As part of the lectures marine ecology of Prof. Janssen, students of several master programs went on a field trip to the Opal coast in France. In the shadow of the fortress of Ambleteuse they experienced the forces of tidal action in terms of ecological zonation on rocky shores, sandy beaches and within the salt marshes of the river Slack.

Next to the field trip to Ambleteuse, the bioscience engineering students boarded the research vessel Simon Stevin. A video compilation of this excursion can be found on the Media menu.

Between November 2nd and December 7th, our postdoctoral researcher Gert Everaert performs a research stay at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA). The Niva is a non-profit research foundation which researches, monitors and assesses freshwater, coastal and marine environments and environmental technology. Gert will collaborate closely with the scientific staff of the section ‘Contaminants in the aquatic environment’. The research stay is supported by a travel grant of the ‘Fonds voor wetenschappelijk onderzoek  (FWO)’.

Recently Eng. Gert Everaert successfully defended his PhD and received the title of Doctor of Applied Biological Sciences. His research dealt with the potential risk of organic micropollutants on marine phytoplankton in the greater North Sea: integration of modelling and experimental approaches. The full version of his thesis can be found at Ghent University Academic Bibliography (link). His promotors, Prof. dr. Colin Janssen and Prof. dr. ir. Peter Goethals (aquatic ecology), and the whole GhEnToxLab staff wish him the best in his further (academic) career. Congratulations Gert!

logo ugent fbwAs any other UGent laboratory, education stands firmly rooted among our other core activities. For starters, our senior scientists provide lectures on Ecological Risk Assessment (I001293; I001975; I001974), Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology (I000482), Aquatic Ecology (I001291), Integrated Assessment of Water and Sediment Quality (I001934), Introduction to Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment (E078060), Environmental Ecology (I001349) and Ecotechnology (I001130).

Temporary open access to research articles

open access thumb medium100 100In an effort to make research known to a broader public, Elsevier Publishers recently made some research articles open acces until January 31st, 2014. This is your chance if you are interested in some of the research performed at our lab. Currently, Jana Asselman's article "Transcription patterns of genes encoding four metallothionein homologs in Daphnia pulex exposed to copper and cadmium are time- and homolog-dependent", published in Aqutic Toxicology is open access.

GhEnToxLab at SETAC Nashville

setaclogo2 thumb100 The Ghent University Laboratory for Environmental Toxicology will be presenting some of its research at the SETAC North America 34th Annual Meeting in Nashville, TN from 17-21 November 2013. Come and see us at the following dates and places:


Building bridges across research disciplines

Exciting times are coming for the Artemia Research Community. On September 2nd, the fully sequenced genome of Artemia will be presented on the Artemia Genome Workshop. Artemia is considered a model crustacean in aquaculture just as Daphnia is considered the model crustacean in freshwater. On the Artemia Genome day, LMAE will contribute to both the presentations as well as the scientific discussion. LMAE will share her knowledge and experience on the Daphnia genome to the broad Artemia research community. Hence, LMAE will strengthen its ongoing collaboration with the Laboratory of Aquaculture and continue to facilitate cross-fertilizations between these different research domains, e.g. the AquaStress project!

More information (Dutch): Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University

Mini symposium ecological, evolutionary and ecotoxicological genomics

On September 13th, 2013 Prof. Karel De Schamphelaere organizes a free mini symposium on "evolutionary, ecological and ecotoxicological genomics", which will take place at the faculty of Bioscience Engineering, UGent (Coupure Links 653, 9000 Gent). Three internationally renowned speakers will provide an overview of how the rapid developments of high-throughput genomics and DNA sequencing technologies help to improve our understanding of the ecology, evolution and ecotoxicology of species in a rapidly changing world and how this enables novel applications. More information can be found on the flyer. Everyone interested is cordially invited.

Excellent report for our lab!

A new, independent analysis of the research performance – based on scientific output – of all Ugent faculties, departments and research groups has just been released.
Here is the bottom line: we rank among the top 5 research groups of our faculty in terms of number and impact of papers. Our papers have a significantly higher impact compared to the world average in our research field and all other criteria also indicate the excellent performance of the Environmental Toxicology group.

Interuniversitary Advanced Master programme 'Technology for Integrated Water Management'

watertechnologylogoThe Interuniversitary Advanced Master programme 'Technology for Integrated Water Management' which is promoted by our research group, received a very positive evaluation from the visitation commission. The commission stated that the programme clearly succeeds in delivering high quality education in domains linked to integrated water management. Information about the programme and practical information for prospective students can be found at  http://www.watertechnology.be/.