Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research
Phone number
+31 (0)113 577 482
Guest researcher
Universiteit Gent
Karline Soetaert

MSc. Sandra Maier

Guest researcher

Short CV

since 2015:  PhD student at NIOZ
2014:            Internship at German Marine Research Consortium, Brussels, Belgium
2013:            Internship at Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity (CARMABI) & SECORE   
                      (sexual coral reproduction) foundation, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles
2010-2013:  Master of Marine Biology at University of Bremen, Germany
2007-2010:  Bachelor of Biology at University of Bremen & Constance, Germany

Research interests

  • Benthic communities
  • Cold-water coral reefs
  • Carbon & nitrogen cycling
  • Food webs
  • Bentho-pelagic coupling (benthos, phyto- & zooplankton)
  • Stable isotopes: natural abundance and tracer experiments
  • Feeding studies
  • Compound-specific stable isotope analysis (fatty acids, amino acids, ...)



Jantzen C, Häussermann V, Försterra G, Laudien J, Ardelan M, Maier S, Richter C (2013): Occurrence of a cold-water coral along natural pH gradients (Patagonia, Chile). Marine Biology 160:2597-2607.


NIOZ publications

  • 2020
    Maier, S.R.; Kutti, T.; Bannister, R.J.; Fang, J.K.-H.; van Breugel, P.; van Rijswijk, P.; van Oevelen, D. (2020). Recycling pathways in cold-water coral reefs: Use of dissolved organic matter and bacteria by key suspension feeding taxa. NPG Scientific Reports 10(1): 13 pp.
  • 2019
    de Froe; Rovelli; Glud, R.N.; Maier, S.R.; Duineveld, G.; Mienis, F.; Lavaleye, M.; van Oevelen, D. (2019). Benthic oxygen and nitrogen exchange on a cold-water coral reef in the North-East Atlantic Ocean. Front. Mar. Sci. 6.
    Maier, S.R.; Bannister, R.J.; van Oevelen, D.; Kutti, T. (2020). Seasonal controls on the diet, metabolic activity, tissue reserves and growth of the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa. Coral Reefs 39(1): 173-187.
    Maier, S.R.; Kutti, T.; Bannister, R.J.; van Breugel, P.; van Rijswijk, P.; van Oevelen, D. (2019). Survival under conditions of variable food availability: Resource utilization and storage in the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa. Limnol. Oceanogr. 64(4): 1651-1671.
    Orejas, C.; Taviani, M.; Ambroso, S.; Andreou, V.; Bilan, M.; Bo, M.; Brooke, S.; Buhl-Mortensen, P.; Cordes, E.; Dominguez-Carrió, C.; Ferrier-Pagès, C.; Godinho, A.; Gori, A.; Grinyó, J.; Gutiérrez-Zárate, C.; Hennige, S.; Jiménez, C.; Larsson, A.I.; Lartaud, F.; Lunden, J.; Maier, C.; Maier, S.R.; Movilla, J.; Murray, F.; Peru, E.; Purser, A.; Rakka, M.; Reynaud, S.; Roberts, J.M.; Siles, P.; Strömberg, S.M.; Thomsen, L.; van Oevelen, D.; Veiga, A.; Carreiro-Silva, M. (2019). 38 Cold-Water Coral in Aquaria: Advances and Challenges. A Focus on the Mediterranean, in: Orejas, C. et al. Mediterranean cold-water corals: Past, present and future. Understanding the deep-sea realms of coral. Coral Reefs of the World, 9: pp. 435-471.