Dr. Hendrik TREKELS

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Campus Etterbeek, Building F, 7th floor, Room 7F407
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

Phone: 
+32 (0)2 629 3057

Hendrik studies the role of habitat selection affecting species distribution patterns in metacommunities using aquatic insect communities as models. He combines field and mesocosm experiments with survey data and supervising BSc, MSc and PhD students. He is beneficiary of a three year postdoctoral fellowship with the Scientific Research Fund Flanders (FWO).

From early childhood he had a passion for (aquatic) biodiversity. After finishing a graduate in Biochemistry, he enrolled at KULeuven to study Biology. His Master thesis dealt with the combined effects of food deprivation and insecticide exposure in the damselfly Ischnura elegans under the supervision of prof. Robby Stoks. Afterwards, he did his PhD in the same group at the KU Leuven on community ecotoxicology and the importance of dispersal as a mediating factor, with a main focus on water boatmen (Corixidae). On two additional field trips in the margin of his research (to Sheffield, UK and Doñana, Spain), he developed a strong interest in dispersal and habitat selection shaping local communities. After working for over two years as an independent researcher at pcfruit, Sint-Truiden, he successfully applied for a post-doctoral research project at the VUB in the group of prof. Bram Vanschoenwinkel.

Trekels, H., Van de Meutter, F. & Stoks, R. (2013) Predator cues magnify effects of the pesticide endosulfan in water bugs in a multi-species test in outdoor containers. Aquatic Toxicology 138-139, 116-122. 

Trekels, H., Van de Meutter, F., Bervoets, L. & Stoks, R. (2012) Species-specific responsiveness of four enzymes to endosulfan and predation risk questions their usefulness as general biomarkers. Ecotoxicology 21, 268-279. 

Trekels, H., Van de Meutter, F. & Stoks, R. (2012) Species-specific patterns of swimming escape performance and cholinesterase activity in a guild of aquatic insects exposed to endosulfan. Environmental Pollution 163, 127-133. 

Trekels, H., Van de Meutter, F. & Stoks, R. (2011) Habitat isolation shapes the recovery of aquatic insect communities from a pesticide pulse. Journal of Applied Ecology 48, 1480-1489. 

Trekels, H., Van de Meutter, F. & Stoks, R. (2011) Effects of species-specific interactions with predation risk on the relative species sensitivities to a pesticide in water boatmen (Corixidae). Oikos 120, 897-905. 

Van de Meutter, F., Trekels, H. & Green, A.J. (2010) The impact of the North American waterbug Trichocorixa verticalis (Fieber) on aquatic macroinvertebrate communities in southern Europe. Fundamental and Applied Limnology 177, 283-292.

Van de Meutter, F., Trekels, H., Green, A.J. & Stoks R. (2010) Is salinity tolerance the key to success for the invasive water bug Trichocorixa verticalis? Hydrobiologia 649, 231-238.