Belgium - Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Marine Biology Laboratory, BIOMAR, Faculty of Sciences, Brussels

Chantal De Ridder is Professor Emeritus at the ‘Université Libre de Bruxelles. She studies the biology of marine benthos within an evolutionary and ecological context. Through morphological and functional observations, her researches aim to characterize the position an organism within its environment. She has a particular interest for echinoderms (and more particularly for echinoids) being concerned by three research topics: (1) the functioning and ecological places of symbiotic interactions (mutualism, commensalism, parasitism) involving echinoderms as one of the partners, (2) the features and ecological consequences of nutrition – from feeding behaviors, aptitudes, and digestive organs to trophic niches -, (3) the comprehensive understanding of biogeographic distributions of echinoids.
Keywords: Functional morphology and ecology, Symbioses, Nutrition, Biogeography, Echinoidea

  • Location: Brussels

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