Dr Pim Bongaerts

PimBongaerts3.jpg?itok=RWndFd8aPim is a post-doctoral research fellow in the CRE lab and lead scientist for the “Deep Reef” component of the Catlin Seaview Survey (www.catlinseaviewsurvey.com). The Deep Reef survey looks into the effects of climate change on one of the least known ecosystems on the planet – the deep-water reefs or mesophotic coral ecosystems (between 30-100m). The project aims to provide a comprehensive study of the biodiversity and connectivity of mesophotic reefs across the globe, with a major focus on the Great Barrier Reef, the Coral Sea and the Southern Caribbean.




  1. Bongaerts P, Carmichael M, Hay KB, Tonk L, Frade PR, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2015) Symbiont zonation plays a crucial role in the vertical distribution of coral species. Royal Society Open Science – in press
  2. Pantos O, Bongaerts P, Dove S, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2015) Microbial associations in the scleractinian coral Seriatopora hystrix across depths, locations and host/symbiont genotypes. ISME Journalin press
  3. Bongaerts P, Frade PR, Englebert N, Hay KB, Vermeij MJH, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2015) Deep down on a Caribbean reef: lower mesophotic depths harbor a specialized coral-endosymbiont community. Nature Scientific Reports 5:7652
  4. Muir P, Wallace C, Bridge TCL, Bongaerts P (2015) Diverse Staghorn Coral Fauna on the Mesophotic Reefs of North-East Australia. PLoS One – in press
  5. González-Rivero M, Bongaerts P, Beijbom O, Pizarro O, Friedman A, Rodriguez-Ramirez A, Upcroft B, Laffoley D, Kline DI, Vevers R, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2014) The Catlin Seaview Survey – kilometre-scale seascape assessment, and monitoring of coral reef ecosystems. Aquatic Conservationin press
  6. Englebert N* & Bongaerts P*, Muir P, Hay KB, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2014) Deepest zooxanthellate corals of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Marine Biodiversityin press
  7. Bongaerts P, Frade PR, Ogier JJ, Hay KB, van Bleijswijk J, Englebert N, Vermeij MJH, Bak RPM, Visser PM, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2013) Sharing the slope: depth partitioning of agariciid corals and associated Symbiodinium across shallow and mesophotic habitats (2-60 m) on a Caribbean reef. BMC Evolutionary Biology 13:205
  8. Bongaerts P, Muir PR, Bridge TCL, Englebert N, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2013) Cyclone damage at mesophotic depths on Myrmidon Reef (GBR). Coral Reefs 32:935
  9. Bridge TCL, Hughes TP, Guinotte JM, Bongaerts P (2013) Call to protect all coral reefs. Nature Climate Change 3:528-530
  10. Tonk L* & Bongaerts P*, Sampayo EM, Hoegh-Guldberg (2013) SymbioGBR: a web-based database of Symbiodinium associated with cnidarian hosts on the Great Barrier Reef. BMC Ecology 13:7
  11. Foster R, Bridge T, Bongaerts P (2012) The first record of Hippocampus denise from Australia. Aqua – International Journal of Ichthyology 18:55-57
  12. Bongaerts P, Hoeksema B, Hay K, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2012) Mushroom corals overcome live burial through pulsed inflation. Coral Reefs 2:399
  13. Bongaerts P, Riginos C, Hay K, van Oppen MJH, Hoegh-Guldberg O, Dove S (2011) Adaptive divergence in a scleractinian coral: physiological adaptation of Seriatopora hystrix to shallow and deep reef habitats. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11:303 (cover article)
  14. Bridge TCL, Fabricius KE, Bongaerts P, Wallace CC, Muir P, Done TJ, Webster JM (2011) Diversity of Scleractinia and Octocorallia in the mesophotic zone of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Coral Reefs 31:179-189
  15. Bongaerts P, Sampayo EM, Bridge TLC, Ridgway T, Vermeulen F, Englebert N, Webster JM, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2011) Symbiodinium diversity of mesophotic coral communities on the GBR: a first assessment. Marine Ecology Progress Series 439:117-126
  16. Bongaerts P* & Bridge T*, Kline DI, Muir PR, Wallace CC, Beaman RJ, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2011) Mesophotic coral ecosystems on the walls of Coral Sea atolls. Coral Reefs 30:335
  17. Van Oppen MJH, Bongaerts P, Underwood JN, Peplow LM, Cooper TF (2011) The role of deep reefs in shallow reef recovery: an assessment of vertical connectivity in a brooding coral from west and east Australia. Molecular Ecology 20:1647-1660
  18. Bongaerts P, Riginos C, Ridgway T, Sampayo EM, van Oppen MJH, Englebert N, Vermeulen F, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2010) Genetic Divergence across Habitats in the Widespread Coral Seriatopora hystrix and its Associated Symbiodinium. PLoS One 5(5):e10871
  19. Bongaerts P, Ridgway T, Sampayo EM, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2010) Assessing the ‘deep reef refugia’ hypothesis: focus on Caribbean reefs. Coral Reefs 29:309–327
  20. Frade PR, Bongaerts P, Winkelhagen AJS, Tonk L, Bak RPM (2008) In situ photobiology of corals over large depth ranges: a multivariante analysis on the roles of environment, host and algal symbiont. Limnology and Oceanography 53:1-14
  21. Sampayo EM, Ridgway T, Bongaerts P, Hoegh-Guldberg O (2008) Bleaching susceptibility and mortality of corals are determined by fine-scale differences in symbiont type. PNAS 105:10444-10449