Bruno Danis


About me

I am an Associate Professor of the Marine Biology Lab at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) since October 2012. I received my PhD from the ULB in 2004, and then joined the ANDEEP3 expedition to the Southern Ocean onboard the RV Polarstern, before taking the lead of two projects aiming at offering free and open access on Antarctic biodiversity for science, conservation and management purposes (SCAR-MarBIN and ANTABIF). I recently led a pioneering expedition to the Western Antarctic Peninsula (Belgica121) to test the concept of using a low-environmental impact platform to carry out marine biodiversity census in  the Southern Ocean.

My research presently focuses on Polar biodiversity/biogeography, stress eco-physiology and biodiversity informatics. I sit on a number of international scientific and conservation program steering committees, such as the SCAR Expert Group on Antarctic Biodiversity Informatics, or the Antarctic Environments Portal initiative.


Academic duties

Associate Professor (ULB)

Jury Secretary MA-BIOR (ULB)


  1. Polar biodiversity and biogeography
  2. Biodiversity Informatics
  3. Stress ecology
  4. Ecotoxicology


  1. Ecologie et Biodiversité (ULB, BIOLF310)
  2. Biogéographie (ULB, BIOLF531)
  3. Stage de terrain: biologie marine (ULB: BIOLF416)
  4. Diversité Pélagique (IHSM, Formation spécialisée en écotourisme et biomanagement)


  • Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS): President of the Scientific Council
  • Expert Group on Antarctic Biodiversity Informatics (EG-ABI): Steering Committee Member
  • Expert Group on Birds and Marine Mammals (EG-BAMM): Steering Committee Member
  • Antarctic Environments Portal ( Steering Committee Member
  • Steering Committee Member
  • SCAR Biology Symposium 2017: co-Chair of Local Organizing Committee


Hindell, M. A., Reisinger, R. R., Ropert-Coudert, Y., Hückstädt, L. A., Trathan, P. N., Bornemann, H., … Raymond, B. (2020). Tracking of marine predators to protect Southern Ocean ecosystems. Nature.
Ropert-Coudert, Y., Van de Putte, A. P., Reisinger, R. R., Bornemann, H., Charrassin, J.-B., Costa, D. P., … Hindell, M. A. (2020). The retrospective analysis of Antarctic tracking data project. Scientific Data, 7(1), 94.
Fabri‐Ruiz, S., Danis, B., Navarro, N., Koubbi, P., Laffont, R., & Saucède, T. (2020). Benthic ecoregionalization based on echinoid fauna of the Southern Ocean supports current proposals of Antarctic Marine Protected Areas under IPCC scenarios of climate change. Global Change Biology, gcb.14988.
Guillaumot, C., Saucède, T., Morley, S. A., Augustine, S., Danis, B., & Kooijman, S. (2020). Can DEB models infer metabolic differences between intertidal and subtidal morphotypes of the Antarctic limpet Nacella concinna (Strebel, 1908)? Ecological Modelling, 430, 109088.
Danis, B. (2020). Editorial: Antarctic Biology: Scale Matters. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8, 4.
Danis, B., Van de Putte, A., Convey, P., Griffiths, H., Linse, K., & Murray, A. E. (2020). Editorial: Antarctic Biology: Scale Matters. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8, 91.
Michel, L. N., Danis, B., Dubois, P., Eleaume, M., Fournier, J., Gallut, C., … Lepoint, G. (2019). Increased sea ice cover alters food web structure in East Antarctica. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 8062.
Moreau, C., Danis, B., Jossart, Q., Eléaume, M., Sands, C., Achaz, G., … Saucède, T. (2019). Is reproductive strategy a key factor in understanding the evolutionary history of Southern Ocean Asteroidea (Echinodermata)? Ecology and Evolution, 9(15), 8465–8478.
Guillaumot, C., Artois, J., Saucède, T., Demoustier, L., Moreau, C., Eléaume, M., … Danis, B. (2019). Broad-scale species distribution models applied to data-poor areas. Progress in Oceanography, 175, 198–207.
Fabri-Ruiz, S., Danis, B., David, B., & Saucède, T. (2019). Can we generate robust species distribution models at the scale of the Southern Ocean? Diversity and Distributions, 25(1), 21–37.
Moreau, C., Mah, C., Agüera, A., Améziane, N., Barnes, D., Crokaert, G., … Danis, B. (2018). Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Asteroidea database. ZooKeys, 747, 141–156.
Lanctôt, C. M., Al-Sid-Cheikh, M., Catarino, A. I., Cresswell, T., Danis, B., Karapanagioti, H. K., … Metian, M. (2018). Application of nuclear techniques to environmental plastics research. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, 192, 368–375.
Guillaumot, C., Fabri-Ruiz, S., Martin, A., Eléaume, M., Danis, B., Féral, J.-P., & Saucède, T. (2018). Benthic species of the Kerguelen Plateau show contrasting distribution shifts in response to environmental changes. Ecology and Evolution, 8(12), 6210–6225.
Fabri-Ruiz, S., Saucède, T., Danis, B., & David, B. (2017). Southern Ocean Echinoids database – An updated version of Antarctic, Sub-Antarctic and cold temperate echinoid database. ZooKeys, 697, 1–20.
Agüera, A., Ahn, I.-Y., Guillaumot, C., & Danis, B. (2017). A Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) model to describe Laternula elliptica (King, 1832) seasonal feeding and metabolism. PLOS ONE, 12(8), e0183848.
Moreau, C., Saucède, T., Jossart, Q., Agüera, A., Brayard, A., & Danis, B. (2017). Reproductive strategy as a piece of the biogeographic puzzle: a case study using Antarctic sea stars (Echinodermata, Asteroidea). Journal of Biogeography, 44(4), 848–860.
Lefebvre, M. (2016). Phylogéographie des Astéries de l’Océan Austral : cas d’étude chez l’espèce Bathybiaster loripes. Mémoire de Master.
Moreau, C., Aguera, A., Jossart, Q., & Danis, B. (2015). Southern Ocean Asteroidea: a proposed update for the Register of Antarctic Marine Species. Biodiversity Data Journal, 3, e7062.
Agüera, A., Collard, M., Jossart, Q., Moreau, C., & Danis, B. (2015). Parameter Estimations of Dynamic Energy Budget (DEB) Model over the Life History of a Key Antarctic Species: The Antarctic Sea Star Odontaster validus Koehler, 1906. PLOS ONE, 10(10), e0140078.
Jossart, Q., Moreau, C., Aguera, A., De Broyer, C., & Danis, B. (2015). The Register of Antarctic Marine Species (RAMS): a ten-year appraisal. ZooKeys, 524, 137–145.
Gonzalez Retamero, L. (2015). Effet du pH sur la physiologie de populations d’échinides (Gracilechinus acutus (Lamarck, 1816)), naturellement exposées à un gradient de contamination métallique (Sørfjord, Norvège). Mémoire de Master.
Rossez, V. (2014). Physiologie acide-base et contamination métallique chez les oursins Paracentrotus lividus et Arbacia lixula. Mémoire de Master.
Coupremanne, M. (2014). Diversité des Echinodermata le long d’un gradient de contamination métallique: une approche géospatiale. Mémoire de Master.
Brandt, A., Ballerini, T., Danis, B., & Pfannkuche, O. (2014). Challenges of deep-sea biodiversity assessments in the Southern Ocean, 25(3), 9.
Danis, B., Van de Putte, A., Renaudier, S., & Griffiths, H. (2013). Connecting Biodiversity Data During the IPY: The Path Towards e-Polar Science. In C. Verde & G. di Prisco (Eds.), Adaptation and Evolution in Marine Environments, Volume 2 (pp. 21–32). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg.
Danis, B., Jangoux, M., & Wilmes, J. (2012). Antarctic Starfish (Echinodermata, Asteroidea) from the ANDEEP3 expedition. ZooKeys, 185, 73–78.
Gutt, J., Zurell, D., Bracegridle, T., Cheung, W., Clark, M., Convey, P., … Grimm, V. (2012). Correlative and dynamic species distribution modelling for ecological predictions in the Antarctic: a cross-disciplinary concept. Polar Research, 31(1), 11091.
Parsons, M. A., Godøy, Ø., LeDrew, E., de Bruin, T. F., Danis, B., Tomlinson, S., & Carlson, D. (2011). A conceptual framework for managing very diverse data for complex, interdisciplinary science. Journal of Information Science, 37(6), 555–569.
De Broyer, C., & Danis, B. (2011). How many species in the Southern Ocean? Towards a dynamic inventory of the Antarctic marine species. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 58(1–2), 5–17.
Griffiths, H. J., Danis, B., & Clarke, A. (2011). Quantifying Antarctic marine biodiversity: The SCAR-MarBIN data portal. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 58(1–2), 18–29.
Joly-Turquin, G., Dubois, P., Coteur, G., Danis, B., Leyzour, S., Le Menach, K., … Guillou, M. (2009). Effects of the Erika Oil Spill on the Common Starfish Asterias rubens, Evaluated by Field and Laboratory Studies. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 56(2), 209–220.
Danis, B., & Vanden Berghe, E. (2008). Bridging Disciplines to Address Complex Questions: The Need for Data Publication. Environmental Bioindicators, 3(2), 136–138.
Linse, K., Brandt, A., Bohn, J. M., Danis, B., De Broyer, C., Ebbe, B., … Thomson, M. R. A. (2007). Macro- and megabenthic assemblages in the bathyal and abyssal Weddell Sea (Southern Ocean). Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 54(16–17), 1848–1863.
Gillan, D. C., & Danis, B. (2007). The archaebacterial communities in Antarctic bathypelagic sediments. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 54(16–17), 1682–1690.
Brandt, A., Gooday, A. J., Brandão, S. N., Brix, S., Brökeland, W., Cedhagen, T., … Vanreusel, A. (2007). First insights into the biodiversity and biogeography of the Southern Ocean deep sea. Nature, 447(7142), 307–311.
Danis, B., Cattini, C., Teyssié, J.-L., Villeneuve, J.-P., Fowler, S. W., & Warnau, M. (2006). Coplanar and non-coplanar congener-specificity of PCB bioaccumulation and immunotoxicity in sea stars. Aquatic Toxicology, 79(2), 105–113.
Danis, B., Goriely, S., Dubois, P., Fowler, S. W., Flamand, V., & Warnau, M. (2004). Contrasting effects of coplanar versus non-coplanar PCB congeners on immunomodulation and CYP1A levels (determined using an adapted ELISA method) in the common sea star Asterias rubens L. Aquatic Toxicology, 69(4), 371–383.
Fowler, S. W., Teyssié, J.-L., Cotret, O., Danis, B., Rouleau, C., & Warnau, M. (2004). Applied radiotracer techniques for studying pollutant bioaccumulation in selected marine organisms (jellyfish, crabs and sea stars). NUKLEONIKA, (49(3)), 97–100.
Danis, B. (2004). Thesis submitted inJûlfilment of the degree of: Doctor in Sciences, 314.
Increased sea ice cover alters food web structure in East Antarctica – Supplementary information. (n.d.).
Danis, B., Cotret, O., Teyssie, J.-L., Bustamante, P., Fowler, S. W., & Warnau, M. (n.d.). Radiolabelling: a sensitive tool for studying PCB bioaccumulation in echinoderms, 5.
Bustamante, P., Cotret, O., Danis, B., Teyssié, J.-L., Fowler, S. W., Miramand, P., & Warnau, M. (n.d.). Cadmium bioaccumulation at different stages of the life cycle of cephalopods: a radiotracer (109Cd) investigation, 5.
Danis, B., VanReusel, A., de Putte, A. V., Garcia, A. A., Roukaerts, A., Bourg, B. L., … Giglio, S. D. (n.d.). Ecosystem Responses to global change: a multiscale approach in the Southern Ocean (p. 77).
Saucède, T., Guillaumot, C., Michel, L. N., Fabri-Ruiz, S., Bazin, A., Cabessut, M., … Féral, J.-P. (n.d.). Modelling species response to climate change in sub-Antarctic islands: echinoids as a case study for the Kerguelen Plateau, 22.

Get the full list in DI-fusion

Take a look at my Mendeley, or my Researchgate profiles

Or checkout my Google Scholar profile


Biogeographic data published in GBIF

Taxonomic data published in WoRMS/RAMS


LinkedIn Profile 

Slideshare Profile