Dr. rer. nat. Felix Mittermayer


Research division 3: Marine Ecology
Marine Evolutionary Ecology

Room: 1.508
Phone: +49-431 600-4539
E-Mail: fmittermayer(at)geomar.de


Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Wischhofstr. 1-3
D-24148 Kiel / Germany



Research interests

The impact of climate change on marine organisms mainly fish and their eggs and larvae, is my main research interest. I employ a combination of experimental ecology with genetic and genomic methods to assess the organisms’ resilience and potential to adapt to climate change, focusing mainly on the impacts of ocean acidification on larvae of Atlantic cod.


Since 2014
PhD Candidate at the GEOMAR, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Master in Marine Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden:” Sequencing a gene under strong selection: aspartate aminotransferase in North Atlantic Littorina”

Bachelor in Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden: “Reproductive biology and growth of the sprat (Sprattus sprattus L.) in the Kattegat and Skagerrak”



Temming, A., Niemax, J., Zaiko, A., Siaulys, A., Törnroos, A., Clemmesen, C., Jaspers, C., Oesterwind, D., Bonsdorff, E., Mittermayer, F., Kuosa, H., Ojaveer, H., Behrens, J., Peters, J., Renz, J., Kotta, J., Dutz, J., Lehtiniemi, M., Winder, M., Setälä, O., Kotterba, P., Puntila, R. and Neuenfeldt, S. (2015) Review of environmental factors influencing distributions of selected Baltic species.  BIO-C3 Deliverable, D1.1 EU Bonusproject BIO-C3, 75 pp.

Clemmesen, C., Behrens, J., Christensen, A., Christensen, E. A. F., Dutz, J., Jaspers, C., Flindt, E., Griniene, E., Günther, C., Herrmann, J. P., Hinrichsen, H. H., Huwer, B., Karlsson, K., Kolodzey, S., Kotta, J., Kuosa, H., Lehtiniemi, M., Matern, S., Meskendahl, L., Mittermayer, F., Nurske, K., Ojaveer, H., Petereit, C., Puiac, S., Puntila, R., Samuiloviene, A., Temming, A., van Deurs, M., Winder, M. and Zaiko, A. (2016) Documentation on key drivers and physiological tolerance limits for resident and invasive species. . D1.2 EU Bonusproject BIO-C3, 100 pp.

Kalogirou, S., Mittermayer, F., Pihl, L. and Wennhage, H. (2012): Feeding ecology of indigenus and non-indigenous fish species within the family Sphyraenidae, Journal of Fish Biology 80, 2528-2548.

Vitale, F., Mittermayer, F., Krischansson, B., Johansson, M. and Casini, M. (2015) “Growth and maturity of sprat (Sprattus sprattus) in the Kattegat and Skagerrak, eastern North Sea “ Aquat. Living Resour. 28, 127–137

Stiasny, M., Mittermayer, F., Sswat, M., Voss, R., Jutfelt, F., Chierici, M., Puvanendran, V., Mortensen, A., Reusch, T. B. H. and Clemmesen, C. (2016)
Ocean Acidification Effects on Atlantic Cod Larval Survival and Recruitment to the Fished Population. PLoS ONE, 11 (8).


Mittermayer, F., Stiasny, M., Clemmesen, C. und Reusch, TBH. (2016) „Effects of Ocean Acidification on Atlantic Cod Larval Survival and Importance of Mate Choice” 16th CeMEB Assembly, 11.-13. Oktober 2016, Tjärnö, Schweden.
Mittermayer, F., Stiasny, M., Sswat, M., Bayer, T., Jentoft, S., Falk-Petersen, I-B., Clemmesen, C. und Reusch, TBH. (2017) “COD AND OCEAN ACIDIFICATION: Transcriptomic Responses” 50th Anniversary Symposium of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles,3–7 July 2017, University of Exeter, UK


Mittermayer, F., Duvetorp, M., Johansson, E., Johannesson, K. und Panova, M. (2014) “Sequencing a Gene under Selection: Aspartate Aminotransferas in North Atlantic Littorina” Evolution in Sweden 2014, 15.-16. Januar 2014, Uppsala, Schweden
Mittermayer F., Stiasny M., Clemmesen C. und Reusch TBH. (2015) “Can Cod Cope - Epigenetic and Transgenerational Response to Ocean Acidification.” 14th CeMEB Assembly, 6.-8. Oktober 2015, Tjärnö, Schweden
Mittermayer F.; Stiasny M., Clemmesen C. und Reusch TBH. 2015
Transgenerational Epigenetic Effects of Ocean Acidification on Barents Sea Cod FRAM Science Days, 10.-11. November 2015, Fram Center, Tromsø, Norway.


Project involvement and associations

2014- BONUS BIO-C3:"Biodiversity changes-causes, consequences and management implications”  www.bio-c3.eu/de

2014- ISOS: "Integrated School of Ocean Sciences" 

2014- Associate member in CeMEB:  Linnaeus Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology cemeb.science.gu.se