Quentin Jossart


About me

I have a background in marine biology, molecular ecology and reproductive biology of several taxa (crustaceans, echinoderms). At the ULB marine lab, I am focusing on the diversity of Antarctic benthos in the context of the rECTO project and the Belgica121 expedition. Previously, I worked at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the University of Auckland (New Zealand) and the British Antarctic Survey (England) to investigate the phylogeography of Antarctic echinoderms. During my PhD (Univ. Bourgogne-France & ULB-Belgium), I worked on the ecology and evolution of a host-parasite pair in the Caribbean Sea. In that context, I have participated to several scientific fieldworks and research stays abroad (e.g. Antarctic Peninsula, Lesser Antilles, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute).


Research Interests

Marine Ecology



Animal behaviour

Other Activities

Thematic editor for Asteroidea in the Register of Antarctic Marine Species (RAMS)
Board Member of APECS Belgium (2018-2019)


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
Saucède, T., Eléaume, M., Jossart, Q., Moreau, C., Downey, R., Bax, N., Sands, C., Mercado, B., Gallut, C., & Vignes-Lebbe, R. (2020). Taxonomy 2.0: computer-aided identification tools to assist Antarctic biologists in the field and in the laboratory. Antarctic Science, 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954102020000462
Moreau, C., Jossart, Q., Danis, B., Eléaume, M., Christiansen, H., Guillaumot, C., Downey, R., & Saucède, T. (2020). The high diversity of Southern Ocean sea stars (Asteroidea) reveals original evolutionary pathways. Progress in Oceanography, 102472. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2020.102472
Jossart, Q., Kochzius, M., Danis, B., Saucède, T., & Moreau, C. V. E. (2020). Diversity of the Pterasteridae (Asteroidea) in the Southern Ocean: a molecular and morphological approach. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1093/zoolinnean/zlaa097
Jossart, Q., Terrana, L., De Ridder, C., Eeckhaut, I., Monteyne, D., & Caulier, G. (2020). To see or to smell: the role of vision in host-recognition by an ectoparasitic crab. Symbiosis, 80(1), 97–101. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13199-019-00657-9
Jossart, Q., Sands, C. J., & Sewell, M. A. (2019). Dwarf brooder versus giant broadcaster: combining genetic and reproductive data to unravel cryptic diversity in an Antarctic brittle star. Heredity, 123(5), 622–633. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41437-019-0228-9
Moreau, C., Danis, B., Jossart, Q., Eléaume, M., Sands, C., Achaz, G., Agüera, A., & 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. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.5280
Danis, B., Christiansen, H., Guillaumot, C., Heindler, F. M., Jossart, Q., Lucas, K., Moreau, C., Pasotti, F., Robert, H., Wallis, B., & Saucède, T. (2019). Report of the Belgica 121 expedition to the West Antarctic Peninsula. http://belgica120.be/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/B121-Cruise-report.pdf
Moreau, C., Mah, C., Agüera, A., Améziane, N., Barnes, D., Crokaert, G., Eléaume, M., Griffiths, H., Guillaumot, C., Hemery, L. G., Jażdżewska, A., Jossart, Q., Laptikhovsky, V., Linse, K., Neill, K., Sands, C., Saucède, T., Schiaparelli, S., Siciński, J., … Danis, B. (2018). Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Asteroidea database. ZooKeys, 747, 141–156. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.747.22751
Jossart, Q., De Ridder, C., Lessios, H. A., Bauwens, M., Motreuil, S., Rigaud, T., Wattier, R. A., & David, B. (2017). Highly contrasted population genetic structures in a host-parasite pair in the Caribbean Sea. Ecology and Evolution, 7(22), 9267–9280. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3413
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. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.12965
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. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.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. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0140078
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. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.524.6091
Jossart, Q., Geyer, L. B., & Lessios, H. A. (2015). Characterization of eight microsatellite loci for the sea urchin Meoma ventricosa (Spatangoida, Brissidae) through Next Generation Sequencing. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 59, 100–103. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bse.2015.01.013
Jossart, Q., Wattier, R. A., Kastally, C., Aron, S., David, B., De Ridder, C., & Rigaud, T. (2014). Genetic Evidence Confirms Polygamous Mating System in a Crustacean Parasite with Multiple Hosts. PLoS ONE, 9(3), e90680. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0090680
Jossart, Q., Wattier, R. A., Kastally, C., Aron, S., David, B., De Ridder, C., & Rigaud, T. (2014). Genetic Evidence Confirms Polygamous Mating System in a Crustacean Parasite with Multiple Hosts. PLoS ONE, 9(3), e90680. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0090680

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