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Katja Peijnenburg

K.T.C.A. (Katja) Peijnenburg, Senior Researcher - Marine Biodiversity

Contact

Email: katja.peijnenburg@naturalis.nl
Phone: +31 (0)617419693
Room number: Vondellaan 55, 4th floor, Marine Biodiversity
“From the first moment I saw a petridish full of plankton, I knew I wanted to study this incredible diversity and find out how it evolves in the open sea.”

Expedition Plankton Blogs

From the 21st of September till the 6th of November 2017, the plankton team will be on an international research cruise to sample zooplankton across the Atlantic Ocean. Stay tuned about our adventures by following our blogs in Dutch or English.

 

Career

I hold a position as Senior Researcher at Naturalis Biodiversity Center and Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam. I obtained my PhD at the University of Amsterdam in 2005 with a thesis entitled 'Structure at Open Sea. Genetics of Zooplankton Populations.' After working as a postdoctoral research fellow at University College Dublin for two years, I obtained personal Veni and Vidi grants from the Dutch Science Foundation to pursue my research interests in marine zooplankton evolution.

I have had a soft spot for invertebrates (animals without spines) for as long as I can remember. My fascination with marine life probably stems from my summer vacations spent at the beaches of Zeeland, where me and my sister had crabs as pets. My research is motivated by a fundamental interest in the drivers of marine biodiversity. I want to know how this diversity evolved in an environment that seems to lack any obvious isolating barriers. I am also increasingly worried about our oceans and wonder whether marine organisms will be able to adapt to rapid 21st century global change. I feel privileged to work as a scientist and am always eager to share my enthusiasm with anyone interested. 

Memberships of international scientific boards and editorial boards

Research

Research interest

I am an evolutionary/ marine biologist interested in the diversity of zooplankton. Key research questions include: which and how many species live in the open ocean? what processes drive the evolution of marine zooplankton? Currently, my research focuses on planktonic snails as these are proposed as indicators of the effects of ocean acidification. My research team applies a multidisciplinary approach to better understand and predict their adaptive potential in the context of global change.

Watch a video explaining results from a review paper on the evolutionary potential of marine zooplankton (or read the paper).

Some recent papers

Burridge A.K., Goetze E., Wall-Palmer D., Le Double S., Huisman J., and K.T.C.A. Peijnenburg. in press. Diversity and abundance of pteropods and heteropods along a latitudinal gradient across the Atlantic Ocean. Progress in Oceanography (special AMT issue). DOI: 10.1016/j.pocean.2016.10.001. 

Marlétaz F., Le-Parco Y., Liu S., and Peijnenburg K.T.C.A. 2017. Extreme mitogenomic variation innatural populations of chaetognaths. Genome Biology and Evolution 9(6):1374-1384. doi:10.1093/gbe/evx090

Janssen A.W. and K.T.C.A. Peijnenburg. 2017. An overview of the fossil record of Pteropoda (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Heterobranchia). Cainozoic Research 17(1): 3-10.

Burridge A.K., Hörnlein C., Janssen A.W., Hughes, M., Bush S.L., Marlétaz T., Gasca R., Pierrot-Bults., A.C., Michel E., Todd J.A., Young, J.R., Osborn K.J., Menken, S.B.J., and Peijnenburg K.T.C.A. 2017. Time-calibrated molecular phylogeny of pteropods. PlosONE: 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0177325

Manno C., Bednarsek N., Tarling G.A., Peck V.L., Comeau S. et al. 2017. Shelled pteropods in peril: assessing the vulnerability in a high CO 2 ocean. Earth-Science Reviews 169: 132-145. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.04.005

Link to my Google Scholar profile.

Keywords

ocean acifdification, evolution, marine invertebrates, zooplankton, oceanography

Current research topics


Marine biodiversity and species boundaries

I take a multidisciplinary approach combining data from multiple sources (morphology, genetics, ecology, biogeography) to assess species boundaries. I also use phylogenetic, coalescent and molecular clock approaches to reveal demographic and evolutionary histories of species.

Population genomics and biogeography of Atlantic zooplankton

This research draws on samples and oceanographic data collected along a 13,500 km transect in the Atlantic ocean collected in association with the Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT) programme.  

Evolution in marine lakes

Marine lakes are land-locked water bodies that maintain a marine character through narrow (submarine) connections to the sea. They can be considered inside-out islands, and provide unique opportunities to study the evolutionary history as well as evolutionary rates of marine biota.

Photograph showing two adult arrow worms (chaetognaths) belonging to the same species: Sagitta setosa. The large one was collected from a marine lake on the island of Mljet and the small one in the adjacent Adriatic Sea. Photo courtesy of Rade Garic.

Adaptive potential of pteropods

Shelled pteropods or sea butterflies are planktonic gastropods, snails adapted to live in the open ocean. Because of their thin and soluble aragonite shells, they have received considerable recent interest as possible bioindicators of the effects of ocean acidification. However, we know nothing about their evolutionary potential. My research aims to fill this gap. However, we know very little about their potential to adapt to global change. My research aims to fill this gap.

Figure showing (from left to right) the pteropods Limacina bullimoides, Styliola subula, and Heliconoides inflata (pictures by Goetze & Peijnenburg taken on the Atlantic Meridional Transect cruise in 2012).

Collaborations

Supervision PhDs

Promotor

 

Co-promotor/supervisor

Burridge, A.K. Evolution of planktonic gastropods. University of Amsterdam.

Mekkes, L. Growth, calcification and vulnerability to ocean acidification of shelled pteropods. University
of Amsterdam.

Choo L.Q. Adaptive potential of shelled pteropods to ocean acidification. University of Amsterdam.

Post-docs

Wall-Palmer D. POSEIDoN. Atlantidae: Predators at the ocean surface as indicators of change.

Teaching

Courses

I am the coordinator of the MSc course "Biological Oceanography" at the University of Amsterdam, and I
contribute lectures and/or practicals to the following specific courses:

  • Evolution Biology, BSc course, University of Amsterdam
  • Marine Biology, BSc course, University of Amsterdam
  • Biological Oceanography, MSc course, University of Amsterdam
  • Orientation Evolutionary Biology/ Biodiversity & Sustainability, MSc course, University of Leiden
  • Genomic Architecture, MSc course, University of Leiden

I regularly supervise BSc and MSc student's research projects. Come and talk to me to discuss the
possibilities (or drop me an email).

Available student projects

Public outreach

I enjoy contributing to outreach. I have regular public talks at Live Science in Naturalis and during 'Weekend van de Wetenschap'.

Some examples:

Radio item with Vroege Vogels (september 2013): plankton onder de loep (in Dutch)

News item for TV with EenVandaag (december 2012) about ocean acidification (in Dutch)

I write a blog for Dutch schoolchildren on zooplankton and ocean science (in Dutch)

Some recent papers

Keul N., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A., Andersen N., Kitidis V., Goetze E., and R. Schneider. in press.
Pteropods are excellent recorders of surface temperature and carbonate ion concentration.
[Nature Scientific Reports-link pending]

Burridge A.K., Goetze E., Wall-Palmer D., Le Double S., Huisman J., and K.T.C.A. Peijnenburg.
in press. Diversity and abundance of pteropods and heteropods along a latitudinal gradient
across the Atlantic Ocean. Progress in Oceanography (special AMT issue). DOI:
10.1016/j.pocean.2016.10.001. pending

Marlétaz F., Le-Parco Y., Liu S., and Peijnenburg K.T.C.A. 2017. Extreme mitogenomic variation in
natural populations of chaetognaths. Genome Biology and Evolution 9(6):1374-1384.
doi:10.1093/gbe/evx090

Janssen A.W. and K.T.C.A. Peijnenburg. 2017. An overview of the fossil record of Pteropoda
(Mollusca, Gastropoda, Heterobranchia). Cainozoic Research 17(1): 3-10.

Burridge A.K., Hörnlein C., Janssen A.W., Hughes, M., Bush S.L., Marlétaz T., Gasca R., Pierrot-Bults
A.C., Michel E., Todd J.A., Young, J.R., Osborn K.J., Menken, S.B.J., and Peijnenburg K.T.C.A. 2017.
Time-calibrated molecular phylogeny of pteropods. PlosONE: 1-22.
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0177325

Manno C., Bednarsek N., Tarling G.A., Peck V.L., Comeau S. et al. 2017. Shelled pteropods in
peril: assessing the vulnerability in a high CO 2 ocean. Earth-Science Reviews 169: 132-145.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.04.005

Publications

2018

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Wall-Palmer D., Burridge A.K., Goetze E., Stokvis F., Janssen A.W., Mekkes L., Moreno-Alcántara M., Bednaršek N., Schiøtte T., Vinther Sørensen M., Smart C.W., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A. 2018. Global biogeography and genetic diversity of the atlantic heteropods. Progress in Oceanography 160: 1-25.
Go to website (DOI)

2017

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Burridge A.K., Tump M., Vonk R., Goetze E., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A. 2017. Diversity and distribution of hyperiid amphipods along a latitudinal transect in the Atlantic Ocean. Progress in Oceanography: pending.
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Swierts T., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A., Leeuw C. de, Breeuwer J.A.J., Cleary D.F.R., Voogd N.J. de 2017. Globally intertwined evolutionary history of giant barrel sponges. Coral Reefs 36: 933–945.
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Marlétaz F., Le-Parco Y., Liu S., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A. 2017. Extreme mitogenomic variation in natural populations of chaetognaths. Genome Biology and Evolution 9: 1374-1384.
Go to website (DOI)

Burridge A.K., Hörnlein C., Janssen A.W., Hughes M., Bush S.L., Marlétaz T., Gasca R., Pierrot-Bults A.C., Michel E., Todd J.A., Young J.R., Osborn K.J., Menken, S.B.J., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A. 2017. Time-calibrated molecular phylogeny of pteropods. PLOS ONE 12: e0177325.
Go to website (DOI)

Manno C., Bednarsek N., Tarling G.A., Peck V.L., Comeau S., Adhikari D., Bakker D., Bauerfeind E., Bergan A.J., Berning M.I., Buitenhuis E.T., Burridge A.K., Chierici M., Flöter S., Fransson A., Gardner J., Howes E.L., Keul N., Kimoto K., Kohnert P., Lawson G.L., Lisc A.E., Mekkes L., Oakes R.L., Pebody C., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A., Seifert M., Skinner J., Thibodeau P.S., Wall-Palmer D., Ziveri P. 2017. Shelled pteropods in peril: assessing the vulnerability in a high CO2 ocean. Earth-Science Reviews 169: 132-145.
Go to website (DOI)

Burridge A.K., Goetze E., Wall-Palmer D., Le Double S., Huisman J., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A. 2017. Diversity and abundance of pteropods and heteropods along a latitudinal gradient across the Atlantic Ocean. Progress in Oceanography: pending.
Go to website (DOI)

Goetze E.G., Hüdepohl P.T., Chang C., Woudenberg L. van, Iacchei M., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A. 2017. Ecological dispersal barrier across the equatorial Atlantic in a migratory planktonic copepod. Progress in Oceanography: pending.
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Burridge A.K., Goetze E., Wall-Palmer D., Le Double S., Huisman J., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A. 2017. Diversity and abundance of pteropods and heteropods along a latitudinal gradient across the Atlantic Ocean. Progress in Oceanography 158: 213-223.
Go to website (DOI)

Manno C., Bednaršek N., Tarling G.A., Peck V.L., Comeau S., Adhikari D., Bakker D.C.E., Bauerfeind E., Bergan A.J., Berning M.I., Buitenhuis E., Burridge A.K., Chierici M., Flöter S., Fransson A., Gardner J., Howes E.L., Keul N., Kimoto K., Kohnert P., Lawson G.L., Lischka S., Maas A., Mekkes L., Oakes R.L., Pebody C., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A., Seifert M., Skinner J., Thibodeau P.S., Wall-Palmer D., Ziveri P. 2017. Shelled pteropods in peril: Assessing vulnerability in a high CO2 ocean. Earth-Science Reviews 169: 132-145.
Go to website (DOI)

Goetze E.G., Hüdepohl P.T., Chang C., Woudenberg L. van, Iacchei M., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A. 2017. Ecological dispersal barrier across the equatorial Atlantic in a migratory planktonic copepod. Progress in Oceanography 158: 203-212.
Go to website (DOI)

Burridge A.K., Tump, M., Vonk R., Goetze E., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A. 2017. Diversity and distribution of hyperiid amphipods along a latitudinal transect in the Atlantic Ocean. Progress in Oceanography 158: 224-235.
Go to website (DOI)

Keul N., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A., Andersen N., Kitidis V., Goetze E., Schneider R.R. 2017. Pteropods are excellent recorders of surface temperature and carbonate ion concentration. Scientific Reports 7: 12645.
Go to website (DOI)

Journals non-SCI, peer-reviewed

Janssen A.W., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A. 2017. An overview of the fossil record of Pteropoda (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Heterobranchia). Cainozoic Research 17: 3-10.

2016

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Wall-Palmer D., Smart C.W., Kirby R., Hart M.B., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A., Janssen A.W. 2016. A review of the ecology, palaeontology and distribution of atlantid heteropods (Caenogastropoda: Pterotracheoidea: Atlantidae). Journal of Molluscan Studies 82: 221-234.
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Wall-Palmer D., Burridge A.K., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A. 2016. Atlanta ariejansseni, a new species of shelled heteropod from the Southern Subtropical Convergence Zone (Gastropoda, Pterotracheoidea). ZooKeys 604: 13-30.
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Burridge A.K., Janssen A.W., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A. 2016. Revision of the genus Cuvierina Boas, 1886 based on integrative taxonomic data, including the description of a new species from the Pacific Ocean (Gastropoda, Thecosomata). ZooKeys 619: 1-12.
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Wall-Palmer D., Burridge A.K., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A., Janssen A.W., Goetze E., Kirby R., Hart M.B., Smart C.W. 2016. Evidence for the validity of Protatlanta sculpta (Gastropoda: Pterotracheoidea). Contributions to Zoology 85: 423-435.
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Becking L.E., Leeuw C. de, Knegt B., Maas D., Voogd, N.J. de, Syatna I., Abdunnur, Peijnenburg K.T.C.A. 2016. Highly divergent mussel lineages in isolated Indonesian marine lakes. PeerJ 4: e2496.
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2015

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Burridge A.K., Goetze E., Raes N., Huisman J., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A. 2015. Global biogeography and evolution of Cuvierina pteropods. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15: 1-16.
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Merckx V.S.F.T., Hendriks K.P., Beentjes K.K., Mennes C.B., Becking L.E., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A., Afendy A., Arumugam N., de Boer H., Biun A., Buang M.M., Chen P.-P., Chung A.Y.C., Dow R., Feijen F.A.A., Feijen H., Feijen-van Soest C, Geml J., Geurts R., Gravendeel B., Hovenkamp P., Imbun P., Ipor I., Janssens S.B., Jocqué M. Kappes H., Khoo E., Koomen P., Lens F., Majapun R.J., Morgado L.N., Neupane S., Nieser N., Pereira J.T., Rahman H., Sabran S., Sawang A., Schwallier R.M., Shim P.-S., Smit H., Sol N., Spait M., Stech M., Stokvis F., Sugau J.B., Suleiman M., Sumail S., Thomas D.C., van Tol J., Tuh F.Y.Y., Yahya B.E., Nais J., Repin R., Lakim M. & Schilthuizen M. 2015. Evolution of endemism on a young tropical mountain. Nature 524: 347-350.
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Goetze E., Andrews K.R., Peijnenburg, K.T.C.A., Portner, E., Norton, E.L. 2015. Temporal stability of genetic structure in a mesopelagic copepod. PLOS ONE 10: e0136087.
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Chapters in books

Pierrot-Bults A.C., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A. 2015. Pteropods. Encyclopedia of marine geosciences 1-10: Springer Science+Business Media, ISBN 978-94-007-6644-0.

2014

Chapters in books

Janssen A.W., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A. 2014. Holoplanktonic Mollusca: development in the Mediterranean Basin during the last 30 million years and their future. 341-362: Springer Science+Business Media, Dordrecht.
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2013

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Becking L.E., Erpenbeck D., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A., Voogd N.J. de 2013. Phylogeography of the sponge Suberites diversicolor in Indonesia: insights into the evolution of marine lake populations. PLOS ONE 8: e75996.
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Peijnenburg K.T.C.A., Goetze E. 2013. High evolutionary potential of marine zooplankton. Ecology and Evolution 3: 2765-2781.
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Swierts T., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A., Leeuw C. de, Cleary D.F.R., Hornlein C., Setiawan E., Worheide G., Erpenbeck D., Voogd N.J. de 2013. Lock, stock and two different barrels: comparing the genetic composition of morphotypes of the Indo-Pacific sponge Xestospongia testudinaria. PLOS ONE 8: e74396.
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2012

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Luttikhuizen P.C., Drent J., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A., Veer H.W. van der, Johannesson K. 2012. Genetic architecture in a marine hybrid zone: comparing outlier detection and genomic clines analysis in the bivalve Macoma balthica. Molecular Ecology 21: 3048-3061.
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Mariani S., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A., Weetman D. 2012. Independence of neutral and adaptive divergence in a low dispersal marine mollusc. Marine Ecology Progress Series 446: 173-187.
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2011

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Yebra L., Bonnet D., Harris R.P., Lindeque P.K., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A. 2011. Barriers in the pelagic: population structuring of Calanus helgolandicus and C. euxinus in European waters. Marine Ecology Progress Series 428: 135-149.
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2008

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Luttikhuizen P.C., Campos J., Bleijswijk J. van, Peijnenburg K.T.C.A., Veer H.W. van der 2008. Phylogeography of the common shrimp, Crangon crangon (L.) across its distribution range. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 46: 1015-1030.
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2006

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Peijnenburg K.T.C.A., Fauvelot C., Breeuwer A.J., Menken S.B.J. 2006. Spatial and temporal genetic structure of the planktonic Sagitta setosa (Chaetognatha) in European seas as revealed by mitochondrial and nuclear DNA markers. Molecular Ecology 15: 3319-3338.
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2005

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Peijnenburg K.T.C.A., Haastrecht E.K. van, Fauvelot C. 2005. Present-day genetic composition suggests contrasting demographic histories of two dominant chaetognaths of the North-East Atlantic, Sagitta elegans and S. setosa. Marine Biology 147: 1279-1289.
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Papadopoulos L.N., Peijnenburg K.T.C.A., Luttikhuizen P.C. 2005. Phylogeography of the calanoid copepods Calanus helgolandicus and C. euxinus suggests Pleistocene divergences between Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Black Sea populations. Marine Biology 147: 1353-1365.
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2004

Journals SCI, peer-reviewed

Peijnenburg K.T.C.A., Pierrot-Bults A.C. 2004. Quantitative morphological variation in Sagitta setosa Muller, 1847 (Chaetognatha) and two closely related taxa. Bijdragen tot de Dierkunde 73: 305-315.

Peijnenburg K.T.C.A., Breeuwer J.A.J., Pierrot-Bults A.C., Menken S.B.J. 2004. Phylogeography of the planktonic chaetognath Sagitta setosa reveals isolation in European seas. Evolution 58: 1472-1487.

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Plankton news!

From the 21st of September till the 6th of November, the plankton team will be on an international research cruise to sample zooplankton across the Atlantic Ocean. Stay tuned about our adventures by following our blogs in Dutch or English.


High evolutionary potential of marine zooplankton
(photo: Peijnenburg/Goetze)

Katja's Kriebelbeestjes Blog (in Dutch)
(illustration: Pia Drent)


Press releases Katja Peijnenburg

Kennismaking met de wonderlijke wereld van plankton (in Dutch)
(photo: Jan van Arkel)

AMT22 ocean expedition (in Dutch)