Our seas and oceans are changing rapidly: increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations cause warming, acidification, and deoxyxenation at rates higher than in the previous millions of years. These global challenges interact with regional and local processes such as pollution and over-exploitation, and pose severe pressure on marine biodiversity. By integrating evolutionary, ecological, and paleoecological time-series across spatial scales we aim to elucidate the responses of marine organisms to these environmental changes. We do this across the globe, in habitats ranging from the open ocean to shallow, sometimes brackish seas using organisms ranging from microbes to macrofauna.
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Members of the group Marine biodiversity contribute lectures and hands-on labs to BSc and MSc Biology and Geology courses at Dutch universities in Leiden, Amsterdam and Utrecht. In addition, we regularly supervise individual research projects at BSc or MSc level. If you are interested, drop any of the researchers an email.
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