Dr. Kristen Marhaver



Dr. Kristen Marhaver

Coral Reef Biologist

CARMABI Foundation

Piscaderabaai z/n PO Box 2090

Willemstad, Curaçao

E-mail: kristen@marhaverlab.com

Website: www.marhaverlab.com

Education and Degrees:

Ph.D., Marine Biology, Scripps Institution of Oceanography,

University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA

B.S., Applied Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA


General research interests

Coral reproduction and larval behavior, microbial ecology of coral settlement, endangered species breeding, coral speciation (or the lack thereof), coral reef ecology, reef restoration science, conservation biology


Recent publications relevant to Curaçao:

  • Chamberland, V.F., S. Snowden, K.L. Marhaver, D. Petersen, and M.J.A. Vermeij. 2017. The reproductive biology and early life ecology of a common Caribbean brain coral, Diploria labyrinthiformis (Scleractinia: Faviinae). Coral Reefs 36(1):83-94. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-016-1504-2
  • Hartmann, A.C., S.A. Sandin, V.F. Chamberland, K.L. Marhaver, J. de Goeij, and M.J.A. Vermeij. 2015. Crude oil contamination interrupts settlement of coral larvae after direct exposure ends. Marine Ecology Progress Series 536:163-173. DOI: 10.3354/meps11437
  • Marhaver, K.L., M.J.A. Vermeij, and M.M. Medina. 2015. Reproductive natural history and successful juvenile propagation of the threatened Caribbean Pillar Coral Dendrogyra cylindrus. BMC Ecology 15:9. Altmetric Top 5%. DOI: 10.1186/s12898-015-0039-7
  • Gregg, A.K., M. Hatay, A.F. Haas, N. Robinett, K.L. Barott, M.J.A. Vermeij, K.L. Marhaver, and F. Rohwer. 2013. Biological oxygen demand optode analysis of coral reef-associated microbial communities exposed to algal exudates. Peer J 1:e107. DOI:10.7717/peerj.107
  • Hartmann, A.C., K.L. Marhaver, V.F. Chamberland, S.A. Sandin, and M.J.A. Vermeij. 2013. Large size at birth does not buffer negative latent effects of harsh pelagic environments in early life stage corals. Ecology 94(9):1966-1976. DOI:10.1890/13-0161.1
  • Vermeij, M.J.A., R. van der Heijden, J. Olthuis, K.L. Marhaver, J.E. Smith, and P. Visser. 2013. Survival and dispersal of macroalgae consumed by herbivorous coral reef fishes. Oecologia 171(2):417-425. DOI:10.1007/s00442-012-2436-3
  • Marhaver, K.L., M.J.A. Vermeij, F. Rohwer, and S.A. Sandin. 2013. Janzen-Connell effects in a broadcast-spawning Caribbean coral: distance-dependent survivorship of larvae and settlers. Ecology 94(1):146-160. Featured in Faculty of 1000. DOI:10.1890/12-0985.1
  • Barott, K.L., B. Rodriguez-Mueller, M. Youle, K.L. Marhaver, M.J.A. Vermeij, J.E. Smith, F.L. Rohwer. 2012. Microbial to reef scale interactions between the reef-building coral Montastraea annularis and benthic algae. Proceedings of the Royal Society B – Biological Sciences 279(1733):1655-64. DOI:10.1098/rspb.2011.2155
  • Marhaver, K.L. 2011. Bleaching corals of two species appear to feed from neighboring algal turfs. Coral Reefs 30(3):651. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-011-0782-y
  • Barott, K.L., B. Rodriguez-Brito, J. Janouškovec, K.L. Marhaver, J.E. Smith, P. Keeling, and F.L. Rohwer. 2011. Microbial diversity associated with four functional groups of benthic reef algae and the reef-building coral Montastraea annularis. Environmental Microbiology 13(5):1192-1204. DOI: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2010.02419.x
  • Vermeij, M.J.A., K.L. Barott, A.E. Johnson, and K.L. Marhaver. 2010. Release of eggs from tentacles in a Caribbean coral. Coral Reefs 29(2): 411. DOI:10.1007/s00338-010-0595-4
  • Vermeij, M.J.A., K.L. Marhaver, I. Nagelkerken, C. Huijbers, and S.P. Simpson. 2010. Movement of coral larvae toward reef sounds. PLoS One 5(5): e10660.
  • Marhaver, K.L., R.A. Edwards, and F. Rohwer. 2008. Viral communities associated with healthy and bleaching corals. Environmental Microbiology 10(9): 2277-2286. DOI:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2008.01652.x