I started my research at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) with a Master thesis on population genetics of the Skunk Clownfish (Amphiprion akallopisos) in the Indian Ocean in 2012, studying connectivity among populations of this reef fish in the Indian Ocean. I have since then extended my work in this field by studying various aspects of connectivity and larval dispersal of reef fish, still using the Skunk Clownfish as a model species. I currently work on a VLADOC-sponsored PhD-project which comprises the study of population genetics of the Skunk Clownfish in the Western Indian Ocean using a combination of mitochondrial markers (D-loop) and nuclear markers (microsatellites), and a self-recruitment study on the reefs of Unguja Island, Zanzibar. The goal is to establish the full extent of the larval dispersal kernel of the Skunk Clownfish using parentage analysis.
Huyghe & Kochzius (2016) Highly restricted gene flow between disjunct populations of the skunk clownfish (Amphiprion akallopisos) in the Indian Ocean, Marine Ecology (in press).
Huyghe & Kochzius (under review) East-West Indian Ocean barrier to gene flow confirmed and population structure in the Western Indian Ocean for the Skunk clownfish revealed with multiple genetic markers.