Dr Mark J.A. Vermeij is the scientific director of the CARMABI research station on Curaçao, an island in the Southern Caribbean. His research interests include evolutionary and ecological dynamics of benthic marine organisms, with particular emphasis on corals, algae and, more recently, microbes. Currently, his work focuses foremost on the earliest life stages of corals and the processes that operate during these earliest life stages. The results of all scientific work conducted at Carmabi are disseminated through the organization local network (i.e., parks, museums, educational programs) to stakeholder groups that are directly or indirectly involved with coral reef management and conservation. In addition, he works as an assistant professor for the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) at the University of Amsterdam and is an editor for the journal Coral Reefs.
Education and Degrees:
1998 MSc. Marine Biology, Groningen University, The Netherlands
2002 PhD Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands