Marie-Lise Schläppy



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Joined the ERI

July 4, 2014

Job Description

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




Research fellow, Environmental Research Institute, University of Highlands and Islands, Thurso, United Kingdom



Programme manager, Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL) Switzerland



Programme manager, NCCR Quantum Photonics, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland



Researcher, Research Institute Uni Research, Bergen, Norway



Science operations manager, Reef Check Australia, Townsville, Australia



Post-doctoral fellow, Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany



Pearl-oyster grow-out manager for Cendana Indopearls, Irian Jaya & Bali, Indonesia



Marine projects manager, Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands resort, Savusavu, Vanua Levu, Fiji



Specialised education, La Bérallaz, Lausanne, Switzerland


2005-2008 Dr. rer. Nat., Biology, Max-Planck institute for Marine Microbiology. Bremen University, Germany.



2003-2005 Master in tropical marine ecology, Center for tropical marine ecology (ZMT). Bremen University, Germany.



1994-1998 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.



Continuing education


2013-2015            Certificate of advanced studies (CAS-continuing education) in cooperation and development studies, ETHZ-NADEL, Switzerland

2012-2013            Certificate of advanced studies (CAS-continuing education) in gifted pedagogy, Applied University of Pedagogy,  Liestal, Switzerland



Nall, C. R., Schläppy, M-L and Guerin, A. J. Characterisation of the biofouling community on a floating wave energy device. Biofouling. 33, 5, 379-396

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