Dr. Ivan Nagelkerken

Dr. Ivan Nagelkerken

Dr. Ivan NagelkerkenDepartment of Animal Ecology and Ecophysiology
room HG 01.018Faculty of Science, Radboud University Nijmegen
Heyendaalseweg 135
P.O. Box 9010
6500 GL, Nijmegen
The NetherlandsTel: 31-24-3652471
Fax: 31-24-3652409E-mail: i.nagelkerken@science.ru.nl
Website: www.eco.science.ru.nl/AnimalEcology/Nagelkerken.htm

Education and Degrees:
1992 B.Sc. Biology (Aquatic Ecology), University of Nijmegen, Netherlands.
1994 M.Sc. Biology (Marine Biology), University of Groningen, Netherlands.
2000 Ph.D. Biology; University of Nijmegen, Netherlands.

Recent publications relevant to Curacao:

  • Grol, M.G.G., Nagelkerken, I., Bosch, N. Meesters, E.H. (2011) Preference of early juveniles of a coral reef fish for distinct lagoonal microhabitats is not related to common measures of structural complexity. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser.: 432: 221–233.
  • Pollux BJA, Verberk WCEP, Dorenbosch M, Cocheret de la Morinière E, Nagelkerken I & van der Velde G (2007) Habitat selection during settlement of three Caribbean coral reef fishes: Indications for directed settlement to seagrass beds and mangroves. Limnology and Oceanography 52: 903-907
  • Nagelkerken I (2007) Relationship between anthropogenic impacts and bleaching-associated tissue mortality of corals in Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles). Revista de Biologia Tropical 54 (Suppl. 3): 31-44
  • Nugues MM & Nagelkerken I (2007) Status of aspergillosis and sea fan populations in Curaçao ten years after the 1995 Caribbean epizootic. Revista de Biologia Tropical 54 (Suppl. 3): 153-160
  • Nagelkerken I (2007) Are non-estuarine mangroves connected to coral reefs through fish migration? Bulletin of Marine Science 80: 595-607
  • Verweij MC & Nagelkerken I (2007) Short and long-term movement and site fidelity of juvenile Haemulidae in back-reef habitats of a Caribbean embayment. Hydrobiologia 592: 257-27066
  • Verweij MC, Nagelkerken I, Hol KEM, van den Beld AHJB & van der Velde G (2007) Space use of Lutjanus apodus including movement between a putative nursery and a coral reef. Bulletin of Marine Science 81: 127-138
  • Nagelkerken I & Faunce CH (2007) Colonisation of artificial mangroves by reef fishes in a marine seascape. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 75: 417-422
  • Huijbers CM, Mollee EM & Nagelkerken I (2008) Post-larval French grunts (Haemulon flavolineatum) distinguish between seagrass, mangrove and coral reef water: Implications for recognition of potential nursery habitats. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 357: 134-139
  • Nagelkerken I, Blaber SJM, Bouillon S, Green P, Haywood M, Kirton LG, Meynecke J-O, Pawlik J, Penrose HM, Sasekumar A & Somerfield PJ (2008) The habitat function of mangroves for terrestrial and marine fauna: a review. Aquatic Botany 89: 155-185
  • Verweij MC, Nagelkerken I, Hans I, Ruseler SM & Mason PRD (2008) Seagrass nurseries contribute to coral reef fish populations. Limnology and Oceanography 53: 1540-1547
  • Nagelkerken I & Faunce CH (2008) What makes mangroves attractive to fish? Use of artificial units to test the influence of water depth, cross-shelf location, and presence of root structure. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science in press
  • Grol, M.G.G., Nagelkerken, I., Rypel, A.L., and C. A. Layman (2011) Simple ecological trade-offs give rise to emergent cross-ecosystem distributions of a coral reef fish. Oecologia 165:79–88.
  • Kimireia, I.A., Nagelkerken, I., Griffioen, B., Wagner, C., and Y.D. Mgaya (2011) Ontogenetic habitat use by mangrove/seagrass-associated coral reef fishes shows flexibility in time and space. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 92: 47-58.
  • Grol MGG, Dorenbosch M, Kokkelmans EMG & Nagelkerken I (in press) Mangroves and seagrass beds do not enhance growth of early juveniles of a coral reef fish. Marine Ecology Progress Series
  • Nagelkerken I, Bothwell J, Nemeth RS, Pitt JM & van der Velde G (in press) Interlinkage between Caribbean coral reefs and seagrass beds through feeding migrations by grunts (Haemulidae) depends on habitat accessibility. Marine Ecology Progress Series

General research interests:
mangrove-seagrass-coral reef population connectivity, fish ecology, fish ecophysiology, conservation biology, marine protected areas, coral reef ecology

Research interests on Curacao:
After my finishing my M.Sc. study in the Netherlands, I moved back to Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles) where I worked at the Carmabi Ecological Institute as a marine ecologist and assistant marine park manager.

During these years my main focus was on coral ecology and marine conservation ecology. I studied a variety of marine animals and subjects, including coral reef diseases (sponges, corals, sea fans, urchins), coral rehabilitation, coral regeneration, coral bleaching, sea turtle migration, oil pollution, marine debris, and coastal resource use.

I did my PhD on habitat utilisation of juvenile fish in tropical shallow-water habitats in Curacao. Currently I am working as an assistant professor at the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, and as a visiting professor at the Free University of Brussels in Belgium.

At the latter university I teach management of tropical coastal habitats. Currently, I have a large research project in Curacao dealing with the connectivity between mangroves, seagrass beds and coral reefs by fishes. Several B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. students of my research group work at this location.