Jeroen Van Wichelen
  • Herman Teirlinckgebouw, Havenlaan 88 bus 73

    1000 Brussel



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Jeroen is an aquatic ecologist and works at INBO as a senior researcher at the Research Center for Aquatic Fauna, where he is involved in all kinds of water-related projects. The preparation and coordination of specific recovery programs for endangered fauna (including eel, brook lamprey, weather loach, otter) in Flanders, the quality assessment of Flemish water bodies based on aquatic biota, research into free fish migration and policy-oriented advice (including integrated water policy, structural drought problems , eflows) are among its core tasks. As program coordinator Aquatic Environment, Jeroen also heads the Horizontal Working Group Aquatic Environment where all INBO expertise in this area is brought together with the aim of providing maximum support for Flemish water-related management and policy. Jeroen has built up a broad knowledge of all aspects and compartments of the aquatic food web and is more specifically familiar with eutrophication-related phenomena such as algal blooms. In 2015 he obtained a doctoral degree in this field at the University of Ghent at the Department of Biology.

Thematic List 2020

  • Protected nature
  • Invasive species
  • Water


  • Water Framework Directive
  • aquatic management
  • fisheries policy
  • policy support (inc. instruments)
  • species directed nature management
  • water policy

Disciplinecode List

  • Aquatic sciences, challenges and pollution not elsewhere classified
  • Community ecology
  • Conservation and biodiversity


  • identification
  • fieldwork (observations and sampling)
  • statistics and modelling
  • fisheries technology

Thematic List

  • Management
  • Environment
  • Species and biotopes

Taxonomic List

  • protists (Protista)
  • freshwater eels (Anguillidae)
  • fishes (Pisces)
  • zooplankton (Cladocera, Copepoda, Ostracoda)


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