Professor Ivan Nagelkerken

Ivan Nagelkerken
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences

I am a professor in marine ecology working in temperate and tropical coastal ecosystems, with a special focus on fishes. Over the past decade, I have examined how ecosystem connectivity affects the functioning and resilience of tropical coastal ecosystems including coral reefs, seagrasses, and mangroves. I have done most of my work in the Caribbean, Eastern Africa, and Australia. I recently held a Future Fellowship awarded by the Australian Research Council to study the effects of climate change on fishes and marine ecosystems. My work contributes directly to today's environmental issues by providing answers to contemporary scientific questions as well as management and conservation related problems.

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Professor Ivan Nagelkerken

I am a professor in marine ecology working in temperate and tropical coastal ecosystems, with a special focus on fishes. Over the past decade, I have examined how ecosystem connectivity affects the functioning and resilience of tropical coastal ecosystems including coral reefs, seagrasses, and mangroves. I have done most of my work in the Caribbean, Eastern Africa, and Australia. I recently held a Future Fellowship awarded by the Australian Research Council to study the effects of climate change on fishes and marine ecosystems. My work contributes directly to today's environmental issues by providing answers to contemporary scientific questions as well as management and conservation related problems.

Climate change

Climate change stressors such as warming and acidification of the oceans are predicted to have dramatic impacts on the diversity, abundance, and distribution of fish species worldwide. We are only beginning to understand how these two stressors interactively affect the physiology and behaviour of fishes during different stages of their life cycle. The degree to which fishes adapt to or tolerate changing conditions will determine their persistence in their original habitats as well as their ability to extend their ranges to novel habitats or higher latitudes. My current research focuses on providing an understanding of how climate change stressors will affect the behaviour and physiology of fish species, how this could modify population dynamics and species community structuring, and what the implications are for the biodiversity, functioning, and resilience of marine ecosystems in the near future. A 3-year grant from the Australian Research Council currently allows me to focus in detail on studying the impacts of range extending tropical fish species on temperate marine ecosystems in Australia.


Ecological connectivity plays a key role in the functioning and resilience of coastal ecosystems. Habitats such as such as seagrass beds, mangroves, and coral reefs are a ubiquitous feature of many clear-water tropical coastlines. Their juxtaposition within the coastal seascape often leads to an enhancement of fish diversity and abundance along their boundaries. I am specifically interested in the way in which fish movements connect neighbouring ecosystems and affect the functioning of recipient systems. Studying the nursery function of vegetated habitats for juveniles of coral reef fishes has formed a core area of my research. I have used techniques such as tagging, telemetry, and stable isotope analysis of fish otoliths and tissues to track fish movement and dispersal. In my current studies, I use this knowledge to answer questions about the effects of ecosystem connectivity on marine reserve functioning, population dynamics of reef fishes, and resilience of reefs.

Student projects

I have a wide range of projects available for Ph.D., Honours, and M.Sc. students with an interest in marine ecology. My main foci are on 1) climate change and marine ecosystems, and 2) ecosystem connectivity, but other projects are also open for discussion. My research is largely experimental, based on field, mesocosm, as well as laboratory work, and focusing on processes that operate at the levels of individuals, populations, communities, and ecosystems. I also have a keen interest in meta-analyses to answer contemporary macro-ecological questions. See some examples of potential student projects under 'Supervision'. I work together with a range of renowned experts in the field, providing students with a broad mentoring experience.


For international students interested in joining my lab in Australia see the IPRS and ASI international postgraduate scholarships available at our University: IPRS and ASI


Selected recent news coverage

Article on food web collapse under climate change in: The Conversation

Global Change Biology paper on food web collapse under climate change: Radio Adelaide, The Lead, The New York Times

Research on ocean soundscapes featured in the children's science show SCOPE (start at 16 min.)

Article on the silencing of the oceans: The Conversation

Radio interviews - nutrient pollution and ocean acidification affect marine soundscapes: ABCEastside 89.7 FM2SER 107.3 FM, SBS Radio (in Dutch)

Landscape Ecology article on degradation of marine soundscapes: The Lead, 7 News

Channel 9 prime time news story: climate change effects on shark hunting

Proc Roy Soc B article on ocean acidification effects on fish - jellyfish symbiosis: Discover magazineIFL Science, Azula

VIDEO by my PhD students (Jennifer Pistevos / Tullio Rossi) on effects of climate change on sharks 

Proc Roy Soc B article on ocean acidification effects on shrimp sound production: New Scientist magazine, Popular Mechanics magazineCosmos magazine, IFL Science 

Radio Adelaide (the Wire): interview on effects of ocean acidification on coral reefs and fishes

Biology Letters article on ocean acidification and altered hearing in fish: ABC Science

Radio Adelaide: interview on effects of ocean acidification on larval fish behaviour

Proc Roy Soc B article on ocean acidification effects on larval fish audition and behaviour: Sciencedaily

Radio Adelaide: interview on effects of ocean acidification on shark hunting

Nature Scientific Reports article on effects of ocean acidification/climate change on shark hunting and growth: Daily mail, International business times, ABC News 

Proc Natl. Acad. Sci USA article on global alteration of ocean ecosystem functioning due to increasing CO2: CNN, The Lead Australia

Article on acidifying and warming oceans in: The Conversation

Radio interview on ocean acidification with: Voice of America

Channel 7 news: news coverage of ocean acidification study on marine ecosystems

Radio Adelaide: interview on ocean acidification research (English)

SBS Radio: interview on ocean acidification research (Dutch)

Wired magazine: story on climate change and ocean acidification effects on marine and terrestrial ecosystems

Nature Climate Change article on ocean acidification effects on fishes and ecosystems: IFL ScienceThe LeadMIC

NRM Research & Innovation Network: article introducing the new concept of 'seascape nurseries'

VIDEOs by one of my PhD students (Tullio Rossi): Ocean acidification effects on larval fish behaviour and Lost at sea



Date Position Institution name
2017 Professor University of Adelaide (Australia)
2012 - 2016 Associate Professor University of Adelaide (Australia)
2005 - 2011 Adjunct Professor Free University of Brussels (Belgium)
2000 - 2011 Assistant Professor Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands)
1997 - 2000 PhD student Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands)
1996 - 1997 Research associate University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands)
1994 - 1996 Marine ecologist & Assistant marine park manager Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity Foundation - CARMABI (Curacao)

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2013 - 2016 Future Fellowship (Australian Research Council)
2005 - 2010 Vidi research fellowship (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research)


Date Institution name Country Title
2000 Radboud University Nijmegen Netherlands PhD
1994 University of Groningen Netherlands MSc


Date Citation
2017 Connell,S, Doubleday,Z, Hamlyn,S, Foster,N, Harley,C, Helmuth,B, Kelaher,B, Nagelkerken,I, Sarà,G, Russell,B et al, 2017, How ocean acidification can benefit calcifiers, Current Biology, 27, 3, R95-R96 10.1016/j.cub.2016.12.004
2017 Goldenberg,S, Nagelkerken,I, Ferreira,C, Ullah,H, Connell,S, 2017, Boosted food web productivity through ocean acidification collapses under warming, Global Change Biology, - 10.1111/gcb.13699
2017 Rossi,T, Connell,S, Nagelkerken,I, 2017, The sounds of silence: regime shifts impoverish marine soundscapes, Landscape Ecology, 32, 2, 239-248 10.1007/s10980-016-0439-x
2017 Pichler,H, Gray,C, Broadhurst,M, Spach,H, Nagelkerken,I, 2017, Seasonal and environmental influences on recruitment patterns and habitat usage among resident and transient fishes in a World Heritage Site subtropical estuary, Journal of Fish Biology, 90, 1, 396-416 10.1111/jfb.13191
2017 Pistevos,J, Nagelkerken,I, Rossi,T, Connell,S, 2017, Ocean acidification alters temperature and salinity preferences in larval fish, Oecologia, 183, 2, 545-553 10.1007/s00442-016-3778-z
2017 Pistevos,J, Nagelkerken,I, Rossi,T, Connell,S, 2017, Antagonistic effects of ocean acidification and warming on hunting sharks, Oikos, 126, 2, 241-247 10.1111/oik.03182
2017 Nagelkerken,I, Huebert,K, Serafy,J, Grol,M, Dorenbosch,M, Bradshaw,C, 2017, Highly localized replenishment of coral reef fish populations near nursery habitats, MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES, 568, 137-150 10.3354/meps12062
2016 Nagelkerken,I, Russell,BD, Gillanders,BM, Connell,SD, 2016, Ocean acidification alters fish populations indirectly through habitat modification, Nature Climate Change, 6, 1, 89-93 10.1038/nclimate2757
2016 Rossi,T, Nagelkerken,I, Pistevos,J, Connell,S, 2016, Lost at sea: ocean acidification undermines larval fish orientation via altered hearing and marine soundscape modification, Biology Letters, 12, 1, 1-4 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0937
2016 Nagelkerken,I, Pitt,K, Rutte,M, Geertsma,R, 2016, Ocean acidification alters fish-jellyfish symbiosis, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 283, 1833, 20161146-1-20161146-7 10.1098/rspb.2016.1146
2016 Harborne,AR, Nagelkerken,I, Wolff,NH, Bozec,YM, Dorenbosch,M, Grol,MGG, Mumby,PJ, 2016, Direct and indirect effects of nursery habitats on coral-reef fish assemblages, grazing pressure and benthic dynamics, Oikos, 125, 7, 957-967 10.1111/oik.02602
2016 Rossi,T, Connell,S, Nagelkerken,I, 2016, Silent oceans: ocean acidification impoverishes natural soundscapes by altering sound production of the world’s noisiest marine invertebrate, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283, 1826, 20153046-1-20153046-7 10.1098/rspb.2015.3046
2016 Nagelkerken,I, Munday,P, 2016, Animal behaviour shapes the ecological effects of ocean acidification and warming: moving from individual to community-level responses, Global Change Biology, 22, 3, 974-989 10.1111/gcb.13167
2015 Rossi,T, Nagelkerken,I, Simpson,S, Pistevos,J, Watson,S, Merillet,L, Fraser,P, Munday,P, Connell,S, 2015, Ocean acidification boosts larval fish development but reduces the window of opportunity for successful settlement, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282, 1821, 1-9 10.1098/rspb.2015.1954
2015 Nagelkerken,I, Connell,S, 2015, Global alteration of ocean ecosystem functioning due to increasing human CO₂ emissions, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112, 43, 13272-13277 10.1073/pnas.1510856112
2015 Huijbers,CM, Nagelkerken,I, Layman,CA, 2015, Fish movement from nursery bays to coral reefs: a matter of size?, Hydrobiologia, 750, 1, 89-101 10.1007/s10750-014-2162-4
2015 Serafy,J, Shideler,G, Araújo,R, Nagelkerken,I, 2015, Mangroves enhance reef fish abundance at the Caribbean regional scale, PLoS One, 10, 11, e0142022-1-e0142022-15 10.1371/journal.pone.0142022
2015 Davis,J, O'Grady,A, Dale,A, Arthington,A, Gell,P, Driver,P, Bond,N, Casanova,M, Finlayson,M, Watts,R et al, 2015, When trends intersect: The challenge of protecting freshwater ecosystems under multiple land use and hydrological intensification scenarios, Science of the Total Environment, 534, 65-78 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.03.127
2015 Crook,D, Lowe,W, Allendorf,F, Eros,T, Finn,D, Gillanders,B, Hadwen,W, Harrod,C, Hermoso,V, Jennings,S et al, 2015, Human effects on ecological connectivity in aquatic ecosystems: integrating scientific approaches to support management and mitigation, Science of the Total Environment, 534, 52-64 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.04.034
2015 Kimirei,IA, Nagelkerken,I, Slooter,N, Gonzalez,ET, Huijbers,CM, Mgaya,YD, Rypel,AL, 2015, Demography of fish populations reveals new challenges in appraising juvenile habitat values, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 518, 225-237 10.3354/meps11059
2015 Pistevos,J, Nagelkerken,I, Rossi,T, Olmos,M, Connell,S, 2015, Ocean acidification and global warming impair shark hunting behaviour and growth, Scientific Reports, 5, 16293-1-16293-10 10.1038/srep16293
2015 Nagelkerken,I, Sheaves,M, Baker,R, Connolly,RM, 2015, The seascape nursery: a novel spatial approach to identify and manage nurseries for coastal marine fauna, Fish and Fisheries, 16, 2, 362-371 10.1111/faf.12057
2014 Sheaves,M, Baker,R, Nagelkerken,I, Connolly,RM, 2014, True value of estuarine and coastal nurseries for fish: incorporating complexity and dynamics, Estuaries and Coasts, 38, 2, 401-414 10.1007/s12237-014-9846-x
2014 Hylkema,A, Vogelaar,W, Meesters,HWG, Nagelkerken,I, Debrot,AO, 2014, Fish species utilization of contrasting sub-habitats distributed along an ocean-to-land environmental gradient in a tropical mangrove and seagrass lagoon, Estuaries and Coasts, 38, 5, 1448-1465 10.1007/s12237-014-9907-1
2014 Gillis,LG, Bouma,TJ, Jones,CG, Van Katwijk,MM, Nagelkerken,I, Jeuken,CJL, Herman,PMJ, Ziegler,AD, 2014, Potential for landscape-scale positive interactions among tropical marine ecosystems, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 503, 289-303 10.3354/meps10716
2014 Grol,MGG, Rypel,AL, Nagelkerken,I, 2014, Growth potential and predation risk drive ontogenetic shifts among nursery habitats in a coral reef fish, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 502, 229-244 10.3354/meps10682
2014 Hyndes,G, Nagelkerken,I, Mcleod,R, Connolly,R, Lavery,P, Vanderklift,M, 2014, Mechanisms and ecological role of carbon transfer within coastal seascapes, Biological Reviews, 89, 1, 232-254 10.1111/brv.12055
2014 Igulu,M, Nagelkerken,I, Dorenbosch,M, Grol,M, Harborne,A, Kimirei,I, Mumby,P, Olds,A, Mgaya,Y, 2014, Mangrove habitat use by juvenile reef fish: meta-analysis reveals that tidal regime matters more than biogeographic region, PLoS One, 9, 12, e114715-1-e114715-20 10.1371/journal.pone.0114715
2013 Huijbers,C, Nagelkerken,I, Debrot,A, Jongejans,E, 2013, Geographic coupling of juvenile and adult habitat shapes spatial population dynamics of a coral reef fish, Ecology, 94, 8, 1859-1870 10.1890/11-1759.1
2013 Igulu,M, Nagelkerken,I, van der Velde,G, Mgaya,Y, 2013, Mangrove fish production is largely fuelled by external food sources: a stable isotope analysis of fishes at the individual, species, and community levels from across the globe, Ecosystems, 16, 7, 1336-1352 10.1007/s10021-013-9687-7
2013 Kimirei,I, Nagelkerken,I, Mgaya,Y, Huijbers,C, 2013, The mangrove nursery paradigm revisited: otolith stable isotopes support nursery-to-reef movements by Indo-Pacific fishes, PLoS One, 8, 6, 1-8 10.1371/journal.pone.0066320
2013 Kimirei,I, Nagelkerken,I, Trommelen,M, Blankers,P, van Hoytema,N, Hoeijmakers,D, Huijbers,C, Mgaya,Y, Rypel,A, 2013, What drives ontogenetic niche shifts of fishes in coral reef ecosystems?, Ecosystems, 16, 5, 783-796 10.1007/s10021-013-9645-4
2013 Nagelkerken,I, Simpson,S, 2013, Who's hot and who's not: ocean warming alters species dominance through competitive displacement, Journal of Animal Ecology, 82, 2, 287-289 10.1111/1365-2656.12053
2013 Igulu,M, Nagelkerken,I, van der Beek,M, Schippers,M, van Eck,R, Mgaya,Y, 2013, Orientation from open water to settlement habitats by coral reef fish: Behavioral flexibility in the use of multiple reliable cues, Marine Ecology-Progress Series, 493, 243-257 10.3354/meps10542
2012 Huijbers,C, Nagelkerken,I, Lossbroek,P, Schulten,I, Siegenthaler,A, Holderied,M, Simpson,S, 2012, A test of the senses: fish select novel habitats by responding to multiple cues, Ecology, 93, 1, 46-55 10.1890/10-2236.1
2012 Nagelkerken,I, Grol,M, Mumby,P, 2012, Effects of marine reserves versus nursery habitat availability on structure of reef fish communities, PLoS One, 7, 6, e36906:1-e36906:7 10.1371/journal.pone.0036906
2011 Huijbers,C, Nagelkerken,I, Govers,L, van de Kerk,M, Oldenburger,J, de Brouwer,J, 2011, Habitat type and schooling interactively determine refuge-seeking behavior in a coral reef fish throughout ontogeny, Marine Ecology-Progress Series, 437, 241-251 10.3354/meps09264
2011 Kimirei,I, Nagelkerken,I, Griffioen,B, Wagner,C, Mgaya,Y, 2011, Ontogenetic habitat use by mangrove/seagrass-associated coral reef fishes shows flexibility in time and space, Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 92, 1, 47-58 10.1016/j.ecss.2010.12.016
2011 Grol,M, Nagelkerken,I, Rypel,A, Layman,C, 2011, Simple ecological trade-offs give rise to emergent cross-ecosystem distributions of a coral reef fish, Oecologia, 165, 1, 79-88 10.1007/s00442-010-1833-8
2011 Grol,M, Nagelkerken,I, Bosch,N, Meesters,E, 2011, Preference by early juveniles of a coral reef fish for distinct lagoonal microhabitats is not related to common measures of structural complexity, Marine Ecology-Progress Series, 432, 221-233 10.3354/meps09175
2011 Igulu,M, Nagelkerken,I, Fraaije,R, Van Hintum,R, Ligtenberg,H, Mgaya,Y, 2011, The potential role of visual cues for microhabitat selection during the early life phase of a coral reef fish (Lutjanus fulviflamma), Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 401, 1-2, 118-125 10.1016/j.jembe.2011.01.022
2010 Kruitwagen,G, Nagelkerken,I, Lugendo,B, Mgaya,Y, Wendelaar Bonga,S, 2010, Importance of different carbon sources for macroinvertebrates and fishes of an interlinked mangrove-mudflat ecosystem (Tanzania), Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 88, 4, 464-472 10.1016/j.ecss.2010.05.002
2010 Vermeij,M, Marhaver,K, Huijbers,C, Nagelkerken,I, Simpson,S, 2010, Coral larvae move toward reef sounds, PLoS One, 5, 5, e10660:1-e10660:4 10.1371/journal.pone.0010660
2010 Nagelkerken,I, De Schryver,A, Verweij,M, Dahdouh-Guebas,F, van der Velde,G, Koedam,N, 2010, Differences in root architecture influence attraction of fishes to mangroves: a field experiment mimicking roots of different length, orientation, and complexity, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 396, 1, 27-34 10.1016/j.jembe.2010.10.002
2009 Paddack,MJ, Reynolds,JD, Aguilar,C, Appeldoorn,RS, Beets,J, Burkett,EW, Chittaro,PM, Clarke,K, Esteves,R, Fonseca,AC et al, 2009, Recent Region-wide Declines in Caribbean Reef Fish Abundance, CURRENT BIOLOGY, 19, 7, 590-595 10.1016/j.cub.2009.02.041
2009 Dorenbosch,M, Grol,M, de Groene,A, van der Velde,G, Nagelkerken,I, 2009, Piscivore assemblages and predation pressure affect relative safety of some back-reef habitats for juvenile fish in a Caribbean bay, Marine Ecology-Progress Series, 379, 181-196 10.3354/meps07896
2009 Nagelkerken,I, van der Velde,G, Wartenbergh,S, Nugues,M, Pratchett,M, 2009, Cryptic dietary components reduce dietary overlap among sympatric butterflyfishes (Chaetodontidae), Journal of Fish Biology, 75, 6, 1123-1143 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2009.02303.x
2008 Huijbers,C, Grol,M, Nagelkerken,I, 2008, Shallow patch reefs as alternative habitats for early juveniles of some mangrove/seagrass-associated fish species in Bermuda, Revista de Biologia Tropical, 56, Suppl. 1, 161-169
2008 Verweij,M, Nagelkerken,I, Hans,I, Ruseler,S, Mason,P, 2008, Seagrass nurseries contribute to coral reef fish populations, Limnology and Oceanography, 53, 4, 1540-1547 10.4319/lo.2008.53.4.1540
2008 Grol,M, Dorenbosch,M, Kokkelmans,E, Nagelkerken,I, 2008, Mangroves and seagrass beds do not enhance growth of early juveniles of a coral reef fish, Marine Ecology-Progress Series, 366, 137-146 10.3354/meps07509
2008 Nagelkerken,I, Faunce,C, 2008, What makes mangroves attractive to fish? Use of artificial units to test the influence of water depth, cross-shelf location, and presence of root structure, Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 79, 3, 559-565 10.1016/j.ecss.2008.04.011
2008 Nagelkerken,I, Bothwell,J, Nemeth,R, Pitt,J, van der Velde,G, 2008, Interlinkage between Caribbean coral reefs and seagrass beds through feeding migrations by grunts (Haemulidae) depends on habitat accessibility, Marine Ecology-Progress Series, 368, 155-164 10.3354/meps07528
2008 Nagelkerken,I, Blaber,S, Bouillon,S, Green,P, Haywood,M, Kirton,L, Meynecke,J, Pawlik,J, Penrose,H, Sasekumar,A et al, 2008, The habitat function of mangroves for terrestrial and marine fauna: a review, Aquatic Botany, 89, 2, 155-185 10.1016/j.aquabot.2007.12.007
2008 Huijbers,C, Mollee,E, Nagelkerken,I, 2008, Post-larval French grunts (Haemulon flavolineatum) distinguish between seagrass, mangrove and coral reef water: implications for recognition of potential nursery habitats, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 357, 2, 134-139 10.1016/j.jembe.2008.01.004
2007 Verweij,M, Nagelkerken,I, Hol,K, van den Beld,A, van der Velde,G, 2007, Space use of Lutjanus apodus including movement between a putative nursery and a coral reef, Bulletin of Marine Science, 81, 1, 127-138
2007 Williams,E, Kruitwagen,G, Nagelkerken,I, 2007, A new host and locality record: Gnathia sp. (Isopoda: Gnathiidae) on the Barred Mudskipper, Periophthalmus argentilineatus Valenciennes, 1837 (Perciformes: Gobiidae), from Tanzania, Egyptian Society of Parasitology. Journal, 37, 3, 851-852
2007 Verweij,M, Nagelkerken,I, 2007, Short and long-term movement and site fidelity of juvenile Haemulidae in back-reef habitats of a Caribbean embayment, Hydrobiologia, 592, 1, 257-270 10.1007/s10750-007-0772-9
2007 Nagelkerken,I, Faunce,C, 2007, Colonisation of artificial mangroves by reef fishes in a marine seascape, Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, 75, 3, 417-422 10.1016/j.ecss.2007.05.030
2007 Nagelkerken,I, 2007, Are non-estuarine mangroves connected to coral reefs through fish migration?, Bulletin of Marine Science Vol 80,No 3 (Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Mangroves as Fish Habitat), 80, 3, 595-607
2007 Lugendo,B, de Groene,A, Cornelissen,I, Pronker,A, Nagelkerken,I, van der Velde,G, Mgaya,Y, 2007, Spatial and temporal variation in fish community structure of a marine embayment in Zanzibar, Tanzania, Hydrobiologia, 586, 1, 1-16 10.1007/s10750-006-0398-3
2007 Pollux,B, Verberk,W, Dorenbosch,M, de la Moriniere,E, Nagelkerken,I, van der Velde,G, 2007, Habitat selection during settlement of three Caribbean coral reef fishes: indications for directed settlement to seagrass beds and mangroves, Limnology and Oceanography, 52, 2, 903-907 10.4319/lo.2007.52.2.0903
2007 Dorenbosch,M, Verberk,W, Nagelkerken,I, van der Velde,G, 2007, Influence of habitat configuration on connectivity between fish assemblages of Caribbean seagrass beds, mangroves and coral reefs, Marine Ecology-Progress Series, 334, 103-116 10.3354/meps334103
2007 Lugendo,B, Nagelkerken,I, Jiddawi,N, Mgaya,Y, van der Velde,G, 2007, Fish community composition of a tropical non-estuarine embayment in Zanzibar, Tanzania, Fisheries Science, 73, 6, 1213-1223 10.1111/j.1444-2906.2007.01458.x
2007 Kruitwagen,G, Nagelkerken,I, Lugendo,B, Pratap,H, Wendelaar Bonga,S, 2007, Influence of morphology and amphibious life-style on the feeding ecology of the mudskipper Periophthalmus argentilineatus, Journal of Fish Biology, 71, 1, 39-52 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2007.01508.x
2007 Lugendo,B, Nagelkerken,I, Kruitwagen,G, van der Velde,G, Mgaya,Y, 2007, Relative importance of mangroves as feeding habitat for fish: a comparison between mangrove habitats with different settings, Bulletin of Marine Science Vol 80, No 3 (Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Mangroves as Fish Habitat), 80, 3, 497-512
2007 Lugendo,BR, de Groene,A, Cornelissen,I, Pronker,A, Nagelkerken,I, van der Velde,G, Mgaya,YD, 2007, Spatial and temporal variation in fish community structure of a marine embayment in Zanzibar, Tanzania, BULLETIN OF MARINE SCIENCE, 80, 3, 925-925
2006 Dahlgren,C, Kellison,G, Adams,A, Gillanders,B, Kendall,M, Layman,C, Ley,J, Nagelkerken,I, Serafy,J, 2006, Marine nurseries and effective juvenile habitats: concepts and applications, Marine Ecology-Progress Series, 312, 291-295 10.3354/meps312291
2006 Layman,C, Dahlgren,C, Kellison,G, Adams,A, Gillanders,B, Kendall,M, Miles,T, Nagelkerken,I, Serafy,J, 2006, Marine nurseries and effective juvenile habitats, Marine Ecology-Progress Series, 318, 307-308 10.3354/meps318307
2006 Nagelkerken,I, 2006, Relationship between anthropogenic impacts and bleaching-associated tissue mortality of corals in Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles), Revista de Biologia Tropical, 54, SUPPL. 3, 31-43
2006 Nugues,MM, Nagelkerken,I, 2006, Status of aspergillosis and sea fan populations in Curaçao ten years after the 1995 Caribbean epizootic, Revista de Biologia Tropical, 54, SUPPL. 3, 153-160
2006 Dorenbosch,M, Grol,M, Nagelkerken,I, Van Der Velde,G, 2006, Different surrounding landscapes may result in different fish assemblages in East African seagrass beds, Hydrobiologia, 563, 1, 45-60 10.1007/s10750-005-1428-2
2006 Verweij,M, Nagelkerken,I, De Graaff,D, Peeters,M, Bakker,E, Van Der Velde,G, 2006, Structure, food and shade attract juvenile coral reef fish to mangrove and seagrass habitats: A field experiment, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 306, 257-268 10.3354/meps306257
2006 Dorenbosch,M, Pollux,B, Pustjens,A, Rajagopal,S, Nagelkerken,I, Van Der Velde,G, Moon-van Der Staay,S, 2006, Population structure of the Dory snapper, Lutjanus fulviflamma, in the western Indian Ocean revealed by means of AFLP fingerprinting, Hydrobiologia, 568, 1, 43-53 10.1007/s10750-006-0020-8
2006 Nagelkerken,I, Van Der Velde,G, Verberk,W, Dorenbosch,M, 2006, Segregation along multiple resource axes in a tropical seagrass fish community, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 308, 79-89 10.3354/meps308079
2006 Lugendo,B, Nagelkerken,I, Van Der Velde,G, Mgaya,Y, 2006, The importance of mangroves, mud and sand flats, and seagrass beds as feeding areas for juvenile fishes in Chwaka Bay, Zanzibar: Gut content and stable isotope analyses, Journal of Fish Biology, 69, 6, 1639-1661 10.1111/j.1095-8649.2006.01231.x
2006 Dorenbosch,M, Grol,M, Nagelkerken,I, Van Der Velde,G, 2006, Seagrass beds and mangroves as potential nurseries for the threatened Indo-Pacific humphead wrasse, Cheilinus undulatus and Caribbean rainbow parrotfish, Scarus guacamaia, Biological Conservation, 129, 2, 277-282 10.1016/j.biocon.2005.10.032
2006 Adams,A, Dahlgren,C, Kellison,G, Kendall,M, Layman,C, Ley,J, Nagelkerken,I, Serafy,J, 2006, Nursery function of tropical back-reef systems, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 318, 287-301 10.3354/meps318287
2006 Verweij,M, Nagelkerken,I, Wartenbergh,S, Pen,I, Van Der Velde,G, 2006, Caribbean mangroves and seagrass beds as daytime feeding habitats for juvenile French grunts, Haemulon flavolineatum, Marine Biology, 149, 6, 1291-1299 10.1007/s00227-006-0305-5
2006 Debrot,A, Nagelkerken,I, 2006, Recovery of the long-spined sea urchin Diadema antillarum in Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles) linked to lagoonal and wave sheltered shallow rocky habitats, Bulletin of Marine Science, 79, 2, 415-424
2005 Dorenbosch,M, Grol,M, Christianen,M, Nagelkerken,I, Van Der Velde,G, 2005, Indo-Pacific seagrass beds and mangroves contribute to fish density and diversity on adjacent coral reefs, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 302, 63-76 10.3354/meps302063
2005 Lugendo,B, Pronker,A, Cornelissen,I, De Groene,A, Nagelkerken,I, Dorenbosch,M, Van Der Velde,G, Mgaya,Y, 2005, Habitat utilisation by juveniles of commercially important fish species in a marine embayment in Zanzibar, Tanzania, Aquatic Living Resources, 18, 2, 149-158 10.1051/alr:2005016
2005 Dorenbosch,M, Grol,MGG, Nagelkerken,I, Van Der Velde,G, 2005, Distribution of coral reef fishes along a coral reef-seagrass gradient: Edge effects and habitat segregation, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 299, 277-288 10.3354/meps299277
2005 Nagelkerken,I, Vermonden,K, Moraes,O, Debrot,A, Nagelkerken,W, 2005, Changes in coral reef communities and an associated reef fish species, Cephalopholis cruentata (Lacépède), after 30 years on Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles), Hydrobiologia, 549, 1, 145-154 10.1007/s10750-005-5448-8
2004 Nagelkerken,I, Nagelkerken,W, 2004, Loss of coral cover and biodiversity on shallow Acropora and Millepora reefs after 31 years on Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles, Bulletin of Marine Science, 74, 1, 213-223
2004 Cocheret De La Morinière,E, Nagelkerken,I, Van Der Meij,H, Van Der Velde,G, 2004, What attracts juvenile coral reef fish to mangroves: Habitat complexity or shade?, Marine Biology, 144, 1, 139-145 10.1007/s00227-003-1167-8
2004 Nagelkerken,I, Van Der Velde,G, 2004, Are Caribbean mangroves important feeding grounds for juvenile reef fish from adjacent seagrass beds?, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 274, 143-151 10.3354/meps274143
2004 Dorenbosch,M, Verweij,M, Nagelkerken,I, Jiddawi,N, Van Der Velde,G, 2004, Homing and daytime tidal movements of juvenile snappers (Lutjanidae) between shallow-water nursery habitats in Zanzibar, western Indian Ocean, Environmental Biology of Fishes, 70, 3, 203-209 10.1023/B:EBFI.0000033336.10737.f5
2004 Nagelkerken,I, Van Der Velde,G, 2004, Relative importance of interlinked mangroves and seagrass beds as feeding habitats for juvenile reef fish on a Caribbean island, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 274, 153-159 10.3354/meps274153
2004 Dorenbosch,M, Van Riel,M, Nagelkerken,I, Van Der Velde,G, 2004, The relationship of reef fish densities to the proximity of mangrove and seagrass nurseries, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 60, 1, 37-48 10.1016/j.ecss.2003.11.018
2004 Nagelkerken,I, Van Der Velde,G, 2004, A comparison of fish communities of subtidal seagrass beds and sandy seabeds in 13 marine embayments of a Caribbean island, based on species, families, size distribution and functional groups, Journal of Sea Research, 52, 2, 127-147 10.1016/j.seares.2003.11.002
2003 Cocheret de la Morinière,E, Pollux,B, Nagelkerken,I, Hemminga,M, Huiskes,A, Van der Velde,G, 2003, Ontogenetic dietary changes of coral reef fishes in the mangrove-seagrass-reef continuum: Stable isotopes and gut-content analysis, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 246, 279-289 10.3354/meps246279
2003 Nagelkerken,I, Pors,LPJJ, Hoetjes,P, 2003, Swimming behaviour and dispersal patterns of headstarted loggerhead turtles Caretta caretta, Aquatic Ecology, 37, 2, 183-190 10.1023/A:1023924631480
2003 Cocheret De La Morinière,E, Pollux,B, Nagelkerken,I, Van Der Velde,G, 2003, Diet shifts of Caribbean grunts (Haemulidae) and snappers (Lutjanidae) and the relation with nursery-to-coral reef migrations, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 57, 5-6, 1079-1089 10.1016/S0272-7714(03)00011-8
2003 Nagelkerken,IA, van der Velde,G, 2003, Connectivity between coastal habitats of two oceanic Caribbean islands as inferred from ontogenetic shifts by coral reef fishes., Gulf and Caribbean Research, 14, 2, 43-59
2002 Cocheret De La Morinière,E, Pollux,B, Nagelkerken,I, Van Der Velde,G, 2002, Post-settlement life cycle migration patterns and habitat preference of coral reef fish that use seagrass and mangrove habitats as nurseries, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 55, 2, 309-321 10.1006/ecss.2001.0907
2002 Nagelkerken,I, Van Der Velde,G, 2002, Do non-estuarine mangroves harbour higher densities of juvenile fish than adjacent shallow-water and coral reef habitats in Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles)?, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 245, 191-204 10.3354/meps245191
2002 Nagelkerken,I, Roberts,C, Van der Velde,G, Dorenbosch,M, Van Riel,M, Cocheret de la Morinière,E, Nienhuis,P, 2002, How important are mangroves and seagrass beds for coral-reef fish? The nursery hypothesis tested on an island scale, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 244, 299-305 10.3354/meps244299
2001 Nagelkerken,I, Wiltjer,G, Debrot,A, Pors,L, 2001, Baseline study of submerged marine debris at beaches in Curaçao, West Indies, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 42, 9, 786-789 10.1016/S0025-326X(01)00091-1
2001 Nagelkerken,I, Van Der Velde,G, Cocheret De La Moriniere,E, 2001, Fish feeding guilds along a gradient of bay biotopes and coral reef depth zones, Aquatic Ecology, 35, 1, 73-86 10.1023/A:1011416902370
2001 NAGELKERKEN,I, 2001, Dependence of Caribbean reef fishes on mangroves and seagrass beds as nursery habitats : a comparison of fish faunas between bays with and without mangroves/seagrass beds, Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser., 214, 25-35
2001 Nagelkerken,I, Kleijnen,S, Klop,T, Van Den Brand,R, Cocheret De La Morinière,E, Van Der Velde,G, 2001, Dependence of Caribbean reef fishes on mangroves and seagrass beds as nursery habitats: A comparison of fish faunas between bays with and without mangroves/seagrass beds, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 214, 225-235 10.3354/meps214225
2001 Cervino,J, Goreau,TJ, Nagelkerken,I, Smith,GW, Hayes,R, 2001, Yellow band and dark spot syndromes in Caribbean corals: Distribution, rate of spread, cytology, and effects on abundance and division rate of zooxanthellae, Hydrobiologia, 460, 53-63 10.1023/A:1013166617140
2000 Ritchie,K, Nagelkerken,I, James,S, Smith,G, 2000, A tetrodotoxin-producing marine pathogen, Nature, 404, 6776, 354- 10.1038/35006168
2000 Nagelkerken,I, Bouma,S, Van den Akker,S, Bak,R, 2000, Growth and survival of unattached Madracis mirabilis fragments transplanted to different reef sites, and the implication for reef rehabilitation, Bulletin of Marine Science, 66, 2, 497-505
2000 Debrot,A, Nagelkerken,I, 2000, User perceptions on coastal resource state and management options in Curaçao, Revista de Biologia Tropical, 48, 1 SUPPL. 1, 95-106
2000 Nagelkerken,I, Dorenbosch,M, Verberk,W, Cocheret de la Moriniere,E, Van der Velde,G, 2000, Importance of shallow-water biotopes of a Caribbean bay for juvenile coral reef fishes: Patterns in biotope association, community structure and spatial distribution, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 202, 175-192 10.3354/meps202175
2000 Nagelkerken,I, Van Der Velde,G, Gorissen,M, Meijer,G, Van't Hof,T, Den Hartog,C, 2000, Importance of mangroves, seagrass beds and the shallow coral reef as a nursery for important coral reef fishes, using a visual census technique, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 51, 1, 31-44 10.1006/ecss.2000.0617
2000 Nagelkerken,IA, Aerts,L, Pors,L, 2000, Barrel sponge bows out, Reef Encounter, 28, 14-15
2000 Nagelkerken,I, Dorenbosch,M, Verberk,W, Cocheret De La Morinière,E, Van Der Velde,G, 2000, Day-night shifts of fishes between shallow-water biotopes of a Caribbean bay, with emphasis on the nocturnal feeding of Haemulidae and Lutjanidae, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 194, 55-64 10.3354/meps194055
1999 Nagelkerken,I, Smith,G, Snelders,E, Karel,M, James,S, 1999, Sea urchin Meoma ventricosa die-off in Curacao (Netherlands Antilles) associated with a pathogenic bacterium, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 38, 1, 71-74 10.3354/dao038071
1999 Nagelkerken,I, Meesters,E, Bak,R, 1999, Depth-related variation in regeneration of artificial lesions in the Caribbean corals Porites astreoides and Stephanocoenia michelinii, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 234, 1, 29-39 10.1016/S0022-0981(98)00147-6
1998 Cervino,JM, Goreau,TJ, Hayes,RL, Kaufman,L, Nagelkerken,I, Patterson,K, Porter,JW, Smith,GW, Quirolo,C, 1998, Coral disease, SCIENCE, 280, 5363, 499-+ 10.1126/science.277.5323.165a
1998 Goreau,TJ, Cervino,J, Goreau,M, Hayes,R, Hayes,M, Richardson,L, Smith,G, DeMeyer,K, Nagelkerken,I, Garzon-Ferrera,J et al, 1998, Rapid spread of diseases in Caribbean coral reefs, REVISTA DE BIOLOGIA TROPICAL, 46, 157-171
1998 Nagelkerken,I, Bak,RPM, 1998, Differential regeneration of artificial lesions among sympatric morphs of the Caribbean corals Porites astreoides and Stephanocoenia michelinii, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 163, 279-283 10.3354/meps163279
1997 Cervino,J, Goreau,T, Smith,G, DeMeyer,K, Nagelkerken,IA, Hayes,R, 1997, Fast spreading new Caribbean coral disease, Reef Encounter, 22, 16-18
1997 Nagelkerken,I, Buchan,K, Smith,G, Bonair,K, Bush,P, Garzón-Ferreira,J, Botero,L, Gayle,P, Harvell,C, Heberer,C et al, 1997, Widespread disease in Caribbean sea fans: II. Patterns of infection and tissue loss, Marine Ecology Progress Series, 160, 255-263 10.3354/meps160255
1997 Nagelkerken,I, Van Der Velde,G, Van Avesaath,PH, 1997, A description of the skeletal development pattern of the temperate coral Caryophyllia smithi based on internal growth lines, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 77, 2, 375-387 10.1017/S0025315400071733
1997 Debrot,A, Nagelkerken,I, 1997, A rare mass recruitment of the balloonfish (Diodon holocanthus L.) in the Leeward Dutch Antilles, 1994, Caribbean Journal of Science, 33, 3-4, 284-286
1996 Smith,GW, Ives,LD, Nagelkerken,IA, Ritchie,KB, 1996, Caribbean sea-fan mortalities [1], Nature, 383, 6600, 487- 10.1038/383487a0
1995 Nagelkerken,I, Debrot,A, 1995, Mollusc communities of tropical rubble shores of Curaçao: Long-term (7+ years) impacts of oil pollution, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 30, 9, 592-598 10.1016/0025-326X(94)00247-7


Date Citation
2009 2009, Ecological connectivity among tropical coastal ecosystems, Springer, Netherlands, 1-615 10.1007/978-90-481-2406-0
2009 2009, Ecological connectivity among tropical coastal ecosystems, Springer, Netherlands, 1-615 10.1007/978-90-481-2406-0
2009 Nagelkerken,I, 2009, Preface 10.1007/978-90-481-2406-0

Book Chapters

Date Citation
2015 Ogden,JC, Nagelkerken,I, McIvor,CC, 2015, Connectivity in the tropical coastal seascape: Implications for marine spatial planning and resource management, Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, FL, pp. 253-273
2013 Smith,S, de Putron,S, Murdoch,T, Pitt,J, Nagelkerken,I, 2013, Biology and ecology of corals and fishes on the Bermuda platform, Springer Netherlands, Netherlands, pp. 135-151 10.1007/978-94-007-5965-7_11
2009 Nagelkerken,I, 2009, Introduction, Springer, The Netherlands, pp. 1-6 10.1007/978-90-481-2406-0_1
2009 Nagelkerken,I, 2009, Evaluation of nursery function of mangroves and seagrass beds for tropical decapods and reef fishes: patterns and underlying mechanisms, Springer, Netherlands, pp. 357-399 10.1007/978-90-481-2406-0_10
2004 van der Velde,G, Leuven,RSEW, Nagelkerken,I, 2004, Types of riverine ecosystems, UNESCO, pp. 357-389
2002 van der Velde,G, Nagelkerken,I, Rajagopal,S, bij de Vaate,A, 2002, Invasions by alien species in inland freshwater bodies in western Europe: the Rhine delta., Springer Netherlands, pp. 360-372 10.1007/978-94-015-9956-6

Conference Papers

Date Citation
1997 1. CARICOMP,, Wiebe WJ, Gerace DT, Flowers L, Johnson L, Ward C, Oxenford H, Parker C, Tschirky J, Smith SR, Ellison J, De Meyer K, Bush P, Garzón-Ferreira J, Nivia J, Pors LPJJ,, Nagelkerken,IA, Geraldes FX, Ramirez J, Herrera-Silveira J, Sanchez-Arguelles RD, Garcia JR, Alleng G, Bonair K, Laydoo R, Varela R, Klein E, Bone D, Perez D, Linton D,, 1997, Structure and productivity of mangrove forests in the greater Caribbean region, 8th International Coral Reef Symposium, Panama
1997 1. CARICOMP,, Zieman J, Penchaszadeh P, Ramirez JR, Perez D, Bone D, Herrera-Silveira J, Sanchez-Arguelles RD, Zuniza D, Martinez B, Bonair K, Alcolado P, Laydoo R, Garcia JR, Garzón-Ferreira J, Diaz G, Gayle P, Gerace DT, Smith G, Oxenford H, Parker C, Pors LPJJ,, Nagelkerken,IA, van Tussenbroek B, Smith SR, Varela R, Koltes K, Tschirky J,, 1997, Variation in ecological parameters of Thalassia testudinum across the CARICOMP network, 8th International Coral Reef Symposium, Panama
1997 CARICOMP,, Woodley JD, Bone D, Buchan K, Bush P, De Meyer K, Garzón-Ferreira J, Gayle P, Gerace DT, Grober L, Klein E, Koltes K, Losada F, McField MD, McGrath T, Mendes JM,, Nagelkerken,IA, Ostrander G, Pors LPJJ, Rodríguez A, Rodríguez R, Ruiz-Renteria F, Smith G, Tschirky J, Alcolado P, Bonair K, Garcia JR, Geraldes FX, Guzman H, Parker C, Smith SR,, 1997, Studies on Caribbean coral bleaching, 1995-96, 8th International Coral Reef Symposium, Panama
1997 Nagelkerken,IA, Buchan,K, Smith,GW, Bonair,K, Bush,P, Garzón-Ferreira,J, Botero,L, Gayle,P, Heberer,C, Petrovic,C et al, 1997, Widespread disease in Caribbean sea fans: I. Spreading and general characteristics, 8th International Coral Reef Symposium, Panama

Conference Items

Date Citation
2007 Dorenbosch,M, Grol,M, Nagelkerken,I, Lugendo,B, van der Velde,G, 2007, Different fish composition in seagrass beds adjacent to extensive mangrove areas as opposed to coral reefs

Report for External Bodies

Date Citation
2014 van Bochove,J-W, Sullivan,E, Nakamura,T, Duke,N, Nagelkerken,IA, Agardy,T, Wells,S, van Lavieren,H, 2014, The importance of mangroves to people: a call to action, World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge
2013 Jeremy BC Jackson, Mary K Donovan, Katie L Cramer, Vivian Lam, Rolf PM Bak, Iliana Chollett, Sean R Connolly, Jorge Cortés, Phil Dustan, Mark C Eakin, Alan M Friedlander, Terry Hughes, Benjamin J Greenstein, Scott F Heron, Jeff Miller, Peter Mumby, John M Pandolfi, Caroline S Rogers, Robert Steneck, Ernesto Weil, Pedro M Alcolado, Jahson B Alemu I, William S Alevizon, Jesús Ernesto Arias-González, Andrea Atkinson, David L Ballantine, Carolina Bastidas, Claude Bouchon, Yolande Bouchon-Navaro, Steve Box, Angelique Brathwaite, John F Bruno, Chris Caldow, Robert C Carpenter, Bernadette H Charpentier, Mark Chiappone, Rodolfo Claro, Aldo Cróquer, Adolphe O Debrot, Peter Edmunds, Douglas Fenner, Ana Fonseca, Marcia C Ford, Kirah Forman, Graham E Forrester, Joaquín R Garza-Pérez, Peter MH Gayle, Gabriel D Grimsditch, Hector M Guzmán, Alastair R Harborne, Marah J Hardt, Mark Hixon, Joshua Idjadi, Walter Jaap, Christopher FG Jeffrey, Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Eric Jordán-Dahlgren, Karen Koltes, Judith C Lang, Yossi Loya, Isaias Majil, Carrie Manfrino, Jean-Philippe Maréchal, Croy MR McCoy, Melanie D McField, Steven Miller, Thaddeus Murdoch,, Nagelkerken,IA, Richard Nemeth, Maggy M Nugues, Hazel A Oxenford, Gustavo Paredes, Joanna M Pitt, Nicholas VC Polunin, Pedro Portillo, Héctor Bonilla Reyes, Rosa E Rodríguez-Martínez, Alberto Rodriguez-Ramirez, Benjamin I Ruttenberg, Rob Ruzicka, Stuart Sandin, Myra J Shulman, Struan R Smith, Tyler B Smith, Brigitte Sommer, Chris Stallings, Rubén E Torres, John W Tunnell, Jr., Mark JA Vermeij, Ivor D Williams, Jon D Witman,, 2013, Status and trends of Caribbean coral reefs: 1970–2012, Gland

Potential student projects

Climate Change

Multiple projects are available to study climate change effects (e.g. ocean warming, ocean acidification, extreme weather events) on marine animals and ecosystems. While the focus is largely on fishes, research includes the ecological interactions with other vertebrate and invertebrate species as well as interactions with their aquatic habitats. Advanced field as well as lab experiments are done on a variety of ecologically or economically important species (e.g. barramundi, snapper, mulloway, Port Jackson sharks). Projects focus on the physiology (e.g. growth, metabolism), behaviour (e.g. predator-prey interactions, feeding behaviour) and the ecology (e.g. habitat use, competition, invasive species, trophic cascades) of marine organisms. Complex experiments on community structuring and ecosystem functioning are done in our state-of-the-art mesocosm facility at SARDI West Beach. The overall focus of my research is to understand and better predict the long-term impacts of global change on marine species and functioning of coastal ecosystems. This research theme has received much international and local media attention, has a multi-disciplinary approach, and includes field-work components.

Sensory ecology and fish behaviour

The majority of marine species have a two-phase life cycle, one of which is an oceanic larval phase. Larvae possess excellent navigational capabilities and can have a large influence on where they end up after settlement. Several projects are available that investigate the attraction of larval fish species towards olfactory and sound cues from coastal habitats (e.g. rocky reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, kelp). Projects also focus on how human deterioration of coastal habitats may affect settlement behaviour of marine larvae, including the effect of anthropogenic sound on hearing and the effect of coastal water quality on olfaction by fish and invertebrate larvae.

Nursery function of coastal ecosystems

Mangrove and seagrass ecosystems have long been recognized for their nursery role for a variety of coastal fish and crustacean species. Many of these species are of commercial importance or perform important ecological roles. Projects are available to study the underlying mechanisms of nursery habitat use (i.e. based on experiments), or understand how coastal ecosystems and estuaries locally enhance juvenile abundances/diversity of fisheries species (i.e. based on patterns revealed from field work) and how this depends on different levels of protection (e.g. sanctuary type) systems.


Current lab members

PhD students

  1. Silvan Goldenberg (primary supervisor Ivan Nagelkerken; co-supervisor Sean Connell)
  2. Camilo Ferreira (primary supervisor Ivan Nagelkerken; co-supervisor Sean Connell)
  3. Hadayet Ullah (primary supervisor Ivan Nagelkerken; co-supervisor Damien Fordham)
  4. Shannon Lauchlan (primary supervisor Ivan Nagelkerken; co-supervisor Phillip Cassey)
  5. Almendra Rodrìguez (primary supervisor Ivan Nagelkerken; co-supervisor Sean Connell)
  6. Georgia Walden (primary supervisor Ivan Nagelkerken; co-supervisor Bertram Ostendorf)
  7. Michael Bradley (primary supervisor Marcus Sheaves; co-supervisors Ivan Nagelkerken & Ronald Baker)
  8. Caroline Wanjiru (primary supervisor Mark Huxham; co-supervisor Ivan Nagelkerken)
  9. Marco Brustolin (primary supervisor Gustavo Fonseca; co-supervisor Ivan Nagelkerken)
  10. Ericka Coni (primary supervisor Ivan Nagelkerken; co-supervisor David Booth)

Honours students

  1. Judd Elmawey (primary supervisor Ivan Nagelkerken)

Master of Philosophy students

  1. Kelsey Kingsbury (primary supervisor Ivan Nagelkerken)

Master of Science students

  1. Clement Baziret (primary supervisor Ivan Nagelkerken)


Previous lab members

PhD students

  1. Jennifer Pistevos (graduated December 2016): Early life behaviour & sensory ecology of predatory fish under climate change and ocean acidification. (primary supervisor Ivan Nagelkerken; co-supervisor Sean Connell). Click here to view the thesis
  2. Tullio Rossi (graduated February 2016): The effects of ocean acidification on sound production and reception in marine animals. (primary supervisor Ivan Nagelkerken; co-supervisor Sean Connell).
  3. Mathias Igulu (graduated 12 March 2014): Sensory mechanisms, habitat selection and habitat use in tropical juvenile coral reef fish. (primary supervisor Ivan Nagelkerken; co-supervisor Yunus Mgaya). Click here to view the thesis
  4. Chantal Huijbers (graduated 21 February 2012): Fishes on the move - sensory modalities and movement behavior in a tropical seascape. (primary supervisor Ivan Nagelkerken). Click here to view the thesis
  5. Ismael Kimirei (graduated 21 February 2012): Importance of mangroves and seagrass beds as nurseries for coral reef fishes in Tanzania. (primary supervisor Ivan Nagelkerken; co-supervisor Yunus Mgaya). Click here to view the thesis
  6. Monique Grol (graduated 7 July 2010): Crossing habitat boundaries – mechanisms underlying cross-habitat utilization by reef fishes. (primary supervisor Ivan Nagelkerken). Click here to view the thesis
  7. Helen Pichler (graduated 26 February 2009): Utilização de planícies de maré pela ictiofauna em dois setores do estuário de Paranaguá, sul do Brasil (Use of tidal flats by fish populations in two sections of the estuary of Paranaguá, Southern Brazil). (primary supervisor Henry Spach; co-supervisors June Diaz & Ivan Nagelkerken). Click here to view the thesis
  8. Marieke Verweij (graduated 28 January 2008): Habitat linkages in a tropical seascape – the use of mangrove and seagrass habitats by juvenile reef fishes and their migration to the coral reef. (primary supervisor Ivan Nagelkerken). Click here to view the thesis
  9. Guus Kruitwagen (graduated 2 April 2007): Ecology and toxicology of mangrove fauna in Tanzania with particular reference to the mudskipper. (primary supervisor Harish Pratap; co-supervisors Sjoerd Wendelaar Bonga & Ivan Nagelkerken). Click here to view the thesis
  10. Blandina Lugendo (graduated 1 February 2007): Utilisation by fishes of shallow-water habitats including mangroves and seagrass beds along the Tanzanian coast. (primary supervisor Ivan Nagelkerken; co-supervisors Yunus Mgaya & Gerard van der Velde). Click here to view the thesis
  11. Martijn Dorenbosch (graduated 3 July 2006): Connectivity between fish assemblages of seagrasses beds, mangroves and coral reefs – evidence from the Caribbean and the western Indian Ocean. (primary supervisor Ivan Nagelkerken; co-supervisor Gerard van der Velde). Click here to view the thesis

Honours students

  1. Georgina Kenning (2016)
  2. Georgia Macaulay (2016)
  3. Georgia Walden (2015)
  4. Nicholas Innes (2015)
  5. James Jacob (2015)
  6. Tim Lynch (2015)
  7. Jordan Jones (2014)
  8. Ellie Neindorf (2014)
  9. Alicia Strous (2014)

Master of Science students

  1. Renske Jongen (2017)
  2. Anne Regtien (2016)
  3. Christelle Noirot (2016)
  4. Gauthier Burckard (2016)
  5. Jasper Bunschoten (2016)
  6. Marta Sternang (2016)
  7. Emma Marangon (2015)
  8. Philip Cremer (2015)
  9. Jules Kleitz (2015)
  10. Thomas Hue (2015)
  11. Angelique Bonnet (2015)
  12. Robbert-Jan Geertsma (2015)
  13. Laurene Merillet (2015)
  14. Melchior Rutte (2014)
  15. Maxime Olmos (2014)
  16. Lieke Egbers (2012)
  17. Micah Herriot (2011)
  18. Caroline Dubé (2011)
  19. Valerie Chamberland (2011)
  20. Roel van der Heijden (2010)
  21. Sanne van Delft (2010)
  22. Rob Fraaije (2009)
  23. Martijntje Schippers (2009)
  24. Niek Bosch (2009)
  25. Roel van Eck (2009)
  26. Estrella Gonzalez Tapias (2009)
  27. Ines Schulten (2009)
  28. Pauline Lossbroek (2009)
  29. Andjin Siegentaler (2009)
  30. Dieuwke Hoeijmakers (2009)
  31. Arend van Dijk (2009)
  32. Niels Rijneveld (2009)
  33. Nanne van Hoytema (2008)
  34. Piet Blankers (2008)
  35. Jan de Brouwer (2008)
  36. Laura Govers (2008)
  37. Jeffrey Oldenburger (2008)
  38. Madelon van de Kerk (2008)
  39. Nick Rossen (2008)
  40. Eva van Engelen (2008)
  41. Sarah Smith (2008)
  42. Susanne van Herwijnen (2008)
  43. Peter Smittenaar (2008)
  44. Niek Slooter (2008)
  45. Rob Fraaije (2008)
  46. Ruud van Hintum (2008)
  47. Laura Govers (2007)
  48. Michel Trommelen (2007)
  49. Coen Wagner (2007)
  50. Ben Grifioen (2007)
  51. Maarten van der Beek (2007)
  52. Hanneke Ligtenberg (2007)
  53. Renate Labberton (2007)
  54. Ben Backx (2007)
  55. Wouter Pardijs (2007)
  56. Bas Budel (2006)
  57. Astrid Hoogstraten (2006)
  58. Eefke Mollee (2006)
  59. Jasper de Bie (2006)
  60. Rik van der Kant (2006)
  61. Jeroen Meijer (2006)
  62. Ingmar Hans (2006)
  63. Eva Kokkelmans (2006)
  64. Susanne Ruseler (2006)
  65. Twan van den Beld (2006)
  66. Karianne Hol (2006)
  67. Peter Voskamp (2005)
  68. Natascha Leenstra (2005)
  69. Guido Atsma (2005)
  70. Jeroen Bosveld (2005)
  71. Maaike Smelter (2004)
  72. Mieke Cuppens (2004)
  73. Jeroen Vogels (2004)
  74. Eveline de Wit (2004)
  75. Tjerk van Rooij (2004)
  76. An De Schrijver (2004)
  77. Daphne de Graaff (2004)
  78. Mischa Peeters (2004)
  79. Annelies Pustjens (2003)
  80. Marjolijn Christianen (2003)
  81. Monique Grol (2003)
  82. Vincent de Jong (2003)
  83. Tim Kolbrink (2003)
  84. Otavio Cafundó de Moraes (2003)
  85. Kim Vermonden (2003)
  86. Daphne de Graaff (2003)
  87. Mischa Peeters (2003)
  88. Jeroen Bosman (2003)
  89. Emma Versteegh (2003)
  90. Marieke Verweij (2003)
  91. Arjan de Groene (2002)
  92. Ilse Cornelissen (2002)
  93. Max van de Ven (2002)
  94. Annelies Pronker (2002)
  95. Nils van Kessel (2001)
  96. Horst Wolter (2001)
  97. Robert Thijssen (2001)
  98. Leon Westerd (2001)
  99. Kevin Linnane (2001)

Summer research undergraduate students

  1. Mariel Everson (2015)
  2. Mei Lyn Herbertt (2013)
  3. Jordan Jones (2012)


Date Role Membership Country
2013 Member Environment Institute Australia

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2014 Member IUCN Mangrove Specialist Group / Species Survival Commission International Union for Conservation of Nature

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Country
2017 Associate Editor Scientific Reports
2014 - 2016 Associate Editor Estuarine Coastal & Shelf Science
2009 - 2017 Associate Editor Marine Ecology Progress Series
2007 - 2017 Associate Editor Hydrobiologia
8313 4364
North Terrace
Darling Building
Room Number
1 26b
Org Unit
Ecology and Environmental Science