Tim Maes


Present position:


Research area:

 Eco-evolutionary dynamics



+43 512 507-50216



Employment History

  •  May 2024 – present  Postdoctoral researcher at the Research Department for Limnology, Mondsee, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Feb 2019 – Feb 2024 PhD researcher (FWO-SB fellow) at the Department of Biology, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Feb 2018 – Jan 2019 Project leader at the Bodemkundige Dienst van België vzw, Belgium
  • 2016-2017 Teacher’s education training
  • 2015-2016M aster’s Thesis in population genetics, KU Leuven, Belgium


Research interests

I have a broad interest in biology but in particular freshwater ecology, evolutionary processes and species’ responses to environmental change, including climate change. Most of my research has focused on species’ life-history and physiological adaptations to local climatic conditions and the genetic basis underlying these differences. Furthermore, I investigated how the interplay between climate change and the local adaptation capacity of a species could change their distribution in the future.

In my current research I investigate the consequences of climate change and other human induced environmental changes on the Lake Constance ecosystem. For this, I mainly focus on the spatio-temporal distribution and composition of the local waterflea (Daphnia) communities and how invasive species such as three-spined sticklebacks and quagga mussels, affect these dynamics.



  • KU Leuven
    • Ecological field course
    • Ecological data analysis
    • Moderator of student discussion sessions
    • Supervision of bachelor projects
    • Scientist@school, teaching about my research project in secondary schools
    • Science outreach events
  • BuSo Tongelsbos
    • Mathematics teacher in secondary school special needs education



Maes T., De Corte Z., Vangestel C., Virgilio M., Smitz N., Djuikwo-Teukeng F., Papadaki M.I. & Huyse T. (2022). “Large scale and small-scale population genetic structure of the medically important gastropod species Bulinus truncatus (Gastropoda, Heterobranchia)”, Parasites & vectors 15(1)

Maes T., Hammoud C., Volckaert F.A.M. & Huyse T. (2021). “A call for standardized snail ecological studies to support schistosomiasis risk assessment and snail control efforts”, Hydrobiologia 848, 1773-1793

Boon N.A.M., Mbow M., Paredis L., Moris P., Sy I., Maes T., Webster B.L., Sacko M., Volckaert F.A.M., Polman K. & Huyse T. (2019). “No barrier breakdown between human and cattle schistosome species in the Senegal River Basin in the face of hybridisation”, International Journal for Parasitology 49 (13-14), 1039-1048

Debecker S., Sommaruga R., Maes T. & Stoks R. (2015). “Larval UV exposure impairs adult immune function through a trade-off with larval investment in cuticular melanin”, Functional Ecology 29 (10), 1292-1299


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