Research division 3: Marine Ecology
Marine Evolutionary Ecology
Room: A 35
Phone: +49-431 600-4566
Düsternbrooker Weg 20
2017-present Head of the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group 'The role of pelagic foodfalls in subsidizing deep-sea bottom communities in a changing ocean'
2013-2017 Future Ocean Postdoctoral fellow at GEOMAR – Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany.
2010-2013 Postdoctoral Fellow Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), Moss Landing, California, USA.
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.
Henk-Jan Hoving leads the deep-sea biology working group, which is focused on life histories (growth and reproduction), biodiversity, and foodweb ecology of deep-sea organisms, with emphasis on cephalopods and gelatinous zooplankton.
One specific objective of his working group is to understand the role of medium size pelagic fauna (squid, fish and gelatinous plankton) in subsidizing deep-sea benthic communities and the biological carbon pump. In this effort we document biodiversity and distribution of pelagic communities to identify potential foodfall species, quantify contributions of medium size foodfalls to deep-sea carbon budgets, and investigate how scavenging communities and rates differ between region and depth.
The working group also investigates how pelagic fauna are adapted to a life in the deep sea with emphasis on growth, reproduction and feeding strategies. This helps to understand and predict the ability of pelagic and deep-sea organisms to cope with climate change and environmental impacts.
- Emmy Noether Junior Research Group awarded by the German Research Foundation
- Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Cluster of Excellence 'Future Ocean', funded by the German Research Foundation
- Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Monterey bay Aquarium Research Institute funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation
- Rubicon Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
- 2020 Associate Editor Marine Biology
- 2019 Reviewer for DFG grant proposals
- 2019 Thesis examiner Rhodes University, South Africa
- 2013-2018 Member of the Cluster of Excellence ‘Future Ocean’
- 2016-present Associate Editor Deep-Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers.
- 2015-present Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports Nature Publishing Group
- 2013 PhD examiner for Melbourne University, Australia
- 2006-present Provided referee reports on manuscript submissions for 25 scientific journals.
- Since 2019 Invited member of the Helmholtz Pelagic Optics Initiative
- Since 2019 Member of the American Society for Limnology and Oceanography
- Since 2018 Invited member of the GEOMAR Technology and Logistics Council (“Beirat”)
- Since 2017 Member of the Deep-Sea Biology Society
- Since 2015 Collaborator in the SFB 754 "Climate-Biogeochemistry Interactions in the Tropical Ocean"
- Since 2015 Member of the Climate Change Working Group in the Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative
- Since 2012 Elected council member of the Cephalopod International Advisory Council
2019 R/V Western Flyer, 7 days MBARI Midwater Ecology Expedition Monterey Bay. Chief scientist Dr. BH Robison
2019 R/V Polarstern PS121, 35 days, ancillary user project CARCASS investigating the role of plankton and nekton in the biological carbon pump using deep-sea landers, PELAGIOS, Multinet, CTD and eDNA collection. Chief Scientist Dr. K Metfies (AWI)
2019 R/V Poseidon POS532, 21 days investigating the role of gelatinous zooplankton in the biological carbon pump in Cape Verde waters, manned submersible JAGO, PELAGIOS, Multinet, CTD and eDNA collection. Chief Scientist Dr. HJT Hoving
2018 R/V Heincke HEI518, 9 days investigating nekton and plankton in the Norwegian Sea. PELAGIOS, Multinet, Trawl, Baited camera landers. Chief Scientist Dr. U Piatkowski
2018 R/V Poseidon POS520, 17 days, Investigating pelagic communities in Cape Verde waters using manned submersible JAGO, PELAGIOS, Multinet, CTD and eDNA collection. Chief Scientist Dr. HJT Hoving
2017 R/V Maria S. Merian MSM61, 9 days, Studying pelagic communities of macrozooplankton and nekton at time series station CVOO, Senghor seamount and mesoscale eddies. Deployment of seamount observatory. Chief Scientist Dr. B Fiedler
2017 R/V Meteor M138, 33 days, Cruise for SFB754 project. Deployment PELAGIOS for investigating vertical ecological zonation of the oxygen minimum zone off Peru. Chief Scientist Prof. Dr. H Bange.
2016 R/V Western Flyer, 7 days MBARI Midwater Ecology Expedition Monterey Bay. Chief scientist Dr. BH Robison
2015 R/V Meteor, 38 days from Mindelo, Cape Verde to Recife, Brazil. Deployment of towed pelagic in situ observation system PELAGIOS. Chief scientist Prof. P Brandt
2015 R/V Maria S. Merian, 19 days, Las Palmas, Spain to Mindelo, Cape Verde. Deployment of PELAGIOS, responsible for GEOMAR team (5 students and 1 technician). Chief scientist Dr. B Christiansen
2015 R/V Walther Herwig III, 16 days from Dakar, Senegal to Mindelo, Cape Verde. Mesopelagic trawl sampling. Chief Scientist Dr. H Fock
2015 R/V Western Flyer, 10 days La Paz to La Paz, Mexico. MBARI Midwater Ecology Expedition Gulf of California, pelagic ROV surveys. Chief scientist Dr. BH Robison
Hoving, H.J.T., Neitzel, P., Hauss, H., Christiansen, S., Kiko, R., Robison, B.H., Silva, P, and Körtzinger, A. (2020) In situ observations show vertical community structure of pelagic fauna in the eastern tropical North Atlantic off Cape Verde. Scientific Reports 10:21798 doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-78255-9
Lischka, A, Lacoue-Labarthe, T, Bustamante, P, Piatkowski, U, Hoving HJT. (2020) Trace elements in the boreoatlantic gonate squid (Gonatus fabricii) demonstrate its ecological key role in polar regions of the Atlantic Ocean. Environmental Pollution 256: 113389 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2019.113389
Hoving, HJT, Christiansen, S, Fabrizius, E, Hauss, H, Kiko, R, Linke, P, Neitzel, P, Piatkowski, U. and Körtzinger, A. (2019) The Pelagic In situ Observation System (PELAGIOS) to reveal biodiversity, behavior and ecology of elusive oceanic fauna.Ocean Science 15 (5) 1327-1340 doi.org/10.5194/os-2018-131.
Christiansen, S*, Hoving, HJT*, Schütte,F, Hauss,H, Karstensen,H, Körtzinger,A, Schröder,S, Stemmann,L, Christiansen,B, PicheralM, Brandt,P, Robison,BH, Koch,R, Kiko, R. (2018) Particulate matter flux interception in oceanic mesoscale eddies by the polychaete Poeobius sp. Limnology and Oceanography https://doi.org/10.1002/lno.10926 *equal contribution
Schwarz, R, Piatkowski, U, Hoving, HJT. (2018) The impact of environmental temperature on the lifespan of octopods. Marine ecology Progress Series 605: 151-164
Hoving HJT, Bush SL, Haddock SHD, Robison BH. (2017) Bathyal feasting: post-spawning squid as a source of carbon for deep-sea benthic communities. Proc. R. Soc. B 284: 20172096
Purser A, Marcon Y, Hoving, HJT, Vecchione M, Piatkowski U, Easone D. Bluhm H, Boetius A. (2016). Association of deep-sea incirrate octopods with manganese crusts and nodule fields in the Pacific Ocean. Current Biology Volume 26 (24), 1268-1269
Hoving HJT, Laptikhovsky VV, Robison BH. (2015). Vampire squid’s reproductive strategy is unique among coleoid cephalopods. Current Biology 25 (8): 322–323