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Inproceedings Reference Variation in long bone morphology of true seals (Mammalia, Phocidae), and its impact on understanding the fossil record
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2021
Inproceedings Reference Variation in space and time of ant distribution among ground layers in an ecuadorian premontane forest
Nearly half of the ant species present in a tropical forest are directly in contact with the ground for nesting or foraging, with evidence of vertical stratification among ground layers (i.e., surface, litter, and soil). How ants in each layer respond to environmental factors and to seasonality remains little studied. We hypothesized that ant species distribution varied spatially and seasonally among the three ground layers and that their distribution was distinctly affected by various abiotic and biotic factors. The ant distribution was analysed spatio-temporally: vertically (between the ground surface, leaf-litter, and mineral soil, using pitfalls, Winkler, and soil cores), horizontally (every meter along a 100 m transect) and seasonally (between the dry and the rainy seasons). Four environmental parameters were measured every meter along the transect: canopy openness, slope, leaf-litter volume and soil properties. Our results showed a clear vertical stratification, with distinct faunal composition in each layer and a strong seasonal effect. Stable distribution of several dominant species between seasons suggests a low nest relocation rate. During the dry season, higher ant richness and abundance were found in pitfall traps suggesting higher activity on the surface of the forest floor. Similarly, higher ant richness and abundance found in the soil during the dry season suggest the migration of drought-sensitive species downwards deeper into the soil. Species richness and dominant species distribution were related to distinct factors according to the layer considered; we found strong correlations between the quantity of leaf-litter and dominant ant species distribution and species richness in the leaf-litter layer, while no correlation was found with any factor in the soil layer. While soil properties influenced the ant distribution at the kilometer scale they had little influence at the meter scale.
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2018
Inproceedings Reference Variation spatiale et saisonnière de la distribution des fourmis dans le sol d’une forêt tropicale
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications
Inproceedings Reference Variations in SPM characteristics in a nearshore marine environment and its consquences for long-term in situ measurements using optical and acoustical sensors
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2018
Proceedings Reference Vers of bewerkt? Archeologisch onderzoek naar de bewaarvormen van vis
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2016
Inproceedings Reference Vers un inventaire des écureuils arboricoles, porteurs de Monkeypox en RD Congo
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2023 OA
Inproceedings Reference Versatility of marine geological databases in view of MSFD related assessments
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2017
Inproceedings Reference Versatility of marine geological databases in view of MSFD related assessments
To ensure harmonised seabed mapping over large areas and to facilitate the exchange of information, a common geological knowledge base is being developed for the southern part of the North Sea. Data, sustaining this marine geological database, originate from a variety of sources, including the industry. Related to the seabed and its subsurface, two main databases are being compiled: one comprising all available lithological descriptions and one with all numerical grain-size information. To enable standardisation of the data and make them easily queryable, non-numerical descriptions are being coded to an international standard (EU FP7 Geo-Seas), of which the Udden-Wentworth scale is the main classifier. Several other parameters were derived, such as percentages mud, sand, gravel, shells and organic material. For the second database, cumulative grain-size distribution curves were compiled, enabling calculations of any desired granulometry parameter, such as percentages of the grain-size fractions (fine, medium, coarse sand) and percentiles that are relevant in seabed-habitat mapping or sediment-transport modelling (D35, D50, D84). To quantify data uncertainty in the derived data products, metadata on sampling and coring techniques, analytical methods, horizontal and vertical positioning accuracy and the exact timing of data acquisition were included. These metadata fields are also crucial in the quantification of habitat changes, a key issue in the assessment of good environmental status within Europe’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The newly developed database and its associated data products contribute to the objectives of the projects TILES (Belspo Brain-be), EMODnet-Geology (EU DG MARE), and ZAGRI (private revenues from the marine-aggregate industry).
Located in Library / No RBINS Staff publications
Inproceedings Reference Vertebrate diversity patterns in the Congo Basin rainforests
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications 2019
Inbook Reference Vertebrate remains in the 2003 Bernissart drill: histological assessment.
Located in Library / RBINS Staff Publications