Matthias Vanhamel obtained his master degree in Biology (specialization aquatic ecology, evolution and conservation) in 2012 at the KU Leuven in Belgium.
After spending 4 months working as part of a scientific expedition in the rainforest of Peru, he started at the KU Leuven coordinating a European funded BiodivERsA-project with as main goal to study the effect of climate change and eutrophication on stability in aquatic ecosystems. From 2013 till 2017 he worked for the KU Leuven with an IwT/VLAIO grant to organize and coordinate 2 field campaigns and 4 large-scale mesocosm studies to investigate the relative importance of ecological and evolutionary adaptation in ecosystems under pressure.
Using his expertise in microbial communities and his experience in managing experiments involving organisms ranging from bacteria, zooplankton and algae up to vertebrates, he is now primarily working at ARCHE Consulting as an efficacy expert in the area of biocides. Next to his work for biocide dossiers, he is also involved in environmental projects and giving courses as an Amelior trainer on CLP.