Nicole de Voogd

Nicole de Voogd

In 2005 I obtained my PhD degree at the University of Amsterdam on the biodiversity and mariculture potential of Indonesian sponges. Since 2004 I am appointed as a senior researcher at the Department of Marine Zoology where I continue working on sponge taxonomy and ecology and more recently on sponge microbial communities.


Population genetics, taxonomy, sponge, disturbance, coral reefs, microbes, bioactive compounds

Prof. Dr. N.J. (Nicole) de Voogd

Senior researcher
Marine biodiversity
+31 (0)71 751 9615


“The sponge is not, as you suppose a funny kind of weed; he lives below the deep blue sea, an animal like you and me."
(A.P. Herbert)

During the past five years I have focused on the following main topics:

  • Sponge taxonomy
  • Sponge community composition
  • Marine lakes
  • Marine natural products
  • Sponge microbial communities
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A selection of the topics I am working on currently.

Nicole de Voogd

Taxonomic revisions of Indonesian sponges

Calcareous sponges of Indonesia - The taxonomy of calcareous sponges has long suffered from inaccessibility and we present here descriptions of Indonesian calcareous sponges (Rob van Soest & Nicole de Voogd, in prep). Acanthostylotella, the forgotten genus…
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Naturalis aims to be a breeding ground for international scientific talent. Therefore, PhD's have a special position in our organisation.

    • Becking, L.E. (2012) Marine Lakes of Indonesia. Leiden University.
    • Polonia, A.R.M. (2014) The impact of urbanisation on coral reef ecosystems. University of Porto, Portugal.
    • Setiawan, E. (2014) Phylogeography of the Indonesian sponges Neopetrosia chaliniformis and Xestospongia testudinaria. Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany.
    • Arysyari, R. Phylogeography of Indonesia sponges. Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany.
    Nicole de Voogd


    Coordination Bachelor course University Leiden, Biodiversity in Time and Space.

    In the

    Keuringsdienst van waarde 17 oktober 2013 'De natuurspons'

    Het klokhuis 14 februari 2004 'De spons'