Belgian Explorers: Erik Verheyen, Congo Biodiversity Initiative
23 February 2017
UAntwerp, Campus Drie Eiken, Building O, Aula O.03 - Universiteitsplein 1 - 2000 Antwerpen (route: UAntwerpen, Campus Drie Eiken
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Organization / co-organization:
Global Change Ecology Centre
Erik will highlight the scientific importance of exploring pristine uncharted territory, and tell about his personal experiences with working in an undiscovered, natural environment
Erik Verheyen embarks on a trip into unknown Congo
The Global Change Ecology Excellence Centre invites you to have a look behind the scenes with some of our most adventurous researchers. For our first Belgian Explorers seminar we have the honor to introduce Dr Erik Verheyen, senior researcher at the UAntwerp Department of Biology, and researcher at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.
In 2010, Erik Verheyen was one of the scientific coordinators of a large expedition to survey the biodiversity in and around the Congo River, in the framework of the Congo Biodiversity Initiative. In this seminar, Erik will highlight the scientific importance of exploring pristine uncharted territory, and tell about his personal experiences with working in an undiscovered, natural environment.
The Congo Basin is home to the second largest tropical rainforest in the world and is still very much terra incognita. For five weeks 67 assorted zoologists, botanists, hydrologists, geologists, cartographers, archaeologists and linguists embarked on a big mission to learn more about this gigantic basin. Two specially equipped boats allowed researchers to live and work on the water. Packed with tons of scientific and logistical equipment, they went from Kisangani to Bumba and back, covering a total of nearly 1000km.
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