Dr Jeroen Ingels

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Contact Details

+44 (0)1752 633100 (switchboard)

Jeroen Ingels is a marine ecologist specialized in benthic biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and food-web ecology, with particular focus on the biology/ecology of meiofauna and nematodes. At PML he is currently undertaking a PML Postdoctoral Research Fellowship within the Marine Ecology and Biodiversity science area, after having finished an EU FP7 Marie Curie Fellowship.

As a postdoctoral fellow, Jeroen is engaged in different research projects investigating what drives benthic diversity and how this affects marine sediment functions with links to important processes such as biogeochemical cycling and food-web flows and interactions. He is also involved in assessments of anthropogenic and climate-change impacts on benthic ecosystems. At PML, Jeroen is using meiofauna as model organisms to achieve multidisciplinary integration, combining traditional biodiversity research with experimental approaches, modelling techniques, socio-economic research, and science-policy communication.

Jeroen has a strong background in deep-sea ecology but has also been involved in several international projects investigating Antarctic and shallow-water ecosystems, and assessments of anthropogenic and climate change impacts on marine ecosystems.

He obtained his PhD degree in deep-sea ecology in 2009 at Ghent University, following MSc degrees in Marine and Lacustrine Sciences (2003-2004, high distinction) and Biology and Zoology (1998-2003, high distinction)

Specific Research interests:

• Biodiversity, biology, ecology and functioning of benthic organisms, communities and ecosystems
• Food-webs, trophic transfer ecology, and biogeochemical processes
• Climate change impacts and ocean acidification effects on marine benthic organisms and communities
• Meiofauna and nematodes
• In-situ and ex-situ experimentation, including ROV-based operations and on-board experiments; micro- and mesocosm experimental setups, and pulse-chase and respiration experiments


Key Projects

MESMEC: Meiobenthos in shallow-water marine ecosystems: a monitoring, experimental and modelling study to understand shallow-water meiobenthic function in marine ecosystems and assess its economic value

RISCS: Research into impact and safety in CO2 storage

QICS: Quantifying and monitoring potential ecosystem impacts of geological carbon storage

ECO2: sub-seabed CO2 storage: Impact on marine ecosystems

INDEEP: International Network for Scientific Investigations of Deep-Sea Ecosystems

IMCOAST: Impact of climate change induced glacial melting on marine coastal systems in the Western Antarctic Peninsula region, ESF project funded by several national agencies, 2009 – 2012

BIANZO II – Coping with change: BIodiversity of ANtarctic ZOobenthos, Belgian Science Policy, 2006 – 2012

HERMIONE: Hotspot Ecosystem Research and Man's Impact on European Seas (EU FP 7 programme)

NEMYS Generic online species information system

HERMES (Hotspot Ecosystem Research on Margins of European Seas, EC FP6, 2005 - 2009)

MANUELA (Meiobenthic and Nematode Diversity; Unravelling Ecological and Latitudinal Aspects, 2005 - 2008)

MARBEF (Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning - EU Network of Excellence, 2004 – 2009)

CoML (Census of Marine Life, 2000 – 2010) with CAML (Census of Antarctic Marine Life, including ANDEEP, ANDEEP-SYSTCO) and CeDAMar (Census of the Diversity of Abyssal Marine Life) projects

Other Activities

Member of the ICES working group on deep-water ecology (BE, UK, ICES WG DEC)

Member of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)

Member of the International Association of Meiobenthologists (IAM) and IAM board of correspondents

Member of the Association of Early Polar Career Scientists (APECS)

Member of the International Network for Scientific Investigations of Deep-Sea Ecosystems (INDEEP) Biodiversity and
Ecosystem Functioning working groups

Member of the Deep-Sea Biological Society

Member of the Pool of Experts for the UN World Ocean Assessment



Thurber, A.R., Sweetman, A.K., Narayanaswamy, B.E., Jones, D.O.B., Ingels, J., Hansman, R.L., 2014. Ecosystem function and services provided by the deep sea. Biogeosciences 11 (14), 3941-3963.

Sabeel, R.A.O., Ingels, J., Pape, E., Vanreusel, A., 2014. Macrofauna along the Sudanese Red Sea coast: potential effect of mangrove clearance on community and trophic structure. Marine Ecology: an evolutionary perspective (published online; http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/maec.12184)

Ingels J, Dashfield SL, Somerfield PJ, Widdicombe S, Austen  MC (2014) Interactions between multiple large macrofauna species and nematode communities – mechanisms for indirect impacts of trawling disturbance. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 456: 41-49

Ramalho SP, Adão H, Kiriakoulakis K, Wolff GA, Vanreusel A, Ingels J (2014) Temporal and spatial variation in the Nazaré canyon (Western Iberian margin): Inter-annual and canyon heterogeneity effects on meiofauna biomass and diversity. Deep-Sea Res. PI. 83: 102-114.

Sapir A, Dillman AR, Connon SA, Grupe BM, Ingels J, Mundo-Ocampo M, Levin LA, Baldwin JG, Orphan VJ, Sternberg  PW (2014)  Microsporidia-nematode associations in methane seeps reveal basal fungal parasitism as a characteristic of the deep sea. Front. Microbiol. 5:43. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00043

Corrêa GVV, Ingels J, Valdes YV, Fonsêca-Genevois VG, Farrapeira MR, Santos GAP (2013) Diversity and composition of macro- and meiofaunal carapace epibionts of the hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate Lannaeus, 1822) in Atlantic waters. Marine Biodiversity. DOI 10.1007/s12526-013-0189-9

Mora, C., Wei, C.-L., Rollo, A., Amaro, T., Baco, A.R., Billett, D., Bopp, L., Chen, Q., Collier, M., Danovaro, R., Gooday, A.J., Grupe, B.M., Halloran, P.R., Ingels, J., Jones, D.O.B., Levin, L.A., Nakano, H., Norling, K., Ramirez-Llodra, E., Rex, M., Ruhl, H.A., Smith, C.R., Sweetman, A.K., Thurber, A.R., Tjiputra, J.F., Usseglio, P., Watling, L., Wu, T., Yasuhara, M. (2013) Biotic and Human Vulnerability to Projected Changes in Ocean Biogeochemistry over the 21st Century. PLoS Biol 11(10), e1001682.

Bezerra T, Pape E, Hauquier F, Vanreusel A , Ingels J (2013) New genus and two new species of the family Ethmolaimidae (Nematoda:Chromadorida), found in two different cold-seep environments. Zootaxa, 3692(1), 7-27. Doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3692.1.4

Kaiser S, Brandao SN, Brix S, Barnes DKA, Bowden DA, Ingels J, et al. (2013) Pattern, process and vulnerability of Southern Ocean benthos - a decadal leap in knowledge and understanding. Marine Biology 160(9): 2295-2317

Lins L, Vanreusel A, Van Campenhout J, Ingels J (2013) Selective settlement of deep-sea canyon nematodes after resuspension – an experimental approach. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 441:110-116

Ingels J
, Vanreusel A (2013) The importance of different spatial scales in determining structural and functional characteristics of deep-sea infauna communities. Biogeosciences. 10, 195-232. doi:10.5194/bgd-10-195-2013.

Ingels J, Vanreusel A, Brandt A, Catarino AI, David B, De Ridder C, Dubois Ph, Gooday AJ, Martin P, Pasotti F, Robert H (2012) Possible effects of global environmental changes on Antarctic benthos: a synthesis across five major taxa. Ecology and Evolution 2(2), 453-485. doi: 10.1002/ece3.96

Tchesunov AV, Ingels J, Popova EV (2012) Marine free-Living nematodes associated with symbiotic bacteria in deep-sea canyons of north-east Atlantic Ocean. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 92(6): 1257-1271, doi:10.1017/S0025315411002116

Hauquier F, Ingels J, Gutt J, Raes M, Vanreusel A (2011). Characterisation of the Nematode Community of a Low-Activity Cold Seep in the Recently Ice-Free Larsen B Area, Eastern Antarctic Peninsula. PLoS ONE 6(7): e22240. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022240

Ingels, J, Tchesunov, A, Vanreusel, A (2011). Meiofauna in the Gollum Channels and the Whittard Canyon, Celtic Margin - How local environmental conditions shape nematode structure and function. Plos One 6(5), e20094. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0020094

Ingels J, Billett DSM, Vanreusel A (2011) An insight into the feeding ecology of deep-sea canyon nematodes - Results from field observations and the first in-situ 13C feeding experiment in the Nazaré Canyon. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 396, 185-193.

Ingels J, Van den Driessche P, De Mesel I, Vanhove S, Moens T, Vanreusel A. (2010). Preferred use of bacteria over phytoplankton by deep-sea nematodes in polar regions. Marine Ecology Progress Series 406, 121-133.

Vanreusel A, Fonseca G, Danovaro R, da Silva MC, Esteves AM, Ferrero T, Gad G, Galtsova V, Gambi C, Genevois V, Ingels J, Ingole B, Lampadariou N, Merckx B, Miljutin DM, Miljutina M, Muthumbi A, Netto SA, Portnova D, Radziejewska T, Raes M, Tchesunov A, Vanaverbeke J, Van Gaever S, Venekey V, Bezerra T, Flint H, Copley J, Pape E, Zeppeli D, Martinez P, Galeron J, (2010). The importance of deep-sea macrohabitat heterogeneity for global nematode diversity. Marine Ecology – An Evolutionary Perspective. 31 (1) 6-20.

Ingels J, Kiriakoulakis K, Wolff GA, Vanreusel A (2009). Nematode diversity and its relation to quantity and quality of sedimentary organic matter in the Nazaré Canyon, Western Iberian Margin. Deep-Sea Research I 56(9), 1521-1539.

Tyler P, Amaro T, Arzola R, Cunha MR, de Stigter H, Gooday A, Huvenne , Ingels J, Kiriakoulakis K, Lastras G, Masson D, Oliveira A, Pattenden A, Vanreusel A, Van Weering T, Vitorino J, Witte U, Wolff G (2009). Europe's Grand Canyon - Nazaré Submarine Canyon. Oceanography 22(1), 46-57.

Ingels J, Vanhove S, De Mesel I, Vanreusel A (2006). The biodiversity and biogeography of the free-living nematode genera Desmodora and Desmodorella (family Desmodoridae) at both sides of the Scotia Arc. Polar Biology 29(11), 936-949.


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