A new species of the genus Munidopsida
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Dr. Ann Vanreusel

University Ghent
Biology Department
Krijgslaan 281
S8 sterrecampus
9000 Ghent

Main lecturer in biostatistics, ecology of aquatic nematodes, extreme environments, aquatic ecology


1989 Doctor in science (Zoology) University Gent
1994 Licentiate in science (Zoology) University Gent
1982 Candidate in science (Biology) Limburgs Universitair Centrum


Selected publications


  • Bett, B.J. , A. Vanreusel, M. Vincx, T. Soltwedel, O. Pfannkuche, P.J.D. Lambshead, A.J. Gooday, T. Ferrero & A. Dinet. (1994). Sampler bias in the quantitative study of deep-sea meiobenthos. Marine Ecology Progress Series.104 : 197 – 203
  • Vanreusel, A., M. Vincx, B.J. Bett & A.L. Rice. (1995). Nematode biomass spectra at two abyssal sites in the NE Atlantic with a contrasting food supply. Int. Rev. Gesamt. Hydrobiol. 80 : 287 - 296
  • Vanreusel, A., M. Vincx, D. Schram & D. Van Gansbeke (1995) On the vertical distribution of the metazoan meiofauna in the shelf break and upper slope habitats of the NE Atlantic. Int. Rev. Gesamt. Hydrobiol. 80 : 313 – 326
  • Vincx,M., B.J. Bett, A. Dinet, T. Ferrero, A.J. Gooday, P.J.D. Lambshead, O. Pfannkuche, T. Soltwedel & A. Vanreusel.(1995). Meiobenthos of the deep northeast Atlantic. Advances in Marine Biology 104 : 197 – 203
  • Vanreusel, A. , I. Vandenbossche & F. Thierman (1997). Free-living marine nematodes from hydrothermal sediments : similarities with communities from diverse reduced habitats. Marine Ecology Progress Series 157 : 207-219
  • Van Averbeke, J., K. Soetaert, C. Heip & A. Vanreusel. (1998) Nematode community structure along the continental slope in the Goban Spur (NE Atlantic) Journal of Sea research 38: 93-107
  • Vanreusel, A., L. Clough, K.Jacobsen, W.Ambrose, J.Jivaluk, V.Ryheul, R.Herman & M.Vincx (2000) Meiobenthos of the Central Arctic ocean with special emphasis on the nematode community structure. Deep-sea research I 147: 1855-1879
  • Kröncke, I., A. Vanreusel, M.Vincx, J.Wollenburg, A.Mackensen, G.Liebezeit & B.Behrends (2000) The different benthic size compartments and their relation with sediment chemistry in the deep Eurasian Arctic Ocean. Marine Ecology Progress Series 199:31-41
  • Vanreusel, A. , N. Cosson-Sarradin, A.J. Gooday, G.L.J. Paterson, J. Galeron, M. Sibuet & M. Vincx. (2001). Evidence for episodic recruitment in a small opheliid polychaete species from the abyssal NE Atlantic. Progress in Oceanography.50:285-302
  • Galeron, J. , M. Sibuet, A. Vanreusel, K. Mackenzie, A. J. Gooday, A. Dinet & G.A. Wolff. (2001) Different temporal patterns among meiofauna and macrofauna taxa at an abyssal NE Atlantic site. Progress in Oceanography 50: 303-324
  • Gambi, C. Vanreusel, A en R. Danovaro (2003) Biodiversity of nematodes from deep-sea sediments of the Atacama slope and Trench (South Pacific ocean). Deep Sea Research 50: 103-117
  • Van Gaever.S, A. Vanreusel, A. Hughes and BJ Bett (2003) The macro- and micro scale patchiness of meiobenthos associated with the Darwin mounds (NE Atlantic). Journal Marine Biology Association UK 84 (3): 547-556
  • Muthumbi,A., Vanreusel, A., G. Duineveld, K. Soetaert and M. Vincx (2004) Nematode community structure along the continental slope off the Kenyan coast, Western Indian Ocean. Int Review Hydrobiology 89: 188-205
  • Vanhove, S, Vermeeren, H and Vanreusel A. (2004) Meiofauna towards the South Sandwich Trench (750-6300m), focus on nematodes Deep-sea Research PT II 51: 1665-1688
  • Fonseca, G. A. Vanreusel & W. Decraemer, (2006). Taxonomy and biogeography of Molgolaimus Ditlevsen, 1921 (Nematoda:Chromadoria) with reference to the origins of deep-sea nematodes. Antarctic Science 18: 23-50
  • Van Gaever, S., L. Moodley, D. De Beer & A. Vanreusel, (2006). Meiobenthos at the Arctic Håkon Mosby Mud Volcano with a parental caring nematode thriving in sulphide-rich sediments. Marine Ecology Progress Series: 321: 143-155
  • Raes, M. & A. Vanreusel, (2006). Microhabitat type determines the composition of nematode communities associated with sediment-clogged cold-water coral framework in the Porcupine Seabight (NE Atlantic). Deep-Sea Research I: 53 (12): 1880-1894
  • Brandt A, A. J. Gooday, S. N. Brandão, S.Brix, W.Brökeland, T. Cedhagen, M.Choudhury, N. Cornelius, B. Danis, I. De Mesel R. J. Diaz, D.C. Gillan, B. Ebbe, J. A. Howe, D. Janussen S. Kaiser K. Linse, M. Malyutina, J. Pawlowski, M. Raupach and A. Vanreusel (2007) First insights into the biodiversity and biogeography of the Southern Ocean deep sea. Nature 447, 307-311 (17 May 2007)
  • Moens, T; Vanhove, S; De Mesel, I; Kelemen, B; Janssens, T; Dewicke, A; Vanreusel, A (2007) Carbon sources of Antarctic nematodes as revealed by natural carbon isotope ratios and a pulse-chase experiment POLAR BIOLOGY, 31 (1): 1-13
  • Fonseca, G; Muthumbi, AW; Vanreusel, A (2007) Species richness of the genus Molgolaimus (Nematoda) from local to ocean scale along continental slopes MARINE ECOLOGY-AN EVOLUTIONARY PERSPECTIVE, 28 (4): 446-459
  • Sebastian, S; Raes, M; De Mesel, I; Vanreusel, A (2007) Comparison of the nematode fauna from the Weddell Sea abyssal plain with two North Atlantic abyssal sites DEEP-SEA RESEARCH PART II-TOPICAL STUDIES IN OCEANOGRAPHY, 54 (16-17): 1727-1736
  • Danovaro, R; Gambi, C; Dell'Anno, A; Corinaidesi, C ; Fraschetti, S ; Vanreusel, A ; Vincx, M ; Gooday, AJ (2008) Title: Exponential decline of deep-sea ecosystem functioning linked to benthic biodiversity loss CURRENT BIOLOGY, 18 (1): 1-8


Synergistic Activities
Chairman exam commission and coordinator Master program Advanced studies in marine and lacustrine sciences (Marelac)
Treasurer International association meiobenthologists
Steering committee Census of Marine Life Continental Margins
Steering committee CEDAMAR Census of Marine Life