Licenciate of sciences (zoology) degree obtained with highest distinction on September 30th 1988 at Ghent University. Licenciate thesis (corresponding to M.Sc. thesis): "Morphology and taxonomy of nematodes from Senegal".

Doctoral degree in sciences (zoology) obtained with highest distinction on February 21st 1994 at Ghent University. Ph.D. thesis: "The terrestrial nematofauna of the Galápagos".


1988-1989 laureate of the H. Schouteden Award (biannual scientific contest for zoological studies organized by the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences, Literature and Arts of Belgium).