International MSc in Agro- and Environmental Nematology
 Visiting professors

Visiting professors


Prof. Dr. Thomas Been

Researcher at Plant Research International at Wageningen University
Lecturer of the course: Quantitative Plant Nematology, co-lecturer of the courses: Nematological Techniques and Management of Plant Parasitic Nematodes


Computers and Internet, Plant Parasitic Nematodes, Integrated Control, Chemical Control, Geographical information systems, Modeling, Nematoda, Decision support systems, Risk assessment, Spatial distribution, Computer software, Nematicides, Nematology, Programming.  Population dynamics, yield estimation, (partial) resistance, sampling methods and control measures combined into Decision Support Methods


Prof. Dr. Ron de Goede  

Assistent Professor at Wageningen University - Dept. of Soil Quality
Lecturer of the course:


He is a soil ecologist and did his PhD on a thesis entitled ‘Terrestrial Nematodes in a changing environment’. In this work the application of nematodes as bioindicators was investigated. During these days he was involved in the development of the nematode Maturity Index and related issues, like e.g. cp triangles and soil food-web diagnostics.

At the Department of Soil Quality his research focuses on biomonitoring of soil quality, on soil biodiversity, and on nutrient dynamics in agricultural soils. This research includes studies on the ecology of nematodes, mainly free-living terrestrial species, and their use as bioindicators. However, also other soil fauna, like earthworms and enchytraeids, are included. Among others, he participates in the Dutch Soil Quality Monitoring Programme.

Prof. Dr. Eduardo de la Peña

Researcher at the Spanish National Research Council (IHSM-UMA-CSIC)
Lecturer of the course: Strategies for Research


Plant-herbivore interactions, Crop protection, Multitrophic interactions, Community Ecology


Prof. Dr. Ralf-Udo Ehlers

Managing director of the company E~Nema
Lecturer of the courses: Entomopathogenic Nematodes: Taxonomy, Biology and Biocontrol and Entomopathogenic Nematodes: Biotechnology and Use in Biological Control.


His scientific interests are the biology of entomopathogenic nematodes (Heterorhabditiae and Steinernematidae) and their bacterial symbionts and the use of microbial antagonists in biological control of invertebrate pests and plant diseases. Major focus of his activities is the development of liquid culture technology for mass production of biocontrol agents and the development of IPM systems. The technology was transferred to the agro-biotech company E~Nema, which is specialized in the mass production and marketing of nematodes and microorganisms for biocontrol applications.

Prof. Dr. Ursula Eisendle-Flöckner

Lecturer of the course: Diversity of Aquatic Nematodes

Ursula Eisendle-Flöckner currently works as associated scientist (third party funded) and lecturer (bachelor and master student courses) at the University of Salzburg. Having specialized in freshwater nematodes, Ursula Eisendle-Flöckner contributes as principal taxonomic editor to FADA (Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment – Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences) and taxonomic editor (freshwater nematodes) to WoRMS/Nemys. Authoring and co-authoring more recent book chapter contributions (in prep.) together with Wilfrida Decraemer and Eyualem Abebe, are keys to freshwater nematodes for the Australian and Palaearctic region in Thorp’s freshwater invertebrates (4th edit.) Volume IV and Volume III, respectively. Based on the nematode expertise and on a broad knowledge on freshwater organisms and limnology in general and macrozoobenthos in particular, Ursula Eisendle-Flöckner participates in the COST Action program “DNAquanet”. She has served as principal investigator on several, variously funded grant projects. The projects have dealt with alpine springs, groundwater, glacier river systems and running waters, and included, amongst other aspects, assessments of these freshwater systems based on nematodes. Ursula Eisendle-Flöckner holds a PhD in Zoology and Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Vienna.



Prof. Dr. Annemie Elsen

Researcher at Soil Service Belgium
Lecturer of the course: Tropical Plant Nematology


Dr. Annemie Elsen obtained her PhD on ‘Study of the interaction between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and plant-parasitic nematodes in Musa spp.’ (2002) at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven). She was a FWO post-doctoral fellow at the Laboratory of Tropical Crop Improvement, Division Crop Bio-engineering, at K.U.Leuven. She was heading the Tropical Nematology research unit. This unit is focussing on sustainable and affordable management strategies to control plant-parasitic nematodes in the tropics, with a special emphasis on small scale farming systems. Training and education in nematology of researchers in the tropics is an important objective.
Dr. Elsen is specialised in the bioprotection of plants through the application of endophytes. She is and has been involved in research projects in the tropics financed by Flemish, Belgian and multilateral donors.

Prof. Dr. John Jones

Researcher at James Hutton Institute and the University of St Andrews, UK
Lecturer of the course: Molecular Aspects of Plant Nematode Relationships


John Jones is a research scientist based at James Hutton Institute in Scotland. John is also a Guest Professor at Ghent university. John teaches Plant Nematology at the University of Dundee and also contributes to the "molecular aspects of plant-nematode relationships" module that is part of the PINC and EUMAINE MSc courses. John has over 15 years experience in working with plant parasitic nematodes. His main research interests are in molecular analysis of host parasite interactions of Globodera pallida (potato cyst nematode). John also has an interest in genomics of G. pallida and horizontal gene transfer in nematodes.

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Prof. Dr. Gerrit Karssen

Researcher at the National Plant Protection Organisation, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Lecturer of the course: Diversity of Plant-parasitic Nematodes


Prof. Gerrit Karssen is working since 1991 as a full time nematode taxonomist at the National Plant Protection Organization, Wageningen, The Netherlands. He studied Biology at University Utrecht and received a PhD in Biology (cum laude) at Ghent University on a taxonomical revision of the European root-knot nematodes. At present, his job includes identification and alpha taxonomical research on plant-parasitic nematodes and he is curator at the Wageningen Nematode Collection (WaNeCo). Gerrit teaches on the identification of plant-parasitic nematodes at Wageningen University and lectures on the Tylenchomorpha taxonomy at Ghent University. He is also editorial board member of the journals: Journal of Nematode Morphology and Systematics, ZooKeys, Russian Journal of Nematology, Nematologia Mediterranea and Redi

Prof. Dr. Giovanni Paiva dos Santos

Scientist at Federal University of Pernambuco-Brazil (UFPE), Zoology Department. Invited lecturer in the course General Nematode Biology and Interactions.


Giovanni dos Santos is a full professor at UFPE and coordinator of LACIMME (Laboratory of Marine Meiofauna and Ecotoxicology), where he gives lectures to undergraduate students on Marine Biology, Zoology of Invertebrates and Ecology. Prof. dos Santos obtained his PhD on nematode populations and assemblages controls, and their effect on benthic ecosystem functioning (2009) at Ghent University.  His main research interests are: functional ecology of free-living marine nematodes, benthic ecosystem diversity, nematode population and community ecology, biomonitoring, ecosystem functioning, ecological interactions, micro/mesocosm experiments, environmental changes and toxicology. He also acts as promotor/co-promotor for master theses of the International MSc in Agro- and Environmental Nematology.


Prof. Dr. Roland Perry

Scientist at the University of Hertsfordshire,UK.
Co-lecturer of the course Life Cycle Biology, Physiology and Behaviour of Plant-parasitic Nematodes and
Strategies for Research


Professor Perry obtained a BSc (honours) degree in Zoology and a PhD in Nematology, both from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. After a year's post-doctoral research in Newcastle, he moved to the Dept of Biology at the University of Keele,England and for three years undertook research on aspects of nematode physiology andlectured to undergraduate students on parasitology, with an emphasis on plant-parasiticnematology. Subsequently, he was appointed as a research scientist to Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, England. His research interests have centred primarily on plant-parasitic nematodes, especially focusing on nematode hatching, sensory perception,behaviour and survival physiology. His research attracted considerable support from funding agencies, providing grants for PhD and post-doctoral students and facilitating productive collaborative research projects. Professor Perry has supervised 16 PhD students and several of his past PhD and post-doctoral students are currently involved innematology research.
He co-edited The Physiology and Biochemistry of Free-living andPlant-parasitic Nematodes and co-edited the student textbook, Plant Nematology. He is author or co-author of over 40 book chapters and refereed reviews and over 110 refereedresearch papers. He is Editor-in-Chief of Nematology and Chief Editor of the Russian Journal of Nematology and series co-editor of Nematode Monographs and Perspectives. In2001, he was elected Fellow of the Society of Nematologists (USA) in recognition of his research achievements. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Ghent, Belgium, where he lectures on nematode biology, and also gives regular lectures to MSc courses at the Imperial College, London and Reading University, and has presented invited research seminars to several Universities and Research Institutes worldwide. 


Prof. Dr. Cornelia Schomaker

Researcher at Plant Research International at Wageningen University
Lecturer of the course: Quantitative Plant Nematology, co-lecturer of the courses: Nematological Techniques and Management of Plant Parasitic Nematodes



Prof. Dr. Nicole Viaene

Researcher at the Institute of Agricultural and Fisheries Research, Merelbeke Belgium (ILVO) - Dept. Crop Protection - Nematology
Lecturer of the course: Management of Plant-parasitic Nematodes


Detailed info on ILVO website


Prof. Dr. Wim Wesemael

Researcher at the Institute of Agricultural and Fisheries Research, Merelbeke Belgium (ILVO) - Dept. Crop Protection - Nematology
Lecturer of the courses: Life Cycle Biology, Physiology and Behaviour of Plant-parasitic Nematodes


Detailed info on ILVO website



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