Dr Mark Vermeij

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Dr Mark Vermeij

Dr Mark VermeijCoral Reef Ecologist
CARMABI Foundation
Piscaderabaai z/n, Willemstad, Curaçao, Neth. Antilles
+5999 5103067
E-mail: m.vermeij@carmabi.org

Education and Degrees:
1998 MSc. Marine Biology, Groningen University, The Netherlands
2002 PhD Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Recent publications relevant to Curaçao (pdf’s available on request):
  • Votýpka J, Kment P, Kriegová E, Vermeij MJA, Keeling PJ, Yurchenko V, Lukeš J (2018) High prevalence and diversity of trypanosomatids on a small Caribbean island. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology.
  • Engelen AH, Aires T, Vermeij MJA, Herndl GJ, SerrãoEA, Frade PR (in press) Host differentiation and compartmentalization of microbial communities in the azooxanthelate Caribbean cup corals Tubastrea coccinea and Rhizopsammia goesi. Frontiers in Marine Science.
  • Ruttenberg BI, Caselle JE, Estep AJ, Johnson AE, Marhaver KL, Richter LJ, Sandin SA, Vermeij MJA, Smith JE, Grenda D,  Cannon A (2018) Ecological assessment of the marine ecosystems of Barbuda, West Indies: Using rapid scientific assessment to inform ocean zoning and fisheries management. PLoS one 13 (1), e0189355.
  • Hartmann AC, Marhaver KL, Vermeij MJA (2018) Corals in healthy populations produce more larvae per unit cover. Conservation Letters.
  • Chamberland VF, Petersen D, Guest J, Petersen U, Brittsan M, Vermeij MJA (2017) New seeding approach reduces costs and time to outplant sexually propagated corals for reef restoration. Scientific Reports. Scientific reports 22; 7(1):18076.
  • Hartmann AC, Petras D, Quin RA, Protsyuk I, Archer FI, Ransome EJ, Williams GJ, Baily BA, Vermeij MJA, Alexandrov T, Dorrestein PC, Rohwer FL (2017) Meta-Mass Shift Chemical (MeMSChem) profiling of metabolomes from coral reefs. PNAS 283 (1829): 20160469
  • Chamberland, VF, Latijnhouwers KRW, Huisman J, Hartmann AC, Vermeij MJA (2017) Costs and benefits of maternally inherited algal symbionts in coral larvae. Proceedings of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 284(1857), [0852].
  • Potkamp G, Vermeij MJA, Hoeksema BW (2017) Genetic and morphological variation in corallivorous snails (Coralliophila spp.) living on different host corals at Curaçao, southern Caribbean. Contributions to Zoology, 86(2), 111-143.
  • Salcedo-Sanz S, Muñoz-Bulnes J, Vermeij MJA (2017) New coral reefs-based approaches for the model type selection problem: a novel method to predict a nation’s future energy demand. Journal of Bio-inspired Computation 10(3): 145-158.
  • Dubé CE, Mercière A, Vermeij MJA, Planes S (2017) Population structure of the hydrocoral Millepora platyphylla in habitats experiencing different flow regimes in Moorea, French Polynesia. PloS one 12 (3), e0173513
  • Andradi-Brown DA,  Vermeij MJA, Slattery M, Lesser M, Bejerano I, Appeldoorn R, Goodbody-Gringley G, Chequer AD, Pitt JM, Eddy C, Smith SR, Brokovich E, PinheiroHT, Rocha LA, Jessup E, Shepaerd B, Curtis-Quick J, Eyal G, Noyes T, Rogers AD, Exton DA  (2017) Large scale invasion of Western Atlantic mesophotic reefs by invasive lionfish potentially undermines culling-based management. Biological Invasions19: 939–954
  • Chamberland VF, Snowden S, Marhaver KL, Petersen D, Vermeij MJA (2017) The reproductive biology and early life ecology of a common Caribbean brain coral, Diploria labyrinthiformis (Scleractinia: Faviinae). Coral Reefs 36: 83–94.
  • Potkamp G, Vermeij MJA, Hoeksema BW (2017) Host-dependent variation in density of corallivorous snails (Coralliophila spp.) at Curaçao, southern Caribbean. Marine Biodiversity, 47(1): 91-99.
  • Den Haan J, Huisman J, Brocke HJ, Goehlich H, Latijnhouwers KRW, van Heeringen S, Honcoop SAS, Bleyenberg TE, Schouten S, Cerli C, Hoitinga L, Vermeij MJA, Visser PM (2016) Nitrogen and phosphorus uptake rates of different species from a coral reef community after a nutrient pulse. Scientific Reports 6.
  • Quinn RA, Vermeij MJA*, Hartmann AC, d’Auriac IG, Benler S, Haas A, Quistad SD, Lim YW, Little M, Zgliczynski B, Sandin SA, Smith JE, Dorrestein P, Rohwer F (2016) Metabolomics of reef benthic interactions reveals a bioactive lipid involved in coral defence. Proc. R. Soc. B 283 (1829), 20160469. (*= co first author)
  • Swierts T, Vermeij MJA (2016). Competitive interactions between corals and turf algae depend on coral colony form. PeerJ 4: e1984.
  • Mueller B, den Haan J, Visser PM, Vermeij MJA, van Duyl FC (2016)Effect of light and nutrient availability on the release of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) by Caribbean turf algae. Scientific Reports 6:23248.
  • Knowles B, Silveira CB, Bailey BA, Barott K, Brainard R, Cantu A, Cobián- Güemes AG, Coutinho FH, Dinsdale E, Felts B, Furby KA, George EE, Green KT, Gregoracci G, Haas AF, Haggerty JM, Hester ER, Hisakawa NG, Kelly LW, Lim YW, Little M, Luque A, McDole-Somera T, McNair K, Quistad SD, Robinett NL, Sala E, Salamon P, Sanchez SE, Sandin S, Silva GGZ, Smith J, Sullivan C, Thompson C, Vermeij MJA, Youle M, Young C, Zgliczynski B, Edwards RA, Nulton J, Thompson F, Rohwer F (2016) Piggyback-the-Winner: Lytic to Temperate  Switching of Viral Communities. Nature 531 (7595): 466-470
  • Salcedo-Sanz S, Cuadra L, Vermeij MJA (2016) A review of computational intelligence techniques in coral reefs-related applications. Ecological Informatics 32: 107-123.
  • Chamberland VF, Petersen D, Latijnhouwers K, Snowden S, Mueller B, Vermeij MJA (2016) Four-year-old Caribbean Acropora colonies reared from field-collected gametes are sexually mature. Bulletin of Marine Science 92 (2), 263-264.
  • Miller M, Williams DE, Huntington BE, Piniak GA, Vermeij MJA (2016)  Decadal comparison of a diminishing coral community: a case study using demographics to advance inferences of community status. PeerJ 4:e1643
  • Alexander BE, Mueller B, Vermeij MJA, van der Geest HH, de Goeij JM (2015). Biofouling of inlet pipes affects water quality in running seawater aquaria and compromises sponge cell proliferation. PeerJ, 3, e1430.
  • Hester ER, Barott KL, Nulton J, Vermeij MJA, Rohwer FL (2015) Stable and sporadic symbiotic communities of coral and algal holobionts. The ISME Journal (2015): 1-13.
  • Haas AF, Guibert M, Foerschner A, Co T, Calhoun S, George E, Hatay M, Dinsdale E, Sandin SA, Smith JE, Vermeij MJA, Felts B, Dustin P, Rohwer FL (2015) Can we measure beauty? Computational evaluation of coral reef aesthetics. PeerJ 3:e1390
  • Chamberland VF, Vermeij MJA, Brittsan M, Carl M, Snowden S, Schrier A, Petersen D (2015) Restoration of critically endangered elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) populations using larvae reared from wild-caught gametes. Global Ecology and Conservation 4: 526–537.
  • Hartmann AC, Sandin SA, Chamberland VF, Marhaver KL, de Goeij JM, Vermeij MJA (2015) Crude oil contamination interrupts settlement of coral larvae after direct exposure ends. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 536:163-173.
  • Vermeij MJA, Debey H, Grimsditch G, Brown J, Obura D, DeLeon R, Sandin SA (2015) The negative effect of gardening damselfish (Stegastes planifrons) on coral health depends on predator abundance in a Caribbean MPA. Marine Ecology Progress Series 528:289-296.
  • Marhaver KL, Vermeij MJA, Medina MM (2015) Reproductive natural history and successful juvenile propagation of the threatened Caribbean Pillar Coral Dendrogyra cylindrus. BMC Ecology 15:9.
  • Bernal MA, Floeter SR, Gaither MR, Longo GO, Morais R, Ferreira CEL, Vermeij MJA, Rocha LA (2015) High prevalence of dermal parasites among coral reef fishes of Curaçao. Marine Biodiversity: 1-8.
  • Bongaerts P, Frade PR, Hay KB, Englebert N, Latijnhouwers KRW, Bak RPM, Vermeij MJA, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2015) Deep down on a Caribbean reef: lower mesophotic depths harbor a specialized coral-endosymbiont community. Scientific reports 5.
  • Garg N, Kapono C, Lim YW, Koyama N, Conrad D, Rohwer F, Vermeij MJA, Dorrestein PC (2015) Mass spectral similarity for untargeted metabolomics data analysis of complex mixtures. International Journal of Mass Spectrometry 377: 719-727.
  • den Haan J, Visser PM, Ganase AE, Gooren EE, Stal LJ, van Duyl FC, Vermeij MJA, Huisman J (2014) High nitrogen fixation rates by cyanobacteria in algal turf communities on a Caribbean coral reef. Coral Reefs 33:1003–1015.
  • Lim YW, Cuevas D, Silva GGZ, Aguinaldo K, Dinsdale E, Haas A, Hatay M, Sanchez S, Wegley L, Dutilh B, Harkins T, Lee C, Warren T, Sandin SA, Smith JE, Zgliczynski B, Vermeij MJA, Rohwer F, Edwards RA (2014) Sequencing At Sea: Challenges and Experiences in Ion Torrent PGM Sequencing during the 2013 Southern Line Islands Research Expedition. PeerJ 2:e520 (selected for the PeerJ Picks 2015” Collection)
  • Kelly LW, Williams GJ, Barott KL, Carlson CA, Dinsdale EA, Edwards RA, Haas AF, Haynes M, Lim YW, McDole T, Nelson CE, Sala E, Sandin SA, Smith JE, Vermeij MJA, Youle M, Rohwer F (2014) Local genomic adaptation of coral reef-associated microbiomes to gradients of natural variability and anthropogenic stressors. PNAS vol. 111 no. 28 : 10227–10232,
  • Mueller B, van der Zande RM, van Leent PJM, Meesters EH, Vermeij MJA, van Duyl FC (2014) Effect of light availability on dissolved organic carbon (DOC) release by Caribbean reef algae and corals. Bull Mar Sci. Bulletin of Marine Science.
  • Mueller B, de Goeij JM, Vermeij MJA, Mulders Y, van der Ent E, et al. (2014) Natural diet of coral-excavating sponges consists mainly of dissolved organic carbon (DOC). PLoS ONE 9(2): e90152. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0090152.
  • de Goeij J, van Oevelen D, Vermeij MJA, Osinga R, Middelburg J, de Goeij A, Admiraal W (2013) The sponge loop retains energy and nutrients within coral reefs. Science 342:108-110.
  • Bongaerts P, Frade PR, Ogier JJ, Hay KB, van Bleijswijk J, Englebert N, Vermeij MJA, Bak RPM, Visser PM, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2013) Sharing the slope: depth partitioning of agariciid corals and associated Symbiodinium across shallow and mesophotic habitats (2-60 m) on a Caribbean reef. BMC Evolutionary Biology 13:205.
  • Filatov MV, Frade PR, Bak RPM, Vermeij MJA, Kaandorp JA (2013) Comparison between colony morphology and molecular phylogeny in the Caribbean scleractinian coral genus Madracis. PLoS ONE 8(8): e71287.
  • Gregg AK, Hatay M, Haas AF, Robinett N, Barott K, Vermeij MJA, Marhaver K, Thompson F, Meirelles P, Rohwer F (2013) Biological oxygen demand optode analysis of coral reef-associated microbial communities exposed to algal exudates PeerJ 1:e107.
  • Den Haan J, Dekker F, ten Brinke JL, Ford AK, van Ooijen J, van Duyl FC, Huisman J, Vermeij MJA, Visser PM (2013) Fast detection of nutrient limitation in macroalgae and seagrass with nutrient-induced fluorescence. PLoS ONE 8(7): e68834.
  • Hartmann AC, Marhaver KL, Chamberland VF, Sandin SA, Vermeij MJA (2013) Large birth size does not reduce the negative latent effects of harsh environmental conditions across early life stages. Ecology 94:1966–1976.
  • Vermeij MJA, Frade PR, Bak RPM (in press) Zooxanthellae presence acts as a settlement cue for aposymbiotic planulae of the Caribbean coral Montastraea faveolata. Caribbean Journal of Science 47. Pages not yet assigned.
  • De Leon R, Vane K, Bertuol P, Chamberland VC, Simal F, Imms E, Vermeij MJA (2013) The effectiveness of lionfish removal efforts in the Southern Caribbean. Endangered Species Research 22: 175–182.
  • Foster NL, Baums IB, Sanchez JA, Paris CB, Chollett I, et al. (2013) Hurricane-driven  patterns of clonality in an ecosystem engineer: The Caribbean coral Montastraea annularis. PLoS ONE 8(1): e53283.
  • Vermeij MJA, van der Heijden RA, Olthuis JG, Marhaver KL, Smith JE, Visser PM (2013) Survival and dispersal of turf algae and macroalgae consumed by herbivorous coral reef fishes. Oecologia 171: 417-425.
  • Marhaver KL, Vermeij MJA, Rohwer F, Sandin SA (2013) Janzen-Connell effects in a broadcast-spawning Caribbean coral: Distance-dependent survival of larvae and settlers. Ecology 94:146-160.
  • Barott KL, Williams GJ, Vermeij MJA, Harris J, Smith JE, Rohwer FL, Sandin SA (2012) Natural history of coral-algae competition across a gradient of human activity in the Line Islands. Marine Ecology Progress Series 460: 1–12. (Feature article)
  • Stampar SN, Maronna MM, Vermeij MJA, da Silveira FL, Morandini AC (2012) Temporal and spatial  diversification of banded tube-dwelling anemones (genus: Isarachnanthus) in the Atlantic Ocean. PLoS ONE 7(7): e41091.
  • Foster NL, Paris CB, Kool JT, Baums IB, Stevens JR, Sanchez SA, Bastidas C, Agudelo C, Bush P, Day O, Ferrari R, Gonzalez P, Gore S, Guppy R, McCartney M, McCoy C, Mendes J, Srinivasan A, Steiner S, Vermeij MJA, Weil E, Mumby PJ (2012) Connectivity of Caribbean coral populations: complementary insights from empirical and modelled gene flow. Molecular Ecology 21(5): 1143-1157.
  • Barott KL, Rodriguez-Brito B, Youle M, Marhaver KL, Vermeij MJA, Smith JE, Rohwer FL (2012) Microbial to reef scale interactions between the reef-building coral Montastraea annularis and benthic algae. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279: 1655−1664.
  • Kelly LW, Barott KL, Dinsdale L, Friedlander AM, Nosrat B, Obura D, Sala E, Sandin SA, Smith JE, Vermeij MJA, Williams GJ, Willner D, Rohwer F (2011)c. ISME Journal. doi:10.1038/ismej.2011.114. Click here for Abstract.
  • Muller, E. and Vermeij, M.J.A. (2011) Day time spawning of a Caribbean coral. Coral Reefs. doi: 10.1007/s00338-011-0814-7Vermeij, M.J.A., Bakker, J., van der Hal, N., Bak, R.P.M. (2011) Juvenile coral abundance has decreased by more than 50% in only three decades on a small Caribbean island. Diversity 3(3), 296-307. [PDF]
  • Vermeij, M.J.A., M.L. Dailer and C.M. Smith (2011) Crustose coralline algae can suppress macroalgal growth and recruitment on Hawaiian coral reefs. Coral Reefs. Marine Eology Progress Series 422: 1-7. (Featured Article). [PDF]
  • Vermeij, M.J.A., I. van Moorselaar, S. Engelhard, C. Hörnlein, S. M. Vonk and P. M. Visser (2010) The effects of nutrient enrichment and herbivore abundance on the ability of turf algae to overgrow coral in the Caribbean. PLoS ONE. [PDF]
  • Vermeij, M. J.A. (2010) First observation of a nocturnal nudibranch feeding on Caribbean corals.  Coral Reefs 29: 1047. [PDF]
  • Filatov, M.V., J.A. Kaandorp, M. Postmal, R. van Liere, K. J. Kruszyński , M. J.A. Vermeij, G. J. Streekstra and R.P.M.Bak (2010) A comparison between coral colonies of the genus Madracis and simulated forms. Proc Roy Soc B. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2010.0957. [PDF]
  • Vermeij, M.J.A., K.L. Marhaver, C.M. Huijbers, I. Nagelkerken and S.D. Simpson (2010) Coral larvae move towards reef sounds. PLoS ONE 5(5): e10660. [PDF]
  • Vermeij, M.J.A., Barott, K.L., Johnson, A.E. and K.L. Marhaver (2010) Release of eggs from tentacles in a Caribbean coral. Coral Reefs 29: 411. [PDF]
  • Vermeij, M.J.A., A.O. Debrot, N. van der Hal, J. Bakker and R.P.M.  Bak (2010) Increased recruitment rates indicate recovering populations of the sea urchin Diadema antillarum on Curaçao. Bulletin of Marine Science  86: 719-725
  • Toller, W., Debrot, A.O., Vermeij, M.J.A. and P.C. Hoetjes. (2010) Reef fishes of Saba Bank, Netherlands Antilles: Assemblage structure across a gradient of habitat types. PLoS ONE 5(5): e9207
  • Vermeij, M.J.A., M.L. Dailer, S.M. Walsh, M.K. Donovan and C.M. Smith (2010) The effects of trophic interactions and spatial competition on algal community composition on Hawaiian coral reefs. Marine Ecology 31: 291-299
  • Ritson-Williams, R., Arnold, S., Fogarty, N., Steneck, R., Vermeij, M.J.A. and V. Paul (2009) New perspectives on ecological mechanisms affecting coral recruitment on reefs. Smithsonian Contributions to the Marine Sciences, No. 38:437-457.
  • Vermeij, M.J.A (2009) Floating corallites: a new ecophenotype in scleractinian corals. Coral Reefs 28: 987.
  • Vermeij, M.J.A., Smith, T., Dailer, M.L. and C.M. Smith (2009) Release from native herbivores facilitates the persistence of invasive marine algae: a biogeographical comparison of the relative contribution of nutrients and herbivory to invasion success. Biological Invasions 11: 1463-1474.
  • Vermeij, M.J.A., Smith, J.E., Smith, C.M., Vega Thurber R. and S.A. Sandin (2009) Survival and settlement success of coral planulae: independent and synergistic effects of macroalgae and microbes. Oecologia 159: 325-336.
  • Sandin, S.A., Vermeij, M.J.A. and A.H. Hurlbert (2008) Biogeography of Caribbean reef fish. Global Ecology and Biogeography 17: 770–777.
  • Sandin, S.A., Sampayo, E.M. and M.J.A. Vermeij (2008) Coral reef fish and benthic community structure of Bonaire and Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles. Caribbean Journal of Science 44: 137-144.
  • Vermeij, M.J.A. and S.A. Sandin (2008) Density dependent recruitment and mortality in a tropical benthic invertebrate. Ecology 89(7): 1994–2004.
  • Vermeij, M.J.A., Frade, P., Jacinto, R., Debrot, A.O. and R.P.M. Bak (2007) Reproductive mode drives habitat-related differences in population structure of eight Caribbean coral species. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 351: 91-102.
  • Vermeij, M.J.A., Sandin S.A. and J.F. Samhouri (2007) Local habitat composition determines the relative frequency and interbreeding potential for two Caribbean coral morphospecies. Evolutionary Ecology 21: 27-47.
  • Vermeij, M.J.A., Fogarty, N. D. and M.W. Miller. (2006) Variable planktonic conditions affect larval behavior, survival, and settlement patterns in the Caribbean coral Montastraea faveolata. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 310: 119-128.
  • Vermeij,  M.J.A. (2006). Early life-history dynamics of Caribbean coral species on artificial substratum: the importance of competition, growth and variation in life-history strategy. Coral Reefs 25: 59-71.
  • Vermeij, M.J.A. and S.A. Sandin (2006) Coral species complexes through space and time: an illustration of their dynamics using Madracis in the Caribbean. Proc. 10th Int. Coral Reef Symp, Okinawa, Japan.
  • Kaandorp, J.A., Bak, R.P.M. and M.J.A. Vermeij (2006) Modeling of nutrient gradients in three-dimensional images – and simulated morphologies of a branching coral. Proc. 10th Int. Coral Reef Symp, Okinawa, Japan.
  • Vermeij, M.J.A. (2005) Substrate characteristics and adult density determine recruitment patterns in a Caribbean brooding coral. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 295: 123-133.
  • Vermeij, M.J.A. (2005) A novel growth strategy allows Tubastrea coccinea to escape small-scale adverse conditions and start over again. Coral Reefs 24: 442-442.
  • Kaandorp, J.A., Sloot, P.M.A., Merks, R.M.H., Bak, R.P.M. and M.J.A. Vermeij (2005). Morphogenesis of the branching coral  Madracis mirabilis.  Proc. Roy. Acad. B.  272: 127-133.
  • Vermeij, M.J.A., Broker, K., Sampayo, E. and R.P.M. Bak. (2004) Gametogenesis in the Caribbean genus Madracis. Coral reefs 23: 206-214.
  • Vermeij, M.J.A., Diekmann, O.E. and R.P.M. Bak (2003) A new species of Scleractinian coral (Cnidaria, Anthozoa), Madracis carmabi n.sp. from the Southern Caribbean. Bull. Mar. Sc. 73(3): 679-684.
  • Vermeij, M.J.A., Broker, K., Sampayo, E. and R.P.M. Bak. (2003). Planulae release in the Caribbean genus Madracis. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 247: 75-84.
  • Vermeij, M.J.A.  and R.P.M. Bak. (2003) Inferring demographic processes from population size structure in corals.  Proc. 9th Int. Coral Reef Symp.I: 589-593.
  • Vermeij, M.J.A., Engelen, A.E. and R.P.M. Bak (2003) Deep formations (50 –80 m) of the solitary coral Phacelocyanthus flos on southern Caribbean reefs. Coral Reefs 22: 107-108.
  • Vermeij, M.J.A. and R.P.M. Bak (2003). Species specific population structures of five closely related Madracis morphospecies along a depth gradient (5-60m) at a Caribbean coral reef. Bull. Mar. Sc. 73(3): 725-744.
  • Kaandorp, J.A., Koopman, E.A. Sloot, P.M.A., Bak, R.P.M., Vermeij, M.J.A. and L.E.H. Lampmann. (2003) Simulation and analysis of flow patterns around the scleractinian coral Madracis mirabilis (Duchassaing and Michelotti). Phil. Trans. R. Soc. London B. 358: 1551-1557.
  • Vermeij, M.J.A. and R.P.M. Bak (2002) How are coral populations structured by light? Marine light regimes and the distribution of Madracis. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 233: 105-116.
  • Vermeij, M.J.A., Delvoye, L. and R.P.M. Bak. (2002). Fluorescence in the Caribbean coral genus Madracis. Photosynthetica 40(3): 423-429.
  • Vermeij, M.J.A. and R.P.M. Bak (2002) Corals on the move: rambling of Madracis pharensis polyps early after settlement. Coral Reefs 21: 262-263.
  • Vermeij, M.J.A., Kaandorp, J.A., Bak, R.P.M. and L.E.H. Lampmann. (2001). Three-dimensional morphological analysis of growth forms of Madracis mirabilis. In: Kaandorp, J.A. and J. Kuebler (eds) The Algorithmic Beauty of Seaweeds, Sponges and Corals. Springer Verlag, New York, U.S.A.