• Research Cluster XX: Marine Research

    This Research Cluster is in development.

    Featuring subjects that are being developed and applied in this SENSE Research Cluster are, for example:

    • Marine water quality
    • marine ecology
    • impact assessment for the marine environment
    • marine systems and climate change
    • marine ecosystem dynamics
    • marine systems for pharma and food
    • marine symbiosis
    • marine governance

    We welcome experts in marine research to participate in this research cluster to exchange knowledge and stimulate new innovative developments (if you are not a member of the SENSE Research School but involved with this subject, then you are still welcome to enrol and participate in this research cluster).


    To read more about the SENSE research clusters in general, click HERE.

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    Participating researchers (Research Groups): research projects

    • Ellen Besseling (WU-AEW): Fate and effects of nano- and microplastic in the marine environment
    • Ariadna Szczybelski (WU-AEW): Development of Arctic biological indicators for the impact assessment of (new) human activities
    • Noël Diepens (WU-AEW): Evaluation of test methods for measuring toxicity to sediment organisms.
    • Ingrid van de Leemput (WU-AEW):  Dynamics of biotic-abiotic interactions in coral ecosystems: exploring the spatial dimension of resilience.
    • Joop Coolen (WU-AEW/ENP): Biodiversity and multifunctional use of old production platforms and new offshore wind farms
    • Marijke de Boer (WU-AEW/IMARES): Using systematic and opportunistic methods to study the abundance and distribution of whales and dolphins in under-recorded areas
    • Sophie Brasseur (WU-AEW/IMARES): Individuality in grey and harbour seals in the Netherlands, reflected in distribution, diving behaviour and diet
    • Mardik Leopold (WU-AEW/IMARES): You are what you eat - how seabirds, seals and porpoises exploit food sources available to them
    • Geert Aarts (postdoc IMARES): Impact of sound on marine mammal distribution in the North Sea: spatial and temporal modelling of grey seal, harbour seal and porpoise distribution in relation to environmental variables)
    • Mariska Weijerman (WU-ESA): A Pacific Coral Reef Ecosystem Model as a decision-support tool for ecosystem-based fisheries management
    • Folmer Krikken (WU-MAQ / ENR): Forecast quality and economical value of near-term Arctic climate predictions
    • Indra Firmansyah (WU-ETE / PRI): Zero nutrient discharge and total reuse of domestic waste(water) nutrients in agriculture and aquaculture in Caribbean Islands – a holistic planning tool. Case study St. Eustatius (Statia)
    • Sophie Marie Vonk (WU-TOX / LEI): Development of an area specific net environmental and economic benefit analysis (NEEBA) to support oil spil mitigation; with St Eustatius as example
    • Justine v Eenennaam (WU-TOX): Rational Application of Chemicals in Response to Oil Spills to Reduce Environmental Damage: Ecotoxicological Aspects
    • Marieke Zeinstra (WU-TOX): Dispersion of spilled oil at sea - effects of dispersants on the fate of oil in realistic conditions
    • Edwin Foekema (WU-TOX): Effects of POPs on recruitment success of Sole (Solea solea)
    • Naim Mohamad (WU-MIB): Exploring microbial diversity of marine sponges: Integrating innovative cultivation and functional microbiomics
    • Derya Ozuolmez (WU-MIB): Microbial interactions in anoxic marine sediments: Competition or teamwork?integrated modelling; participatory methods; uncertainty analysis; decision support
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      Coordinators and experts


      SENSE key experts:

      • Prof. Tinka Murk (WU-MAE)
      • Prof. Bart Koelmans (WU-AEW)
      • Prof. Peter Reijnders (WU-IMARES)
      • Prof. Han Lindeboom (WU-IMARES)
      • Prof. Jan van Tatenhove (WU-ENP)
      • Dr Detmer Sipkema (WU-MIB)

      Contact information:

      For more information about this research cluster, please contact Dr. Monique Gulickx (

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        Here you will be able to find interesting articles, links to books that are worth reading, presentations that caught your attention, etc. To suggest items that should be placed here, please follow the instructions mentioned below or send an email to the (technical) coordinators.

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          Add a document to the Library

          Do you have any interesting articles, reports or other documents that you want to share within this research cluster? You can add the by clicking on Upload Documents below. Please note that your document will not be visible in the library immediately, because it first has to be approved by the coordinator. You can also contact him if you would like your suggested document to be brought under our attention in a different way or if you would like the document to appear differently in the library (there are some options available for that).

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            Discussion forum

            In this forum topics related to cluster I can be discussed, varying from scientific issues to organizational matters. The forum is very easy to use.

            To enter the forum, click on Forum RC XX below. You will go to the overview page of the forum, where you can see all existing discussions. If you click on a discussion title, you will enter the discussion. You can read all posts and you can also respond to them, by clicking Reply.

            To add a new discussion topic, you can click on Add a new discussion topic on top of the overview page. Please make sure that your new discussion is really new and does not overlap with existing discussions, otherwise the forum will get messy.

            The forum is maintained by the technical coordinator of the research cluster, who will remove any inappropriate contributions to the discussions.

            Please note the following!

            Everyone who enrolls in this course, is automatically subscribed to this forum and will receive e-mail notifications of every post on the forum. If you do not wish to be subscribed to the forum, you can click Unsubscribe from this forum in the top right corner of the forum overview page.

            If you do not want to receive too many notifications, you can adapt the forum settings for your account. To do so, follow these steps:
            a. Click on your username, which is always visible in blue in the bottom left corner of the page. You will go to your personal profile.
            b. Click Edit profile.
            c. Click Show advanced.
            d. In the field E-mail digest type you can now choose one of the three options: standard - notification of every post; daily an e-mail of all posts in full text; daily one e-mail with the titles of all posts. If there are no posts at all, you won’t get a summary e-mail either.
            e. You can also adapt other settings if you like.
            f. Scroll down and choose Update profile to activate your new settings.

            If you want to give feedback on the functioning of the forum or group page in general, then you are most welcome to leave a post in the discussion Technical feedback. The SENSE team will keep an eye on this discussion and will try to process your feedback as good as possible.

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            Section 6