Erik Matthysen

Full professor

Short biography

Erik Matthysen (°1962) obtained his PhD at the University of Antwerp in 1988. After a postdoc position in Antwerp (including a three-month stay in Ohio State University) he became senior researcher with the FWO-Flanders in 1994, and lecturer in 1998 in the Department of Biology. After promoting to senior lecturer and associated professor he became full professor (gewoon hoogleraar) in 2010. In 1994 he became head of the Laboratory of Animal Ecology which in 2008 merged into a larger unit, the Evolutionary Ecology group, to which he is affiliated since then. Matthysen teaches various courses in ecology, conservation biology, behavioural and evolutionary ecology, and ornithology at Bachelor and Master level. He has taken up several major responsibilities at the department, faculty and institutional level including Programme Director Biology (2001-2007), coordinator of Quality Control in Teaching (Faculty of Sciences; 2008-2018), director and chair of Antwerp Doctoral School (2011-2019) and Research Council member (2016-present). Since 2015 he is member of the Global Change Ecology Centre of Excellence. At an international level he has been active as council member in the European and International Ornithologists’ Union (EOU, IOU) and chair of scientific programme committee of several international conferences, and has been active in research and capacity building in Kenya and Bolivia in the past 20 years. Matthysen’s research started out in behavioural ecology and population biology of birds but then increasingly moved towards research on spatial ecology and movement ecology in the broad sense and in a broad range of species (evolution and ecology of dispersal, landscape connectivity, invasive species). The  research is both fundamental and applied to problems in conservation biology, species management and public health. In the last twelve years an increasingly important research line has focused on ecology of ticks and tick-borne diseases using bird-tick-pathogen systems as the main model. He has (co-)supervised 23 Phd theses (6 ongoing) and >100 Master theses, and published 222 papers (WOS h=50, >8000 citations) including 5 in Nature and Science.

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