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Willenz, Philippe (1949-)

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Philippe Willenz obtained a master in zoology from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in 1973, and a master in oceanography from the Université de Liège in 1975. He was teaching assistant in biology at the ULB until 1983, when he earned his PhD in Zoology with a thesis on ultrastructural description of nutrition mechanisms of a freshwater sponge. From 1984 to 1987 he conducted a post doc in the Biology Department at Yale University, where he utilized TEM and SEM techniques to better understand the taxonomical position of hypercalcified sponges from Jamaica and the Bahamas among demosponges and developed techniques to record the growth rates of their skeletons. These were later used as climate change proxies after he joined the Taxonomy and Phylogeny OD of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in 1992. He developed several projects with the Marine Biology Laboratory of the ULB as an invited scientist and advised several PhD students. He is also a research collaborator at the Museu Nacional of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.




  • IRSNB. Philippe Willenz. In Répertoire bio-bibliographique des chercheurs  1990-1994. Bruxelles : IRSNB, 1995?, p. 189-190


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