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.

MAE Leaflet

Marine Science Calendars

Prof. Dr. Tinka Murk has taken the initiative to put together calendars illustrating the versatility and beauty of marine life. The calendars contain photographs of the work of many Wageningen UR colleagues. Together, they tell a tale of innovative knowledge that integrates technical, environmental and socio-economic approaches to sustainably harvest blue resources. Click here to find the calendar of this year and some previous editions!

Highlighted student projects

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

MSc thesis:

Modelling probability of disease spread in Caribbean sea urchins. Available later this year, based in Wageningen.

The physiological and genetic responses of mussels to climate change. Available now, based in Yerseke.

Various restoration projects of oyster beds. Available now and based in Wageningen or Yerseke.

Impacts of electromagnetic fields on embryogenesis of sharks and rays. Project is available from May/June and based in Wageningen.

Potential of nutrient-rich sludge from water treatment plants for food industry. Ecotoxicological work in mesocosms. Available from March 2023.

Developing a digital twin of a marine bivalve. Available any time.

Population structure analysis of thornback ray through DNA from beached egg cases. Available from April or from September.


Tagging an monitoring Queen Conch in Bonaire and Curacao. WWF has an internship available from February until August.

Rearing and restoration of Caribbean sea urchins. Project is available from March and based in Saba.

Alaskan salmon fisheries assessment. Project runs in the spring/summer, based in Alaska.

Reef restoration and sea turtle conservation in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Start dates can be March or September.

Mangrove and coral reef restoration in Aruba. Start dates can be April, September or December/January.

Designing reef structures and monitoring their effects at the company Reefy. Closing date for applications are 31st of March.

Also check internship opportunities at Wageningen Marine Research.

MAE Blogs

Marine Lake Expeditions

Marine Lake Expeditions!

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Svalbard Expeditions


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