Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research
Phone number
+31 (0)222 369 530
PhD student
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
dr. Tjisse van der Heide

MSc. Clea van de Ven

PhD student
Research interests

I came from the limnology and oceanography master at the University of Amsterdam and started with my Phd at NIOZ in March 2019. During the first year I spent most time in the field alongside Carlijn Lammers and Valérie Reijers studying coastal vegetation patterns in the pioneer zone including the dune grasses Ammophila arenaria and Elytrigia juncea and multiple grasses in the salt marsh. In addition, we started experiments on Texel to investigate the formation of pioneer coastal landscapes. In the second year I will continue to work on the feedback between coastal clonal plants and their physical environment and study characteristics and behavior that are important for resilience of these coastal ecosystems. Our team often has project opportunities for interns with a background in marine ecology or coastal systems.







Please find my list of publications at the bottom of this webpage or on:

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Awards and Prizes




My colleague Carlijn Lammers and I were interviewed by Studio Buiten Werking for the online Oerol Festival 2020. 

NIOZ publications

  • 2020
    Bart, M.C.; Mueller, B.; Rombouts, T.; van der Ven, C.; Tompkins, G.J.; Osinga, R.; Brussaard, C.P.D.; MacDonald, B.; Engel, A.; Rapp, H.T.; de Goeij, J.M. (2021). Dissolved organic carbon (DOC) is essential to balance the metabolic demands of four dominant North‐Atlantic deep‐sea sponges. Limnol. Oceanogr. 66(3): 925-938.

Linked projects

Small steps, giant leaps
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research - Veni/Vidi/Vici
Project duration
1 Jul 2018 - 30 Jun 2023