Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Campus Etterbeek, Building F, Room F 8.08
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels, Belgium

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Dr. Karolien Vanpuyvelde is the coordinator of the 2-year master programme in “Master of Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management” (Oceans & Lakes). The programme puts strong emphasis on acquiring skills, both in marine and lacustrine research and management. It requires full-time attendance and active participation in lectures and practical exercises, visits to marine research centers, field trips and excursions.

Here is an overview of the opportunities offered by the Oceans & Lakes master programme:

wide spectrum of disciplines related to marine and lacustrine science and management are covered

Since admission is allowed to various science related bachelor degrees it may offer a unique opportunity to re-orientate your study career.

All classes are expertise-based as guaranteed by the large numbers of renowned research groups related to the programme.

wide spectrum of thesis subjects will be offered by the various research groups associated with the programme including the NIOO and UCL (associated as visiting professors).

You study together with students from all continents providing the global context of future marine and lacustrine research and management.

The highest standard of education and research is guaranteed by the three universities.

Classes are organized at all three universities in an efficient way to minimize travelling and maximize acquaintance with existing facilities, research groups and infrastructure.

Strong focus on practical and field work.

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Van Puyvelde K, Van Geert A, Triest L. ATETRA, a new software program to analyse tetraploid microsatellite data: comparison with tetra and tetrasat. Molecular Ecology Resources. 2010;10:331-334.

Triest L, Trung LQ, Talukder AKMMH, Van Puyvelde K. Nuclear cyp73 intron fragment length polymorphism supports morphological analysis of Salix species and hybrids. Plant Biosystems. 2009;143(3):555-563

Le Quang T, Van Puyvelde K, Triest L. Consensus primers of cyp73 genes discriminate willow species and hybrids (Salix, Salicaceae). Molecular Ecology Resources. 2008;8(2):455-458.

Van Puyvelde K., Triest L. ISSRs indicate isolation by distance and spatial structuring in Salix alba populations along alpine upstream rivers (Alto Adige and Upper Rhine); Belg. J. Bot. 2007;140(1)(SI):100-108.



2016 – present: Promoter from the VLIR-UOS Short Training Initiative ‘a short course on community based ecological mangrove restoration (ComEcoMa)’; Responsible person for the implementation of the VLIR-UOS TEAM project ‘Transboundary coastal processes and human resource utilisation patterns as a basis for a Kenya-Tanzania conservation area initiative (Trans-Coast)

2014 - present: Co-promoter from the VLIR-UOS South Initiative ‘INternational inTEnsive Southern training proGRAmme and network DEvelopment for marine and lacustrine scientists (InteGRADE)’;

2014: Member of the Scientific Committee from the International Workshop ‘Sustainable use of coastal and marine resources in Kenya: from research to societal benefits’, October 27- 29, 2014, North Coast Beach Hotel, Kilifi County, Kenya. Organized by Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI), Kenya and by Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), Belgium

2013: Participate as a project members for the Vrije Univeristeit Brussel in the VLIR-IUC Hue University Kick-off meeting (5-7 June 2013)

2007- present: Coordinator of Master of Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management (Oceans and Lakes); www.oceansandlakes.be - This position requires extensive contact between students and personnel, personal involvement, communication skills, organisation, multitasking, leadership and precision.

2005-2007: Scholarship for Research Formation (BFR04/123) from Luxembourg Hybrid zones along rivers: molecular ecology of willow trees

2004: Marie Curie Training position at the Molecular Evolutionary Genetics Group at the University of Barcelona

2002-2004: EU project: The dynamic nature of introgressive hybridisation in natural and introduced polyploid plants from agricultural and riparian landscapes: an evaluation of molecular tools in willows (DYNAMO)