Lutte biologique et écologie spatiale
    Biological control and Spatial Ecology
The Group
May 2014
The Group

Permanent staff

Jean-Claude Grégoire
Professor
Tel: +32-2-650.31.79
Office: UC4.228
Jean-Claude works on fundamental and applied aspects of the ecology and behaviour of forest insects. His research primarily concerns tri-trophic interactions, insect/host-plant relationships, predator/prey and parasitoid/host relationships, dispersal, foraging, biological invasions and quarantine. His favoured biological models are bark beetles (Coleoptera, Scolytinae).
Marius Gilbert
FNRS Research Associate
Personal Web Page
Tel: +32-2-650.37.80
Office: UB2.171
Marius works on the spatial dynamics of invasive organisms, including pathogens of and insects using spatially-realistic statistical modelling and simulation approaches. Over the last few years, he focused on the spatial epidemiology of major infectious diseases of livestock such as avian influenza, bovine tuberculosis, or bluetongue.
Paul Jacobs
Premier conseiller
Tel: +32-2-650.31.00
Paul is one of the focal points for international development at ULB and has held this position for many years. Previously, he worked primarily in molecular biology.
Lise Lambin
Technical Assistant
Tel: +32-2-650.37.82;
Office: UB2.150
Laetitia Marenne
Secretary
Tel: +32-2-650.29.25;
Fax: +32-2-650.24.45
Office UC4.151
Administrative support to LUBIES and EBE
Jean-Marc Molenberg
Technical Assistant (50%)
Tel: +32-2-650.37.82;
Office: UB2.150
Jean-Marc graduated in 1996 in forestry (La Reid) and joined us in 2001. Because of his many skills and of the great care he takes in everything he tackles, he rapidly became a key person to ensure the success of all experiments carried out in the lab and in the field.

Research Scientists & Post-Docs

Celia Boone
Post-Doctoral fellow
Tel: +32-2-650.32.18
Office UB2.167
TO COME
Catherine Linard
FNRS Post-Doctoral fellow
Personal Web Page
Tel: +32-2-650.37.81
Office: UB2.169
Catherine combines different methods and tools – especially high resolution remote sensing, Geographical Information Systems, spatial statistics and multi-agent models – for an integrated approach to spatial issues in epidemiology. Her current research activities focus on the impact of urban growth on P. falciparum malaria transmission in Africa.
Gaëlle Nicolas
FRFC Post-Doctoral fellow
Personal Web Page
Tel: +32-2-650.37.81
Office: UB2.169
Gaëlle works on spatial epidemiology of infectious diseases with a particular interest for interdisciplinary approaches. She currently aims to work on further improvements of the census data disaggregation algorithms under the "Mapping People and Livestock" project, on the basis of remote-sensed imagery, geo-referenced data and agricultural censuses.
Clément Tisseuil
Edenext Post-Doc
Tel: +32-2-650.32.18
Office UB2.167
Clément works on developing spatio-temporal spread models in a heterogeneous landscape to be applied to vector-borne disease in the context of the Edenext FP7 project.
Etienne Toffin
FNRS Post-Doctoral fellow
Personal Web Page
Tel: +32-2-650.32.18
Office UB2.167
Etienne is primarily interested in self-organization and collective behaviours. His current research activities focus on nest morphogenesis of bark beetles, and more particularly its relationship with infestation strategies of different species.

PhD students

Loïc Dohet
FRIA grant
Tel: +32-2-650.30.36
Office: UC4.228
Loïc works on the coevolution between bark beetles and their predators since 2011 (MSc thesis). His PhD thesis focuses on Rhizophagus grandis and Hapalaraea longula, the specific predators of Dendroctonus micans and D. punctatus (respectively). He compares the success of these predators on their usual prey and on exotic species. His goal is to test David Pimentel's New Associates Theory which predicts a lower success on usual, resistant prey. Loïc is also trying to identify the semiochemicals involved in the predators' oviposition response using headspace extractions and GC-MS.
Anai Janin
FRIA grant
Tel: +32-2-650.30.36
Office: UC4.228
Anaï works on biological control in forest ecosystem. She is developing a new control method, inspired by the “pest-in-first” method, applied to the biological system formed by Dendroctonus micans and Rhizophagus grandis. Through this approach, she study various aspects of the D. micans colonization strategy, such dispersion behavior using flight mill experiments, or host selection mechanism using artificial introduction and resin flow measurements.
Marceau Louis
Research Scientist
Tel: +32-2-650.30.36
Office: UC4.228
Marceau studies the foraging strategy of Ips typographus, the major pest of spruce forests in Europe. Those insects reproduces generally (endemic conditions) on weak or wind felled trees which are scarce and unpredictable. We then hypothesize that an efficient foraging behavior has evolved from a set of simple individual rules (Long-range dispersal – pheromone emission – aggregation). Marceau combines modeling and field experiments to validate those hypotheses.
Weerapong Thanapongtharm
Scholarship from The Royal Thai Government
Tel: +32-2-650.37.81
Office: UB2.169
Weerapong is veterinary officer of the Department of Livestock Development, Thailand. He obtained MSc in epidemiology and his thesis was associated with epidemiology of leptospirosis in cattle and dog. Regarding to PhD thesis, he is focusing on the spatial epidemiology of emerging infectious diseases in livestock such as PRRS, Nippah, or HPAI.