The primary goal of my research is to unravel the Cenozoic to Recent evolution of coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific. To achieve this goal, I rely on a thorough understanding of the ecology and evolution of large benthic foraminifera. These small calcifiers are an important component of the coral reef carbonate budget, and were even more so in the past. I look at all aspects of spatial and temporal variation in the fossil record of large benthic foraminifera, and use them as a tool to understand the environments in which coral reefs evolved.
Large benthic foraminifera, biogeography, paleoecology, Southeast Asia, coral reefs, marine biodiversity
Renema, W., D. Bellwood, J.-C. Braga, K. Bromfield, R. Hall, K.G. Johnson, P. Lunt, C.P. Meyer, L. McMonagle, R.J. Morley, A. O’dea, J.A. Todd, F.P. Wesselingh, M.E.J. Wilson, and J.M. Pandolfi (2008) Hopping hotspots: Global shifts in marine biodiversity. Science 321: 654-657.
Renema, W., Pandolfi, J. M., Kiessling, W., Bosellini, F. R., Klaus, J. S., Korpanty, C., ... & Johnson, K. G. (2016). Are coral reefs victims of their own past success? Science advances 2: e1500850.
Prazeres, M., & Renema, W. (2018) Evolutionary significance of the microbial assemblages of large benthic Foraminifera. Biological Reviews.
Renema, W. (2018) Terrestrial influence as a key driver of spatial variability in large benthic foraminiferal assemblage composition in the Central Indo-Pacific. Earth-Science Reviews 177: 514-544.
Novak, V., Santodomingo, N., Rösler, A., Di Martino, E., Braga, J.C., Taylor, P.D., Johnson, K.G., Renema, W. (2013) Environmental reconstruction of a late Burdigalian (Miocene) patch reef in deltaic deposits (East Kalimantan, Indonesia). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 374: 110-122.
Evans, D., Sagoo, N., Renema, W., Cotton, L. J., Müller, W., Todd, J. A., …, & Valdes, P. J. (2018) Eocene greenhouse climate revealed by coupled clumped isotope-Mg/Ca thermometry. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115: 1174-1179.
Naturalis aims to be a breeding ground for international scientific talent. Therefore, PhD's have a special position in our organisation.
Current student projects:
- Ultrastructure of Nummulitidae and/or Calcarinidae
- Temporal dynamics in coral reef ecosystems
Completed student projects:
- Holocene mollusc faunas in marine lakes in Indonesia
- Terrestrial and marine biogeographical history of South-East Asia – Dynamic biodiversity