Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Sponges: the heroes of the oceans

30 October 2012

In the popular scientific television show Labyrint, marine biologist Jasper de Goeij of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) explained how mimicking coral reefs may help develop sustainable fisheries.

Sponges and Jasper de Goeij

Coral reefs are among the most efficient ecosystems of the world. In the diverse ecosystems formed by coral reefs, all waste products are recycled. Sponges play a crucial role in this process. Marine biologist Jasper de Goeij of the UvA research institute IBED is fascinated by the metabolism of sponges, which he studied as part of his PhD studies. Currently, he continues to investigate sponges funded by a prestigious VENI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).  

Labyrint

In the 31 October 2012 episode of the popular scientific television show Labyrint, De Goeij highlighted his sponge research and explained how a better understanding of the role of sponges in coral reef ecosystems may help develop more sustainable fisheries.

Boris Jansen

Published by  IBED