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Onderzoeksgroep Ecosysteembeheer (UA-ECOBE), more
Onderzoeksgroep Systemisch Fysiologisch en Ecotoxicologisch Onderzoek (UA-SPHERE), more

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

MRG keywords (6) : Biochemistry; Carbon capture; Climate change; Ecosystem functioning; Molecular biology; Pollutants
Campus Drie Eiken
Building C
Universiteitsplein 1
2610 Wilrijk
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Type: Scientific

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The ECOSPHERE research group has grown organically from the former ECOBE (Ecosystem Management) and the SPHERE (Systemic Physiological and Ecotoxicological Research) groups and combines the strengths of the available expertise in fundamental and applied research in aquatic ecotoxicology, ecophysiology and ecology. The research group aims to underpin environmental management decisions with fundamental knowledge at different levels of organisation, from cell to ecosystem.

The group combines laboratory experiments, field investigations, and mathematical modelling and goes beyond the impact studies towards solution-based research (mitigation and nature-based solutions). Within this framework, ECOSPHERE focuses on the interactions between organisms and physicochemical factors on all levels of biological organisation. Our main research themes are:
  • integrated water management and ecosystem services;

  • water and soil risk assessments;

  • macro- and micronutrients for healthy ecosystems;
  • bioavailability and accumulation of macro- and microcontaminants;

  • physiological and molecular stress and toxicity mechanisms and their consequences for organismal fitness and survival.

ECOSPHERE offers ecotoxicological and water quality risk assessments, as well as geospatial analysis and modelling of coastal and marine ecosystems with applications to ecosystem restoration. The group quantifies and maps the impact of changes in land, soil and water management on the supply of ecosystem services. ECOSPHERE designs, assesses and monitors Nature Based Solutions for societal challenges related to climate change, such as buffering drought and flood risks, and carbon sequestration.

Publications (51)  Top | Persons | Project | Event | Datasets 
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  • Peer reviewed article André, C.; de Ruijsscher, D.; De Clercq, W.; Bogemans, F.; Van de Vijver, B.; Storme, A.; Louwye, S. (2024). The Roman to medieval landscape transformation at Aardenburg (southern The Netherlands) based on palynology and diatom analysis. Boreas 53(1): 88-105., more
  • Peer reviewed article de Luca Peña, L.V.; Taelman, S.E.; Bas, B.; Staes, J.; Mertens, J.; Clavreul, J.; Préat, N.; Dewulf, J. (2024). Monetized (socio-)environmental handprint and footprint of an offshore windfarm in the Belgian Continental Shelf: An assessment of local, regional and global impacts. Appl. Energy 353: 122123., more
  • Peer reviewed article Flipkens, G.; Dujardin, V.; Salden, J.; T'Jollyn, K.; Town, R.M.; Blust, R. (2024). Olivine avoidance behaviour by marine gastropods (Littorina littorea L.) and amphipods (Gammarus locusta L.) within the context of ocean alkalinity enhancement. Ecotoxicol. Environ. Saf. 270: 115840., more
  • Peer reviewed article Groffen, T.; Keirsebelik, H.; Dendievel, H.; Falcou-Prefol, M.; Bervoets, L.; Schoelynck, J. (2024). Are Chinese mitten crabs (Eriocheir sinensis) suitable as biomonitor or bioindicator of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) pollution? J. Hazard. Mater. 464: 133024., more
  • Peer reviewed article Padilha, J.A.G.; Santos, S.; Willems, T.; Souza-Kasprzyk, J.; Leite, A.; Cunha, L.S.T.; Costa, E.S.; Pessoa, A.R.; Eens, M.; Prinsen, E.; Torres, J.P.M.; Das, K.; Lepoint, G.; Dorneles, P.R.; Bervoets, L.; Groffen, T. (2024). Assessing the trophic ecology and migration on the exposure of cape petrels and Wilson's storm petrels from Antarctica to perfluoroalkylated substances, trace and major elements. Environ. Res. 244: 117827., more
  • Peer reviewed article Schulte-Ostermann, T.; Heuner, M.; Fuchs, E.; Temmerman, S.; Schoutens, K.; Bouma, T.J.; Minden, V. (2024). Identifying key plant traits and ecosystem properties affecting wave attenuation and the soil organic carbon content in tidal marshes. Est. Coast. 47(1): 144-161., more
  • Peer reviewed article Taelman, S.E.; de Luca Peña, L.V.; Préat, N.; Bachmann, T.M.; Van der Biest, K.; Maes, J.; Dewulf, J. (2024). Integrating ecosystem services and life cycle assessment: A framework accounting for local and global (socio-)environmental impacts. Int. J. Life Cycle Assess. 29: 99-115., more
  • Peer reviewed article Zhu, D.D.; Liu, S.M.; Leynaert, A.; Treguer, P.; Ren, J.L.; Schoelynck, J.; Ma, Y.W.; Sutton, J.N. (2024). Muddy sediments are an important potential source of silicon in coastal and continental margin zones. Mar. Chem. 258: 104350., more
  • Peer reviewed article Amadei Martínez, L.; Sabbe, K.; Dasseville, R.; Daveloose, I.; Verstraete, T.; D'Hondt, S.; Azémar, F.; Sossou, A.C.; Tackx, M.; Maris, T.; Meire, P.; Vyverman, W. (2023). Long-term phytoplankton dynamics in the Zeeschelde estuary (Belgium) are driven by the interactive effects of de-eutrophication, altered hydrodynamics and extreme weather events. Sci. Total Environ. 860: 160402., more
  • Peer reviewed article Belliard, J.-P.; Gourgue, O.; Govers, G.; Kirwan, M.L.; Temmerman, S. (2023). Coastal wetland adaptability to sea level rise: the neglected role of semi-diurnal vs. diurnal tides. Limnology and Oceanography Letters 8(2): 340-349., more
  • Peer reviewed article Debaere, S.F.; Weideli, O.C.; Bouyoucos, I.A.; Eustache, K.B.; Trujillo, J.E.; De Boeck, G.; Planes, S.; Rummer, J.L. (2023). Quantifying changes in umbilicus size to estimate the relative age of neonatal blacktip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus). Conservation Physiology 11(1): coad028., more
  • Peer reviewed article Ewers, C.; Normant-Saremba, M.; Keirsebelik, H.; Schoelynck, J. (2023). The temporal abundance-distribution relationship in a global invader sheds light on species distribution mechanisms. Aquat. Invasions 18(2): 179-197., more
  • Peer reviewed article Flipkens, G.; Fuhr, M.; Fiers, G.; Meysman, F.J.R.; Town, R.M.; Blust, R. (2023). Enhanced olivine dissolution in seawater through continuous grain collisions. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 359: 84-99., more
  • Peer reviewed article Flipkens, G.; Horoba, K.; Bostyn, K.; Geerts, L.J.J.; Town, R.M.; Blust, R. (2023). Acute bioaccumulation and chronic toxicity of olivine in the marine amphipod Gammarus locusta. Aquat. Toxicol. 262: 106662., more
  • Peer reviewed article Goeyers, C.; Kochman-Kedziora, N.; Van de Vijver, B. (2023). Orthoseira groenlandica sp. nov., a new aerophilic diatom (Orthoseirales, Bacillariophyta) species from Greenland. Phytotaxa 601(1): 81-89., more
  • Peer reviewed article Lange-Bertalot, H.; Van de Vijver, B. (2023). Revision of the Nitzschia sigma complex (Bacillariophyta), a frequent cosmopolitan species in disguise with the description of two new species. Botany Letters Latest Articles: 15., more
  • Peer reviewed article Lasters, R.; Van Sundert, K.; Groffen, T.; Buytaert, J.; Eens, M.; Bervoets, L. (2023). Prediction of perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) in homegrown eggs: Insights into abiotic and biotic factors affecting bioavailability and derivation of potential remediation measures. Environ. Int. 181: 108300., more
  • Peer reviewed article Opinion, A.G.R.; Vanhomwegen, M.; De Boeck, G.; Aerts, J. (2023). Long-term stress induced cortisol downregulation, growth reduction and cardiac remodeling in Atlantic salmon. J. Exp. Biol. 226(22): jeb246504., more
  • Peer reviewed article Pelckmans, I.; Belliard, J.-P.; Dominguez-Granda, L.E.; Slobbe, C.; Temmerman, S.; Gourgue, O. (2023). Mangrove ecosystem properties regulate high water levels in a river delta. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 23(9): 3169-3183., more
  • Peer reviewed article Steinigeweg, C.S.; Löbel, S.; Schröder, B.; Schoutens, K.; Reents, S.; Evans, B.; Temmerman, S.; Bouma, T.; Möller, I.; Paul, M. (2023). Plant trait-mediated drag forces on seedlings of four tidal marsh pioneer species. Front. Mar. Sci. 10: 1172492., more
  • Peer reviewed article Tan, L-S.; Ge, Z.-M.; Li, S.-H.; Zhou, K.; Lai, D.Y.F.; Temmerman, S.; Dai, Z.-J. (2023). Impacts of land-use change on carbon dynamics in China's coastal wetlands. Sci. Total Environ. 890: 164206., more
  • Peer reviewed article Temmerman, S.; Horstman, E.M.; Krauss, K.W.; Mullarney, J.C.; Pelckmans, I.; Schoutens, K. (2023). Marshes and mangroves as nature-based coastal storm buffers. Ann. Rev. Mar. Sci. 15: 95-118., more
  • Peer reviewed article Van de Pol, L.; Van der Biest, K.; Taelman, S.E.; De Luca Peña, L.; Everaert, G.; Hernandez, S.; Culhane, F.; Borja, A.; Heymans, J.J.; Van Hoey, G.; Vanaverbeke, J.; Meire, P. (2023). Impacts of human activities on the supply of marine ecosystem services: A conceptual model for offshore wind farms to aid quantitative assessments. Heliyon 9: e13589., more
  • Peer reviewed article van de Vijsel, R.C.; van Belzen, J.; Bouma, T.J.; van der Wal, D.; Borsje, B.W.; Temmerman, S.; Cornacchia, L.; Gourgue, O.; van de Koppel, J. (2023). Vegetation controls on channel network complexity in coastal wetlands. Nature Comm. 14(1): 7158., more
  • Peer reviewed article Van den Neucker, T.; Boito, L.; Soors, J.; Dewolf, J.; Mertens, J.; Van Pelt, D.; Van Damme, S.; Schoelynck, J. (2023). Leptocheirus pilosus Zaddach, 1844 (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Corophiidae) expands its range to Belgium. Belg. J. Zool. 153: 125-133., more
  • Peer reviewed article Van der Biest, K.; Staes, J.; Prigge, L.; Schellekens, T.; Bonte, D.; D'hondt, B.; Ysebaert, T.; Vanagt, T.; Meire, P. (2023). Integrating ecosystem services into impact assessments: A process-based approach applied to the Belgian coastal zone. Sustainability 15(21): 15506., more
  • Peer reviewed article Zidarova, R.; Pottiez, M.; Ivanov, P.; De Haan, M.; Van de Vijver, B. (2023). Amphora micrometra Giffen and Halamphora valdeminutissima sp. nov., two tiny benthic diatom species observed in the Black Sea. Phytotaxa 626(3): 199-207., more
  • Peer reviewed article Ashworth, M.P.; Majewska, R.; Frankovich, T.A.; Sullivan, M.; Bosak, S.; Filek, K.; Van de Vijver, B.; Arendt, M.; Schwenter, J.; Nel, R.; Robinson, N.J.; Gary, M.P.; Theriot, E.C.; Stacy, N.I.; Lam, D.W.; Perrault, J.R.; Manire, C.A.; Manning, S.R. (2022). Cultivating epizoic diatoms provides insights into the evolution and ecology of both epibionts and hosts. NPG Scientific Reports 12(1): 15116., more
  • Peer reviewed article Boito, L.; Van den Neucker, T.; Van Damme, S.; Schoelynck, J. (2022). First record of the alien hooked mussel Ischadium recurvum (Rafinesque, 1820) (Bivalvia: Mytilidae) in Belgium. Belg. J. Zool. 152: 157-162., more
  • Peer reviewed article Byns, C.; Teunen, L.; Groffen, T.; Lasters, R.; Bervoets, L. (2022). Bioaccumulation and trophic transfer of perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in marine biota from the Belgian North Sea: distribution and human health risk implications. Environ. Pollut. 311: 119907., more
  • Peer reviewed article Gourgue, O.; van Belzen, J.; Schwarz, C.; Vandenbruwaene, W.; Vanlede, J.; Belliard, J.-P.; Fagherazzi, S.; Bouma, T.J.; van de Koppel, J.; Temmerman, S. (2022). Biogeomorphic modeling to assess the resilience of tidal-marsh restoration to sea level rise and sediment supply. Earth Surface Dynamics 10(3): 531-553., more
  • Peer reviewed article Kochman-Kędziora, N.; Noga, T.; Olech, M.; Van de Vijver, B. (2022). The influence of penguin activity on soil diatom assemblages on King George Island, Antarctica with the description of a new Luticola species. PeerJ 10: e13624., more
  • Peer reviewed article Lasters, R.; Groffen, T.; Eens, M.; Coertjens, D.; Hofman, J.; Bervoets, L. (2022). Home-produced eggs: An important human exposure pathway of perfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS). Chemosphere 308: 136283., more
  • Peer reviewed article Maza, M.; Temmerman, S.; van Wesenbeeck, K.; Ghisalberti, M.; Tinoco, O.; Hu, Z. (2022). Editorial: Coastal protection provided by ecosystems: Observations and modeling across scales. Front. Mar. Sci. 9: 998923., more
  • Peer reviewed article Padilha, J.; de Carvalho, G.O.; Willems, T.; Lepoint, G.; Cunha, L.; Pessoa, A.R.L.; Eens, M.; Prinsen, E.; Costa, E.; Torres, J.P.; Dorneles, P.; Das, K.; Bervoets, L.; Groffen, T. (2022). Perfluoroalkylated compounds in the eggs and feathers of resident and migratory seabirds from the Antarctic Peninsula. Environ. Res. 214: 114157., more
  • Peer reviewed article Reents, S.; Möller, I.; Evans, B.; Schoutens, K.; Jensen, K.; Paul, M.; Bouma, T.J.; Temmerman, S.; Lustig, J.; Kudella, M.; Nolte, S. (2022). Species-specific and seasonal differences in the resistance of salt-marsh vegetation to wave impact. Front. Mar. Sci. 9: 898080., more
  • Peer reviewed article Saintilan, N.; Kovalenko, K.E.; Guntenspergen, G.; Rogers, K.; Lynch, J.C.; Cahoon, D.R.; Lovelock, C.E.; Friess, D.A.; Ashe, E.; Krauss, K.W.; Cormier, N.; Spencer, T.; Adams, J.; Raw, J.; Ibáñez, C.; Scarton, F.; Temmerman, S.; Meire, P.; Maris, T.; Thorne, K.; Brazner, J.; Chmura, G.L.; Bowron, T.; Gamage, V.P.; Cressman, K.; Endris, C.; Marconi, C.; Marcum, P.; St. Laurent, K.; Reay, W.; Raposa, K.B.; Garwood, J.A.; Khan, N. (2022). Constraints on the adjustment of tidal marshes to accelerating sea level rise. Science (Wash.) 377(6605): 523-527., more
  • Peer reviewed article Schoutens, K.; Stoorvogel, M.; van den Berg, M.; van den Hoven, K.; Bouma, T.J.; Aarninkhof, S.; Herman, P.M.J.; van Loon-Steensma, J.M.; Meire, P.; Schoelynck, J.; Peeters, P.; Temmerman, S. (2022). Stability of a tidal marsh under very high flow velocities and implications for nature-based flood defense. Front. Mar. Sci. 9: 920480., more
  • Peer reviewed article Suello, R.H.; Hernandez, S.L.; Bouillon, S.; Belliard, J.-P.; Dominguez-Granda, L.; Van de Broek, M.; Rosado-Moncayo, A.M.; Veliz, J.R.; Ramirez, K.P.; Govers, G.; Temmerman, S. (2022). Mangrove sediment organic carbon storage and sources in relation to forest age and position along a deltaic salinity gradient. Biogeosciences 19(5): 1571-1585., more
  • Peer reviewed article Tan, L.; Ge, Z.; Ji, Y.; Lai, D.Y.F.; Temmerman, S.; Li, S.; Li, X.; Tang, J. (2022). Land use and land cover changes in coastal and inland wetlands cause soil carbon and nitrogen loss. Glob. Ecol. Biogeogr. 31(12): 2541-2563., more
  • Peer reviewed article Van Putte, N.; Meire, P.; Seuntjens, P.; Joris, I.; Verreydt, G.; Hambsch, L.; Temmerman, S. (2022). Solving hindered groundwater dynamics in restored tidal marshes by creek excavation and soil amendments: a model study. Ecol. Eng. 178: 106583., more
  • Peer reviewed article Zidarova, R.; De Haan, M.; Ivanov, P.; Hineva, E.; Van de Vijver, B. (2022). The genus Craspedostauros E.J.Cox (Bacillariophyta) on the coasts of Livingston Island, Maritime Antarctica. Phytotaxa 572(1): 1-24., more
  • Münstermann, R.; Maris, T.; Schoelynck, J. (2024). Tidal wetland restoration for the generation of optimal ecosystem service delivery: nitrogen cycling in the Scheldt estuary, in: Mees, J. et al. Book of abstracts – VLIZ Marine Science Day, 6 March 2024, Oostende. VLIZ Special Publication, 91: pp. 97, more
  • Semeraro, A.; Dupont, R.; Van Hoey, G. (2024). Seaward nature-based solutions in sandy coastlines: applying the DAPSI(W)R(M) framework to the Coastbusters concept, in: Mees, J. et al. Book of abstracts – VLIZ Marine Science Day, 6 March 2024, Oostende. VLIZ Special Publication, 91: pp. 116, more
  • Sioen, M.; Vercauteren, M.; Blust, R.; Town, R.M.; Janssen, C.; Asselman, J. (2024). Impact of weathered and virgin polyethylene terephthalate nanoplastics on growth dynamics and the production of Extracellular Polymeric Substance (EPS) by microalgae, in: Mees, J. et al. Book of abstracts – VLIZ Marine Science Day, 6 March 2024, Oostende. VLIZ Special Publication, 91: pp. 40, more
  • Van der Biest, K. (2024). Methodologies for quantifying ecosystem services supply: A case-study for a multi-use platform (mussel aquaculture and offshore wind energy) in the Belgian Continental Shelf. Deliverable 3.2. SUMES Consortium: Antwerpen/Gent/Oostende. 37 pp., more
  • Bauwens, F.; Van den Neucker, T. (2023). Een speurtocht naar niet-inheemse soorten in het Galgeschoor en het Doeldok te Antwerpen. De Strandvlo 43(2): 39-50, more
  • De Luca Peña, L.V.; Taelman, S.E.; Staes, J.; Bas, B.; Préat, N.; Dewulf, J. (2023). How sustainable are offshore windfarms? An assessment to quantify local to global (socio-) environmental impacts of a case study in the Belgian Continental Shelf, in: Mees, J. et al. Book of abstracts – VLIZ Marine Science Day, 1 March 2023, Bruges. VLIZ Special Publication, 90: pp. 22, more
  • Keirsebelik, H.; Van Putte, N.; Verdonck, L.; Schoelynck, J. (2023). Unravelling the architecture of Chinese mitten crab burrows using non-intrusive techniques, in: Mees, J. et al. Book of abstracts – VLIZ Marine Science Day, 1 March 2023, Bruges. VLIZ Special Publication, 90: pp. 12, more
  • Schoutens, K.; Stoorvogel, M.; van den Berg, M.; van den Hoven, K.; Bouma, T.J.; Aarninkhof, S.G.J.; Herman, P.M.J.; van Loon-Steensma, J.M.; Meire, P.; Schoelynck, J.; Peeters, P.; Temmerman, S. (2023). Stability of a tidal marsh under very high flow velocities and implications for nature-based flood defense, in: EGU General Assembly 2023. Vienna, Austria & Online, 23–28 April 2023. pp. EGU23-1874., more
  • Keirsebelik, H.; Verhelst, P.; Schoelynck, J. (2022). Tracking the downstream migration of an aquatic invader: preliminary results on the spatio-temporal movement behaviour of the Chinese mitten crab in the Scheldt Estuary, Belgium, in: Mees, J. et al. Book of abstracts – VLIZ Marine Science Day, Online event 2 March 2022. VLIZ Special Publication, 88: pp. 57, more

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  • SUMES: Sustainable Marine Ecosystem Services , more

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  • Pint of Science - Wereldoceaandag 2023, more

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  • GamOlTox: Flipkens G.; Blust R.; Town R.; University of Antwerp: Belgium; (2023): Acute bioaccumulation and chronic olivine toxicity data for the marine amphipod Gammarus locusta. Marine Data Archive., more
  • Van der Biest, K.; ECOSPHERE Research Group, University of Antwerp: Belgium; (2023): SUMES project. D3.4: Ecosystem services maps (supporting files)., more
  • Van der Biest, K.; ECOSPHERE Research Group, University of Antwerp: Belgium; (2024): SUMES project. D3.3: SUMES ES-model: A quantative marine ecosystem services model (supporting files)., more

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