Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research

Life cycles of seaweeds & seagrasses

In this project we study the environmental controls of life cycles of ecosystem engineers seaweeds and seagrasses. The research aims to unravel on mesocosm/field scale the effects of light, temperature (global change), nutrient availability and hydrodynamic forces on the sexual reproduction of native North Sea and Dutch Delta brown seaweeds Laminaria digitata and Saccharina latissima, as well as seagrasses Zostera marina and Z. noltii.

Seegrass (Zostera marina) in the Wadden Sea (photo: Laura Govers)

The project aims to put the results in a broader conceptual framework, by relating our work to the recently developed concept ‘Windows of Opportunity (WoO)’, which is a framework that has been developed to explain the establishment of photoautotrophs in physically harsh environments.

The ecophysiological work, especially considering light aspects, is done in collaboration with the photobiology and ecophysiology teams led by Prof. Dr. Ronald Pierik and Prof. dr. Rens Voesenek at Utrecht University.

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Utrecht University
1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2026

Meet the team

Timmermans, Klaas
Head of Scientific Department

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Project duration
1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2026