PD Dr. habil. Florian Weinberger

Research Division 3: Marine Ecology
Unit: Experimental Ecology
Group: Management Ecology of Marine Macrophytes

Wischhofstraße 1-3, Building 5, Room 1.312
Phone: +49 431 600-4516
E-Mail: fweinberger(at)geomar.de

Postal address:
Wischhofstraße 1-3
D-24148 Kiel

Education and Scientific Career

- Vordiplom Biology1, University of Hamburg/Germany (1987).
- Diplom Biology1: Botany, Microbiology und Hydrobiology, University of Hamburg (1991).
- BAH Research Fellow, Biologische Anstalt Helgoland und University of Hamburg (1991-1993).
- Project Scientist, Hamburger Umwelt-Institut, Silva Jardim, Brazil (1993-1995).
- MINERVA Research Fellow, National Institute of Oceanography, Haifa, Israel (1996-1999).
- Dr. rer. nat.1 Microbiology, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel/Germany (1999).
- Postdoc, CNRS, Station Biologique de Roscoff, France (1999-2004).
- Scientist, Leibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften (IFM-GEOMAR), Kiel (2005-2010).
- Scientist, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung (GEOMAR), Kiel (since 2011).
- Dr. habil. Biologische Meereskunde, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel (2013).

 [1] "Vordiplom", "Diplom" and "Dr. rer. nat."  degrees are similar but not entirely equivalent to B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD degrees, respectively.


Ecology and management of seaweeds, in particular of
- invasive seaweeds,
- macroalgal blooms,

- seaweed diseases,
- cultivated seaweed.

Seaweed-microbe, seaweed-epibiont and seaweed-herbivore interactions.


- Since 2005 various classes at Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel
   (M.Sc. Biological Oceanography, B.Sc. Biology)
- 2013 Habilitation and Venia Legendi (= teaching permission), Biological Oceanography

Editorial responsibilities

- Field editor for macrophytobenthos, "Helgoland Marine Research" (2012-2015)
- Associate editor, "Marine Biology" (2014-2021)

Professional Society Memberships

- Sektion Phykologie der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft
- International Phycological Society (IPC)
- Phycological Society of America (PSA)

Research funding

DBU (2023-2026)
LFU Schleswig-Holstein (2006-2026)
BMBF (2010-2013, 2019-2020)
DFG (2016-2021)
DFG-Exzellenzinitiative "Future Ocean" (2007-2009, 2008-2010, 2015-2016)
EU-BONUS (2017-2020)
GIZ (2020-2022)
EuroMarine (2015)
ASSEMBLE European Community - Research Infrastructure Action (2009, 2010, 2013, 2020)
Université de Toulon/France (2015)
Universidad Catolica/Chile (2022)
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel


1. Complete lists of publications, often linking to PDF's:

A) Through OceanRep
B) Through Researcher ID: O-5554-2015
C) Through ORCID: 0000-0003-3366-6880
D) Through ResearchGate
E) Through Google Scholar

2. More recent publications:

T. Aires, C. Cucio, J. Brakel, F. Weinberger, M. Wahl, A. Teles, G. Muyzer, A.E. Engelen (2024) Impact of persistently high sea surface temperatures on the rhizobiomes of Zostera marina in a Baltic Sea benthocosms. Global Change Biology 30:e17337. doi: 10.1111/gcb.17337

J. Li, M. Saha, M.E. Majzoub, T. Yang, H. Chu, T. Thomas, F. Weinberger, S. Egan (2024) Non-selective microbiota reduction after the elicitation of a seaweed's immune response. Environmental Microbiology Reports 16:e13268. doi: 10.1111/1758-2229.13268

A. P. Lipinska, S. A. Krueger-Hadfield, O. Godfroy, S. Dittami, L. Ayres-Ostrock, G. Bonthond, L. Brillet-Guéguen, S. Coelho, E. Corre, G. Cossard, C. Destombe, P. Epperlein, S. Faugeron, E. Ficko-Blean, J. Beltrán, E. Lavaut, A. Le Bars, F. Marchi, S. Mauger, G. Michel, P. Potin, D. Scornet, E. Sotka, F. Weinberger, M. C. de Oliveira, M. L. Guillemin, E. M. Plastino, M. Valero, V. Castric (2023) The Rhodoexplorer platform for red algal genomics and whole genome assemblies for several Gracilaria species. Genome Biology and Evolution, 15/7:evad124. doi:10.1093/gbe/evad124.

L. Düsedau, Y. Ren, M. Hou, M. Wahl, Z.-M. Hu, G. Wang, F. Weinberger (2023) Elevated temperature-induced epimicrobiome shifts in an invasive seaweed Gracilaria vermiculophylla. Microorganisms 2023, 11, 599. doi: 10.3390/microorganisms11030599

G. Bonthond, A.-K. Neu, T. Bayer, S. A. Krueger-Hadfield, S. Künzel, F. Weinberger (2023) Non-native hosts of an invasive seaweed holobiont have more stable microbial communities compared to native hosts in response to thermal stress. Ecol. Evol. 13:e9753. doi: 10.1002/ece3.9753

J. Li, F. Weinberger, R. de Nys, T. Thomas, S. Egan (2023) A pathway to improve seaweed aquaculture through microbiota manipulation. Trends in Biotechnol. 41/4:545-556. doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2022.08.003

J.-X. Xiang, M. Saha, K.-L. Zhong, Q.-S. Zhang, D. Zhang, A. Jueterbock, S. A. Krueger-Hadfield, G.-G. Wang, F. Weinberger, Z.-M. Hu (2022) Genome-scale signatures of adaptive gene expression changes in an invasive seaweed Gracilaria vermiculophylla. Mol. Ecol 32:613–627. doi: 10.1111/mec.16776

Y.-J. Liu, K.-L. Zhong, A. Jueterbock, S. Satoshi, H.-G. Choi, F. Weinberger, J. Assis Z.-M. Hu (2022) The invasive alga Gracilaria vermiculophylla in the native northwest Pacific under ocean warming: Southern genetic consequence and northern range expansion. Front. Mar. Sci. 9:983685. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2022.98368

L.M. van der Loos, S. D'hondt, A.E. Engelen, H. Pavia, G.B. Toth, A. Willems, F. Weinberger, O. De Clerck, S. Steinhagen (2022) Salinity and host drive Ulva-associated bacterial communities across the Atlantic-Baltic Sea gradient. Mol. Ecol. doi: 10.1111/mec.16462

D.F. Afanasyev, S. Steinhagen, S.R. Abdullin, F. Weinberger (2022) Vegetation of the supralittoral and upper sublittoral zones of the Western German Baltic Sea coast: A phytosociological study. Botanica Marina 65/2, 121-133. doi: 10.1515/bot-2021-0026

J. Li, F. Weinberger, M. Saha, M.E. Marzhoub, S. Egan (2021) Cross-host protection of marine bacteria against macroalgal disease. Microbial Ecology doi: 10.1007/s00248-021-01909-2

F. Weinberger, S. Sundt, N. Staerck, C. Merck, R. Karez, K. Rehdanz (2021) Shifting beach wrack composition in the SW Baltic Sea and its effect on beach use. Ecology and Society 26(4):43 doi: 10.5751/ES-12759-260443

G. Bonthond, S. Shalygin, T. Bayer, F. Weinberger (2021) Draft genome and description of Waterburya agarophytonicola gen. nov. sp. nov. (Pleurocapsales, Cyanobacteria): a seaweed symbiont. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek doi: 10.1007/s10482-021-01672-x

Y. Boundir, R. Haroun, R. Sanchez de Pedro, M. Hasni, N. Ouazzani, L. Mandi, F. Rafiq, F. Weinberger, O. Cherifi (2021) Biomonitoring of heavy metal pollution using the brown seaweed Ericaria selaginoides along the Atlantic coast of Morocco. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research 20(1): 21-41 doi: 10.15666/aeer/2001_021041

G. Wang, Y. Ren, S. Wang, M. Hou, F. Weinberger (2021) Shifting chemical defence or novel weapons? A review of defence traits in Agarophyton vermiculophyllum and other invasive seaweeds. Marine Life Science and Technology doi: 10.1007/s42995-021-00109-8

S.A. Krueger-Hadfield, J.E. Byers, G. Bonthond, R. Terada, F. Weinberger, E.E. Sotka (2021) Intraspecific diversity and genetic structure in the widespread macroalga Agarophyton vermiculophyllum. Journal of Phycology. doi: 10.1111/jpy.13195

E. Creis Bendelac, L. Delage, L. Vallet, C. Leblanc, I. Kruse, E. Ar Gall, F. Weinberger, P. Potin (2021) Induction of phlorotannins and gene expression in the brown macroalga Fucus vesiculosus in response to the herbivore Littorina littorea. Marine Drugs 19, 185. doi: 10.3390/md19040185

S. Steinhagen, L. Düsedau, F. Weinberger (2021) DNA barcoding of the German green supralittoral zone indicates the distribution and phenotypic plasticity of Blidingia species and reveals Blidingia cornuta sp. nov.. Taxon. doi: 10.1002/tax.12445

G. Bonthond, T. Bayer, S.A. Krueger-Hadfield, N. Stärck, G. Wang, M. Nakaoka, S. Künzel, F. Weinberger (2021) The role of host promiscuity in the invasion process of a seaweed holobiont. ISME Journal. doi: 10.1038/s41396-020-00878-7