Marine Animal Ecology Group

Marine Animal Ecology Group

Marine animal ecology (MAE) studies how marine animals adapt in response to a changing environment. Our research is focused on different organismal levels, from eco-physiology, early life-stage development, population genomics, up to whole ecological community responses. We subsequently apply our research to gain an understanding of the consequences of anthropogenic activities to ecosystem services and conservation management.

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Highlighted student projects

At MAE we are working on various research lines. Students can join the research efforts via thesis projects, internships and/or short research projects. See below for some highlighted projects. If you are interested in any of these, please contact diede.maas@wur.nl!

Performing a pilot experiment on impacts of electromagnetic fields on elasmobranchs. We are looking for an MSc student who can start in June/July 2021 to help set up a pilot experiment that intends to measure impacts of EMFs on the behaviour of sharks and rays. The work will be performed in Scotland. Having experience in statistics, design and ethics of animal experimentation and/or toxicology is a pre.

Categorizing parasites on scleractinean corals. In collaboration with Naturalis and Burger's Zoo we are looking for a BSc or SRP student to work on the classification and categorization of parasites inhabiting scleractinean corals. We are looking for a student who is able to start as soon as possible!

Designing a sensor device to identify food sources of large elasmobranchs. With the opportunity to start any time, we are looking for an BSc or SRP student to work on the possibility of a miniature DNA sequencing device that can be placed on or inside sharks and rays to study diets. You are asked to find out what is necessary to create such a science-fiction sounding device.

Optimizing sea urchin larvae culture and settlement. Together with Van Hall University of Applied Sciences we are looking for an internship student to work on optimizing sea urchin culture. You will work in the aquarium facilities to study what cues are optimal for sea urchins to settle. This information will be used to design artificial reefs to be placed in the Caribbean to stimulate the local sea urchin population. We are looking for a student that can start in January 2021.


MAE Blogs

Marine Lake Expeditions!
Marine Lake Expeditions!

Svalbard Expeditions!
Svalbard Expeditions!

The Marine Animal Ecology group (MAE) is part of the cluster Biology and Aquatic Resilience.