André Heughebaert

André Heughebaert
Belgian Federal Science Policy Office | BELSPO · Belgian Biodiversity Platform

Civil engineer

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Introduction
Additional affiliations
October 2016 - October 2021
Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Position
  • Chair
Description
  • Chair the Participants Node Managers Committee and Nodes Steering Committee, member of the Executive Committee.
June 2005 - present
Belgian Federal Science Policy Office
Position
  • Manager
Description
  • Manager of the activities of the node and coordinator a the biodiversity information facility. Head of the Platform IT team. Web developments, Data cleaning and publications to the GBIF network.
Education
September 2004 - June 2006
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Field of study
  • Environment Management
September 1978 - June 1983
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Field of study
  • Civil engineer in Computer sciences

Publications

Publications (15)
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Biodiversity informatics is a new and evolving field, requiring efforts to develop capacity and a curriculum for this field of science. The main objective was to summarise the level of activity and the efforts towards developing biodiversity informatics curricula, for work-based training and/or academic teaching at universities, taking place within...
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Biodiversity informatics has been characterized as a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field, which aims to bring together the areas of biodiversity and informatics. A study was conducted looking at the current level of activity within the GBIF Participant countries and its associated network in relation to work-based training and/or academic teach...
Poster
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Since its launch in 2007 the African Rodentia database has become an important reference with on average 100 unique visitors per month, about 50,000 page views per year and more than 150 registered users. Because of its proven usefulness for the diffusion of data on African rodents the taxonomical range of the database was expanded in 2019 to inclu...
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Imagine a future where dynamically, from year to year, we can track the progression of alien species (AS), identify emerging problem species, assess their current and future risk and timely inform policy in a seamless data-driven workflow. One that is built on open science and open data infrastructures. By using international biodiversity standards...
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Background The Neptune grass, Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile, 1813, is the most widespread seagrass of the Mediterranean Sea. This foundation species forms large meadows that, through habitat and trophic services, act as biodiversity hotspots. In Neptune grass meadows, amphipod crustaceans are one of the dominant groups of vagile invertebrates, for...
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The seagrass Posidonia oceanica L. Delile, commonly known as Neptune grass, is an endemic species of the Mediterranean Sea. It hosts a distinctive and diverse epiphytic community, dominated by various macroal-gal and animal organisms. Mediterranean bryozoans have been extensively studied but quantitative data assessing temporal and spatial variabil...
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Harmonia + and Pandora + : risk screening tools for potentially invasive plants, animals and their pathogens Bram D'hondt • Sonia Vanderhoeven • Sophie Roelandt • François Mayer Abstract Given the large number of alien species that may potentially develop into invasives, there is a clear need for robust schemes that allow to screen species for such...
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Mixed species stands might contribute to important goals of sustainable forest management, such as higher biological diversity, more resistance and resilience to disturbances and higher carbon storage. Knowledge of stakeholders' perceptions of such ecosystem services in mixed species stands is required for effective policy development. We showed th...
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FORMIDABEL is a database of Belgian Ants containing more than 27.000 occurrence records. These records originate from collections, field sampling and literature. The database gives information on 76 native and 9 introduced ant species found in Belgium. The collection records originated mainly from the ants collection in Royal Belgian Institute of N...
Technical Report
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The main goal of this brochure is to present the BiodivERsA database, and its use to analyse selected features of the European funding landscape for biodiversity research. This database aims at including the different funding schemes that can fund biodiversity research projects. At the European level, these instruments include the Framework Program...
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Background - In the light of loss of mangrove forests and related biodiversity world-wide the overall objective of the online 'Mangrove Reference Database and Herbarium' is to give a current and historic overview of the global, regional and particularly the local distribution of true mangrove species. Databasing and website construction - All data...

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