Dr Sancia ET van der Meij, Museum Research Fellow
My research is concerned with the diversity on coral reefs, with the main focus on reef-associated taxa. Exploring the drivers of diversification of the tantalising diversity of reef-associated taxa is important for our understanding of coral reef biodiversity. This diversity is predominantly composed of invertebrates, many of which live in a variety of associations ranging from monospecific parasites through to niche-loose commensal relationships. The drivers of adaptive diversification in the marine environment can be unravelled by combining analytical methods from mathematical biology, based on evolutionary ecology research in the terrestrial realm, with worldwide distribution data and robust phylogeny reconstructions of selected reef taxa. As a model taxon I work on coral-dwelling gall crabs (Cryptochiridae), with forays into other invertebrate groups.
- Research Fellow Naturalis Biodiversity Center (2015)
- PhD “Evolutionary diversification of coral-dwelling gall crabs (Cryptochiridae)” (Naturalis Biodiversity Center / Leiden University, 2015)
- MSc Biology (Leiden University, 2007 - cum laude)
Meij SET van der (2015) Host relations and DNA reveal a cryptic gall crab species (Crustacea: Decapoda: Cryptochiridae) associated with mushroom corals (Scleractinia: Fungiidae). Contributions to Zoology 84: 39-57.
Meij SET van der, ML Berumen & G Paulay (2015) A new species of Fizesereneia Takeda & Tamura, 1980 (Crustacea: Brachyura: Cryptochiridae) from the Red Sea and Oman. Zootaxa 3931: 585-595.
Meij SET van der, KM van Tienderen KM & BW Hoeksema (2015) A mesophotic record of the gall crab Opecarcinus hypostegus from a Curaçaoan reef. Bulletin of Marine Science 91: 205-206.
Meij SET van der (2014) A new species of Opecarcinus Kropp & Manning, 1987 (Crustacea: Brachyura: Cryptochiridae) associated with the stony corals Pavona clavus (Dana, 1846) and P. bipartita Nemenzo, 1980 (Scleractinia: Agariciidae). Zootaxa 3869: 44-52.
Meij SET van der (2014) Host species, range extensions, and an observation of the mating system of Atlantic shallow-water gall crabs (Decapoda: Cryptochiridae). Bulletin of Marine Science 90: 1001-1010.
Meij SET van der & BT Reijnen (2014) The curious case of Neotroglocarcinus dawydoffi (Brachyura, Decapoda): biogeographic patterns resulting from isolation. Systematics and Biodiversity 12: 503-512.
Meij SET van der & CD Schubart (2014) Monophyly and phylogenetic origin of the gall crab family Cryptochiridae (Decapoda: Brachyura). Invertebrate Systematics 28: 491-500.
Meij SET van der & BW Hoeksema (2013) Distribution of gall crabs inhabiting mushroom corals on Semporna reefs, Malaysia. Marine Biodiversity 43: 53-59.
Hoeksema BW, Meij SET van der & CHJM Fransen (2012) The mushroom coral as a habitat. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 92: 647-663.
Reijnen BT, Meij SET van der & LP van Ofwegen (2011) Fish, fans and hydroids: host species of pygmy seahorses. ZooKeys 103: 1-26.
Meij SET van der, Suharsono & BW Hoeksema (2010) Long-term changes in coral assemblages under natural and anthropogenic stress in Jakarta Bay (1920-2005). Marine Pollution Bulletin 60: 1442-1454.Dwelling of the gall crab Opecarcinus hypostegus (Shaw and Hopkins, 1977) in Agaricia lamarcki Milne-Edwards and Haime, 1851