Doctoral Programme on Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation
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Steven Degraer

Personal details

Title:Prof. Dr.
Institute:Ghent University

Summary of CV:

Prof. Dr. Steven Degraer started his scientific career in benthic ecology of shallow temperate marine ecosystems at Ghent University. After his PhD research (1999), his research focus broadened: from temperate to tropical ecosystems, from sandy to rocky coasts, from benthos to avifauna and from fundamental to applied research. Marine management, focusing on nature conservation and sustainable use and exploitation of the marine resources, has always been thé red line through his work, which finally brought him to RBINS' Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models in 2008. He is now coordinating MUMM's Marine Ecosystem Management team with a broad expertise in marine mammals, seabirds, rocky shore fauna and invasive species, and underwater noise, embedded in an ecosystem management context. He further holds a research and teaching guest professorship at the Biology Department of Ghent University. Dr. Steven Degraer (co)authored over 300 publications, of which 89 peer reviewed.

Experience Higher education:

  • Lecturer MSc course 'EcoMaMa' (Ecology and Marine Management, Free University of Brussels, Belgium) 'Marine biodiversity: Benthos', academic years 2001-2002 till 2009-2010.
  • Lecturer MSc courses ‘MareLac’ (Marine and Lacustrine Sciences) and ‘EMBC’ (Erasmus Mundus in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation) (Ghent University, Belgium) ‘Integrated Coastal Zone Management’, academic years 2008-2009 till 2009-2010.
  • Lecturer MSc courses ‘MareLac’ (Marine and Lacustrine Sciences; now: Oceans & Lakes: Ghent University, University of Antwerp and Free University of Brussels, Belgium) and ‘EMBC’ (Erasmus Mundus in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation) (Ghent University, Belgium) ‘Environmental Impact Assessment’, since 2008.
  • Promotor of 2 PhD thesis projects, co-promotor of 14 PhD thesis projects and lector of 24 PhD thesis projects.
  • Promotor, co-promotor and or mentor of 70+ Licentiate’s and MSc thesis projects at Ghent University and Free University of Brussels.

Participation in Projects:

  • 2009 - 2013: Monitoring and Evaluation of Spatially Managed Areas - MESMA - Partner -
  • 2006 - 2008: ENCORA: Sharing knowledge within Europe for integrated coastal management’ - ENCORA - Partner -
  • 2003 - 2006: Managing fisheries to conserve groundfish and benthic invertebrate species diversity - MAFCONS - Partner -
  • 2000 - 2003: Implementation and networking of large scale, long term marine biodiversity research in Europe - BIOMARE - Partner -
  • 2011-2015: Development and implementation of a pan-European Marine Biodiversity Observatory System (EMBOS) - EMBOS - Partner -


  • Speybroeck, J., D. Bonte, W. Courtens, T. Gheskiere, P. Grootaert, J.-P. Maelfait, M. Matthys, S. Provoost, K. Sabbe, E. Stienen, V. Van Lancker, M. Vincx & S. Degraer (2006). Beach nourishment: An ecologically sound coastal defence alternative? A review. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 16(4):419-435.
  • Beaumont, N.J., M.C. Austen, J. Atkins, D. Burdon, S. Degraer, T.P. Dentinho, S. Derous, P. Holm, T. Horton, E. van Ierland, A.H. Marboe, D.J. Starkey, M. Townsend, T. Zarzycki (2007). Identification, definition and quantification of goods and services provided by marine biodiversity: Implications for the ecosystem approach. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 54:253-265.
  • Derous, S., T. Agardy, H. Hillewaert, K. Hostens, G. Jamieson, L. Lieberknecht, J. Mees, I. Moulaert, S. Olenin, D. Paelinckx, M. Rabaut, J. Roff, E. Stienen, V. Van Lancker, E. Verfaillie, J.M. Weslawski, M. Vincx & S. Degraer (2007). A concept for biological valuation in the marine environment. Oceanologia, 49:99-128.
  • Degraer, S., E. Verfaillie, W. Willems, E. Adriaens, M. Vincx & V. Van Lancker (2008). Habitat suitability modelling as a mapping tool for macrobenthic communities: An example from the Belgian part of the North Sea. Continental Shelf Research, 28(3):369-379. doi: 10.1016/j.csr.2007.09.001.
  • Degraer, S., R. Brabant & B. Rumes (eds.) (2011). Offshore wind farms in the Belgian part of the North Sea. Selected findings from the baseline and targeted monitoring. Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models, Marine Ecosystem Management Unit. 157 pp. + annex.

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