Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research
Phone number
+31 (0)222 369 354
PhD student
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Per J. Palsboll

Lise Klunder

PhD student


  • Marine benthic ecology
  • Metabarcoding
  • Community analysis
  • Anthropogenic stresses

Research interests

I am a PhD student interested in marine benthic communities and how communities are influenced by human-imposed stresses. Benthic communities show an overall increasing complexity (biodiversity) from intertidal to deep-sea and each community responds differently to stresses. Key to understanding the effects of human-imposed stresses is the ability to measure biodiversity in a consistent and reliable way. Assessing the composition of marine benthic communities by traditional methods is time-consuming, requires highly specified knowledge and is often limited to certain groups of species. To fully understand benthic communities in a rapid manner, I apply a multi-disciplinary approach, combining traditional taxonomical methods with genetic methods (metabarcoding).

More information about the project can be found here








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NIOZ publications

  • 2018
    Bijleveld, A.I.; Compton, T.J.; Klunder, L.; Holthuijsen, S.; ten Horn, J.; Koolhaas, A.; Dekinga, A.; Van der Meer, J.; van der Veer, H.W. (2018). Presence-absence of marine macrozoobenthos does not generally predict abundance and biomass. NPG Scientific Reports 8(1): 12.
    Klunder, L.; Lavaleye, M.; Filippidi, A.; van Bleijswijk, J.; Reichart, G.-J.; van der Veer, H.W.; Duineveld, G.C.A.; Mienis, F. (2018). Impact of an artificial structure on the benthic community composition in the southern North Sea: assessed by a morphological and molecular approach. ICES J. Mar. Sci./J. Cons. int. Explor. Mer Online first.
    Klunder, L.; van Bleijswijk, J.; van der Veer, H. (2018). Effect of an energy turbine on fish eDNA as indicator for species composition. NIOZ-rapport, 2018(7). NIOZ: Texel. 21 pp.
  • 2013
    Compton, T.J.; Holthuijsen, S.; Koolhaas, A.; Dekinga, A.; Ten Horn, J.; Klunder, L.; McSweeney, N.; Brugge, M.; Smelter, M.; van der Veer, H.W.; Piersma, T.; Van der Meer, J. (2013). Progress report for the 2012 sampling of the synoptic intertidal benthic surveys across the Dutch Wadden Sea. NIOZ-rapport, 2013(9). NIOZ: Texel. 48 pp.
    Compton, T.J.; Van der Meer, J.; Holthuijsen, S.; Koolhaas, A.; Dekinga, A.; Ten Horn, J.; Klunder, L.; McSweeney, N.; Brugge, M.; van der Veer, H.W.; Piersma, T. (2013). Synpotic Intertidal Benthic Surveys Across the Dutch Wadden Sea : 2008 to 2011. NIOZ-rapport, 2013(1). NIOZ: Texel. 50 pp.

Linked projects

Benthic Metabarcoding
Henk van der Veer
University of Groningen
Project duration
1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2018