Dr. Thomas Vanagt

Founder and Director

eCOAST Marine Research

eCOAST Marine Research, Esplanadestraat 1, 8400 Oostende, Belgium

Thomas Vanagt

Thomas Vanagt is a marine ecologist with experience as a research scientist and as an environmental consultant. He is one of the founders of eCOAST, and has been the managing director of eCOAST since the start of the research centre. Thomas Vanagt is a well-respected expert in coastal ecology, for which he combines a strong ecological knowledge with a sound understanding of the physical environment. In previous years, Thomas Vanagt worked as project leader and later research director at the Dutch marine field lab of Grontmij, one of Europe’s largest environmental consultants. He initiated and collaborated in numerous projects in the fields of marine ecology, marine environmental monitoring, ecotoxicology and marine aquaculture. Thomas Vanagt obtained his PhD at the renowned marine biology research group at Ghent University, with a study on sandy beach ecology. He holds a BSc in Biology and an MSc in zoology from Ghent University. He was a visiting scientist at universities in Greece, Ecuador and the UK adn holds and MBA degree from the Vlerick Business School.

Significant career milestones

Since 2010
Founder and director of eCOAST Marine Research, Oostende, Belgium

2008 - 2010
Project leader and research director at Grontmij, Netherlands 

2007 - 2008
Post-doctoral researcher at Liverpool University, UK

2001 - 2006
Research Scientist at Ghent University, Belgium and visiting scientist at ESPOL, Ecuador