2020 Sabbatical IRD, CNRS Montpellier (FR)
2018 - Full Professor Biology KU Leuven (BE)
2012 - 2018 Associate Professor Biology KU Leuven (BE)
2008 FWO Postdoc Fellow, Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution, UEdinburgh (UK)
2007 - 2012 Assistant Professor Biology KU Leuven (BE)
2003 - 2007 Postdoc FWO & KU Leuven Research Council (BE)
1998 - 2002 PhD KU Leuven in collaboration with UBasel (CH)
FIVE MAIN PUBLICATIONS
Callens M., Watanabe H., Kato Y., Miura J., Decaestecker E. 2018. Microbiota inoculum composition affects holobiont assembly and host growth in Daphnia. Microbiome 6, 56. (IF: 9.13).
Macke E., Callens M., De Meester L., Decaestecker E. 2017. Host-genotype dependent gut microbiota drives zooplankton tolerance to toxic cyanobacteria. Nature Communications 8, 1608 (IF 12.35).
Callens M., Macke E., Bossier P., Lievens B., Waud M., Decaestecker E. 2016. Food availability affects the strength of mutualistic host-microbiota interactions in Daphnia magna. ISME Journal 10, 911-920. (IF 9.52).
Decaestecker E., De Gersem H., Michalakis Y., Raeymaekers JAM. 2013. Damped long-term host- parasite Red Queen coevolutionary dynamics: a reflection of dilution effects? Ecology Letters 16, 1455- 1462. (IF 9.14).
Decaestecker E., Gaba S., Raeymaekers JAM., Stoks R., Van Kerckhoven L., Ebert D., De Meester L.. 2007. Host-parasite 'Red Queen' dynamics archived in pond sediment. Nature 450 (7171), 870- 873. (IF 41.58).
For a full list of publications see https://lirias.kuleuven.be/cv?u=U0003403; 4 book chapters, > 55 articles in international peer-reviewed journals, including Nature, Nature Comm., PNAS, eLife, Ecol. Lett., ISME journal, Microbiome, Am. Nat., J. Anim. Ecol., Evolution, Ecology, FEMS Microbial. Ecology as first or last author. Web of Science: H-index = 21, 1645 citations. Average citations/year: 91.5. Average citations/item: 34; Google Scholar: H-index = 25, i10-index = 37, 2336 citations.
The Decaestecker lab engages in science with societal relevance that we urgently need to solve problems associated with global change and sustainability. We investigate the ecology, evolution, biodiversity and species interactions in freshwater ecosystems, more in particular, host-microbiome interactions in an eco-evolutionary framework. Conceptual thinking is combined with the newest tools (metagenomics, metabolomics and theoretical modelling) to foster interdisciplinary research and link microbial ecology with physiological and biomedical research.
I am coordinator of 6 courses and responsible for 32.75 ECTS. I teach theoretical classes in Animal, Human and Comparative Biology; Diversity of Animals; Ecology and Evolution at bachelor and master level in Biology, Biochemistry, Bio-engineers, Psychological and Biomedical Science to approximately 250 students/year.
COMMISSIONS OF TRUSTS/NETWORKS
President Royal Belgian Zoological Society, President KU Leuven Young PI Group; Member KU Leuven Research Council, KU Leuven Science Faculty PhD Commission, KU Leuven Biology Department Council, KU Leuven PI Evaluation Commission, FWO BIO3 Evaluation panel, KNAW-NIOO advisory committee (NL), DFG Priority Program Selection Committee (DE), HCERES Evaluation Commission (FR). Scientific Committee FOD Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment (BE), ESEB board (John Maynard Smith prize and STNs, EU), NecoV board (NL-BE). Member FWO Research Networks “Eco-evolutionary dynamics” and “Biology and Ecology of Biofilms” (2011- 2022). Member Evaluation Committee of 34 PhD defences at KU Leuven (18 as chair, others as evaluator) and 17 at other universities/institutes (e.g. CNRS-Montpellier, ETH-Zürich, UGroningen, UUtrecht). Founder PCI Zoology, Editor invited reviews Belgian Journal of Zoology.