These studies will involve molecular and anatomical-morphological work as well as experimental, ecological work. Using these methods Jean-Papy MONGINDO will attempt to disentangle more general patterns of how the high faunal diversity in the river evolved and is maintained.
The primary location for his studies will be the Humboldt University in Berlin (Germany), but the experimental work will be conducted at the University of Kisangani (DR Congo). This project is supervised by Dr Thomas von Rintelen (Humboldt University & Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin), Dr Christian Albrecht (Justus-Liebig University, Giessen), Dr Bert Van Bocxlaer (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC and Ghent University, Ghent) and Prof Dr Alidor Kankonda (University of Kisangani). Structural support is further provided by Prof Dr Benjamin Dudu (University of Kisangani, Centre de Surveillance de la Biodiversité) and Dr. Erik Verheyen (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences).