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Christianen MJA, Lengkeek W, Bergsma JH , Coolen JWP, Didderen K, Dorenbosch M, Driessen FMF, Kamermans P, Reuchlin-Hugenholtz E, Sas H, Smaal A, van den Wijngaard KA, van der Have TM (2018) Return of the native facilitated by the invasive? Population composition, substrate preferences, and epibenthic species richness of a recently discovered shellfish reef with native European flat oysters (Ostrea edulis) in the North SeaMarine Biology Research. DOI: 10.1080/17451000.2018.1498520. Media coverage H2O, Nederlands dagblad, Vis magazine.
Radio interview on Dutch national radio NPO1, Focus program (22 aug 2018).

Christianen MJA, Smulders FOH, Engel MS, Nava MI, Willis S, Debrot AO, Palsbøll PJ, Vonk JA, Becking LE (2018) Megaherbivores may impact expansion of invasive seagrass in the Caribbean. Journal of Ecology. 2018;00:1–13. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.13021| Graphical abstract. Blog, Media coverage: and (in Dutch:) here and here.

Borst ACW, Verberk WCEP, Angelini C, Schotanus J, Wolters J-W, Christianen MJA, et al. (2018) Foundation species enhance food web complexity through non-trophic facilitation. PLoS ONE 13(8): e0199152. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0199152

Rees AF, Avens L, Ballorain K, Bevan E, Broderick AC, Carthy R, Christianen MJA, Duclos G, Heithaus M, Johnston M, Mangel J, Paladino F, Pendoley K, Reina R, Robinson N, Sykora-Bodie S, Tilley D, Varela MR, Whitman E, Whittock P, Wibbels T, Godley BJ (2018) The potential of unpiloted aerial systems for sea turtle research and conservation. endangered species research. DOI: 10.3354/esr00877  Video

Hays GC, Christianen MJA, Alcoverro T, Duarte CM, Hamann M, Macreadie PI, Marsh HD, Rasheed MA, Thums M, Unsworth RKF, York PH, Esteban N (2018) New tools to identify the location of seagrass meadows: marine grazers as habitat indicators. Frontiers in Marine Science. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2018.00009

Tarya A, Hoitink AJF, Van der Vegt M, van Katwijk MM, Hoeksema B, Bouma TJ, Lamers LPM, Christianen MJA (2018) Exposure of coastal ecosystems to river plume spreading across a near-equatorial continental shelf. doi: 10.1016/j.csr.2017.12.003 Continental Shelf Science. 153;1-15.

Smulders FOH, Vonk JA, Nava MI, Christianen MJA (2017) Expansion and fragment settlement of the invasive seagrass Halophila stipulacea in Lac Bay, Bonaire, Caribbean. Marine Biology Research.Marine Biology Research. DOI:10.1080/17451000.2017.1333620 

Christianen MJA, Middelburg J., Holthuijsen S., Jouta J, Compton TJ, van der Heide T, Piersma T, Sinninghe Damsté JS, van der Veer HW, Schouten S and Olff H. (2017) Benthic primary producers are key to sustain the Wadden Sea food web: stable carbon isotope analysis at landscape scale. Ecology. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1837. Radio interview BNR “Waar de Wadden Zee van leeft”

Thompson J, Esteban N, Lalöe J, Christianen MJA, Hays G (2017) Implications of location accuracy and data volume for home range estimation and fine-scale movement analysis: comparing Argos and Fastloc-GPS tracking data Marine Biology. 164:204. DOI 10.1007/s00227-017-3225-7

Vonk JA, Christianen MJA, Smulders FOH, Govers LL (early online) Seagrass leaf element content. Marine Pollution Bulletin. DOI 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.09.066

O’Brien KR, Maxwell P, Kendrick GA, Waycott M, Christianen MJA, Udy JW, Ferguson AJP, Kilminster K, Scanes P, McKenzie LJ, McMahon K, Adams MP, Samper-Villarreal J, Lyons M, Lucieer V, Radke L, C. Dennison W (2017) Resistance, recovery and trajectory of seagrass ecosystems. Marine Pollution Bulletin. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.09.006

Christianen MJA, van der Heide T, Holthuijsen SJ; van der Reijden KJ, Borst A, Olff H (2017) Biodiversity and food web indicators of community recovery in intertidal shellfish reefs. Biological Conservation. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.09.028.

Christianen MJA*, Becking LE*, Nava MI, Miller N, Willis S, van Dam RP (2016) Post-breeding migration routes of marine turtles from Bonaire and Klein Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands. Endangered Species Research 30:117-124 *joint 1st authors. DOI: 10.3354/esr00733

Bakker ES, Wood KA, Pagès JS, Veen GF, Christianen MJA, Santamaría L, Nolet BA Hilt S (2016) Herbivory on freshwater and marine macrophytes: a review and perspective. Aquatic Botany, 135:18–36. doi: 10.1016/j.aquabot.2016.04.008

De Fouw J, Govers LL, van de Koppel J, Christianen MJA, van der Reijden KJ, van der Geest M, Piersma T, Smolders AJP, Olff H, Lamers LPM, van Gils JA, van der Heide T (2016) Drought, mutualism breakdown, and landscape-scale degradation of seagrass beds. Current Biology: doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.02.023, coverage by ScienceNews

Van der Zee EM, Angelini C, Govers LL, Christianen MJA, Altieri AH, van der Reijden KJ, Silliman BR, van de Koppel J, van der Geest M, van Gils JA, van der Veer HW, Piersma T, de Ruiter PC, Olff H, van der Heide T (2016) How habitat-modifying organisms structure the food web of two coastal ecosystems. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283: 20152326 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.2326

Christianen MJA, Holthuijsen SJ, van der Zee EM, van der Eijk A, Govers LL, van der Heide T, de Paoli H, Olff H (2015) Ecotopenkaart en Natuurkansenkaart van de Nederlandse Waddenzee. Waddensleutels rapport 2015.04.01 – Also in a Glossy Magazine style

Christianen MJA, Olff H, Holthuijsen SJ, van der Zee EM, Govers LL. (2015) Wadden Natuur kaart (Wadden Nature Map): Online interactive map used for nature planning: &

Vonk JA, Christianen MJA, Stapel J, O’Brien KR (2015) What lies beneath: why knowledge of below ground biomass dynamics is crucial to effective seagrass management. Ecological indicators 57: 259-267. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.05.008

Christianen MJA, Herman PMJ, Bouma TJ, Lamers LPM, van Katwijk MM, van der Heide T, Mumby PJ, Silliman BR, Engelhard SL, van de Kerk M, Kiswara W, van de Koppel J (2014) Habitat collapse due to overgrazing threatens turtle conservation in marine protected areas, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 281: 1777. DOI:10.1098/rspb.2013.2890. PDF, supplements. -> Press coverage Washington Post, Frontiers in Ecology & EnvironmentTime and others. Movie green turtle digging

Heithaus MR, Alcoverro T, Arthur R, Burkholder DA, Coates KA, Christianen MJA, Kelkar N, Manuel SA, Wirsing AJ, Kenworthy WJ and Fourqurean JW (2014) Seagrasses in the age of sea turtle conservation and shark overfishing. Front. Mar. Sci. 1:28. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2014.00028

Becking LE, van Bussel T, Debrot AO, Christianen MJA (2014) First record of a Caribbean green turtle (Chelonia mydas) grazing on invasive seagrass (Halophila stipulacea), Caribbean Journal of Science, 48(2-3):162-163. DOI: 10.18475/cjos.v48i3.a05

Christianen MJA, van Belzen J, Herman PMJ, van Katwijk MM, Lamers LPM, van Leent PJM, Bouma TJ (2013) Low-canopy seagrass beds still provide important coastal protection services, PLOS ONE, 8(5): e62413. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0062413

Christianen MJA (2013)  Seagrass systems under nutrient loads, hydrodynamics & green turtle grazing – Do green turtles rule the seagrass world? PhD thesis, Radboud University Nijmegen, 138p. With summaries in English, Dutch & Bahasa Indonesia.

Kneer D, Monniot F, Stach T. Christianen MJA (2013) Ascidia subterranea sp. nov. (Phlebobranchia: Ascidiidae), a new tunicate belonging to the A. sydneiensis Stimpson, 1855 group, found as burrow associate of Axiopsis serratifrons A. Milne-Edwards, 1873 (Decapoda: Axiidae) on Derawan Island, Indonesia. Zootaxa 3615: 5, 485-494. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3616.5.5

Christianen MJA, Govers LL, Kiswara W, Roelofs JGM, Bouma TJ, Lamers LPM& van Katwijk MM (2012) Marine megaherbivore grazing may increase seagrass tolerance to high nutrient loads (PDF). Journal of Ecology, 100: 546-560, DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2011.01900.x

Christianen MJA, van der Heide T, Bouma TJ, Roelofs JGM, van Katwijk MM, & Lamers LPM (2011) Limited toxicity of NHx pulses on an early and late successional tropical seagrass species: Interactions with pH and light level (PDF). Aquatic Toxicology. 104, 73-79, doi:10.1016/j.aquatox.2011.04.002

van Katwijk MM, van der Welle MEW, Lucassen ECHET, Vonk JA, Christianen MJA, Kiswara W, Inayat al Hakim I, Arifin A, Bouma TJ, Roelofs JGM, Lamers LPM (2011). Multi-level early warning indicators for river nutrient and sediment loads in tropical seagrass beds. A study in the Berau estuary, East-Kalimantan, Indonesia (PDF). Marine Pollution Bulletin, DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.04.007 

Vonk JA, Christianen MJA, Stapel J (2010) Abundance, edge effect, and seasonality of fauna in mixed-species seagrass meadows in southwest Sulawesi, Indonesia (PDF). Marine Biology Research, 6, 3:  282 – 291. DOI: 10.1080/17451000903233789

Vonk JA, Christianen MJA, Stapel J (2008) Redefining the trophic importance of seagrasses for fauna in tropical meadows (PDF). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 79, 4: 653-660. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2008.06.002

Dorenbosch M, Grol MGG, Christianen MJA, Nagelkerken I & van der Velde G (2005) Do Indo-Pacific seagrass beds and mangroves contribute to fish density and diversity on adjacent coral reefs? (PDF) Marine Ecology Progress Series 302: 63-76. DOI: 10.3354/meps302063

For a complete list of publications see ResearchGate, my Researchers ID  & my ID on Google Scholar


NPO radio 1 (Dutch) comment on NOS news item about the discovery of 300 floating Olive Ridley turtles in Mexico. 29 aug 2018
NRC Explanatory video (Dutch ) “Waarom de groene zeeschildpad uit Australië dreigt te verdwijnen” 15 may 2018 by Sterre Meijer. Email me for a version with english subtitles
CSI in de Ecologie (Met isotopen onderzoek de kwaliteit van ecosystemen bepalen). Vakblad Natuur Bos en Landschap, oct. 2016
Kunnen zeeschildpadden zonder schild, Willem Wever
Nomads of the Caribbean – Wageningen World (Wageningen university) – no.3 2016. PDF
Ecology and conservation of sea turtles in the Dutch Caribbean – BioNews – DCNA newsletter #20 dec. 2015
Woestijn onder water, by Hans Wolkers in Quest may 2013 (Dutch popular scientific magazine,”Underwater desert”)

Schermafbeelding 2013-05-26 om 17.09.58

TV: National Geographic Channel: Documentary “Marine life”
Wortels beschermen tegen kusterosie. Coverage of PLOSONE paper by NIOZ, and Vroege Vogels.
Zeeschildpadden in de nesten
, Radio interview in “Vroege Vogels” Dutch national radio 1, 5 May 2013, Listen here
Te goed beschermde’ soepschildpad bedreigt eigen ecosysteem (in Dutch, 14 March 2013, TROUW online edition)
Zeeschildpadden in de nesten (Dutch announcement PhD defence) (22 March 2013)
Levend fossiel erodeert bodem van de oceaan (in Dutch “Living fossil is eroding the ocean floor) by Radboud University (7 March 2013)
Zeegras wegen op Kalimantan (in Dutch, 26 March 2013, in “De Gelderlander”)
Soepschildpadden graven hun eigen graf (in Dutch, 19 March 2013, My first radio interview in Hoe?Zo! Radio 5), listen here
Back to Barang Lompo’s seagrass (my MSc. project) in WSA‘s: “Notes from the field” by Siti (Feb 2012)
Notes from the field: Derawan Island, Indonesia (Okt 2011)
Hoe vang je een schildpad? (in dutch “How to catch a turtle”) article by Radboud University Press (Dec 2011)
Green Turtle issue (PDF, page 6) of Seagrass Watch (Nov 2011)
Twister met turtles (in dutch “a typical day in the field”) by NWO’s magazine hypothese (May 2010)
Rare beroepen (in dutch about “strange professions”) by DAG newspaper (Jul 2007)
‘n DAGje mee met (in dutch “join a scientist for a day” see below)(Dec 2007) this resulted in..







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