Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research


AcroporaNet is the national platform for scientists conducting fundamental and applied research into tropical marine biology.  The AcroporaNet participants have many years of expertise in the fields of biodiversity and the systematics, physiology and life cycles of tropical marine organisms. This expertise is essential for measuring, monitoring and understanding processes and changes in marine systems, and the influence of human activity on them. 

Healthy acropora in the red sea, a sea water inlet of the Indian Ocean. Photo: Erik Meesters


The biological expertise at AcroporaNet focuses on the functioning of marine ecosystems such as coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves, and tropical tidal areas. This knowledge is available and will be further deepened with regard to the effects of changing environmental factors (e.g. eutrophication and climate change), the functioning of tropical organisms, trophic relations (e.g. role of symbionts), ecosystem functions (e.g. productivity, capacity), and the resilience of the ecosystem (e.g. connectivity and phase shifts). This knowledge is essential for understanding changes in tropical marine communities.

In tropical areas in particular, a large part of the population lives close to the sea. For many, it is primarily the sea that provides the basic necessities of life, also because many people are financially dependent on the sea for e.g. tourism and fishing. Marine biodiversity and the use of natural resources are under pressure because of global factors such as climate change and overfishing, but also because of more local factors such as eutrophication, pollution, land reclamation, and maritime construction. The participants of AcroporaNet contribute to the sustainable management and use of tropical marine resources through fundamental and applied scientific research and advisory work.

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Project information
Linked department:
1 Jun 2010 - 31 Dec 2030
  • CNSI
  • Carmabi
  • Insitute for Water Education (IHE)
  • Naturalis
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands
  • University Van Hall Larenstein
  • Wageningen Marine Research
  • Wageningen University & Research Centre (WUR), The Netherlands

Meet the team

Haas, Andi
Senior Scientist
Duyl van, Fleur
Guest researcher