Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

Dr. Fleur van Duyl

Senior Scientist
Phone number
+31 (0)222 369 543
Location
Texel
Function
Senior Scientist

Expertise

  • Coral reef microbial ecology
  • Ecology of sponges
  • Nutrient dynamics on coral reefs
  • Pelagic-benthic coupling

Research interests

My current interests focus on:

1. Drivers of variations in bivariate isotopic niche space of sponges on the Saba Bank.
2. Consumption of DOM, removal of pico-and nanoplankton and (in)organic nutrient cycling by benthic communities  (pelagic-benthic coupling) with special focus on sponges. 
3. The functional (symbiotic) relations between microbes and macrobenthic organisms (corals, sponges).
4. Bioerosion by sponges of calciumcarbonate in a changing environment (acidification, eutrophication).
5. Community net accretion-erosion balance of calciumcarbonate on coral reefs.
6. Phosphorous sequestration by sponges and cyanobacterial mats on coral reefs.  

Topics require an interdisciplinary approach involving microbial ecology, autecology of macrobenthos, hydrodynamics, and biogeochemistry.

Fleur van Duyl taking a sample from the outflowing water of the  sponge Callyspongia plicifera on the Saba Bank.

Linked news

Thursday 15 March 2018
NICO-expeditie ontdekt koraalrif bij Saba in opvallend goede staat
Een ongerept stuk koraalrif in een uithoek van de Sababank blijkt in opvallend goede staat te verkeren. Dat ontdekten wetenschappers van Wageningen Marine Research (WMR) en het Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee (NIOZ) tijdens de…
Friday 13 January 2017
NIOZ research vessel in the Caribbean
NIOZ organised an expedition to the Saba Bank aboard the research vessel Pelagia from 19th August to 8th September 2016. Thirteen scientists from NIOZ, Wageningen Marine Research, TU Delft, UvA and Utrecht University set out to investigate how…
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NIOZ publications

  • 2018
    de Bakker, D.M.; Webb, A.E.; van den Bogaart, L.A.; van Heuven, S.M.A.C.; Meesters, E.H.; van Duyl, F.C. (2018). Quantification of chemical and mechanical bioerosion rates of six Caribbean excavating sponge species found on the coral reefs of Curaçao. PLoS One 13(5): e0197824. https://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0197824
    Hoeksema, B.W.; Hassell, D.; Meesters, E.H.W.G.; van Duyl, F.C. (2018). Wave-swept coralliths of Saba Bank, Dutch Caribbean. Mar. Biodiv. In press. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12526-017-0712-5
    van Duyl, F.C.; Meesters, E.H. (2018). Cruise report RV Pelagia 64PE433 : Saba, St Eustatius and Saba Bank Benthic habitat mapping, and Benthic–Pelagic coupling, 26 February - 10 March 2018, St Maarten-St Maarten (NICO expedition leg 6). NIOZ: Texel. 60 pp.
    van Duyl, F.C.; Mueller, B.; Meesters, E.H. (2018). Spatio–temporal variation in stable isotope signatures (δ13C and δ15N) of sponges on the Saba Bank. PeerJ 6: e5460. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.5460
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    Van Oevelen, D.; Mueller, C.E.; Lundälv, T.; van Duyl, F.C.; de Goeij, J.M.; Middelburg, J.J. (2018). Niche overlap between a cold-water coral and an associated sponge for isotopically-enriched particulate food sources. PLoS One 13(3): e0194659. https://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0194659
  • 2017
    de Bakker, D.M.; van Duyl, F.C.; Bak, R.P.M.; Nugues, M.M.; Nieuwland, G.; Meesters, E.H. (2017). 40 Years of benthic community change on the Caribbean reefs of Curaçao and Bonaire: the rise of slimy cyanobacterial mats. Coral Reefs 36(2): 355-367. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00338-016-1534-9
    Mueller, B.; Meesters, E.H.; van Duyl, F.C. (2017). DOC concentrations across a depth-dependent light gradient on a Caribbean coral reef. PeerJ 5: e3456. https://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.3456
    Webb, A.E.; van Heuven, S.M.A.C.; de Bakker, D.M.; van Duyl, F.C.; Reichart, G.-J.; de Nooijer, L.J. (2017). Combined Effects of Experimental Acidification and Eutrophication on Reef Sponge Bioerosion Rates. Front. Mar. Sci. 4: 311. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2017.00311
  • 2016
    de Bakker, D.M.; Meesters, E.H.; Bak, R.P.M.; Nieuwland, G.; van Duyl, F.C. (2016). Long-term Shifts in Coral Communities On Shallow to Deep Reef Slopes of Curaçao and Bonaire: Are There Any Winners? Front. Mar. Sci. 3: 247. https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2016.00247
    Mueller, B.; den Haan, J.; Visser, P.M.; Vermeij, M.J.A.; van Duyl, F.C. (2016). Effect of light and nutrient availability on the release of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) by Caribbean turf algae. NPG Scientific Reports 6: 23248. dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep23248
    Rix, L.; de Goeij, J.M.; Mueller, C.E.; Struck, U.; Middelburg, J.J.; van Duyl, F.C.; Al-Horani, F.A.; Wild, C.; Naumann, M.S.; Van Oevelen, D. (2016). Coral mucus fuels the sponge loop in warm- and cold-water coral reef ecosystems. NPG Scientific Reports 6(18715): 11 pp. hdl.handle.net/10.1038/srep18715
    van Duyl, F.C. (2016). NIOZ-Saba Bank/Saba Cruise report : Net coral community calcification and hydrodynamics (Saba Bank/Saba) Caribbean Explorer II, 17/24-31 October 2015 Research cruise contributing to Project : Seawater chemistry of CO2 system and nutrients as drivers of benthic community structure and carbon metabolism of coral reef ecosystems of different trophic status. NIOZ: Texel. 43 pp.
  • 2015
    Brocke, H.J.; Wenzhoefer, F.; de Beer, D.; Mueller, B.; van Duyl, F.C.; Nugues, M.M. (2015). High dissolved organic carbon release by benthic cyanobacterial mats in a Caribbean reef ecosystem. NPG Scientific Reports 5(8852): 7 pp. hdl.handle.net/10.1038/srep08852
  • 2014
    den Haan, J.; Visser, P.M.; Ganase, A.E.; Gooren, E.E.; Stal, L.J.; van Duyl, F.C.; Vermeij, M.J.A.; Huisman, J. (2014). Nitrogen fixation rates in algal turf communities of a degraded versus less degraded coral reef. Coral Reefs 33(4): 1003-1015. dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00338-014-1207-5
    Mueller, B.; de Goeij, J.M.; Vermeij, M.J.A.; Mulders, Y.; van der Ent, E.; Ribes, M.; van Duyl, F.C. (2014). Natural Diet of Coral-Excavating Sponges Consists Mainly of Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC). PLoS One 9(2): e90152. dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0090152
    Mueller, B.; van der Zande, R.M.; van Leent, P.J.M.; Meesters, E.H.; Vermeij, M.J.A.; van Duyl, F.C. (2014). Effect of light availability on dissolved organic carbon release by Caribbean reef algae and corals. Bull. Mar. Sci. 90(3): 875-893. hdl.handle.net/10.5343/bms.2013.1062
    Mumby, P.J.; Flower, J.; Chollett, I.; Box, S.; Bozec, Y.; Fitzsimmons, C.; Forster, J.; Gill, D.; Griffith-Mumby, R.; Oxenford, H.A.; Peterson, A.; Stead, S. M.; Turner, R.; Townsley, P.; van Beukering, P.; Booker, F.; Brocke, H.; Cabañillas-Terán, N.; Canty, S.; Carricart-Ganivet, J.P.; Charlery, J.; Dryden, C.; van Duyl, F.C.; Enríquez, S.; den Haan, J.; Iglesias-Prieto, R.; Kennedy, E.; Mahon, R.; Mueller, B.; Newman, S.J.; Nugues, M.; Cortés Núñez, J.; Nurse, L.; Osinga, R.; Paris, C.; Petersen, D.; Polunin, N. V. C.; Sánchez, C.; Schep, S.; Stevens, J.; Vallès, H.; Vermeij, M.J.A.; Visser, P.M.; Whittingham, E.; Williams, S. (2014). Towards Reef Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods. A Handbook for Caribbean Coral Reef Managers. University of Exeter: Exeter, Devon, UK. ISBN 978-0-902746-31-2. 176 pp.
    van Duyl, F.C. (2014). Spatial and species specific variations in the diet of sponges Preliminary results 3.1. Sponges, macro algae and nutrients, in: van Beek, I.J.M. et al. Saba Bank research expedition 2013 - Progress Report. pp. 11-14
  • 2013
    Cardoso, J.F.M.F.; van Bleijswijk, J.D.L.; Witte, H.; van Duyl, F.C. (2013). Diversity and abundance of ammonia-oxidizing Archaea and Bacteria in tropical and cold-water coral reef sponges. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 68(3): 215-230. dx.doi.org/10.3354/ame01610
    den Haan, J.; Huisman, J.; Dekker, F.; ten Brinke, J.L.; Ford, A.K.; van Ooijen, J.; van Duyl, F.C.; Vermeij, M.J.A.; Visser, P.M. (2013). Fast Detection of Nutrient Limitation in Macroalgae and Seagrass with Nutrient-Induced Fluorescence. PLoS One 8(7). dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0068834
  • 2012
    Maldonado, M.; Ribes, M.; van Duyl, F.C. (2012). Nutrient fluxes through sponges: biology, budgets, and ecological implications. Adv. Mar. Biol. 62: 113-182. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/B978-0-12-394283-8.00003-5
  • 2011
    Maier, C.; de Kluijver, A.; Agis, M.; Brussaard, C.P.D.; van Duyl, F.C.; Weinbauer, M.G. (2011). Dynamics of nutrients, total organic carbon, prokaryotes and viruses in onboard incubations of cold-water corals. Biogeosciences 8(9): 2609-2620. dx.doi.org/10.5194/bg-8-2609-2011
    van Duyl, F.C.; Moodley, L.; Nieuwland, G.; van Ijzerloo, L.; van Soest, R.W.M.; Houtekamer, M.; Meesters, E.H.; Middelburg, J.J. (2011). Coral cavity sponges depend on reef-derived food resources: stable isotope and fatty acid constraints. Mar. Biol. (Berl.) 158(7): 1653-1666. dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00227-011-1681-z

Linked projects

Long term coral reef community monitoring
Supervisor
Fleur van Duyl
Funder
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research - Structural financial support
Project duration
1 Aug 2012 - 31 Dec 2017
Benthic-pelagic coupling on coral reefs of the Saba Bank and Saba
Supervisor
Fleur van Duyl
Funder
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
Project duration
1 Jan 2014 - 1 Feb 2019
Long term coral reef community monitoring
Supervisor
Fleur van Duyl
Funder
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research - Structural financial support
Project duration
1 Aug 2012 - 31 Dec 2017
Bioerosion and 3D complexity of coral reefs in a changing environment
Supervisor
Fleur van Duyl
Funder
Wageningen Marine Research
Project duration
16 Jun 2014 - 16 Jun 2018
Benthic-pelagic coupling on coral reefs of the Saba Bank and Saba
Supervisor
Fleur van Duyl
Funder
Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
Project duration
1 Jan 2014 - 1 Feb 2019
Acropora nationaal platform
Supervisor
Fleur van Duyl
Funder
NA
Project duration
1 Jun 2010 - 31 Dec 2020