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!

MAE Publications

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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, research practices and/or short research projects. See below for some highlighted projects. If you are interested in any of these, please contact!

Figuring out to what extent mussel genotype affect performance. Starting in April 2022 a project will start on trying to unravel nature versus nurture. You will work with mussels raised in the same environment but coming from a distinct genetic background. We are interested in seeing whether there are inherited differences in performance such as clearance rate, etc.

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.