Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research
Phone number
+31 (0)222 369 490 / 585
Location
Texel
Function
Senior Research Assistant

Sander Holthuijsen

Senior Research Assistant

Expertise

  • Wadden Sea field work
  • Geographic Information System
  • Marine Ecology
  • Field and project coordinating
  • Marine Macrozoobenthos
Interests

Research interests

My fascination for the Wadden Sea (only) started when I was 18 years old. But has never ended. Since 2001 I yearly spend up to 15 weeks per year on the mudflats, from 2008 onwards in a professional way, as research assistant at NIOZ, department of Coastal Systems.  Currently, among working on other projects, I am technical coordinator of the SIBES project.

In 2008 we have started the largest intertidal benthic survey in the world, called SIBES (Synoptic Intertidal Benthic Survey), where we sample the entire intertidal Dutch Wadden Sea at more than 5000 locations for sediment grain size and macrozoobenthos.

The sample locations are visited by boat or on foot. During fieldwork, samples are taken to assess the macrofauna on the surface or in the upper sediment layer of the tidal flats. The findings offer valuable information about the availability of benthic species as food resource for birds and fish.

Since 2014 we expanded our efforts to a part of the German Wadden Sea adjacent to the Dutch Ems estuary. Across the world the SIBES method is implemented in a wide range of intertidal areas, ranging from Alaska to Kamchatka, from Mauritania to Australia and many more.

Functions

Functions

 

Publications

Key-publications

Please find my list of publications at the bottom of this webpage. 

You can download all my publications on ResearchGate

Education

Professional education

 

Awards

Awards and Prized

 

Other

Other

 

Linked news

Tuesday 18 July 2017
Algae living on mudflats are the solar panels that fuel the Wadden Sea food web
What fuels the Wadden Sea food web? One of the largest ecological research projects in the Netherlands, the recently finalized ‘Waddensleutels’ program, revealed that the most important energy source for the majority of animals higher up the food…

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. https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-21285-1
    van der Veer, H.W.; Holthuijsen, S. (2018). Advies omtrent de relatie tussen menselijke activiteiten en bodem (sediment) samenstelling en voorkomen van macrobenthos (SIBES) ten behoeve van beheeractiviteiten/beheerdoelstellingen. NIOZ-rapport, 2018(5). Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ): Texel. 41 pp.
  • 2017
    Christianen, M.J.A.; Middelburg, J.J.; Holthuijsen, S.J.; Jouta, J.; Compton, T.J.; van der Heide, T.; Piersma, T.; Sinninghe Damsté, J.S.; van der Veer, H.W.; Schouten, S.; Olff, H. (2017). Benthic primary producers are key to sustain the Wadden Sea food web: stable carbon isotope analysis at landscape scale. Ecology 98(6): 1498-1512. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ecy.1837
    Christianen, M.J.A.; van der Heide, T.; Holthuijsen, S.J.; van der Reijden, K.J.; Borst, A.C.W.; Olff, H. (2017). Biodiversity and food web indicators of community recovery in intertidal shellfish reefs. Biol. Conserv. 213: 317-324. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2016.09.028
    Compton, T.J.; Holthuijsen, S.; Mulder, M.; van Arkel, M.; Kleine Schaars, L.; Koolhaas, A.; Dekinga, A.; ten Horn, J.; Luttikhuizen, P.C.; Van der Meer, J.; Piersma, T.; van der Veer, H.W. (2017). Shifting baselines in the Ems Dollard estuary : A comparison across three decades reveals changing benthic communities. J. Sea Res. 127: 119-132. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.seares.2017.06.014
    Folmer, E.; Dekinga, A.; Holthuijsen, S.; Van der Meer, J.; Mosk, D.; Piersma, T.; van der Veer, H. (2017). Species Distribution Models of Intertidal Benthos : Tools for Assessing the Impact of Physical and Morphological Drivers on Benthos and Birds in the Wadden Sea. NIOZ-rapport, 2017(3). NIOZ: Texel. 114 pp.
  • 2016
    Bijleveld, A.I.; MacCurdy, R.B.; Chan, Y.-C; Penning, E.; Gabrielson, R.M.; Cluderay, J.; Spaulding, E.L.; Dekinga, A.; Holthuijsen, S.; Ten Horn, J.; Brugge, M.; van Gils, J.A.; Winkler, D.W.; Piersma, T. (2016). Understanding spatial distributions: negative density-dependence in prey causes predators to trade-off prey quantity with quality. Proc. - Royal Soc., Biol. Sci. 283: 1828. dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2015.1557
    Compton, T.J.; Bodnar, W.; Koolhaas, A.; Dekinga, A.; Holthuijsen, S.; Ten Horn, J.; McSweeney, N.; van Gils, J.A.; Piersma, T. (2016). Burrowing Behavior of a Deposit Feeding Bivalve Predicts Change in Intertidal Ecosystem State. Front. Ecol. Evol. 4: 19. https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2016.00019
    Piersma, T.; Pearson, G.; Lavaleye, M.S.S.; Hickey, R.; Rogers, D.I.; Holthuijsen, S.; Marin-Estrella, S.; de Goeij, P.; Findlay, N.; Storey, A.W. (2016). Anna Plains and Roebuck Bay Benthic Invertebrate Mapping 2016: AnnRoeBIM16, Field Report. [S.n.]: [s.l.]. 96 pp.
  • 2015
    Christianen, M.J.A.; Holthuijsen, S.J.; van der Zee., E.M.; van der Eijk, A.; Govers, L.L.; van der Heide, T.; De Paoli, H.; Olff, H. (2015). Ecotopen- en Kansrijkdomkaart van de Nederlandse Waddenzee : Project Waddenslaeutels : Fundament onder natuurherstel. NIOZ: Texel.
    de Paoli, H.; van de Koppel, J.; van der Zee, E.; Kangeri, A.; van Belzen, J.; Holthuijsen, S.; van den Berg, A.; Herman, P.M.J.; Olff, H.; van der Heide, T. (2015). Processes limiting mussel bed restoration in the Wadden-Sea. J. Sea Res. 103: 42-49. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.seares.2015.05.008
    van der Zee, E.M.; Tielens, E.; Holthuijsen, S.; Donadi, S.; Eriksson, B.K.; van der Veer, H.W.; Piersma, T.; Olff, H.; van der Heide, T. (2015). Habitat modification drives benthic trophic diversity in an intertidal soft-bottom ecosystem. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 465: 41–48. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2015.01.001
  • 2014
    van der Heide, T.; Tielens, E.; van der Zee, E.M.; Weerman, E.J.; Holthuijsen, S.; Eriksson, B.K.; Piersma, T.; van de Koppel, J.; Olff, H. (2014). Predation and habitat modification synergistically interact to control bivalve recruitment on intertidal mudflats. Biol. Conserv. 172: 163-169. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2014.02.036
  • 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.; Holthuijsen, S.; Koolhaas, A.; Dekinga, A.; ten Horn, J.; Smith, J.; Brugge, M.; van der Wal, D.; van der Meer, J.; van der Veer, H.W.; Piersma, T. (2013). Distinctly variable mudscapes: Distribution gradients of intertidal macrofauna across the Dutch Wadden Sea. J. Sea Res. 82: 103-116. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.seares.2013.02.002
    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.
    Duijns, S.; Holthuijsen, S.; Koolhaas, A.; Piersma, T. (2013). Het belang van de Ballastplaat voor wadvogels in de westelijke Waddenzee : een literatuurstudie naar de effecten van zoutwinning op de aanwezige wadvogels. NIOZ-rapport, 2013(8). NIOZ: Texel. 49 pp.
  • 2012
    Compton, T.J.; Holthuijsen, S.; Koolhaas, A.; Dekinga, A.; Ten Horn, J.; Smith, J.; Galama, Y.; Brugge, M.; Van der Meer, J.; van der Veer, H.W.; Piersma, T. (2012). Synoptic Intertidal Benthic Survey SIBES across the Dutch Wadden Sea : report on data collected from 2008-2010. NIOZ-rapport, 2012(1). NIOZ: Texel. 64 pp.
  • 2011
    Aarts, G.M; Koolhaas, A.; Dekinga, A.; Holthuijsen, S.; Ten Horn, J.; Smith, J.; Brugge, M.; Piersma, T.; van der Veer, H.W. (2011). Benthic macrofauna in relation to natural gas extraction in the Dutch Wadden Sea Report on the 2008 and 2009 sampling program. NIOZ-rapport, 2011(3). NIOZ: Texel. 41 pp.

Linked projects

SIBES_Synoptic Intertidal Benthic Survey
Supervisor
Henk van der Veer
Funder
Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV
Project duration
1 Jun 2013 - 12 Dec 2019