Bruno Danis

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About me

I am a Full Professor, and Head at the Marine Biology Lab, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) . 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 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. More recently, I led the  TANGO1 expedition to the same region. I have recently taken the co-direction of a research station in Belaza, Madagascar, with U. Toliara, U. Mons and U. Liège.

My research focuses on biodiversity/biogeography, ecotoxicology, numerical ecology and biodiversity informatics, and I thrive to channel these efforts for conservation purposes, with a special attention devoted to Open Science.

Projects

Academic duties

Full Professor (ULB)

Coordinator, MA-BIOR (ULB) “Biodiversity and Conservation” module

Expertise

  1. Biodiversity and Biogeography
  2. Numerical ecology
  3. Ecotoxicology
  4. Biodiversity informatics

Teaching

  1. “Biodiversité et Conservation” (ULB, BIOLF310)
  2. “Bioéthique et droit de la conservation” (ULB, BIOLF448)
  3. “Module Biodiversité et Conservation” (ULB, BIOLF449)
    1. Stage d’écologie marine
    2. Biogéographie et écologie spatiale

Committees

  • Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS): President of the Scientific Council
  • EU-PolarNET 2, Polar Expert Group “Polar Biology, Ecology and Biodiversity”: Chair
  • 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 (environments.aq): Steering Committee Member
  • Biodiversity.aq: Steering Committee Member
  • SCAR Biology Symposium 2017: co-Chair of Local Organizing Committee

Publications

Blavier, M., Evans, P., & Danis, B. (2024). Home range and habitat distribution of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus Montagu (1821)) from Cardigan Bay. Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Deflandre, L., & Danis, B. (2024). Diversité benthique de la Péninsule Antarctique Ouest : cas d’étude sur l’île de Blaiklock.
Danis, B., Amenabar, M., Bombosch, A., Brusselman, A., Buydens, M., Delille, B., Dogniez, M., Katz, L., Moreau, C., Pasotti, F., Robert, H., & Wallis, B. (2023). Report of the TANGO 1 expedition to the West Antarctic Peninsula (p. 106). Université Libre de Bruxelles. https://belgica120.be/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/TANGO_1-Cruise-report_light.pdf
Barot, F., & Danis, B. (2023). Biodiversité benthique du détroit de Gerlache (Péninsule Antarctique Occidentale) évaluée par la drague Rauschert [Master Thesis]. Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Brochier, L., Michel, L., & Danis, B. (2023). Interbreeding and breeding trophic ecology of a Dronning Maud Land (Antarctica) snow petrel (Pagodroma nivea) population inferred by the stable isotope analysis [Master Thesis]. Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Buron, C., Moreau, C., Jossart, Q., & Danis, B. (2023). Diversité en milieu profond : cas d’étude de la famille des Pterasteridae (Echinodermata : Asteroidea) [Master Thesis]. Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Kassel, M., Moreau, C., Jossart, Q., & Danis, B. (2023). Phylogénie et taxonomie des Odontasteridae (Asteroidea, Echinodermata) [Master Thesis]. Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Godefroid, M., Zeimes, T., Bramanti, L., Romans, P., Bo, M., Toma, M., Danis, B., Dubois, P., & Guillaumot, C. (2023). Low vulnerability of the Mediterranean antipatharian Antipathella subpinnata (Ellis & Solander, 1786) to ocean warming. Ecological Modelling, 475, 110209. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2022.110209
Vantomme, L., Jossart, Q., Gérard, K., Danis, B., & Moreau, C. (2023). Preliminary Assessment of Sea Star (Echinodermata, Asteroidea) Diversity in the Coastal Magellanic Region (South Chile) and Their Geographical Distribution.
Jossart, Q., Bauman, D., Moreau, C., Saucède, T., Christiansen, H., Brasier, M. J., Convey, P., Down, R., Figuerola, B., Martin, P., Norenburg, J., Rosenfeld, S., Verheye, M., & Danis, B. (2023). A pioneer morphological and genetic study of the intertidal fauna of the Gerlache Strait (Antarctic Peninsula). Environ Monit Assess. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1007/s10661-023-11066-3
Pyl, M. (2022, September). Transfer of 14C-PCB-153 from microplastics to Paracentrotus lividus. Microplastic Pollution 2022, Naples, Italy.
Severino, S., Das, K., & Danis, B. (2022). Exposition de la faune benthique de l’Antarctique au mercure [Mémoire]. Université de Liège.
Dreidemy, J., & Danis, B. (2022). Diversité des communautés benthiques en péninsule Antarctique occidentale: une approche à faible impact environnemental [Master Thesis]. Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Danis, B., Wallis, B., Guillaumot, C., Moreau, C., Pasotti, F., Heindler, F. M., Robert, H., Christiansen, H., Jossart, Q., & Saucède, T. (2022). Nimble vessel cruises as a complementary platform for Southern Ocean biodiversity research: concept and preliminary results from the Belgica 121 expedition. Antarctic Science, 1–7. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954102022000165
Dulière, V., Guillaumot, C., Lacroix, G., Saucède, T., López‐Farran, Z., Danis, B., Schön, I., & Baetens, K. (2022). Dispersal models alert on the risk of non‐native species introduction by Ballast water in protected areas from the Western Antarctic Peninsula. Diversity and Distributions, ddi.13464. https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.13464
Bricher, P. (2022, January). Southern Ocean data sharing tools in a global data management community.
Pyl, M., Taylor, A., Oberhänsli, F., Swarzenski, P., Besson, M., Danis, B., & Metian, M. (2022). Evidence of microplastic-mediated transfer of PCB-153 to sea urchin tissues using radiotracers. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 185, 114322. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2022.114322
Reisinger, R. R., Brooks, C. M., Raymond, B., Freer, J. J., Cotté, C., Xavier, J. C., Trathan, P. N., Bornemann, H., Charrassin, J.-B., Costa, D. P., Danis, B., Hückstädt, L., Jonsen, I. D., Lea, M.-A., Torres, L., Van de Putte, A., Wotherspoon, S., Friedlaender, A. S., Ropert-Coudert, Y., & Hindell, M. (2022). Predator-derived bioregions in the Southern Ocean: Characteristics, drivers and representation in marine protected areas. Biological Conservation, 272, 109630. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2022.109630
Reisinger, R. R., Brooks, C. M., Raymond, B., Freer, J. J., Cotté, C., Xavier, J. C., Trathan, P. N., Bornemann, H., Charrassin, J.-B., Costa, D. P., Danis, B., Hückstädt, L., Jonsen, I. D., Lea, M.-A., Torres, L., Van de Putte, A., Wotherspoon, S., Friedlaender, A. S., Ropert-Coudert, Y., & Hindell, M. (2022). Predator-derived bioregions in the Southern Ocean: Characteristics, drivers and representation in marine protected areas. Biological Conservation, 272, 109630. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2022.109630
Pyl, M., Taylor, A., Oberhänsli, F., Swarzenski, P., Hussamy, L., Besson, M., Danis, B., & Metian, M. (2022). Size-dependent transfer of microplastics across the intestinal wall of the echinoid Paracentrotus lividus. Aquatic Toxicology, 106235. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquatox.2022.106235
Moreau, C., Le Bourg, B., Balazy, P., Danis, B., Eléaume, M., Jossart, Q., Kuklinski, P., Lepoint, G., Saucède, T., Van de Putte, A., & Michel, L. N. (2022). Trophic markers and biometric measurements in Southern Ocean sea stars (1985–2017). Ecology, 103(3). https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.3611
Guillaumot, C., Belmaker, J., Buba, Y., Fourcy, D., Dubois, P., Danis, B., Moan, E. L., & Saucède, T. (2022). Classic or hybrid? The performance of next generation ecological models to study the response of Southern Ocean species to changing environmental conditions. 17.
Guzzi, A., Alvaro, M. C., Danis, B., Moreau, C., & Schiaparelli, S. (2022). Not All That Glitters Is Gold: Barcoding Effort Reveals Taxonomic Incongruences in Iconic Ross Sea Sea Stars. 21. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.3390/d14060457
Danis, B., Christiansen, H., Guillaumot, C., Heindler, F., Jossart, Q., Moreau, C., Pasotti, F., Robert, H., Wallis, B., & Saucède, T. (2021). The Belgica 121 expedition to the Western Antarctic Peninsula: a detailed biodiversity census. Biodiversity Data Journal, 9, e70590. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.9.e70590
Guillaumot, C., Martin, A., Eleaume, M., Danis, B., & Saucède, T. (2021). SDMPlay: Species Distribution Modelling Playground. https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=SDMPlay
Katz, L., Sirjacobs, D., Gobert, S., Lejeune, P., & Danis, B. (2021). Distribution of macroalgae in the area of Calvi (Corsica). Biodiversity Data Journal, 9, 12. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.9.e68249
Christiansen, H., Heindler, F. M., Hellemans, B., Jossart, Q., Pasotti, F., Robert, H., Verheye, M., Danis, B., Kochzius, M., Leliaert, F., Moreau, C., Patel, T., Van de Putte, A. P., Vanreusel, A., Volckaert, F. A. M., & Schön, I. (2021). Facilitating population genomics of non-model organisms through optimized experimental design for reduced representation sequencing. BMC Genomics, 22(1), 625. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12864-021-07917-3
Danis, B., Christiansen, H., Guillaumot, C., Heindler, F., Jossart, Q., Moreau, C., Pasotti, F., Robert, H., Wallis, B., & Saucède, T. (2021). The Belgica 121 expedition to the Western Antarctic Peninsula: a high resolution biodiversity census [Preprint]. Biodiversity Data Journal. https://doi.org/10.3897/arphapreprints.e70609
Guillaumot, C., Danis, B., & Saucède, T. (2021). Species distribution modelling of the Southern Ocean benthos: a review on methods, cautions and solutions. Antarctic Science, 1–24. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954102021000183
Fabri-Ruiz, S., Guillaumot, C., Agüera, A., Danis, B., & Saucède, T. (2021). Using correlative and mechanistic niche models to assess the sensitivity of the Antarctic echinoid Sterechinus neumayeri to climate change. Polar Biology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-021-02886-5
Danis, B., Christiansen, H., Heindler, F. M., Houston, R., Jossart, Q., Lucas, K., Moreau, C., Pasotti, F., Robert, H., Wallis, B., & Saucède, T. (2021). The Belgica 121 expedition to the Western Antarctic Peninsula: a high resolution biodiversity census. https://www.gbif.org/fr/dataset/b635be2e-76ea-4600-8f83-549601653c0a/project
López‐Farrán, Z., Guillaumot, C., Vargas‐Chacoff, L., Paschke, K., Dulière, V., Danis, B., Poulin, E., Saucède, T., Waters, J., & Gérard, K. (2021). Is the southern crab Halicarcinus planatus (Fabricius, 1775) the next invader of Antarctica? Global Change Biology, gcb.15674. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15674
Christiansen, H., Heindler, F. M., Hellemans, B., Jossart, Q., Pasotti, F., Robert, H., Verheye, M., Danis, B., Kochzius, M., Leliaert, F., Moreau, C., Patel, T., Van de Putte, A. P., Vanreusel, A., Volckaert, F. A. M., & Schoen, I. (2021). Facilitating population genomics of non-model organisms through optimized experimental design for reduced representation sequencing [Preprint]. Genomics. https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.03.30.437642
Danis, B. (2021). Fauna and flora inventories (terrestrial and limnetic) from the South of Belgium. https://www.gbif.org/dataset/b848583a-a47b-4d09-a58b-46d3236b3d10
Katz, L., Sirjacobs, D., & Danis, B. (2021). Distribution of Macroalgae in the area of Calvi (Corsica, Mediterranean Sea). https://www.gbif.org/dataset/e82beebb-d3ce-4236-a46f-aec303d1cc86#description
López‐Farrán, Z., Guillaumot, C., Vargas‐Chacoff, L., Paschke, K., Dulière, V., Danis, B., Poulin, E., Saucède, T., Waters, J., & Gérard, K. (2021). Is the southern crab Halicarcinus planatus (Fabricius, 1775) the next invader of Antarctica? Global Change Biology, 27(15), 3487–3504. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15674
Arnould-Pétré, M., Guillaumot, C., Danis, B., Féral, J.-P., & Saucède, T. (2021). Individual-based model of population dynamics in a sea urchin of the Kerguelen Plateau (Southern Ocean), Abatus cordatus, under changing environmental conditions. Ecological Modelling, 440, 109352. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2020.109352
Moreau, C., Le Bourg, B., Balazy, P., Danis, B., Eleaume, M., Jossart, Q., Kuklinski, P., Lepoint, G., Saucède, T., Van de Putte, A., Gan, Y., & Michel, L. (2021). Stable isotope ratios of C, N and S in Southern Ocean sea stars (1985-2017). https://www.gbif.org/dataset/ff3984d7-84bd-4f3a-b843-666faa4c1696#description
Guillaumot, C., Danis, B., & Saucède, T. (2021). Modelling the response of Antarctic marine species to environmental changes. Methods, applications and limitations. [PhD Thesis, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université de Bourgogne Franche Comté]. https://tel.archives-ouvertes.fr/tel-03299384
Mathieu, M., Danis, B., Eleaume, M., & Charbonnier, S. (2021). Ré-évaluation de la hiérarchie des caractères morphologiques des Cyrtocrinida actuels. Etape préliminaire pour une meilleure appréhension des éléments fossiles dissociés [Master Thesis]. Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Bayat, M., Van de Putte, A. P., & Danis, B. (2021). Insight into the snow petrel Pagodroma nivea ecology through population genetics and habitat suitability analyses [Master Thesis]. Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Paul Costesec, E., Danis, B., & Parravicini, V. (2021). Biogeography and anthropogenic pressures influence coral reef food webs [Master Thesis]. Université Libre de Bruxelles, Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l’Environnement.
Pyl, M., Danis, B., Oberhaensli, F., Taylor, A., Swarzenski, P., & Metian, M. (2021). An effective method to assess the sorption dynamics of PCB radiotracers onto plastic and sediment microparticles. MethodsX, 8, 101395. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mex.2021.101395
Guillaumot, C., Danis, B., & Saucède, T. (2020). Selecting environmental descriptors is critical for modelling the distribution of Antarctic benthic species. Polar Biology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00300-020-02714-2
Hindell, M. A., Reisinger, R. R., Ropert-Coudert, Y., Hückstädt, L. A., Trathan, P. N., Bornemann, H., Charrassin, J.-B., Chown, S. L., Costa, D. P., Danis, B., Lea, M.-A., Thompson, D., Torres, L. G., Van De Putte, A. P., Alderman, R., Andrews-Goff, V., Arthur, B., Ballard, G., Bengtson, J., … Raymond, B. (2020). Tracking of marine predators to protect Southern Ocean ecosystems. Nature, 580(7801), 87–92. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2126-y
Ropert-Coudert, Y., Van de Putte, A. P., Reisinger, R. R., Bornemann, H., Charrassin, J.-B., Costa, D. P., Danis, B., Hückstädt, L. A., Jonsen, I. D., Lea, M.-A., Thompson, D., Torres, L. G., Trathan, P. N., Wotherspoon, S., Ainley, D. G., Alderman, R., Andrews-Goff, V., Arthur, B., Ballard, G., … Hindell, M. A. (2020). The retrospective analysis of Antarctic tracking data project. Scientific Data, 7(1), 94. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-020-0406-x

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