Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ulf Riebesell

Professor of Biological Oceanography

Office:
Room no. 20-329
FON: +49/(0)431/600-4444
email: uriebesell(at)geomar.de

Personal Assistant/Office Management:
Room no. 20-328
FON: +49/(0)431/600-4445
FAX: +49/(0)431/600-4446
email: sgagliardi(at)geomar.de

Address:
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Düsternbrooker Weg 20, D-24105 Kiel, Germany

Research interests

  • Biological oceanography
  • Pelagic ecology and biogeochemistry
  • Plankton physiology and evolutionary biology
  • Ocean change biology (acidification, warming, deoxygenation)

Education

  • 1981-1983 Undergraduate studies in Biology, Christian Albrechts University (CAU), Kiel, Germany
  • 1983-1985 Graduate studies, Institute for Marine Sciences (IfM), Kiel, Germany
  • 1985-1986 Graduate studies, School of Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
  • 1986-1988 Graduate studies, Masters's, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, USA
  • 1988 M.Sc., University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, USA
  • 1988-1991 Graduate studies, Ph.D., AWI, Bremerhaven, Germany
  • 1991 Ph.D., University of Bremen, Germany

Professional Experience

  • 1991-1992 Post-Doc, Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Bremerhaven, Germany
  • 1992-1994 Post-Doc, Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), USA
  • 1994-1995 Research Scientist, Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Bremerhaven, Germany
  • 1995-2003 Senior scientist, Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Bremerhaven, Germany
  • 1997-2003 Head of the biological section, interdisciplinary carbon group, Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Bremerhaven, Germany
  • since 2003 Professor of Biological Oceanography, IFM-GEOMAR, now GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany
  • 2004-2007 Chair of scientific council, IFM-GEOMAR, now GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany
  • 2008-2009 Sabbatical, Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), USA
  • since 2007 Head of research unit Biological Oceanography, IFM-GEOMAR, now GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany
  • 2009-2011 Vice head of research division Marine Biogeochemistry, IFM-GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany
  • 2015 Sabbatical, Institute of Marine Science an Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia

Honours, Awards and Fellowships

  • 1985-1986 Fulbright Scholarship
  • 1994 Wilhelmshaven Award for Marine Sciences
  • 1995 Lindeman Award of the American Society of Limnology & Oceanography (ASLO)
  • 2011 Vladimir Vernadsky Medal, European Geosciences Union (EGU)
  • 2012 Leibniz Research Award, German Science Foundation (DFG)
  • 2017 European Research Council Advanced Grant

Memberships, Services, Activities

 Professional memberships

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Meeresforschung e.V.
  • European Geophysical Union (EGU)

 Community services

  • 2004 Session chair of symposium The Ocean in a High CO2 World I, Paris
  • 2005 Member of Royal Society report group for Ocean acidification due to increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide, London, UK
  • 2006 Contributing author of Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Report
  • 2006-2015 Theme leader of BMBF Coordinated Project Surface Ocean Processes in the ANthropocene (SOPRAN)
  • 2007-2009 Member of UNESCO-IOC consultative group on Ocean Iron Fertilization
  • 2008 Member of organizing committee for symposium The Ocean in a High CO2 World II, Monaco
  • 2008-2011 Chair of IOC working group for preparing a Guide for Best Practices in Ocean Acidification Research
  • 2008-2012 Deputy coordinator of European Project on Ocean Acidification (EPOCA)
  • 2009-2011 Member of U.S. National Research Council (NRC) commission for preparing a research strategy for Ocean Acidification Monitoring, Research, and Impacts Assessment
  • 2009-2012 Member of SOLAS/IMBER Joint Carbon Implementation group
  • 2009-2012 Member of Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) advisory board of UK programme on ocean acidification (UKOA)
  • 2009-2014 Member of scientific advisory board for Chinese project Carbon cycling in China Seas - budget, controls and ocean acidification (CHOICE-C)
  • 2009-2017 Coordinator of German national project Biological Impacts of Ocean ACIDification (BIOACID)
  • 2012 Chair of steering committee for The ocean in a high CO2 World III conference, Monterey, California, USA
  • since 2016 Coordinator of BMBF Bio-Tip project Humboldt Tipping

Major research projects

  • 2006-2011 AQUASHIFT – The impact of climate variability on aquatic ecosystems (DFG)
  • 2007-2015 SOPRAN – Surface Ocean Processes in the Anthropocene (BMBF)
  • 2008-2012 EPOCA – European Project on Ocean Acidification (EU)
  • 2008-2020 SFB754 – Climate Biogeochemistry Interactions in the Tropics (DFG)
  • 2008-2012 CalMarO – Calcification in Marine Organisms (EU)
  • 2009-2012 MESOAQUA – Mesocosm Facilities in Aquatic Ecosystems (EU)
  • 2009-2017 BIOACID – Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification (BMBF)
  • 2015-2017 ASLAEL – Future change in upwelling systems (BMBF)
  • 2016-2018 Humboldt Tipping (BMBF)
  • 2017-2020 AQUACOSM – Aquatic mesocosms across ecosystems and climate zones (EU)
  • 2017-2021 European Research Council Advanced Grant – Ocean Artificial Upwelling (ERC)