I am immensely proud and grateful to my amazing, smart, and inspirational colleague Professor Caroline Nieberding for speaking up about the harassment and discrimination that we have faced for years at UCLouvain. Her case was heard September 16th by the labor court. Have a look at my #metoo academia page for important press releases and more…
Our comprehensive review paper on our pet species, the amber wasp Leptopilina heterotoma, has been accepted pending minor revisions in Ecology and Evolution. Great job of the entire Visser lab!
Thomas’s paper on pupal size as a proxy for fat content in Drosophila was just published in Scientific Reports. The paper is available here. Congratulations!
Le Lann & Visser, together again @ the International Congress of Entomology in Helsinki, Finland.
Our lab obtained support from the Fondation Universitaire de Belgique for 750 euro to partly finance the open access publication of one of our papers!
Welcome to Maxime Sigwald who joined the team as a job-student this summer!
Maude obtained a competitive ASPIRANT PhD grant from the FNRS. Amazing! Congratulations!
Thomas‘s paper on pupal size as a proxy for lipid content in Drosophila was accepted by Scientific Reports. Congratulations!
Our lab joined the international research project ‘Gradients’ of Prof. Joan van Baaren (Rennes Univ France) to work on bet-hedging strategies in insects.
Congratulations to Léonore who found a new position at the University of Mainz! We wish you all the best!
Our lab just obtained funding from ULiège to buy a new and amazing mass spectrometry machine!
A paper on the effects of learning and inbreeding on fitness and host plant colonization in spider mites has been accepted by Entomologia Generalis!
Our paper on social learning and inheritance in non-social arthropods was published in Genes!
Dr. Mathilde Scheifler joined the team as a postdoc associate to work on the molecular basis of plastic fat synthesis. Welcome!
Our new review paper on social learning and inheritance in non-social arthropods is now available on EcoEvoRxiv.
Bachelor student Sarah Vreurick joined our group as a summer intern. Welcome!
Bachelor student Victoria Lievens joined our group as a summer intern. Welcome!
The first traps are out to catch some wild Drosophila!
Bertanne gave an invited seminar at the Louvain Institute for Biomolecular Science and Technology on… fat synthesis in wasps
Our paper on plasticity of fat synthesis in Leptopilina heterotoma was published in Scientific Reports!
The special issue of the Journal of Experimental Biology ‘Predicting the Future: Species Survival in a Changing World‘ has been published! See our lab’s contribution to this special issue where we talk about the responses of parasitoids and their hosts in the face of predictable and unpredictable changes in temperature.
MSc students Axelle Verdierre and Duncan Wilmart joined our lab. Welcome!
Congratulations to Loïc Smets and Céline Deltenre from the Nieberding team for successfully defending their MSc thesis!
Maude Quicray joined our lab as a PhD student working on plasticity of fat synthesis. Welcome to the lab!
A review on host and parasitoid responses to predictable and unpredictable temperature, written together with Joan van Baaren and Cécile Le Lann, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Experimental Biology!
Our lab just obtained a Credit de Recherche and Equipement grant from the Fonds National de Recherche Scientifique!
There are currently 2 postdoc positions available in the lab of Prof Caroline Nieberding on the adaptive value of learning in butterflies. More information can be found here.
Dr. Thomas Enriquez started his Fondation Fyssen fellowship. Welcome to the lab!
PhD student Léonore Wilhelm joined our lab. Welcome!
Dr. Shulin He started his postdoctoral project. Welcome to the lab!
MSc student Dilhan Ozturk successfully defended his thesis. Congrats!
Léonore Wilhelm will join the lab as PhD student working on the link between the microbiome and fat synthesis in Leptopilina. Congrats Léonore!
The Peer Community in Zoology was founded! Submit your papers and/or become a recommender for this amazing publishing initiative. Go to https://zool.peercommunityin.org/ for more info on how to join and publish!
Dr Thomas Enriquez obtained a grant from the Fyssen Foundation to work in our lab on the effects of maternal behavior and the environment on plasticity of fat synthesis. Congrats!
Our lab obtained a UCLouvain Fonds Spéciaux de Recherche grant to hire a new PhD student in collaboration with the lab of Prof Ellen Decaestecker (KU Leuven) to work on the effects of the microbiome on fat synthesis in parasitic wasps
Dr Shulin He will be hired as a postdoctoral associate to work on the molecular basis of plastic fat synthesis in parasitic wasps
MSc students Céline Deltenre and
Loïc Smets joined the lab of my colleague Caroline Nieberding to work on learning in sexual preferences in Bicyclus anynana
MSc student Jordan Wasnaire successfully defended his thesis. Congrats!
Together with Prof Caroline Nieberding, our lab obtained a F.R.S.-FNRS Projet de Recherche grant to hire a new postdoc associate
MSc-student Dilhan Ozturk joined the lab