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Article Reference Water chemistry and not urbanization influences community structure of non-marine Ostracoda (Crustacea) in northern Belgium
Urbanization is one of the major causes of the destruction of natural habitats in the world. Cities are urban heat islands and can thus significantly influence populations of plants and animals. The research project SPEEDY investigated the effects of urbanization in northern Belgium with a nested sampling design at local and landscape scales for a variety of organisms. Here, we tested the effects of urbanization on non-marine ostracod communities, sampling 81 small pools in three urbanization categories, as defined by percentage built up cover (low, intermediate, high). We identified 17 ostracod species, together occurring in 60 of the 81 sampled pools. We found that urbanization per se had no significant effect on ostracod communities. Of all the measured local factors, ammonium and total phosphorus concentrations had a significant effect on the community structure. In contrast, water temperature had no significant effect, most likely because the ostracod species found in northern Belgium in the present survey mostly have wide temperature tolerances.
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2021
Article Reference Safeguarding Freshwater Life Beyond 2021: Recommendations for the new Global Biodiversity Framework from the European Experience.
Plans are currently being drafted for the next decade of action on biodiversity—both the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Biodiversity Strategy of the European Union (EU). Freshwater biodiversity is disproportionately threatened and underprioritized relative to the marine and terrestrial biota, despite supporting a richness of species and ecosystems with their own intrinsic value and providing multiple essential ecosystem services. Future policies and strategies must have a greater focus on the unique ecology of freshwater life and its multiple threats, and now is a critical time to reflect on how this may be achieved. We identify priority topics including environmental flows, water quality, invasive species, integrated water resources management, strategic conservation planning, and emerging technologies for freshwater ecosystem monitoring. We synthesize these topics with decades of first-hand experience and recent literature into 14 special recommendations for global freshwater biodiversity conservation based on the successes and setbacks of European policy, management, and research. Applying and following these recommendations will inform and enhance the ability of global and European post-2020 biodiversity agreements to halt and reverse the rapid global decline of freshwater biodiversity.
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2021
Article Reference La conservation des holothuries aspidochirotes dans les eaux du littoral kenyan
Les holothuries aspidochirotes (Échinodermes : Holothurides) font l’objet d’une pêche intensive dans les eaux du littoral kenyan et les stocks fondent comme neige au soleil. Afin de protéger et de gérer ces ressources naturelles, il convient d’élaborer des programmes de conservation et de gestion. Or, une telle entreprise nécessite la réalisation d’études rigoureuses et informatives dans différents domaines. Ce document s’attarde sur les cinq niveaux de compréhension nécessaires à l’élaboration d’un programme adapté à la conservation des holothuries en Afrique orientale.
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Inproceedings Reference A 1500 years-record of North Atlantic storminess from the Shetland Islands (UK) – preliminary insights
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Article Reference A new species of Holothuria (Aspidochitotida, Holothuriidae) from Kenya
A new species, Holothuria (Mertensiothuria) arenacava (Echinodermata, Holothuroidea) from the littoral waters of Kenya is described. This species is characterized by its sand-burrowing behaviour, its small tentacles, the variously developed tables, corpuscules, buttons, plates and rods in the tube feet, and by the smooth, spiny and knobbed rods in the tentacles.
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Inproceedings Reference Metagenomics of tsunami deposits: developments and challenges from a case study on the Shetland Islands (UK)
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Inproceedings Reference Historical records of storm frequency on the Shetland Islands (UK) – Preliminary insights from lake sediment cores and coastal wave modelling
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Article Reference Novel Cardinium strains from non-marine ostracod (Crustacea) hosts
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2019
Article Reference Crop diversity and choices in the prehistory of South Eastern Europe: the archaeobotanical evidence from Greece and Bulgaria In: Chevalier, A., Marinova, E, Pena-Cocharro, L. (eds.) Plants and People: choices and diversity through time
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Article Reference Kowieria alveoformis gen. nov. sp. nov., a new heterosporous lycophyte from the Latest Devonian of Southern Africa
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2018