Marine Biogeochemistry

Water Column Biogeochemistry


Our research activities relate to Global Change and Ecosystem Functioning. We approach our research from two directions: field measurements and laboratory studies.The research is interdisciplinary and involves investigating interactions between chemical, biological and physical processes in the oceans. We study the distributions, behavior and chemical speciation of trace metals, nutrients and carbon in the water column. We are also interested in the environmental chemistry of contaminants and nanoparticles in marine systems. We investigate how anthropogenic drivers change the chemistry of the ocean and thus impact on biological processes.Our research is interdisciplinary and undertaken in collaboration with national (University of Kiel, Jacobs University, AWI, IOW ), and international partners (e.g. in the United Kingdom, USA, The Netherlands, Sweden, China, France, Kuwait).