Prof. Dr. Stefanie M. H. Ismar

 

 

Office:
Phone: 0431 600 4411
Fax: 0431 600 1515
Room: 231
e-mail: sismar(at)geomar.de

Address:
GEOMAR | Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
Experimentelle Ökologie I (Nahrungsnetze)
Düsternbrooker Weg 20
D-24105 Kiel

Professional Employment

  • since 2012: Junior Professorship Marine Ecology at the GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, and at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany
  • since 2011: Honorary Research Fellow University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2011-2012: Research Assistant University of Oxford, U.K.; Field research to assess the behavioral ecology of New Caledonian crows Corvus moneduloides on Grande Terre, New Caledonia
  • 2010-2011: Researcher Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society Inc.; Assessing the foraging ecology and choice of feed ing habitat in the critically endangered New Zealand fairy tern, Sternula nereis davisae
  • 2011: Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2007-2010: Doctorate at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand; Foraging and breeding ecology of Australasian gannet Morus serrator – with applications for rare New Zealand seabirds
  • 2006-2007: Research Assistant Leibniz Institut für Meereskunde IfM-GEOMAR; testing the effect of food concentration and type of diet on Acartia survival and naupliar development
  • 2006: Dipl. in Biological Sciences, with distinction; Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, and Leibniz Institut für Meereskunde IfM-GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany
  • 2006: Diploma Thesis, Leibniz Institut für Meereskunde IfM-GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany: An experimental analysis of the impacts of climate change on the autumn succession of phytoplankton

Scientific Interests

  • Food web dynamics and quantification of food web interactions under changing environmental conditions, integrating novel genetic approaches with classical methodologies
  • Niche-partitioning and foraging ecology in seabirds

Projects

  • Developing a quantitative polymerase chain reaction technique (qPCR) to assess pathways in aquatic food webs, GEOMAR – Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research
  • Assessing niche-partitioning in a guild of sympatric procellariiform seabirds; in collaboration with the Hauraki Gulf Seabird Monitoring Project; Chris Gaskin, Dr. Matt J. Rayner (University of Auckland), Graeme Taylor (New Zealand Department of Conservation), and Dr. Sarah Bury (National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand)

Publications

  1. Booth Jones KA, Nicoll MAC, Raisin C, Dawson DA, Hipperson H, Horsburgh GJ, Groombridge JJ, Ismar SMH, Sweet P, Jones CG, Tatayah V, Ruhomaun K & Norris K (online early) Widespread gene flow between oceans in a pelagic seabird species complex. Molecular Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/mec.14330
  2. Hauber ME, Daniel C, Stephenson BM, Millar CD, Ismar SMH (acc) Genetic mating system of Australasian gannets (Morus serrator). Wilson Journal of Ornithology.
  3. Berg M, Linnebjerg JF, Ismar SMH, Gaskin CP, Rayner MJ (online early) Breeding biology of Fluttering Shearwaters (Puffinus gavia) on Burgess Island in northern New Zealand. Emu - Austral Ornithology. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/ptYwBRznA2fTzkXBdXQS/full
  4. Garzke J, Sommer U, Ismar SMH (2017). Is the chemical composition of biomass the agent by which ocean acidification impacts on zooplankton ecology? Aquatic Science 79: 733-748.
  5. Bi R, Ismar SMH, Sommer U, Zhao M (2017). Environmental dependence of the correlations between stoichiometric and fatty acid-based indicators of phytoplankton nutritional quality. Limnology and Oceanography  62: 334-347.
  6. Ismar SMH, Raubenheimer D, Bury SJ, Millar CD & Hauber ME (2017). Sex-specific foraging during parental care in a size-monomorphic seabird. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 129(1): 139-147.
  7. Garzke J, Hansen T, Ismar SMH, Sommer U (2016). Combined effects of ocean warming and acidification on copepod abundance, body size and fatty acid content. PLoS ONE 11(5): e0155952.
  8. Gaskin CP, Harrison P, Baird KA, Cunninghame F, Ismar SMH & Bell E (2016). An opportunistic sighting of a flock of Black Petrels (Procellaria parkinsoni) at the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. Notornis 64: 54-56.
  9. Ismar SMH, Gaskin CP, Fitzgerald NB, Taylor GA, Tennyson AJD & Rayner MJ (2015). Evaluating on-land capture methods for monitoring a recently re-discovered seabird, the New Zealand Storm-Petrel Fregetta maoriana. Marine Ornithology 43: 255-258.
  10. Rayner MJ, Gaskin CP, Fitzgerald NB, Baird KA, Berg MM, Boyle D, Joyce L, Landers TJ, Loh GG, Maturin S, Perrimen L, Scofield RP, Simm J, Taylor GA, Tennyson AJD, Robertson BC, Young M, Walle R & Ismar SMH (2015). Miniaturised radio telemetry to discover endangered seabird breeding grounds: a case study of the New Zealand Storm Petrel Fregetta maoriana. Ibis 157:754-766. DOI: 10.1111/ibi.12287
  11. Garzke J, Ismar SMH & Sommer U (2015). Climate change affects low trophic level marine consumers: warming decreases copepod size and abundance. Oecologia 177: 849-860.
  12. Ismar SMH, Baird KA, Gaskin CP, Taylor GA, Tennyson AJD, Rayner MJ, Bettesworth D, Fitzgerald N, Landers TJ & Imber MJ (2014). A case of natural recovery after the removal of invasive predators - community assemblage changes in the avifauna of Burgess Island. Notornis 61:188-195.
  13. Ismar SMH, Daniel C, Igic B,  Morrison-Whittle PK, Ballard G, Millar CD, Fidler AE, McGraw KJ, Wakamatsu K, Stephenson BM, Cassey P, Dearborn DC, & Hauber M (2014). Proximate mechanisms of sexual plumage dichromatism in a size-monomorphic seabird. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 126(3): 417-428.
  14. Ismar SMH, Trnski T, Beauchamp T, Bury S, Wilson D, Kannemeyer R, Bellingham M & Baird K (2014). Foraging ecology and choice of feeding habitat in the critically endangered New Zealand fairy tern, Sternula nereis davisae. Bird Conservation International 24(1): 72-87.
  15. Rayner MJ, Gaskin CP, Stephenson B, Fitzgerald NB, Landers TJ, Robertson B, Scofield RP, Ismar SMH & Imber MJ (2013). Brood patch and sex-ratio observations indicate breeding provenance and timing in New Zealand storm petrel (Fregetta maoriana). Marine Ornithology 41: 107-111
  16. Baird K*, Ismar SMH*, Wilson D, Plowman S, Zimmerman R & Bellingham M (2013). Sightings of New Zealand Fairy Tern Sternula nereis davisae in the Kaipara Harbour following nest failure. Notornis 60: 183-185.
  17. Ismar SMH, Taylor G, Gaskin CP & Rayner MJ (2012). First breeding report of black-winged petrel (Pterodroma nigripennis) on Burgess Island, Mokohinau Group, Hauraki Gulf. Notornis 59: 176-179.
  18. Rutz C, Burns ZT, James R, Ismar SMH, Burt J, Otis B, Bowen J & St Clair JJH (2012). Automated mapping of social networks in wild birds. Current Biology 22: R669-R671.
  19. Krull C, Ranjard L, Landers T, Ismar SMH, Matthews JL & Hauber ME (2012). Analyses of sex and individual differences in vocalizations of Australasian gannets using a dynamic time warping algorithm. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 132: 1189-1198. DOI: 10.1121/1.4734237
  20. Ismar SMH, Chong NL, Igic B, Baird K, Ortiz-Catedral L, Fidler A & Hauber ME (2011). Visual sensitivity, coloration and morphology of red-tailed tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda breeding on the Kermadec Islands. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 38: 29-42. DOI: 10.1080/03014223.2010.524228
  21. Ismar SMH, Phillips RA, Rayner MJ & Hauber ME (2011). Geolocation tracking of the annual migration of adult Australasian Gannets Morus serrator breeding in New Zealand. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 123: 121-125. DOI: 10.1676/10-072.1
  22. Igic B, Leuschner N, Parker K, Ismar SMH, Gill BG, Lovegrove TG, Millar CD & Hauber ME (2010). Size dimorphism and avian-perceived sexual dichromatism in a New Zealand endemic bird, the whitehead Mohoua albicilla. Journal of Morphology 271: 697-704. DOI: 10.1080/03014223.2010.524228
  23. Ismar SMH, Baird K, Patel S, Millar CD & Hauber ME (2010). Morphology of the recently re-classified Tasman masked booby (Sula dactylatra tasmani) breeding on the Kermadec Islands. Marine Ornithology 38: 105-109.
  24. Ismar SMH, Baird K, Favell E & Hauber ME (2010). Patterns of offspring sex-ratio in a re-establishing black-winged petrel (Pterodroma nigripennis) population. Emu – Austral Ornithology 110: 104-108. DOI: 10.1071/MU09097
  25. Ismar SMH, Daniel C, Stephenson BM & Hauber ME (2010). Mate replacement entails a fitness cost for a socially monogamous seabird. Naturwissenschaften 97: 109-113. DOI: 10.1007/s00114-009-0618-6
  26. Ismar SMH, Hunter C, Lay K, Ward-Smith T, Wilson RP & Hauber ME (2010). A virgin flight across the Tasman Sea? Satellite tracking of post-fledging movement in the Australasian Gannet Morus serrator. Journal of Ornithology 151: 755-759. DOI: 10.1007/s10336-010-0504-1
  27. Ortiz-Catedral L, Ismar SMH, Baird K, Brunton DH & Hauber ME (2009). Recolonization of Raoul Island by Kermadec red-crowned parakeets Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae cyanurus after eradication of invasive predators, Kermadec Islands archipelago, New Zealand. Conservation Evidence 6: 26-30.
  28. Ortiz-Catedral L, Ismar SMH, Baird K, Ewen JG, Hauber ME & Brunton DH (2009). No evidence of Campylobacter, Salmonella and Yersinia in free-living populations of the red-crowned parakeet (Cyanoramphus novaezelandiae). New Zealand Journal of Zoology 36: 379-383. DOI: 10.1080/03014223.2009.9651469
  29. Ismar SMH, Hansen T & Sommer U (2008). Effect of food concentration and type of diet on Acartia survival and naupliar development. Marine Biology 154: 335-343. DOI: 10.1007/s00227-008-0928-9
  30. Matthews JL, Ismar SMH & Hauber ME (2008). Seaweed provisioning behaviour confers thermal benefit for nesting Australasian gannets (Morus serrator). Behaviour 145: 1823-1837.
  31. Daniel C, Millar CD, Ismar SMH, Stephenson BM & Hauber ME (2007). Evaluating molecular and behavioural sexing methods for the Australasian gannet (Morus serrator). Australian Journal of Zoology 55: 377-382. DOI: 10.1071/ZO07073

Proceedings, Book Chapters, Talks and Poster

  1. Ismar SMH (2017) Beringung in Neuseeland (Vortrag) In: Beringungskurs der Vogelwarte Helgoland (2 - 8 Sep 2017), Helgoland, Germany.
  2. Ismar SMH, Li S, Kottmann J, Sommer U (2017) Adopting genetic quantification tools for the primary producer-consumer interface in marine pelagic food-webs. ASLO Aquatic Science Meeting (26 Feb - 3 Mar 2017), Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.
  3. Berg M, Rayner MJ, Linnebjerg JF, Gaskin C, Taylor G, Bell M, Akesson S, Trnski T, Tennyson A, Ismar SMH (2016) Have ecosystem changes altered the trophic niche of the fluttering shearwater (Puffinus gavia)? - A 134-year record from feathers and prey collected in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. 6th International Albatross and Petrel Conference (19 - 23 Sep 2016), Barcelona, Spain.
  4. Berg M, Rayner M, Linnebjerg JF, Gaskin C, Taylor G, Ward T, Ismar SMH (2016) Movement Patterns and Breeding Biology of the Fluttering Shearwater in Relation to Sardine and Anchovy. 13th International Seabird Group Conference (6 - 9 Sep 2016), Edinburgh, U.K. 
  5. Ismar SMH (2016) Beringung in Neuseeland (Vortrag) In: Beringungskurs der Vogelwarte Helgoland (3 - 10 Sep 2016), Helgoland, Germany.
  6. Alpert S, Mielke E, Burkhard B & Ismar S (2015). Neue Kartierung der Unterwasserhabitate im Naturschutzgebiet Schleimündung. Seevögel 36(2): 10-14. 
  7. Ismar S,  Gaskin C, Baird K, Cruz S, Paredes CS, Cunninghame F, de Roy T (2015) New insights into the at-sea ecology of a data-deficient seabird of unknown breeding provenance - White-vented Storm Petrel Oceanites gracilis galapagoensis. World Seabird Congress (26 - 30 Oct 2015), Cape Town, South Africa.
  8. Ismar S, Gaskin C, Fitzgerald N, Taylor G, Tennyson A, Baird K, Rayner M (2015) Evaluating on-land capture methods for monitoring a recently re-discovered procellariiform seabird, the New Zealand Storm Petrel Fregetta maoriana. World Seabird Congress (26 - 30 Oct 2015), Cape Town, South Africa.
  9. Landers T, Rayner M, Zhang J, Bel E, Hauber M, Ismar S, Dunphy B, Phillips R, Dennis T (2015) Mining tracking data with behavioural modelling: examples of two threatened New Zealand Procellaria, the Westland and the Black Petrel. World Seabird Congress (26 - 30 Oct 2015), Cape Town, South Africa.
  10. Rayner M, Gaskin C, Fitzgerald N, Baird K, Taylor G, Tennyson A, Landers T, Ismar S(2015) Fregetta in a haystack: a ten year Research program to attract, find and study New Zealand Storm Petrel at an unknown breeding site. World Seabird Congress (26 - 30 Oct 2015), Cape Town, South Africa.
  11. Finkel M, Martens S, Garthe S & Ismar SMH (2015) Effekte der Kieler Woche auf Fraßverhalten und Verteilung der Silbermöwe (Larus argentatus) an der Kieler Förde. Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft Jahresversammlung (30 Sep -05 Oct 2015), Konstanz, Germany.
  12. Chagas A, Enners L, Schwemmer P, Ismar SMH & Garthe S (2015) Foraging behavior of Pied Avocets (Recuvirostra avosetta) in the German Wadden Sea. Deutsche Ornithologen-Gesellschaft Jahresversammlung (30 Sep -05 Oct 2015), Konstanz, Germany.
  13. Ismar SMH, Kottmann J, Sommer U (2015) First genetic quantification of sex- and stage-specific feeding in the ubiquitous copepod Acartia tonsa. European Marine Biology Symposium (21 Sep -25 Sep 2015), Helgoland, Germany.
  14. Ismar SMH (2015) Beringung in Neuseeland (Vortrag) In: Beringungskurs der Vogelwarte Helgoland (05 Sep - 09 Sep 2015), Helgoland, Germany.
  15. Ismar S, Gaskin C, Rayner M (2015) The Hauraki Gulf - a global seabird diversity hotspot. (Invited Lecture) 10.03.2015 Rosmini College, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand.
  16. Ismar S, Gaskin C, Rayner M (2015) The Hauraki Gulf - a global seabird diversity hotspot. (Invited Lecture) 11.03.2015 Marist College, Auckland, New Zealand.
  17. Ismar, S.M.H. (2014) Wie treu sind Tölpel? Partnerkonstanz und ihre Auswirkungen für den Bruterfolg bei Seevögeln (Vortrag f.d. Öffentlichkeit) In: Maasholmer naturwissenschaftliche Vorträge, 02.09.2014, Maashol, Germany.
  18. Ismar, S.M.H. (2014) Beringung in Neuseeland (Vortrag) In: Beringungskurs der Vogelwarte Helgoland (30 Aug - 05 Sep 2014), Helgoland, Germany.
  19. Garzke J, Ismar SMH, Sommer U (2014) Global warming decreases copepod size and abundance: climate change affects low trophic level marine consumers; presenting author J. Garzke; Joint Aquatic Science Meeting, Portland, Oregon, USA.
  20. Kottmann J, Feindt-Herr H, Giller A, Ismar S, Siebert U (2014) Spatio-Temporal Distribution Patterns of Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) Calves in German Waters; presenting author J.Kottmann; Conference of the European Cetacean Society (05 - 09 Apr 2014), Liège, Belgium.
  21. Ismar SMH, Trnski T, Beauchamp T, Bury SJ, Wilson D, Kannemeyer R, Bellingham M, Baird K (2014) Foraging ecology of the critically endangered New Zealand fairy tern Sternula nereis davisae. International Society of Behavioral Ecology Conference (31 July - 05 Aug 2014), New York, USA
  22. Ismar, S.M.H. 2013. Red-tailed tropicbird. In Miskelly, C.M. (ed.) New Zealand Birds Online. www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz
  23. Ismar, S.M.H. 2013. Masked booby. In Miskelly, C.M. (ed.) New Zealand Birds Online. www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz
  24. Ismar, S.M.H. 2013. Australasian gannet. In Miskelly, C.M. (ed.) New Zealand Birds Online. www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz
  25. Stefanie M.H. Ismar (2013). „Beobachtung zum Erhalt der letzten ihrer Art - seltene Seevögel.“  Kieler Woche Vorträge: Faszination Meeresforschung – von der Ostsee um die Welt; Exzellenzcluster „Ozean der Zukunft“ und GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel.
  26. Stefanie M.H. Ismar (2013). „Partnerkonstanz und ihre Auswirkungen für den Bruterfolg bei Seevögeln." Wissenschaft zum Zuhören; kieler uni live.
  27. Veitch C.R., Gaskin C., Baird K., & Ismar S.M.H. (2011) Changes in bird numbers on Raoul Island, Kermadec Islands, New Zealand, following the eradication of goats, rats, and cats. In: Island Invasives: Eradication and Management. Proceedings of the International Conference on Island Invasives. pp. 372-376.
  28. Ismar S.M.H., Trnski T., Beauchamp T., Bury S., Bellingham M. & Baird K. (2011) Foraging ecology of the critically endangered New Zealand fairy tern, Sternula nereis davisae; presenting author Karen Baird; Australasian Ornithological Conference, Cairns, Australia.
  29. Ismar S.M.H., Gaskin C.P. & Baird K.A. (2011) Recolonisation by seabirds of Raoul Island (Kermadec Islands); presenting author Chris Gaskin; Australasian Ornithological Conference, Cairns, Australia.
  30. Ismar S.M.H., Gaskin C.P. & Baird K.A. (2010) Recolonisation by seabirds of Raoul Island (Kermadec Islands). CBB Island Eradication Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
  31. Taylor G., Tennyson A., Ismar S., Gaskin C. & Baird K. (2010) Seabirds of the Kermadec Islands. In: DEEP - Talks and thoughts celebrating diversity in New Zealand’s untouched Kermadecs. pp. 46-47.
  32. Ismar S.M.H., Raubenheimer D., Millar C.D., Hunter C., Daniel C., Ward-Smith T. & Hauber M.E. (2009) Sex-dimorphism of foraging patterns in a size-monomorphic seabird. INTECOL, Brisbane, Australia.
  33. Ismar S.M.H., Daniel C., Stephenson B.M. & Hauber M.E. (2009) Mate replacement imposes a fitness cost on a socially monogamous seabird. Animal Behavior Society Conference, Pirenopolis, Brazil.
  34. Ismar S.M.H. (2009) Foraging and breeding ecology of the Australasian gannet. ASSAB, Auckland, New Zealand.
  35. Ismar S.M.H. (2008) Foraging and breeding ecology of the Australasian gannet. NZES, Auckland, New Zealand.
  36. Ismar S.M.H., Lengfellner K., Hansen T. & Sommer U. (2006) Climate change impacts on the autumn succession of phytoplankton: - an experimental analysis with Baltic Sea plankton –. ASTRA, Klaipeda, Lithuania.