Royal Belgian Institute of natural Sciences Faculty Member

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Royal Belgian Institute of natural Sciences

Faculty Member, Freshwater Biology


Koen Martens is a professor at the University of Ghent and senior researcher at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. His main research interests are phylogeny, taxonomy and evolution of non-marine Ostracoda. He uses these micro crustaceans as a model group to investigate speciation in ancient lakes as well as the evolution of sexual and asexual reproduction. He presently coordinates about 20 research projects, either related to the above research topics, or to science policy on the conservation of biodiversity in general. Koen is Editor in Chief of Hydrobiologia, for which he assesses close to 1,500 manuscripts each year, and is member of the editorial board of several other international journals. He is a member of the freshwater sciences committee of DIVERSITAS. He also wrote and edited more than10 books and (co-) authored about 550 articles, both scientific and popular. Koen received several awards, amongst which Lucien De Coninck Award  (Belgium, 2001) and Scritture D’Acqua (Italy, 2004).



Recent A papers

1. HORNE, D.J. M. JOCQUE, L. BRENDONCK & K. MARTENS, (in press). On Potamocypris compressa (Crustacea, Ostracoda) from temporary rock pools in Utah (USA) with notes on the taxonomic harmonisation of North American and European ostracod faunas. Zootaxa (submitted).
2. SCHÖN, I., K. MARTENS & S. HALSE (in press). Genetic diversity in Australian ancient asexual Vestalenula (Ostracoda, Darwinulidae) – little variability down-under. Hydrobiologia (accepted).
3. JOCQUE, M., L. BRENDONCK, B. RIDDOCH  & K. MARTENS, (in press). On Amphibolocypris arida n.sp. (Crustacea, Ostracoda), from rock pools in Botswana (southern Africa). Zootaxa (accepted).
4. MORMUL, R.P., S.M. THOMAZ, J. HIGUTI & K. MARTENS, (in press).  Ostracod (Crustacea) colonization of one native and one invasive macrophyte species of Hydrocharitaceae: an experimental evaluation. Hydrobiologia (submitted).
5. ROSSETTI, G. , R.I.. PINTO  & K. MARTENS (in press). Description of a new genus and two new species of Darwinulidae (Crustacea, Ostracoda), from Christmas Island (Indian Ocean) with some considerations on the morphological evolution in ancient asexuals. Invertebrate Systematics (submitted).
6. VAN DER MEEREN, T., J. E. ALMENDINGER & K. MARTENS (in press). The ecology of ostracodes (Ostracoda; Crustacea) in western Mongolia. Hydrobiologia (accepted)
7. SAVATENALINTON, S. & K. MARTENS  (in press). On the subfamily Cypricercinae McKenzie, 1971 (Crustacea, Ostracoda) from Thailand, with the description of six new species. Zootaxa (accepted).
8. MARTENS, K., J. HIGUTI, F. A. LANSAC-TÔHA, L. F. MACHADO VELHO & S. A. J. DECLERCK, ( in press). Drivers of diversity of ostracod (Crustacea, Ostracoda) communities in the alluvial valley of the upper Paraná River, Brazil. Hydrobiologia (submitted). 
9. DE BIE, T.,  G. LOUETTE, L. DE MEESTER, L. BRENDONCK, K. MARTENS & S. DECLERCK (in press). Pond age in relation to the richness and composition of cladoceran communities: dispersal limitation and succession. Oikos  (submitted).
10. MARTENS, K. 2010. Editorial. The International Year on Biodiversity. Hydrobiologia 637: 1-2. (DOI 10.1007/s10750-009-0045-x)
11. BODE, S.N.S., S. ADOLFSSON, E.R.D. BAUTZ , M.J.F. MARTINS, O. SCHMIT, J. VANDEKERKHOVE, F. MEZQUITA, T. NAMIOTKO, G. ROSSETTI, I. SCHÖN, R.K. BUTLIN & K. MARTENS 2010. Exceptional cryptic diversity and multiple origins of parthenogenesis in a freshwater ostracod. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54 (2010) 542–552. (DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2009.08.022).
12. THOMAZ, S.M. & K. MARTENS 2009. Opinion: Alternative metrics to measure journal impacts: entering in a “free market” era. Hydrobiologia 636: 7-10.
13. VANBRABANT, J., B. GODDEERIS, K. MARTENS & I. SCHÖN, 2009.  Development of primers for amplification and further research on the D-loop control region for the Common Spadefoot toad, Pelobates fuscus (Amphibia).  Conservation Genetics Resources; doi:10.1007/s12686-009-9115-7.
14. HIGUTI, J. , L.F.  MACHADO VELHO, F.A. LANSAC TÔHA & K.  MARTENS 2009. Biodiversity of non-marine ostracods (Crustacea, Ostracoda) in the alluvial valley of the upper Paraná River, Brazil. Brazilian Journal of Biology 69(2,Suppl.): 661-668. 
15. SAVATENALINTON S & K. MARTENS 2009. Generic revision of Cypricercinae McKenzie, 1971 (Crustacea, Ostracoda), with the description of three new genera and one new species and a phylogenetic analysis of the subfamily. Hydrobiologia 632: 1-48. (DOI 10.1007/s10750-009-9826-5).
16. HIGUTI, J.; LANSAC-TÔHA, F.A.; VELHO, L.F.M.; PINTO, R.L.; VIEIRA, L.C.G.; MARTENS, K. 2009. Composition and distribution of Darwinulidae (Crustacea, Ostracoda) in the alluvial valley of the upper Paraná River, Brazil. Brazilian Journal of Biology, 69 (2): 253-262.
17. SCHABETSBERGER, R, G. DROZDOWSKI, E. ROTT, R. LENZENWEGER, C.D. JERSABEK, F. STOCH, A. A. KOTOV, K. MARTENS, N. REIFF, W. TRAUNSPURGER, H. SCHATZ, 2009.  Loosing the bounty ? Investigating Species Richness in Isolated Freshwater Ecosystems of Oceania. Pacific Science 63 (2):1  53–179.
18. HIGUTI, J., C. MEISCH & K. MARTENS 2009. On Paranacypris samambaiensis  n.gen. n.sp. (Crustacea, Ostracoda), the first South American psychrodromid, from the floodplain of the Upper Parana River (Parana, Brazil). Journal of natural History 43: 769-783. 
19. VAN DER MEEREN, T., Y. KHAND & K. MARTENS 2009. On Recent species of Tonnacypris Diebel & Pietrzeniuk, 1975(Crustacea, Ostracoda), with new species descriptions from Mongolia. Zootaxa 2015: 1-41.
20. SAVATENALINTON, S.& K. MARTENS 2009. Redescription of the type species of Strandesia (Stuhlmann, 1888) and Cypricercus Sars, 1895 (Crustacea, Ostracoda, Cypricercinae), with a description of a new species of Cypricercus from South Africa. Zootaxa 2007: 1-42.
21. SAVATENALINTON, S.& K. MARTENS 2009.  On a freshwater species of the genus Sanyuania Zhao and Han, 1980 (Crustacea, Ostracoda, Loxoconchidae) from Thailand, with a discussion on the morphological evolution of the freshwater Loxoconchidae.  Journal of natural History 43 (5-6): 259-285. 
22. PIERI, V., K.MARTENS, F. STOCH &  G. ROSSETTI, 2009. Distribution and ecology of non-marine ostracods (Crustacea,  Ostracoda) from Friuli Venezia Giulia (NE Italy). Journal of Limnology 68(1): 1-15. 
23. PINTO, R.L., C.E.F. ROCHA & K. MARTENS 2008. On the first terrestrial ostracod of the superfamily Cytheroidea (Crustacea, Ostracoda). Zootaxa 1828: 29–42. 
24. MARTENS, K. & I. SCHÖN 2008. Ancient asexuals: darwinulids not exposed !  Nature 453 : 587.
25. SAVATENALINTON, S.,  G. BORGONIE & K. MARTENS 2008. On Thaicythere srisumonae n.gen., n.sp. (Crustacea: Ostracoda) from Thailand, with notes on the phylogeny of the subfamily Timiriaseviinae Mandelstam, 1960. Crustaceana 81 (4): 411-432.
26. MARTENS, K. 2008. Editorial: the future of scientific publishing. Hydrobiologia 600: 1-2.
27. DE BIE, T., S. DECLERCK, K. MARTENS, L. DE MEESTER & L. BRENDONCK, 2008. A comparative analysis of cladoceran communities from different water body types: patterns in community composition and diversity. Hydrobiologia 597: 19-27.
28. BALIAN, E., H. SEGERS, C. LÉVÈQUE, K. MARTENS, 2008. The freshwater animal diversity assessment: an overview of the results. In: BALIAN, E. et al. (eds.): Freshwater animal diversity assessment. Hydrobiologia 595: 627-637.
29. MARTENS,K., I. SCHÖN, C. MEISCH AND D.J. HORNE 2008. Global biodiversity of non-marine Ostracoda (Crustacea). In: BALIAN, E. et al. (eds.): Freshwater animal diversity assessment. Hydrobiologia 595: 185-193.
30. BALIAN, E., H. SEGERS, C. LÉVÈQUE, K. MARTENS, 2008. An Introduction to the Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment (FADA) project. In: BALIAN, E. et al. (eds.): Freshwater animal diversity assessment. Hydrobiologia 595: 3-8..
31. HIGUTI, J. , L.F.  MACHADO VELHO, F.A. LANSAC TÔHA & K.  MARTENS 2007.  Pleuston communities are buffered from regional flood pulses: the example of ostracods in the Paraná River floodplain, Brazil. Freshwater  Biology 52: 1930–1943.
32. PINTO, R.L., C.E.F. ROCHA & K. MARTENS 2007. Early release of eggs  and embryos in a brooding ancient asexual ostracod: brood selection or bet-hedging to increase fecundity?  Hydrobiologia 585: 249-253.
33. PIERI, V., C. CASERINI, S. GOMARASCA, K. MARTENS & G. ROSSETTI 2007. Water quality and diversity of the Recent ostracod fauna in lowland springs from Lombardy (northern Italy) . Hydrobiologia 585: 79-87.
34. MATZKE-KARASZ, R., M. SCHUDACK & K. MARTENS, 2007. Ostracodology in time and space. Looking back on fifteen International Symposia on Ostracods, and the times in-between. Hydrobiologia 585: 1-11.
35. MATZKE-KARASZ, R. & K. MARTENS 2007. On Afrocypris barnardi Sars (Crustacea, Ostracoda), a second giant ostracod with additional appendages. Crustaceana, 80 (5): 603-623.
36. MARTENS, K.  2007.  On a new species and genus in the Cypridini (Crustacea, Ostracoda, Cyprididae) from South Africa, with a phylogenetic analysis of the tribe and a discussion on the genus concept in this group.  Journal of natural History 41(5–8): 381–399
37. ROSSETTI G., K. MARTENS, C. MEISCH, S.TAVERNELLI & V. PIERI. 2007. Small is beautiful: diversity of freshwater ostracods (Crustacea, Ostracoda) in marginal habitats of the province of Parma (northern Italy).  Journal of Limnology 65(2): 121-131.
38. DECLERCK, S. , T. DE BIE, D. ERCKEN, H.  HAMPEL, S. SCHRIJVERS, J. VAN WICHELEN, V. GILLARD, R. MANDIKI, B. LOSSON, D. BAUWENS, S. KEIJERS, W. VYVERMAN, B. GODDEERIS, L. DE MEESTER, L. BRENDONCK & K. MARTENS. 2006. Ecological characteristics of small farm land ponds: associations with land-use practices at multiple spatial scales. Biological Conservation 131: 523-532.
39. PIERI, V., K. MARTENS, L. NASELLI-FLORES, F. MARRONE, G. ROSSETTI. 2006. Distribution of Recent ostracods in inland waters of Sicily (Southern Italy). Journal of  Limnology, 65: 1-8.
40. JOCQUÉ, M., K. MARTENS, B. RIDDOCH & L. BRENDONCK 2006. Faunistics of ephemeral rock pools in southeastern Botswana. Archiv fur Hydrobiologie 165: 415-431.
41. PINTO, R.L., C.E.F. ROCHA & K. MARTENS 2005.On the evolution of the genus Microdarwinula Danielopol, 1968 (Crustacea, Ostracoda, Darwinulidae)  with the description of a new species from semi-terrestrial habitats in Sao Paulo State (Brazil). Crustaceana 78: 975-986.
42. PINTO, R.L., C.E.F. ROCHA & K. MARTENS 2005. On new terrestrial ostracods (Crustacea, Ostracoda) from Brazil, primarily from Sao Paulo State. Zoological journal of the Linnean Society 145: 145-173.
43. ROSSETTI, G., V. PIERI & K. MARTENS 2005. Recent ostracods (Crustacea, Ostracoda) found in lowland springs of the provinces of Piacenza and Parma (Northern Italy). Hydrobiologia 542: 287-296.
44. MATZKE-KARASZ, R. & K. MARTENS 2005. The female reproductive organ in podocopid ostracods is homologous to five appendages: histological evidence from Liocypris grandis (Crustacea, Ostracoda). Hydrobiologia 542: 249-259.
45. LÉVÊQUE, C., E. V. BALIAN, K. MARTENS 2005. An assessment of animal species diversity in continental waters. Hydrobiologia 542: 39-67.
46. MARTENS, K. & H. SEGERS  2005. Taxonomy and systematics in biodiversity research: a reply to De Meester & De Clercq. Hydrobiologia 542: 27-31.
47. MARTENS, K., G. ROSSETTI, R. BUTLIN & I. SCHÖN 2005. Molecular and morphological phylogeny of the ancient asexual Darwinulidae (Crustacea, Ostracoda). Hydrobiologia 538: 153-165.

Recent B papers

162. MARTENS, K. & D.J. HORNE in press. Living Non-marine ostracods. In: DE GRAEVE, S. & J.W. MARTIN (eds.). Crustacean Field Methods. Cambridge University Press. (submitted).
163. SCHÖN, I. G. ROSSETTI & K. MARTENS 2009 . Darwinulid ostracods: ancient asexual scandals or scandalous gossip? In: SCHÖN, I., P. VAN DIJK & K. MARTENS (Eds.), Lost Sex, Springer: 217-240.
164. MARTENS, K., H. D. LOXDALE & ISA SCHÖN 2009.  The elusive clone - its true nature and identity. In: SCHÖN, I., P. VAN DIJK & K. MARTENS (Eds.), Lost Sex, Springer: 187-200.
165. SCHÖN, I. K. MARTENS & P. VAN DIJK, 2009. Foreword. In: SCHÖN, I., P. VAN DIJK & K. MARTENS (Eds.), Lost Sex, Springer: v-vii.
166. MARTENS, K. & H. SEGERS 2009. Endemism in Inland Waters. In : LIKENS, G. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Inland Waters, Elsevier, 1: 423-430.
167. MARTENS, K. & D.J. HORNE 2009. Ostracoda. In : LIKENS, G. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Inland Waters, Elsevier, 2: 405-414.
168. WOUTERS, K. & K. MARTENS, 2008. Three further  new species of the Cyprideis species flock (Crustacea, Ostracoda) from Lake Tanganyika (East Africa). Bulletin van het Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen, Biologie 78: 29-43.
169. SAVATENALINTON, S. & K. MARTENS, 2008 Redescription of Hemicypris mizunoi OKUBO, 1990 (Crustacea, Ostracoda) from Thailand, with a reassessment of the validity of the genera Hemicypris and Heterocypris. Bulletin van het Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen, Biologie 78: 17-27.
170. SCHÖN, I., D.K. LAMATSCH & K. MARTENS 2008.  Lessons to learn from ancient asexuals. In: EGEL, D. & D. LANKENAU (Eds.): Recombination and Meiosis, Springer, 341-390.
171. WOUTERS, K. & K. MARTENS, 2007. Three new species of the Cyprideis species flock (Crustacea, Ostracoda) of Lake Tanganyika (East Africa). Bulletin van het Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen, Biologie 77: 147-160.
172. HORNE, D. J., I. SCHON, R.J. SMITH & K. MARTENS 2005. What are Ostracoda? A cladistic analysis of the extant superfamilies of the subclasses Myodocopa and Podocopa (Ostracoda: Crustacea). In: KOENEMANN, S & R.A. JENNER (Eds.), Arthropoda and crustacean phylogeny. Crustacean Issues 16: 249-274. 


234. SCHÖN, I. P. VAN DIJK & K. MARTENS (Eds.), 2009. Lost Sex. Springer, 616 pp.
235. BALIAN, E., C. LÉVÊQUE, H. SEGERS & K. MARTENS, 2008. Freshwater Animal Diversity Asessment. Hydrobiologia 595: 637 pp. Reprinted as Developments in Hydrobiology 198.
236. MATZKE-KARASZ, R. K.MARTENS & M. SCHUDACK (eds.), 2007. Ostracodology in time and space. Hydrobiologia 585: 272 pp. Reprinted as Developments in Hydrobiology 197.
237. COULTER, G., O. TIMOSHKIN, L. TIMOSHKINA &  K. MARTENS (eds) 2006. Species and speciation in ancient lakes. Proceedings of the third symposium on Species in ancient Lakes. Irkutsk, 2-7 September 2002, Hydrobiologia 568 suppl., 287 pp.
238. SEGERS, H. & K. MARTENS (eds.) 2005. The Diversity of Aquatic Ecosystems. Hydrobiologia 542, 390  pp. Reprinted as Developments in Hydrobiology 180. ‘Aquatic Biodiversity’. 
239. MARTENS, K. (ed.) 2003. Aquatic biodiversity. A celebratory issue in honour of Henri J. Dumont. Hydrobiologia 500, 344 pp. Reprinted as Developments in Hydrobiology 171.
240. HORNE, D.J. & MARTENS, K. (eds.) 2000. Evolutionary biology and ecology of Ostracoda. Proceedings of the XIII International Symposium on Ostracoda. Hydrobiologia 419, 197 pp.
241. DANIELOPOL, D.L., VON VAUPEL KLEIN, J.C. & MARTENS, K.  (eds.) 1999. Jan H. Stock Memorial Issue “Crustacean Biodiversity in Subterranean, Ancient Lake and Deep Sea Habitats” Crustaceana 72(8): 721-1037.
242. MARTENS, K. (ed.). 1998. Sex and Parthenogenesis – evolutionary ecology of reproductive modes in non-marine ostracods. Backhuys Publ., Leiden, 334 pp.
243. MARTENS, K., GODDEERIS, B. & COULTER, G. (eds.) 1994. Speciation in Ancient Lakes, Advances in Limnology 44: 508 pp.
244. HORNE, D.J. & MARTENS, K. (eds.) 1994. The evolutionary ecology of reproductive modes in non-marine Ostracoda. Greenwich Univ. Press, 73 pp.
245. MARTENS, K. 1986. Taxonomic revision of the subfamily Megalocypridinae ROME, 1965 (Crustacea, Ostracoda). Verhandelingen van de koninklijke Academie voor Wetenschappen, Letteren en Schone Kunsten, Klasse der Wetenschappen 48(174): 81 pp + 64 figs.

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