Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Follow marine biologist Katja Peijnenburg

11 October 2012

Marine biologist Katja Peijnenburg of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics currently participates on a marine expedition on the Atlantic to study marine zooplankton. Follow her life blog here to share in her experiences during her 6 week voyage.


AMT cruises organize biological, chemical and physical oceanographic research during the annual return passage of research ships between the UK and the Falkland Islands, South Africa or Chile, a distance of up to 13,500km. The transect crosses a range of ecosystems from sub-polar to tropical and from euphotic shelf seas and upwelling systems to oligotrophic mid-ocean gyres.

This year Katja Peijnenburg, who also holds a position with NCB Naturalis, is one of the scientists joining the expedition. On 10 October 2012 she boarded the ship RRS James Cook in Southampton (UK). On 24 November 2012 she will disembark in Punta Arenas (Chile). During her voyage, together with a college from the United States of America, she will perform research and collect samples related to her ecological/evolutionary study of marine zooplankton. One of the main research question is to what extent marine zooplankton is able to adapt to acidification and warming of the oceans as a result of climate change.

To share her experiences during her seven week voyage with her three children Koen (7), Orla (5) and Marlijn (almost 4) Peijnenburg is keeping a life blog.

Boris Jansen