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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Published paper - evaluating beach nourishment 
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Published paper: Environmental heat stress induces epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of robustness in parthenogenetic Artemia model   The previous conception was that the genotype was responsible for defining phenotypes of an organism. However, recent findings suggest that environmental factors are also contributing to the development of phenotypes. This phenomenon occurs without any alteration in the DNA sequence of an organism. This non-DNA based control of phenotypes, commonly termed as ‘epigenetic’, is caused by modifications at the level of histones and/or... Learn more
Monday, August 11, 2014
Published paper "Marine biological valuation of the shallow Belgian coastal zone: A space-use conflict example within the context of marine spatial planning". 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Study shows that international efforts to cut down emissions of PCBs have been effective to reduce concentrations in open water ecosystems like the BCZ but had little effect in the urbanised and industrialised area of the Scheldt estuary.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Published paper on the haloperoxidase system from the diatom Nitzschia cf pellucida, providing a promising anti-fouling strategy. 
Monday, July 7, 2014
Published paper by the Aquatic Ecology Research Unit  
Friday, June 27, 2014
Cold-water corals are found along the entire north-eastern Atlantic margin. These coral reefs can accumulate into large mounds of up to 250m high. The aim of the MINIMOUND project is to study the initiation, growth and demise of 'small' cold-water coral mounds and identify the role of climatic and hydrocarbon-seepage related processes as well as the anthropogenic impact.    The study region is the Bay of Biscay, and more specifically 3 sites: (1) the Explorer and Dangeard Canyons, (2) the Guilvinec Canyon, and (3) the Upper Ferroi Canyon.  A coupled geophysical,... Learn more
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The EMBC, or  the international MSC in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, thesis event took place from Monday to Thursday 23-26 June 2014. This master programme is offered by a consortium of 7 universities from Belgium (Ghent University), Germany (University of Bremen), Portugal (University of Algarve), France (University of Pierre and Marie Curie), Spain (University of Oviedo), Lithuania (Klaipeda University), and Ireland (Galway Mayo Institute of Technology). Student mobility is an integral part of the programme, so students are obliged to study at different... Learn more
Friday, June 20, 2014
Professor Verstraete (Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Technology) has been included in the updated list of 'Highly Cited Researchers 2014' which represents some of world’s leading scientific minds.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Dr. Jana Asselman (GhenToxlab) received a Francqui Foundation Fellowship of the Belgian American Educational Foundation for the year 2014-2015. The fellowship is sponsored by the Francqui Foundation and is only awarded after a selection process based on the scientific excellence of the candidate and the research proposal and this year, nine researchers were awarded a Francqui Foundation Fellowship. This fellowship will allow Dr. Asselman to spend a year at Notre Dame University as a postdoctoral fellow (USA) and conduct innovative genomics research at the lab of Prof.... Learn more
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Marine@UGent had launched its first video contest for young marine researchers. Even though the Marine@UGent community found it very difficult to determine a winner, one movie received most votes: "Jumping is not a crime, it's a way of fishing", by Maarten Soetaert. This movie about electric fishing has been found to be very informative. Congratulations, Maarten! 
Thursday, June 5, 2014
June 8th is World Oceans Day, a day recognized by the United Nations to call attention to the coasts, seas and ocean. Together we have the power to protect the oceans!    The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) celebrates World Oceans Day by organizing a Science happening on Friday evening, 6 June. The programme includes talks on weather at sea, seafood and seabird migration. Speakers are: Fritz Buyl, meteorologist Oceanographic Meteorology Station ('Weather at sea'), Eric Stienen, seabird expert Research Institute for Nature and Forest ('Seabirds, heroes of the airspace),... Learn more
Friday, May 16, 2014
Every year SETAC Europe organises the Best Publication Award in the categories risk assessment, chemical analysis and ecotoxicology. This year the SETAC Europe BPA for risk assessment went to Dr. Dieter De Coninck: “An approach to assess the regulatory relevance of microevolutionary effects in ecological risk assessment of chemicals: a case study with cadmium”
Thursday, April 17, 2014
  From 7 to 17 April all first year students are staying at the Sven Lovén centre of marine sciences in Tjärno (Sweden).
Monday, April 14, 2014
Power production of a Wave Energy Converter array depends on the geometric layout of the individual WECs within the array.
Monday, February 10, 2014
An international scientific symposium on the environmental impact of offshore wind farms took place in Brussels, from 26 until 28 November 2013.   During this conference, anticipated positive and negative impact of offshore wind farms on the marine environment were discussed. The general aim of the symposium was to optimize future monitoring programmes based on information obtained in the past. During the first day of the symposium, scientists presented the conclusions from six years of research performed at the wind farms in the Belgian part of the North Sea. On the... Learn more
Friday, February 7, 2014
The First Mares Conference on Marine Ecosystems Health and Conservation, the place to be in November 2014 !     The First Mares Conference, an initiative from the MARES Joint Doctoral Programme, will be held in Olhão, Portugal, on November 17th-21st, 2014. Ghent University, jointly with the University of Algarve, is responsible for its organization. This international and open conference will bring together scientists from different levels and disciplines to discuss and address main issues about marine ecosystems health and conservation.   Six themes will be developed... Learn more
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Together with the multitude of human beach functions, beach nourishment potentially threatens the natural balance of the beach and coastal ecosystem. The impact of beach nourishment is investigated. 
Friday, January 31, 2014
A mysterious five-metre long 'sea monster' washed ashore on the beach of Ostend in the night of 15 January 2014, and appeared to be an action from the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ). 
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Marine@UGent launched a video contest for its young marine researchers. The deadline for submission of the video has been extended. New deadline: 21 February 2014.