Influence of local and regional ecological factors on the communities of zooplankton


We try to disentangle the relative importance of local and regional factors in determining composition and structure of local communities in a set of interconnected shallow ponds ("De Maten", Genk). The study focuses on metacommunity structure, patterns of dispersal, and forces determining establishment success of species. Model organisms are zooplankton, macro-invertebrates and fish. In parallel to species composition, genetic diversity within and among populations of zooplankton is also assessed.


zooplankton, conservation, freshwater, lakes, ponds, wetlands, speies diversity, specialisation, seasonality, reproductive mode, phenology, competition, life history, behaviour, metapopulation, metacommunity, predation, resting stages, diapause, hatching, Ecology, Genetics, Habitat management, restoration, Limnology and hydrobiology, Ponds and lakes , standing waters, Inland Water Biodiversity, Flanders, Belgium, Europe, De Maten, De Blankaart, De Bourgoyen-Ossemeersen, W-Europe, Cladocera, Daphnia, Sida, Scapholeberis, Polyphemus, Megafenestra, Copepoda, Rotifera, Anomopoda, Branchiopoda, Metazoa, Invertebrata, Crustacea


Belgium {Geographical scope}
Inland Waters {Habitat type}


Name Role Start End
Laboratory of Aquatic Ecology and Evolutionary Biology unknown


Reference Role
Smirnov, N.M. & L. De Meester, 1996. A contribution to the cladoceran fauna of Papua New Guinea. Hydrobiologia 317: 65-68. author
Declerck, S., L. De Meester, N. Podoor & J. M. Conde-Porcuna, 1997. The relevance of size efficiency to biomanipulation theory: a field test under hypertrophic conditions. Hydrobiologia 360: 265-275. author
Cottenie, K., N. Nuytten, E. Michels & L. De Meester, 2001. Zooplankton community structure and environmental conditions in a set of interconnected ponds. Hydrobiologia 442: 339-350. author
Michels, E., K. Cottenie, L. Neys & L. De Meester, 2001. Zooplankton on the move: first results on the quantification of dispersal of zooplankton in a set of interconnected ponds. Hydrobiologia 442: 117-126. author

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