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December 2015 - present
- PhD Student
- Modelling the effects of water level management in Polder area's on ecosystem services and biodiversity; including nutriënt flux dynamics, salinity mitigation and biomass production.
September 2015 - present
- Practicals Assistant
- Teaching field techniques, macro-invertebrate species identification and the calculation of biotic indices to the students of the Advanced Master of Technology for Integrated Water Management
March 2015 - December 2015
- PhD Student - Governmental Project
- Finetuning the Multimetric Macro-invertebrate Index Flanders (MMIF) and the diatom index for polder streams with a distinction between fresh and brackish water; hereby following the requirements of the European Water Framework Directive.
West Indian genera of the flea beetle subtribe Oedionychina Chapuis, 1875 are reviewed. Two new genera and one new species are described: Argusonychis Konstantinov, Van Roie, & Furth gen. nov. with Argusonychis clarki Konstantinov, Van Roie & Furth sp. nov. as the type species (Bahamas); and Ciguapanychis Konstantinov, Van Roie & Furth gen. nov. wi...
The collection of Philippe Fastré at RBINS includes 400 drawers, 37.000 specimens and approximately 2.000 species of lepidopterans (Insecta). The majority of species in this collection are Erebidae and Noctuidae from Central and South Asia. To help make this information available we digitized the type material of this collection. Out of the 400 dra...
An ongoing study of the longhorned beetle fauna in the cloud forests of Cusuco National Park revealed multiple additions to the Honduran fauna. Four new species are described: Heterachthes caceresae sp. nov. (Cerambycinae, Neoibidionini), Oreodera kawasae sp. nov. (Lamiinae, Acrocinini), Phrynidius guifarroi sp. nov. (Lamiinae, Apomecynini), and St...
Drainage-induced shifts in physicochemical peat properties are irreversible on a decadal time span. We investigated whether carbon emissions from fen peat can be estimated using two proxies: current water levels and peat properties (as affected by drainage history, i.e. degradation legacy). We collected bare peat monoliths from a long-term drained...
A checklist of the species of leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) of El Salvador is presented based on data from literature and a digitization project of the Bechyné collection of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS). The RBINS collections contain a total of 2797 individual chrysomelid specimens from El Salvador, sorted into...
Cereal leaf beetles (CLBs), a group of chrysomelid beetles of the genus Oulema (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), are well-known pest insects of small-grain cereals in many countries of the Northern hemisphere. Due to the small differences in morphology of species within this genus, classification up to species level remains a challenging task. Since an...
The digitization of museum specimens is a key priority in the Digital Era. Digital databases help to avoid unnecessary manipulation hazards to delicate collections, increase their accessibility to third party researchers, and contribute to the ongoing documentation of global biodiversity. Time, workforce and the need of specialized infrastructures...
A yearly biodiversity monitoring of longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae) in a Honduran cloud forest revealed a new species of prionine. Derobrachus cusucoensis sp. nov. is a locally relatively common species described from Cusuco National Park in Honduras, becoming the ninth species of this genus recorded for the country. Similar both in morphology an...
Digitization of specimen collections has become a key priority of many natural history museums. The camera systems built for this purpose are expensive, providing a barrier in institutes with limited funding, and therefore hampering progress. An assessment is made on whether a low cost compact camera with image stacking functionality can help exped...
Our poster for the Soil Ecology and Planetary Boundaries course in Lunteren, January 2016. It describes the PhD project of Martijn Van Roie which will be carried out from 2016 - 2020.
After the construction of Route National 1 from Régina to Saint George in 2003, the inselberg “SavaneRoche Virginie”, became easily accessible by visitors on foot. A Biodiversity Express Survey (BES) was organized by BINCO in 2008 to evaluate biodiversity value and visitors impact. The communities of plants, amphibians, reptiles and selected invert...
We want to sample pore water from the root zone of grassland on heavy clay soils to measure nutriënt and metal content. Rhizon samplers take a very long time to do so and provide only small volumes of water. Passive ion gel samplers tend to be bad because of the saline environment.
My project will focus on effects of water level on ecosystem functioning. The study area is lowland polder (clay) grassland and pasture land, so grasses will dominate the surface.
BINCO (Biodiversity Inventory for Conservation vzw - www.binco.eu) has been collaborating with the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) since 2016 to assist in their collection digitization. Specifically, we’ve started digitizing the collection of the leaf beetles (Coleoptera – Chrysomelidae), which is an extremely interesting and diverse family of beetles! The collection consists of a total of 1.400 insect boxes which are being digitized systematically in several related projects. More information about finished and ongoing projects can be found at http://www.binco.eu/projects/belgium/project-chrysomelid/
Modelling the effects of water level management in Polder area's on ecosystem services and biodiversity; including nutriënt flux dynamics, salinity mitigation and biomass production.
We started up the monitoring of selected invertebrate groups (Chrysomelidae, Cerambycidae, Elateridae, Lepidoptera,...) in Cusuco National Park - Honduras - in collaboration with Operation Wallacea. The main goals are to uncover more of the fauna of Cusuco, as well as to update checklists for Honduras.