Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)

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NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research is the National Oceanographic Institution of the Netherlands. The institute was founded in 1876 and is part of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. The institute is located on the island of Texel at the border between the North Sea and the Wadden Sea, and about 100 km north of Amsterdam. From 1 January 2012 the Centre for Estuarine and Marine Ecology (CEME) in Yerseke in the South-West of the Netherlands and located in the Delta became part of NIOZ and divorced its previous organisation, the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW). This has resulted in one big organization for fundamental marine research in the Netherlands employing in total more than 300 people and with an annual budget of more than €25 million. The mission of NIOZ is to gain and communicate scientific knowledge on seas and oceans for the understanding and sustainability of our planet, and to facilitate and support marine research and education in the Netherlands and Europe. The four basic disciplines of oceanography at NIOZ-Texel are physics, chemistry, biology and geology and are organized in 5 Departments: Marine Geology, Physical Oceanography, Marine Organic Biogeochemistry, Biological Oceanography and Marine Ecology. At NIOZ-CEME research is organized in 3 departments: Marine Microbiology, Spatial Ecology and Ecosystems Studies.

CEME is well known for microbiological, molecular ecological, biogeochemical, ecosystem modelling and GIS related research. The Department of Marine Microbiology studies the ecology and physiology of benthic and pelagic marine microorganisms in laboratory cultures and in natural environments. It maintains a collection of unique cyanobacteria and microalgae (Culture Collection Yerseke, CCY) with currently over 500 strains. The CCY has a dedicated laboratory with excellent cultivation and cryo-preservation facilities. The Department of Biological Oceanography studies the functioning of the food web in the open ocean and in the North Sea during sea-going expeditions and at the institute by means of large experimental facilities and modelling. Particularly, the conditions for sustainable use of the ocean and the interactions between biodiversity and productivity are investigated. In 2011 NIOZ was ranked ‘excellent’ (the highest rank) by an international peer review.


Contact person: Lucas Stal (



Role of NIOZ in MaCuMBA:

NIOZ acts as the managing and scientific coordinator of the project and is the leader of work package 1 (Project management) and financially oversees the project and is responsible for the distribution of the financial contributions.


Profile of staff engaged in the project:

Lucas Stal

Prof. Dr. Lucas J. Stal obtained his PhD in microbial ecology from the University of Groningen (Netherlands). He worked for 10 years at the University of Oldenburg (Germany) and 8 years at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands) before becoming head of the department of Marine Microbiology of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology in Yerseke (now NIOZ). He is also professor in Marine Microbiology at the University of Amsterdam and is an advisor of the biotech company Algenol in Berlin. He is specialized in the ecology and diversity of cyanobacteria, other marine bacteria and microalgae, and known for his work on microbial mats and nitrogen fixation
Henk Bolhuis Dr. Henk Bolhuis obtained his PhD in molecular microbiology from the University of Groningen (Netherlands). He was a research fellow of the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSPO) and worked in the Department of Membrane Biochemistry of the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried (Germany). After that he was a university docent at the University of Groningen and for the past 7 years he has been a senior scientist at the Department of Marine Microbiology at the NIOZ. He is specialized in molecular ecology and is known for his work on extremophiles.
Klaas Timmermans Dr. Klaas Timmermans obtained his PhD in aquatic ecotoxicology from the University of Amsterdam in 1991. From 1991, he worked as a senior scientist at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), first within the Department of Marine Chemistry & Geology, and from 2008 in the Department of Biological Oceanography. His main research interests are in marine microbiology and chemistry and he focuses on the effects of changes in metal speciation (availability for biota) and changes in CO2 conditions on marine phytoplankton. 
Corina Brussaard Prof. Dr. Corina Brussaard obtained her PhD in marine microbiology from the University of Groningen (Netherlands). She was a research fellow (EU-Marie Curie) working on viral ecology in Norway, followed by an EU-postdoc studying harmful algal bloom ecology. Thereafter, she tenured through the NIOZ-excellent postdoc career plan and currently works as a senior research scientist in the Department of Biological Oceanography. Brussaard is specialized in viral ecology and phytoplankton ecophysiology, and known for her work on marine viruses, phytoplankton-virus interactions under ecologically relevant growth conditions, cell death/losses of microbes, and microbial food web dynamics. She is also professor in Viral Ecology at the University of Amsterdam.
Michelle Grego Mr. Michele Grego, curator of the CCY
Christine Hornlein Mrs. Christine Hörnlein obtained her Master in Limnology and Oceanography at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) (The Netherlands). She worked as teaching assistant and as research member at the UvA on Pteropod taxonomy. Afterwards she was employed as research member at the Centre of Biodiversity Naturalis (Leiden, The Netherlands) investigating sponge diversity and phylogeny. Currently she is doing her PhD study on “Metabolic pathways in microbial mats” at the NIOZ by analysing metagenomic/metatranscriptomic data obtained from natural and artificial microbial mats. Her general interest lies in the molecular study of (micro-) organisms and their interaction with the biotic/abiotic environment.
Clara CardosoC Mrs. Daniela Clara Carqueija Cardoso, PhD student
Cherel Balkema Mrs. Cherel Balkema, technician, studied Biology and Medical Laboratory Science with a specialisation in Molecular Biology at the University of Applied Sciences in Leiden, the Netherlands. As part of the MaCuMBA project she is currently working on better and new media for phytoplankton in combination with various different growth conditions.



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