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DECAESTECKER Ellen

  • Aquatic Biology, KU Leuven, Kortrijk, Belgium
  • Aquatic, Biodiversity, Crustacea, Ecology, Ecosystems, Evolution, Genetics/Genomics, Life histories, Parasitology, Symbiosis
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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND Website www.kuleuven-kulak.be/aquaticbiology/EllenDecaestecker ORCID 0000-0001-6328-5283 2020 Sabbatical IRD, CNRS Montpellier (FR) 2018 - Full Professor Biology KU Leuven (BE) 2012 - 2018 Associate Professor Biology KU Leuven (BE) 2008 FWO Postdoc Fellow, Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution, UEdinburgh (UK) 2007 - 2012 Assistant Professor Biology KU Leuven (BE) 2003 - 2007 Postdoc FWO & KU Leuven Research Council (BE) 1998 - 2002 PhD KU Leuven in collaboration with UBasel (CH) FIVE MAIN PUBLICATIONS Callens M., Watanabe H., Kato Y., Miura J., Decaestecker E. 2018. Microbiota inoculum composition affects holobiont assembly and host growth in Daphnia. Microbiome 6, 56. (IF: 9.13). Macke E., Callens M., De Meester L., Decaestecker E. 2017. Host-genotype dependent gut microbiota drives zooplankton tolerance to toxic cyanobacteria. Nature Communications 8, 1608 (IF 12.35). Callens M., Macke E., Bossier P., Lievens B., Waud M., Decaestecker E. 2016. Food availability affects the strength of mutualistic host-microbiota interactions in Daphnia magna. ISME Journal 10, 911-920. (IF 9.52). Decaestecker E., De Gersem H., Michalakis Y., Raeymaekers JAM. 2013. Damped long-term host- parasite Red Queen coevolutionary dynamics: a reflection of dilution effects? Ecology Letters 16, 1455- 1462. (IF 9.14). Decaestecker E., Gaba S., Raeymaekers JAM., Stoks R., Van Kerckhoven L., Ebert D., De Meester L.. 2007. Host-parasite 'Red Queen' dynamics archived in pond sediment. Nature 450 (7171), 870- 873. (IF 41.58). For a full list of publications see https://lirias.kuleuven.be/cv?u=U0003403; 4 book chapters, > 55 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, including Nature, Nature Comm., PNAS, eLife, Ecol. Lett., ISME journal, Microbiome, Am. Nat., J. Anim. Ecol., Evolution, Ecology, FEMS Microbial. Ecology as first or last author. Web of Science: H-index = 21, 1645 citations. Average citations/year: 91.5. Average citations/item: 34; Google Scholar: H-index = 25, i10-index = 37, 2336 citations. LAB EXPERTISE The Decaestecker lab engages in science with societal relevance that we urgently need to solve problems associated with global change and sustainability. We investigate the ecology, evolution, biodiversity and species interactions in freshwater ecosystems, more in particular, host-microbiome interactions in an eco-evolutionary framework. Conceptual thinking is combined with the newest tools (metagenomics, metabolomics and theoretical modelling) to foster interdisciplinary research and link microbial ecology with physiological and biomedical research. TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES I am coordinator of 6 courses and responsible for 32.75 ECTS. I teach theoretical classes in Animal, Human and Comparative Biology; Diversity of Animals; Ecology and Evolution at bachelor and master level in Biology, Biochemistry, Bio-engineers, Psychological and Biomedical Science to approximately 250 students/year. COMMISSIONS OF TRUSTS/NETWORKS President Royal Belgian Zoological Society, President KU Leuven Young PI Group; Member KU Leuven Research Council, KU Leuven Science Faculty PhD Commission, KU Leuven Biology Department Council, KU Leuven PI Evaluation Commission, FWO BIO3 Evaluation panel, KNAW-NIOO advisory committee (NL), DFG Priority Program Selection Committee (DE), HCERES Evaluation Commission (FR). Scientific Committee FOD Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment (BE), ESEB board (John Maynard Smith prize and STNs, EU), NecoV board (NL-BE). Member FWO Research Networks “Eco-evolutionary dynamics” and “Biology and Ecology of Biofilms” (2011- 2022). Member Evaluation Committee of 34 PhD defences at KU Leuven (18 as chair, others as evaluator) and 17 at other universities/institutes (e.g. CNRS-Montpellier, ETH-Zürich, UGroningen, UUtrecht). Founder PCI Zoology, Editor invited reviews Belgian Journal of Zoology.

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Do substrate roughness and gap distance impact gap-bridging strategies in arboreal chameleons?

Gap-bridging strategies in arboreal chameleons

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Until now, very little is known about the tail use and functional performance in tail prehensile animals. Luger et al. (2020) are the first to provide explorative observations on trait related modulation of tail use, despite the lack of a sufficiently standardized data set to allow statistical testing. They described whether gap distance, perch diameter, and perch roughness influence tail use and overall locomotor behavior of the species Chamaeleo calyptratus.
Peterson (1984) described already the pattern how and when the tail is moved when bridging the distance from one perch to another. The study by Luger et al. (2020) further explores how this bridging distance, as well as other perch parameters modulate this behavior and the importance of tail use in it. Zippel et al. (1999) study the underlying musculoskeletal anatomy of the tail in chameleons, showing that chameleons have a strikingly different tail anatomy than other prehensile squamates. The difference is (partially) to be seen in the capacity of tail autotomy, that has been lost in chameleons.
Luger et al. (2020) describe the role the tail has in bridging a gap, and show that challenging and acrobatic movements to bridge large gaps, or when grasping on not so rough surfaces, relies heavily on a strong tail. Full body suspension with the tail can explain why tail autotomy has been lost, thus explaining the diverging tail musculature. They speculate on the role of this behavior for sexual selection for males. Sexual selection for males with a higher gripping performance could explain why male chameleons perform better for their size. In addition, boldness could have played a role. The authors state that exploring personality and its links to morphology, performance, and behaviors like grap-bridging would be a worthwhile avenue for future research on sexual selection in reptiles.

References

Luger, A.M., Vermeylen, V., Herrel, A. and Adriaens, D. (2020) Do substrate roughness and gap distance impact gap-bridging strategies in arboreal chameleons? bioRxiv, 2020.08.21.260596, ver. 3 peer-reviewed and recommended by PCI Zoology. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.08.21.260596
Peterson, J. A. (1984). The locomotion of Chamaeleo (Reptilia: Sauria) with particular reference to the forelimb. Journal of Zoology, 202(1), 1-42. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-7998.1984.tb04286.x
Zippel, K. C., Glor, R. E., and Bertram, J. E. (1999). On caudal prehensility and phylogenetic constraint in lizards: the influence of ancestral anatomy on function in Corucia and Furcifer. Journal of Morphology, 239(2), 143-155. doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1097-4687(199902)239:2%3C143::AID-JMOR3%3E3.0.CO;2-O

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DECAESTECKER Ellen

  • Aquatic Biology, KU Leuven, Kortrijk, Belgium
  • Aquatic, Biodiversity, Crustacea, Ecology, Ecosystems, Evolution, Genetics/Genomics, Life histories, Parasitology, Symbiosis
  • recommender, administrator, manager

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PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND Website www.kuleuven-kulak.be/aquaticbiology/EllenDecaestecker ORCID 0000-0001-6328-5283 2020 Sabbatical IRD, CNRS Montpellier (FR) 2018 - Full Professor Biology KU Leuven (BE) 2012 - 2018 Associate Professor Biology KU Leuven (BE) 2008 FWO Postdoc Fellow, Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution, UEdinburgh (UK) 2007 - 2012 Assistant Professor Biology KU Leuven (BE) 2003 - 2007 Postdoc FWO & KU Leuven Research Council (BE) 1998 - 2002 PhD KU Leuven in collaboration with UBasel (CH) FIVE MAIN PUBLICATIONS Callens M., Watanabe H., Kato Y., Miura J., Decaestecker E. 2018. Microbiota inoculum composition affects holobiont assembly and host growth in Daphnia. Microbiome 6, 56. (IF: 9.13). Macke E., Callens M., De Meester L., Decaestecker E. 2017. Host-genotype dependent gut microbiota drives zooplankton tolerance to toxic cyanobacteria. Nature Communications 8, 1608 (IF 12.35). Callens M., Macke E., Bossier P., Lievens B., Waud M., Decaestecker E. 2016. Food availability affects the strength of mutualistic host-microbiota interactions in Daphnia magna. ISME Journal 10, 911-920. (IF 9.52). Decaestecker E., De Gersem H., Michalakis Y., Raeymaekers JAM. 2013. Damped long-term host- parasite Red Queen coevolutionary dynamics: a reflection of dilution effects? Ecology Letters 16, 1455- 1462. (IF 9.14). Decaestecker E., Gaba S., Raeymaekers JAM., Stoks R., Van Kerckhoven L., Ebert D., De Meester L.. 2007. Host-parasite 'Red Queen' dynamics archived in pond sediment. Nature 450 (7171), 870- 873. (IF 41.58). For a full list of publications see https://lirias.kuleuven.be/cv?u=U0003403; 4 book chapters, > 55 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, including Nature, Nature Comm., PNAS, eLife, Ecol. Lett., ISME journal, Microbiome, Am. Nat., J. Anim. Ecol., Evolution, Ecology, FEMS Microbial. Ecology as first or last author. Web of Science: H-index = 21, 1645 citations. Average citations/year: 91.5. Average citations/item: 34; Google Scholar: H-index = 25, i10-index = 37, 2336 citations. LAB EXPERTISE The Decaestecker lab engages in science with societal relevance that we urgently need to solve problems associated with global change and sustainability. We investigate the ecology, evolution, biodiversity and species interactions in freshwater ecosystems, more in particular, host-microbiome interactions in an eco-evolutionary framework. Conceptual thinking is combined with the newest tools (metagenomics, metabolomics and theoretical modelling) to foster interdisciplinary research and link microbial ecology with physiological and biomedical research. TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES I am coordinator of 6 courses and responsible for 32.75 ECTS. I teach theoretical classes in Animal, Human and Comparative Biology; Diversity of Animals; Ecology and Evolution at bachelor and master level in Biology, Biochemistry, Bio-engineers, Psychological and Biomedical Science to approximately 250 students/year. COMMISSIONS OF TRUSTS/NETWORKS President Royal Belgian Zoological Society, President KU Leuven Young PI Group; Member KU Leuven Research Council, KU Leuven Science Faculty PhD Commission, KU Leuven Biology Department Council, KU Leuven PI Evaluation Commission, FWO BIO3 Evaluation panel, KNAW-NIOO advisory committee (NL), DFG Priority Program Selection Committee (DE), HCERES Evaluation Commission (FR). Scientific Committee FOD Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment (BE), ESEB board (John Maynard Smith prize and STNs, EU), NecoV board (NL-BE). Member FWO Research Networks “Eco-evolutionary dynamics” and “Biology and Ecology of Biofilms” (2011- 2022). Member Evaluation Committee of 34 PhD defences at KU Leuven (18 as chair, others as evaluator) and 17 at other universities/institutes (e.g. CNRS-Montpellier, ETH-Zürich, UGroningen, UUtrecht). Founder PCI Zoology, Editor invited reviews Belgian Journal of Zoology.