Dr. rer. nat. Henk-Jan T. Hoving


Research division 3: Marine Ökologie
Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Fishes


Room: A 44
Phone: +49-431 600 4560
Fax: +49-431 600 4553
E-Mail: hhoving(at)geomar.de

Düsternbrooker Weg 20
D-24105 Kiel





Personal Information

  • Date of birth: 05/20/1978
  • Place of birth: Kollum
  • Nationality: Dutch

Career / Education

  • 2013-present  Future Ocean Postdoctoral fellow at GEOMAR – Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany. Mentors:Dr. U. Piatkowski and Prof. Dr. A. Körtzinger
  • 2010-2013 Postdoctoral Fellow Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), Moss Landing, California, USA. Mentor: Dr. B.H. Robison.
  • 2009-2010 Honours College Coordinator, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences,  University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • 2008-2009 Lecturer (in Marine Biology and Invertebrate Zoology), Department of Ocean Ecosystems, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • 2008  PhD Biology, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • 2002  MSc Biology, specialisation Marine Biology, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Scientific interests

  • Deep-sea biology
  • Organism response and adaptations to natural environmental stressors (e.g. Oxygen Minimum Zone, El Nino)
  • Ocean science instrumentation in particular in situ observational technology
  • Life history strategies
  • Sexual selection and sperm competition
  • Cephalopoda



Hoving HJT, Zeidberg L, Benfield M, Bush S, Robison B, Vecchione M. (2013) First in situ observations of the deep-sea squid Grimalditeuthis bonplandi reveals unique use of tentacles. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Hoving HJT & Lipinski MR (In press). Life history aspects of the oceanic squid Ancistrocheirus lesueurii Férussac et d’Orbigny, 1839. Journal of Natural History

Hoving HJT, Laptikhovsky VV, Jurgens E, Lipinski MR (2013). Fecundity, oogenesis and ovulation pattern in Lycoteuthis lorigera from the South East Atlantic. Hydrobiologia

Hoving HJT, Gilly WF, Markaida U, Benoit-Bird KJ, West-Brown Z, Daniel P, Field J, Paressenti L, Liu B, Campos B (2013). Extreme plasticity in life history strategy allows a migratory predator (jumbo squid) to cope with a changing climate. Global Change Biology


Hoving HJT & Robison BH (2012) Vampire squid: detritivores in the oxygen minimum zone. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 279 (1747) 4559-4567

Hoving HJT & Vecchione M (2012) Mating Behaviour of a deep-sea squid revealed by in situ videography and the study of archived specimens. Biological Bulletin 223 (3)

Bush S, Hoving HJT, Huffard C, Robison BH, Zeidberg L (2012) Brooding and sperm storage by the deep-sea squid Bathyteuthis berryi Roper 1968 (Cephalopoda: Decapodiformes). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 92(7) 1629-1636

Hoving HJT, Bush S & Robison BH (2012) A Shot in the Dark: Same-Sex Sexual Behaviour in a Deep-Sea Squid. Biology Letters: 8 (2) 287-290


Bolstad KSR & Hoving HJT (2011) Spermatangium attachment sites and late-life deterioration in onychoteuthid females (Cephalopoda; Oegopsida). Marine Biodiversity Records 4(e5), 1–6.


Hoving HJT, Lipinski MR & Dam, L (2010) The male reproductive strategy of a deep-sea squid: sperm allocation, continuous production, and long term storage of spermatophores in Histioteuthis miranda. ICES Journal of Marine Science 67 (7), 1478-1486

Hoving HJT, Lipinski MR, Videler JJ & Bolstad K (2010) Sperm storage and mating in the deep-sea squid Taningia danae Joubin, 1931 (Oegopsida: Octopoteuthidae). Marine Biology 157, 393-40


Hoving HJT & Lipinski MR (2009) Female reproductive biology and age of the deep-sea squid Histioteuthis miranda from southern Africa. ICES Journal of Marine Science 66, 1868-1872

Hoving HJT, Nauwelaerts S, Van Genne B, Stamhuis EJ & Zumholz K (2009) Spermatophore implantation in Rossia moelleri Steenstrup, 1856 (Sepiolidae; Cephalopoda). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 372, 75-81


Hoving HJT, Lipinski MR & Videler JJ (2008) Reproductive system and spermatophoric reaction of Octopoteuthis sicula (Ruppell, 1844) from southern African waters. African Journal of Marine Science 30 (3), 603-612

Laptikhovsky VV, Nigmatullin ChM, Hoving HJT, Onsoy B, Salman A, Zumholz K & Shevtsov GA (2008) Reproductive strategies in female polar and deep-sea bobtail squid genera Rossia and Neorossia (Cephalopoda: Sepiolidae). Polar Biology 31, 1499–1507

Hoving HJT, Laptikhovsky VV, Piatkowski U & Onsoy B (2008) Reproduction in Heteroteuthis dispar: sepiolid adaptations to an oceanic lifestyle. Marine Biology 154, 219-230


Laptikhovsky VV, Arkhipkin AI & Hoving HJT (2007) Reproductive biology in two deep-sea squids. Marine Biology 152, 981-990

Hoving HJT & Laptikhovsky VV (2007) Getting under the skin: autonomous implantation of squid spermatophores. Biological Bulletin 212, 177-179

Hoving HJT, Lipinski MR, Roeleveld MAC & Durholtz MD (2007) Growth and mating of southern African Lycoteuthis lorigera (Steenstrup, 1875). Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 17(2-3), 259-270


Hoving HJT, Goud J, Gittenberger E & Videler JJ (2006) A male giant squid, Architeuthis spec. (Cephalopoda, Architeuthidae) from the Fladen Ground in the northern North Sea. Basteria 70, 153-160

Hoving HJT, Roeleveld MAC, Lipinski MR & Videler JJ (2006) Nidamental glands in males of the oceanic squid Ancistrocheirus lesueurii (D’orbigny, 1842) (Cephalopoda: Ancistrocheiridae)- sex change or intersexuality? Journal of Zoology, London 269, 341-348


Hoving HJT, Venter JD, Worst DE & Lipinski MR (2005) Adaptation of an immunodot assay for multiple prey identification of squid paralarvae in field trials. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the U.K. 85, 1499-1501


Hoving HJT, Roeleveld MAC, Lipinksi MR & Melo Y (2004) Reproductive system of the giant squid, Architeuthis in South African waters. Journal of Zoology, London 264 (2), 1-17