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Prof. Dr Mees, Jan


Jan Mees (°1964) is the general director of the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Ostend since its establishment in 1999. He is trained as a marine biologist (MSc Zoology, MSc Environmental Sanitation, PhD Biology) at Ghent University, where he is part-time professor and has been teaching courses on data analysis, statistics, coastal ecosystems and fisheries. An experienced marine ecologist and taxonomist - contributing a.o. to the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) that is hosted at his institute - he is the author of more than 100 scientific publications, most in international journals with peer review. Jan Mees represents his institute and the Flemish government in several European and global oceanography and marine biodiversity networks, e.g. IOC/UNESCO, MARS and EurOcean. He was Chair of the European Marine Board from 2014 to 2019 and is currently Co-chair of the Editorial Board of the Global Ocean Science Report 2020. Jan has served on the WoRMS Steering Committee since 2013 and was Vice-chair in 2013-2016.

Thesaurus terms: Biological oceanography; Marine ecology
Taxonomic terms: Leptostraca [WoRMS]; Lophogastrida [WoRMS]; Mysida [WoRMS]; Pygocephalomorpha † [WoRMS]; Stygiomysida [WoRMS]

Institutes (4)  Top | Institutes | Publications | Projects | Datasets 
  • Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), more
  • Function: General Director
    Direct contact at institute:
    Tel.: +32-(0)59-33 60 70
    GSM: +32-(0)476-86 96 23
  • Universiteit Gent (UGent), more
  • Function: Professor
  • VLIZ Belgian Marine Species Consortium, more
  • WoRMS Editorial Board (WoRMS editors), more
  • Function: Taxonomic editor
Jan Mees

Previous institutes (6)  Top | Institutes | Publications | Projects | Datasets 
  • WoRMS Steering Committee (SC), more
  • Period: From 22nd Aug 2019 till Sep 2022
  • European Marine Board (EMB), more
  • Function: Chair
    Period: From May 2014 till
  • Belgica Genootschap vzw (BELGICA vzw), more
  • Function: Executive secretary
  • HYDRO vzw; Algemene vergadering, more
  • Function: Vertegenwoordiger Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee vzw
  • HYDRO vzw; Raad van bestuur, more
  • Overlegplatform Spuikom, more

Projects (57)  Top | Institutes | Publications | Projects | Datasets 
  • A biological valuation map for the Belgian Continental Shelf, more
  • A century of sea fisheries in Belgium, more
  • A pre-standardisation development for marine data interoperability using XML, more
  • Archiving data on recreational fishing along the Belgian coast, more
  • Assessment of Marine Debris on the Belgian Continental Shelf: occurence and effects. - AS-MADE, more
  • Belgian Register of Marine & Coastal Species, more
  • Blootstelling van bevolkingsgroepen wonend in het hart van de Euregio aan polluerende atmosferische deeltjes: het geval van de fijne stofdeeltjes, more
  • Cluster Sustainable management of the North Sea, more
  • Compendium voor Kust en Zee 2013, more
  • Compendium voor Kust en Zee 2015, more
  • Coördinatiepunt voor geïntegreerd kustzonebeheer - fase 1, more
  • Coördinatiepunt voor geïntegreerd kustzonebeheer - fase 2, more
  • Creating a long term infrastructure for marine biodiversity research in the European Economic Area and the Newly Associated States, more
  • CSA Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans, more
  • CSA in Marine Biotechnology, more
  • De Zee van Toen, more
  • Development of an Integrated Database for the Management of Accidental Spills, more
  • Effects of dredgings and harbour expansion on the environment, more
  • Endocrine disruption in the Scheldt Estuary: distribution, exposure and effects, more
  • Eu-duurzaamheidsindicatoren voor kustgebieden in Nederland, more
  • European Marine Biodiversity Observatory System, more
  • European platform for coastal research: coordination action, more
  • Evaluation and update of the OMES database, concerning the data of the Flemish part of the Scheldt estuary, more
  • Expeditie Zeeleeuw, more
  • Flemish contribution to, more
  • Higher trophic levels in the Southern North Sea, more
  • Indicators of sustainable development for the Scheldt estuary, more
  • Integrated Risk Assessment and Monitoring of micropollutants in the Belgian coastal zone, more
  • Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning - EU Network of Excellence, more
  • Marine Biotechnology ERA-NET, more
  • Marine Incidents Management cluster - MIMAc, more
  • Niet-inheemse soorten in het Belgisch deel van de Noordzee en omliggende estuaria, more
  • North Sea Benthos Project, more
  • Onderzoek naar de gevolgen van het Sigmaplan, baggeractiviteiten en havenuitbreiding in de Zeeschelde op het milieu, more
  • Optimaliseren data beheer en opslag en verzorgen educatie databeheer voor wetenschappers van het NIOO, more
  • Organisation of symposium Dunes and Estuaries, more
  • Pan-European infrastructure for Ocean & Marine Data Management, more
  • PhD Drivers & mechanisms influencing early colonization by marine ecosystem engineers of artificial & natural habitats., more
  • Planet Ocean, more
  • Polluting atmospheric particles along the French-Flemish North Sea coast: border transports and impact on the environment. Transborder cooperation and sensitization, more
  • Publicatie van een atlas en een CD-ROM ter valorisatie van het project MACROBEL, more
  • Quantification of Erosion and Sedimentation patterns to Trace the natural versus anthropogenic sediment dynamics, more
  • Research on the environmental effects of the SIGMA plan: Effects of dredgings and harbour expansion on the environment, more
  • Scientific and institutional capacity building for implementing European marine policy in the Black Sea Region, more
  • Spatial and Temporal Assessment of high Resolution Depth profiles Using novel Sampling Technologies, more
  • Spatial and Temporal assessment of high Resolution Depth profiles Using novel Sampling Technologies - phase II, more
  • Streamlining activity of the Coastal Wiki, more
  • Strengthening the oceanographic data management and operational forecast services at IBSS and MHI, Ukraine, more
  • Studie- en samenwerkingsovereenkomst MIRA-T 2005, more
  • Study on the lateral input of the Flemish part of the Scheldt estuary, more
  • Taxonomy of Mysidacea (Crustacea), taxonomical databases, more
  • The development and realisation of the first phase of the ScheldeMonitor information system in the framework of "Research and Monitoring long-term planning Scheldt estuary" (LTV O&M), more
  • The development and realisation of the second phase of the ScheldeMonitor information system in the framework of "Research and Monitoring long-term planning Scheldt estuary" (LTV O&M), more
  • The development and realisation of the third phase of the ScheldeMonitor information system in the framework of "Research and Monitoring long-term planning Scheldt estuary" (LTV O&M), more
  • Understanding benthic, pelagic and air-borne ecosystem interactions in shallow coastal seas, more
  • Verzamelen van de nodige attributen, het opstellen van de benodigde teksten en scenario’s voor de museologische inrichting van het Vlaams Bezoekerscentrum De Nachtegaal, more
  • Voordelta*4: hyperbenthosonderzoek Voordelta, more

Datasets (23)  Top | Institutes | Publications | Projects | Datasets 
  • Checklist for aquatic alien species in the Belgian part of the North Sea and adjacent estuaries, more
  • Community analysis and feeding ecology of the ichthyofauna in Gazi Bay sampled in August 1993, more
  • Counts of epibenthic fish species sampled at Gazi Bay on 17 and 19 July 1996, more
  • Counts of hyperbenthos of Gazi Bay (Kenya) sampled in October 1994, more
  • Counts of isopods sampled at Gazi Bay (Kenya) between 18 and 25 October 1994, more
  • Counts of Mysidacea from Gazi (Kenya), Uroa (Zanzibar) and Ambon (Indonesia) sampled between October 1994 and July 1996, more
  • Counts of Mysidacea sampled at night in Gazi Bay in October 1994, more
  • Ecological hyperbenthic data of the Scheldt estuary: historical data (1988-2001), more
  • Epibenthic and fish community in Gazi Bay sampled from 12-15 October 1994, more
  • Feeding rhythms of the common goby Pomatoschistus microps at the brackish tidal marsh 'Het verdronken land van Saeftinge' in 1994, more
  • Historical Kenyan-Belgian research datasets (1873-1999), more
  • Ichthyofauna of a Kenyan seagrass bed and the diet of Plotosus lineatus (Gazi Bay, August 1993), more
  • Listing of long-term data series Schelde estuary: inventory of research and monitoring, more
  • MACROBEL: Long term trends in the macrobenthos of the Belgian Continental Shelf, more
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  • Mysid shrimp populations in the Scheldt estuary, more
  • MYSIDLAN: Taxonomy and biodiversity of shallow coastal Mysidacea of the Western Indian Ocean, more
  • Population dynamics of Mesopodopsis slabberi in the Western Scheldt between 1990 and 1991, more
  • Pre and post-survey data evaluating the impact of the COLLECT project on participants, more
  • Spatial and temporal ichthyofauna community of a tropical mangrove Bay (Gazi Bay, Kenya) sampled between 1994 and 1996, more
  • The feeding ecology of Sphaeramia orbicularis (Pisces: Apogonidae) in the East Creek of Gazi Bay (Kenya) in August 1993, more
  • World List of Leptostraca, more
  • World List of Lophogastrida, Stygiomysida and Mysida, more

Publications (517)  Top | Institutes | Publications | Projects | Datasets 
A1 Publications (73) [show]
Peer reviewed publications (13) [show]
Books (108) [show]
Book chapters (52) [show]
Theses (2) [show]
Abstracts (120) [show]
Reports (87) [show]
Other publications (35) [show]
Thesis (co-)promotor (22) [show]
Thesis supervisor (5) [show]

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