Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research
Phone number
+31 (0)113 577 491
Location
Yerseke
Function
Guest researcher
University
Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Promotor
Peter Herman

Rebecca James

Guest researcher

Expertise

  • Marine ecology
  • Seaweed ecophysiology
  • Ocean acidification and climate change
  • Ecosystem services

PhD project

Investigating the ecosystem functioning of shallow Caribbean bays, and predicting their response to climate change.

With monitoring and community surveys we are developing an understanding of the very dynamic present-day conditions of shallow Caribbean bays. 

In situ experiments are used to investigate the ecosystem services provided by the communities in tropical shallow bays, allowing us to understand how these ecosystems function and persist. 

This work is part of the SCENES project (Stability of Caribbean coastal ecosystems under future extreme sea level changes). With partners in TUDelft and Utrecht University, we will combine our understanding of the ecosystem functioning with future climate scenarios to predict the future of Caribbean bays. 

 

Publication list

James, R.K.; Silva, R.; van Tussenbroek, B.I.; Escudero-Castillo, M.; Mariño-Tapia, I.; Dijkstra, H.A.; van Westen, R.M.; Pietrzak, J.D.; Candy, A.S.; Katsman, C.A.; van der Boog, C.G.; Riva, R.E.M.; Slobbe, C.; Klees, R.; Stapel, J.; van der Heide, T.; van Katwijk, M.M.; Herman, P.M.J.; Bouma, T.J. (2019). Maintaining tropical beaches with seagrass and algae: a promising alternative to engineering solutions. BioScience. biy154, https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biy154

James RK, Hepburn CD, Cornwall CE, McGraw CM and Hurd CL (2014). Growth response of an early successional assemblage of coralline algae and benthic diatoms to ocean acidification. Marine Biology 161:1687-1696

Past research

MSc: Carbon-use of temperate seaweed communities, and their response to ocean acidification - University of Otago, New Zealand

 

Linked news

Wednesday 02 January 2019
Zeegras spaart stranden en geld
Zeegras is zó goed in het voorkomen van erosie op tropische stranden, dat het de regelmatige, dure zandsuppleties overbodig kan maken. Dat schrijven biologen en ingenieurs uit Nederland en Mexico deze maand in het wetenschappelijk tijdschrift…

NIOZ publications

  • 2019
    Cao, H.; Zhu, Z.; James, R.K.; Herman, P.M.J.; Zhang, L.; Yuan, L.; Bouma, T.J. (2019). Wave effects on seedling establishment of three pioneer marsh species: survival, morphology and biomechanics. Ann. Bot. Early view. https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcz136
    James, R.K.; Silva, R.; van Tussenbroek, B.I.; Escudero-Castillo, M.; Mariño-Tapia, I.; Dijkstra, H.A.; van Westen, R.M.; Pietrzak, J.D.; Candy, A.S.; Katsman, C.A.; van der Boog, C.G.; Riva, R.E.M.; Slobbe, C.; Klees, R.; Stapel, J.; van der Heide, T.; van Katwijk, M.M.; Herman, P.M.J.; Bouma, T.J. (2019). Maintaining tropical beaches with seagrass and algae: a promising alternative to engineering solutions. BioScience 69(2): 136-142. https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/biosci/biy154
    James, R.K.; van Katwijk, M.M.; van Tussenbroek, B.I.; van der Heide, T.; Dijkstra, H.A.; van Westen, R.M.; Pietrzak, J.D.; Candy, A.S.; Klees, R.; Riva, R.E.M.; Slobbe, C.D.; Katsman, C.A.; Herman, P.M.J.; Bouma, T.J. (2019). Water motion and vegetation control the pH dynamics in seagrass‐dominated bays. Limnol. Oceanogr. Early view. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/lno.11303
    van der Boog, C.G.; Pietrzak, J.D.; Dijkstra, H.A.; Brüggemann, N.; van Westen, R.M.; James, R.K.; Bouma, T.J.; Riva, R.E.M.; Slobbe, D.C.; Klees, R. (2019). The impact of upwelling on the intensification of anticyclonic ocean eddies in the Caribbean Sea. Ocean Sci. 15(6): 1419-1437. https://dx.doi.org/10.5194/os-15-1419-2019