Marie-Lise Schläppy


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Dr. rer. Nat., Biology, Max-Planck institute for Marine Microbiology. Bremen University, Germany.


Master in tropical marine ecology, Center for tropical marine ecology (ZMT). Bremen University, Germany.


Bachelor of Science with honours, Major in biology and spatial analysis (GIS/remote sensing) James Cook University (JCU), Townsville, Australia.

1988 – 1991

Bachelor in specialized education, applied university of social work and pedagogy (EESP), Lausanne, Switzerland.

Research interests

  • Impact of offshore renewable energy  devices on marine benthic invertebrates assemblages
  • Response of marine invertebrate communities to anthropogenic impacts
  • Microbial processes in sponges
  • Life-history characteristics of small benthic fish




Nall, C., Schlappy, M-L. & Guerin, A. 16 May 2017 In : BIOFOULING. 33, 5, p. 379-396 Characterisation of the biofouling community on a floating wave energy device


Schläppy M-L, Loder J., Salmond J., Lea A., Dean A. J. and Roelfsema C. M. (2017) Making Waves: Marine Citizen Science for Impact. Front. Mar. Sci. 4:146. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2017.00146


Done, T. Roelfsema C. M., Harvey A., Fantozzi, L., Hill J., Schläppy M.-L., Lea A., Bauer-Civiello A., and Loder J. Reliability and utility of citizen science reef monitoring data collected by Reef Check Australia, 2002 – 2015. (2017). Marine Pollution Bulletin. 117: (1–2) 148–155


Šaškov A., Dahlgren T.G., Rzhanov Y., Schläppy M-L. 2015. Benthic imagery analysis for impact assessment of offshore wind farms: comparing manual and semi-automatic approaches. Hydrobiologia, 756 (1): 139-153.


Schläppy M-L, Šaškov A., Dahlgren T.G. 2014. Impact hypothesis for offshore wind farms: Explanatory models for species distribution at extremely exposed rocky areas. Continental Shelf Research 83:14–23.


Dahlgren T.G., Schläppy M-L, Šaškov A., Andersson M., Rzhanov Y., and Fer I. Assessing impact from wind farms at subtidal, exposed marine areas. Pp. 39-48. In: Marine Renewable Energy and Environmental Interactions. Editors: Shields M. A. and Payne A. I. L. Springer Verlag.


Barlaup B.T., Gabrielsen S.E., Løyland J., Schläppy M.-L., Wiers T., Vollset K.W., Pulg U. Novel giant trap-net design for catching coastal fishes unharmed and implications for estimates of salmon sea-lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) on anadromous brown trout (Salmo trutta). Fisheries Research 139:43– 46


Hoffmann F. & Schläppy M-L. Sponges (Porifera) and sponge microbes, In: Encyclopedia of Geobiology, Reitner, J., Thiel, V. (Eds.), Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany


Schläppy M-L, Weber M., Mendola D., Patin N., Hoffmann F., de Beer D. Heterogeneous oxygenation resulting from active and passive flow in two Mediterranean sponges, Dysida avara and Chondrosia reniformis. Limnology and Oceanography, 55 (3): 1289–1300


Schläppy M-L; Schöttner, S; Hoffmann F.; Lavik, G.; de Beer, D. Microbial abundances and processes in three Mediterranean sponges. Marine Biology, 157:593–602


Hoffmann, F., Radax R., Woebken D., Holtappels M., Lavik G., Rapp H.T., Schläppy M-L, Schleper C. and. Kuypers M.M.M. Complex nitrogen cycling in the sponge Geodia barretti. Environmental Microbiology. 11 (9): 2228 – 2243


Schläppy, M-L, Hoffmann, F., Røy, H., Wijffels, R. H, Mendola, D., Sidri, M., de Beer D. Oxygen dynamics and flow patterns of Dysidea avara (Porifera:Demospongiae) J. Mar. Biol. Ass. UK, 87 (6): 1677-1682


Hernaman, V., Munday, P. L., and Schläppy, M.-L. Validation of otolith growth increment periodicity in tropical gobiids, Marine Biology 137:715–726

Other interests

  • SCUBA diving
  • Hiking
  • Gifted education
  • Adult life-coaching
  • Study and teaching of the “highly sensitive person” concept by E. Aron



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