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
“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."
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
A selection of the topics I am working on currently.
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.
Coordination Bachelor course University Leiden, Biodiversity in Time and Space.