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Gender male
Job title Senior Scientist
Royal Museum for Central Africa ( RMCA)
Leuvensesteenweg, 13 Tervuren 3080
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Degree Ph.D.
Job type Research , Natural Resource Management , Technical Advice & Consulting
Research Area(s) Fisheries, Aquaculture , Limnology , Fisheries, Aquaculture , Limnology
Research Activities Long term monitoring on limnology, fisheries, climate. Improving our understanding of the functionning of water (particularly lakes) ecosystems with possible application in fisheries, man impact, health, paleoclimate,....

Monitoring à long terme en limnologie, pêches, climat. Amélioration de notre compréhension du fonctionnement des écosystèmes aquatiques (particulièrement des lacs) avec applications possibles en pêche, impacts anthropiques, santé, paléolimats....
Research Region 36, 70, 71, 46
Skills/Expertise Water ecology, environmental changes, climate impacts, limnology, fisheries
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Dr Pierre-Denis PLISNIER)

Naithani J., Plisnier P.-D. & E. Deleersnijder 2011. Possible effects of global climate change on the ecosystem of Lake Tanganyika. Hydrobiologia 671: 147-163.
Plisnier, P.-D, H. Mgana, I. Kimirei, A. Chande, L. Makasa, J. Chimanga, F. Zulu, C. Cocquyt, S. Horion, N. Bergamino, J. Naithani, E. Deleersnijder, L. André, J.-P. Descy and Y. Cornet 2009. Limnological variability and pelagic fish abundance (Stolothrissa tanganicae and Lates stappersii) in Lake Tanganyika. Hydrobiologia DOI 10.1007/s10750-009-9701-4a
Plisnier P.-D, P.Jalet, J.-P. Descy, E.Deleersnijder & Y. Cornet 2008. A forecasting model for Lake Tanganyika fisheries. Earth observation help desk. Programme STEREO 1. Politique Scientifique Fédérale: 38-39
De Wever A., K.Muylaert , C. Cocquyt, J. Van Wichelen, P.-D. Plisnier & W. Vyverman 2007 Seasonal and spatial variability in the abundance of auto- and heterotrophic plankton in Lake Tanganyika. Fundamental and Applied Limnology Archiv für Hydrobiologie 170/1: 49-6
Naithani J., P.-D. Plisnier and E. Deleersnijder, 2007, A simple model of the eco-hydrodynamics of the epilimnion of Lake Tanganyika, Freshwater Biology, 52, 2087-2100
Langlet,D., L. Y. Alleman, P.-D. Plisnier, H. Hughes, and L. André 2007. Manganese content records seasonal upwelling in Lake Tanganyika mussels Biogeosciences, 4: 195?203
Alleman LY, Cardinal D, Cocquyt C, Plisnier P-D, Descy J-P, Kimirei I, Sinyinza D, André L, 2005. Silicon Isotopic Fractionation in Lake Tanganyika and Its Main Tributaries. J Great Lakes Res 31:509?519
O'Reilly, C. M., P. -D. Plisnier, A. S. Cohen & S. R. Alin, 2004. Ecology: Climate-change effect on Lake Tanganyika? (reply) Nature (15 July 2004); doi:10.1038 /Nature 02737
Plisnier P.-D. 2004 Probable impact of global warming and ENSO on Lake Tanganyika. Bull. Séanc. Acad. r.Sci. Outre-Mer. 50, 185-196
Descy J.-P, Plisnier P.-D et al, 2004. CLIMLAKE Progress report 2002. (Descy J.-P. & V. Gosselain ed.) : Presses Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix, Namur : 73 p.
O?Reilly, C. M., P. Verburg, R. E. Hecky, P.-D. Plisnier, and A. S. Cohen. 2003. ?Food web dynamics in stable isotope ecology: Time integration of different trophic levels, In: L. Seuront and P. Sutton (eds.), Handbook of scaling methods in aquatic ecology: Measurement, analysis, simulation. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida. ?, pp. 125-134
O?Reilly, C. M, S R. Alin, P. ? D. Plisnier, A. S. Cohen and B. A. Mckee 2003. Climate change decreases aquatic ecosystem productivity of Lake Tanganyika, Africa. Nature,424 : 766-768
Naithani, E., E. Deleersnijder and P.-D. Plisnier 2003. Analysis of wind-induced thermocline oscillations of Lake Tanganyika. Environmental Fluid Mechanics 3: 23?39
Descy, J.-P., P.-D. Plisnier, L. Alleman, L. Andre, D. Chitamwebwa, C. Cocquyt, E. Deleersnijder, I. Kimirei, J. Naithani, H. Phiri, D. Sinyenza & W. Vyverman, 2002. Climate variability as recorded in Lake Tanganyika (CLIMLAKE). Bulletin of the International Decade for East African Lakes .Summer 2002: 3-5.
Naithani, E., E. Deleersnijder and P.-D. Plisnier;2002. Thermocline oscillations in Lake Tanganyika. Bulletin of the International Decade for East African Lake. Summer 2002:3-5
Plisnier, P.D. 2002. Limnological profiles and their variability in Lake Tanganyika. In Odada, E. and Olago, D.O. (eds.) The East African Great Lakes: Limnology, Palaeoclimatology and Biodiversity. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht: 349-366.
O'Reilly, C. M., R. E. Hecky, A. S. Cohen, and P.-D. Plisnier. 2002. Interpreting stable isotopes in food webs: Recognizing the role of time averaging at different trophic levels. Limnol. Oceanogr. 47: 306-309.
Plisnier P.-D. & Coenen E.C. 2001. Pulsed and dampened annual limnological fluctuations in Lake Tanganyika, The Great Lakes of the World (GLOW): Food-web, health and integrity (Ed: Munawar M. & Hecky R.) Ecovision World Monograph Series, Leiden, The Netherlands: 81-94
Plisnier P.D. 2000. Recent climate and limnology changes in Lake Tanganyika, Verh. Internat. Verein. Limnol., 27, 2670-2673
Vuorinen, I. H. Kurki, J. Sarvala, P. Paffen, Verburg, P. Kotilainen, D. Bwebwa, S. Nyamushahu, N.Mulimbwa, S. Muhoza, A. Kalangali, I. Zulu, K. Kaoma, E. Bosma, P.-D. Plisnier and H. Mölsä 1999. Zooplankton biology in Lindqvist, O.V., H. Mölsä and J. Sarvala (Eds.) ?Lake Tanganyika Research: Summary of the Scientific Programme 1992-98.? FAO/FINNIDA Research for the Management of the Fisheries of Lake Tanganyika. GCP/RAF/271/FIN-TD/94(En): 44-57
Sarvala J., Salonen K., Järvinen M., Aro E., Huttula T., Kotilainen P., Kurki H., Langenberg V., Mannini P., Peltonen A., Plisnier P.-D., Vuorinen I., Mölsä H. and O. V. Lindqvist. 1999. Trophic structure of Lake Tanganyika: carbon flows in the pelagic food web. Hydrobiologia, 407: 155-179
Sarvala, J., K.Salonen, P-D, Plisnier, V. Langenberg, L. Mwape, D. Chitamwebwa, K.Tshibangu and E. Coenen. 1999. Limnology and phytoplankton primary production in Lindqvist, O.V., H. Mölsä and J. Sarvala (Eds.) ?Lake Tanganyika Research: Summary of the Scientific Programme 1992-98.? FAO/FINNIDA Research for the Management of the Fisheries of Lake Tanganyika. GCP/RAF/271/FIN-TD/94(En): 33-38
Plisnier P.-D., Chitamwebwa D., Mwape L., Tshibangu K., Langenberg V. and E. Coenen 1999. Limnological annual cycle inferred from physical-chemical fluctuations at three stations of Lake Tanganyika. Hydrobiologia, 407: 45-58
Sarvala, J. K. Salonen, P. Mannini, T. Huttula, P-D. Plisnier, V. Langenberg, I. Vuorinen, H. Kurki, H. Mölsä, and O.V. Lindqvist. 1999. Lake Tanganyika ecosystem assessment. - in Lindqvist, O.V., H. Mölsä and J. Sarvala (Eds.) ?Lake Tanganyika Research: Summary of the Scientific Programme 1992-98.? FAO/FINNIDA Research for the Management of the Fisheries of Lake Tanganyika. GCP/RAF/271/FIN-TD/94(En): 68-73
Plisnier P.-D., 1997 Climate, limnology and fisheries changes of Lake Tanganyika. FAO/FINNIDA Research for the Management of the Fisheries on Lake Tanganyika GCP/RAF/271/FIN- TD/73(En): 50 p.
Plisnier P.-D. 1997. Lake Tanganyika Research seeks evidence of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation during the past 1000 years. Bulletin of the International Decade for the East African Lakes (IDEAL). Spring issue. p. 4
Mavuti K., J. Moreau J., J. Munyandorero and P.-D. Plisnier, 1996. Analysis of trophic relationships in two shallow equatorial lakes: Lake Naivasha (Kenya) and Lake Ihema (Rwanda) using multispecifies trophic model. Hydrobiologia 321: 89-100
Plisnier P.-D 1996 Limnological sampling during a second annual cycle (1994-1995) and some comparisons with year one on Lake Tanganyika FAO/FINNIDA Research for the Management of the Fisheries on Lake Tanganyika. GCP/RAF/271/FIN-TD/56 (En): 60 pp.
Plisnier P.-D., V. Langenberg, L. Mwape, D. Chitamwembwa and E. Coenen.. 1996. Limnological Sampling During an Annual Cycle at Three Stations of Lake Tanganyika (1993 - 1994). FAO/FINNIDA Research for the Management of the Fisheries on Lake Tanganyika. GCP/RAF/271/FIN-TD/46 (En): 136 p
Plisnier, 1995. Catch Assessment Survey in Zambian Waters of Lake Tanganyika in 1994. FAO/FINNIDA Research for the Management of the Fisheries on Lake Tanganyika GCP/RAF/271/FIN-TD/41 (En): 26 p
Plisnier, P.-D 1995. Enquête d'evaluation des captures dans les eaux zambiennes du lac Tanganyika. FAO, Rome (Italy). Dept. des Pêches; Agence Finlandaise pour le Developpement International, Helsinki (Finland), Aug 1995, 28 p
Plisnier P.-D., 1994. Presentation of Scientific Sampling program: Limnology. Report of the third joint meeting of the LTR's coordination and international scientific committees. FAO/FINNIDA GCP/RAF/271/FIN-TD/27(En): 30-45
Plisnier P.-D., 1994. Field manual for the second year of limnological sampling on Lake Tanganyika. FAO/FINNIDA Research for the Management of the Fisheries on Lake Tanganyika. GCP/RAF/271/FIN-FM/13 (En): 53 p
Plisnier, P.-D., 1993. Guide pratique pour les échantillonnages limnologiques au lac Tanganyika. FAO/FINNIDA Recherches pour l'Aménagement des pêches au lac Tanganyika. GCP/RAF/271/FIN-FM/07 (Fr): 38 p
Plisnier, P.-D., 1993. Field Manual for Limnological Sampling on Lake Tanganyika. FAO/FINNIDA Research for the Management of the Fisheries on Lake Tanganyika. GCP/RAF/271/FIN-FM/07 (En): 28 p
Mukankomeje R., P.-D. Plisnier, L. Massaut and J.-P Descy, 1993. Lake Muhazi, Rwanda: limnological features and phytoplankton production. Hydrobiologia 257: 107-120
Plisnier P.-D. 1990. The fishes. Akagera, land of water, grass and fire. Van De Weghe J.P. ed., 256 p
Plisnier P.-D., J.-C Micha and V.Frank, 1988. Pêche et biologie des principales espèces de poissons du lac Ihema (Rwanda). Presses Universitaires de Namur 212 p. (ISBN: 287037155 1)
Bompangue Nkoko D., P. Giraudoux, .P.-D. Plisnier, A. M. Tinda, M. Piarroux, B. Sudre, S. Horion, J.-J. Muyembe Tamfum, B. Kebela Ilunga, & R.. Piarroux 2011. Dynamics of Cholera Outbreaks in Great Lakes Region of Africa, 1978?2008. Emerging Infectious Diseases 17 (11): 2026-2034
De Wever A., K. Muylaert, K. Van Der Gucht, S. Pirlot, C. Cocquyt, J.-P. Descy, P.-D. Plisnier & W. Vyverman 2005. Vertical and horizontal heterogeneity in bacterial community composition in Lake Tanganyika. Applied and Environmental Microbiology: 71(9): 5029-5037
Plisnier P.-D., 1998. Gewässerkundliche untersuchungen am Tanganjikasee. DATZ 51 (9): 594-600
van Bocxlaer Bert, Roland Schultheiß, Pierre-Denis Plisnier and Christian Albrecht,2012. Does the decline of gastropods in deep water herald ecosystem change in Lakes Malawi and Tanganyika? Freshwater Biology, 57(8):1733-1744. ISSN: 0046-5070 DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2427.2012.028
Plisnier P.-D., Serneels S. and E.F. Lambin. 2000 Impact of ENSO on East African ecosystems: a multivariate analysis based on climate and remote sensing data. Global Ecology and Biogeography 9 (6), 481-497
Bergamino, N. , S. Horion, S. Stenuite, Y. Cornet; S.A. Loiselle; P.-D. Plisnier and J.-P. Descy. 2010 ?Spatio-temporal dynamics of phytoplankton and primary production in Lake Tanganyika using a MODIS based bio-optical time series?. Remote Sensing of Environment 114 (4): 772-780
Horion, S., N. Bergamino, S. Stenuite, J.-P. Descy, P.-D. Plisnier, S.A. Loiselle and Y. Cornet 2010. ?Optimized extraction of daily bio-optical time series derived from MODIS/Aqua imagery for Lake Tanganyika, Africa?. Remote Sensing of Environment 114 (4): 781-791
Naithani, E., E. Deleersnijder and P.-D. Plisnier. 2002. Origin of intraseasonal variability in Lake Tanganyika. Geophys. Res. Lett. 29(3), 2093
Cocquyt C., P.-D. Plisnier, V. Gelorini, B. Rumes & D. Verschuren 2010. Observations on the limnology and phytoplankton community of crater Lake Kyaninga (Uganda), with special attention to its diatom flora Plant Ecology and Evolution 143 (3): 365-377, 2010
Cohen A.S. , K. E. Lezzar, J. Cole, D. Dettman, G. S. Ellis, M. Eagle Gonneea, P.-D. Plisnier, V.Langenberg, M. Blaauw & D. Zilifi, 2006. Late Holocene linkages between decade?century scale climate variability and productivity at Lake Tanganyika, Africa. Journal of Paleolimnology 36 (2) : 189-209
Fourniret Y., P.-D. Plisnier and J.C Micha, 1992. Régime alimentaire des Haplochromis spp (Teleostei : Cichlidae) du lac Ihema au Rwanda (Bassin Akagera). Annls Limnol 28 (1) : 57-69
Descy J.P., A.-L. Tarbe, S. Stenuite, S. Pirlot, J. Stimart, J. Vanderheyden, B. Leporcq, M. P. Stoyneva, I. Kimirei, D.Sinyinza & P.-D. Plisnier 2010. Drivers of phytoplankton diversity in Lake Tanganyika. Hydrobiologia, 653 (1) : 29-44
Horion S., Y. Cornet, N.Bergamino, J.-P. Descy & P.-D. Plisnier. Definition of sub-ecosystems (or eco-regions) in Lake Tanganyika using calibrated MODIS time series. Remote Sensing of Environment. Submitted.

Created: 2000-10-24 Last Updated: 2014-06-03 by Pierre-Denis PLISNIER