): een moleculaire, morfologische en experimentele benadering = Patterns and processes in the genetic structure of two marine nematode taxa (Rhabditis (Pellioditis) marina and Halomonhystera disjuncta): a molecular, morphology and experimental approach. pp. 65-87, more

Projects (7)  Top | Publications 
  • Geïntegreerde, multidisciplinaire studie van speciatie en adaptatieve radiatie aan de hand van enkele zoölogische probleemgroepen uit terrestrische en lacustriene milieus. I, more
  • Geïntegreerde, multidisciplinaire studie van speciatie en adaptatieve radiatie aan de hand van enkele zoölogische probleemgroepen uit terrestrische en lacustriene milieus. II, more
  • Macrogeografische variatie en populatiegenetica van Littorina striata en Melarhaphe neritoides (Mollusca : Prosobranchia), more
  • Phylogeography, population and eco-genetics of European marine and terrestrial molluscs, more
  • Population genetics and morphological variation of Littorinidae, more
  • Population genetics and phylogeny of periwinkle (Littorinidae, Gasteropoda), more
  • Population genetics of European periwinkles (Mollusca, Gastropoda: Littorinidae), more

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