Dr. Peter Deines

Research Division 3: Marine Ecology
Research Unit: Marine Symbioses


Room: HB-124 (Hohenbergstraße 2)
Phone: +49 431 600-4485
Fax: +49 431 600-4482
Email: pdeines@geomar.de

Mailing address:
Düsternbrooker Weg 20, 24105 Kiel

Research Interests

My research centres on the ecology and evolution of microbial communities and microbial symbioses. I am particularly fascinated by host-associated microbial communities (microbiomes) that live on host surfaces, are associated with different tissues, and can reside inter- and intracellularly.

Investigating the interplay of ecological interactions in microbiomes in biotic and abiotic environments is a current research interest of mine. Presently I study marine plastic debris, particularly the role of microbial communities in plastic degradation.

Keywords: aquatic systems, microbial ecology, host-microbiota interactions, microbiome, community dynamics, evolution & function, food webs, ecological systems biology

To learn more about my research, visit my website. (link http://peterdeines.mystrikingly.com)

Professional Experience

  • 2020 – today GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany)

  • 2015 – 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie & DAAD Postdoctoral FellowZoological Institute, Christian Albrechts University Kiel (Germany)

  • 2011 – 2014 Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow Institute of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, Massey University (New Zealand)

  • 2009 – 2011 Alexander von Humboldt Fellow School of Biological Sciences, The University of Auckland (New Zealand)

  • 2007 – 2009 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow Chemical and Biological Engineering, The University of Sheffield (UK)

  • 2003 – 2006 PhD, Natural Sciences (Biology) Max Planck Institute for Limnology, Plön & Christian Albrechts University Kiel (Germany)

  • 1996 – 2002 Diploma, Biological Sciences Max Planck Institute for Limnology, Plön, Christian Albrechts University Kiel & GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Germany)

Selected Publications

Full list of publications GOOGLE SCHOLAR: (link https://scholar.google.de/citations?user=f40B-_kAAAAJ&hl=en)

He, J., Lange, J., Marinos, G., Bathia, J., Harris, D., Soluch, R., Vaibhvi, V., Deines, P., Hassani, M., Wagner, K.S., Zapien-Campos, R., Jaspers, C. & Sommer, F.(2020) Advancing our functional understanding of host–microbiota interactions: a need for new types of studies. BioEssays 1900211.

Deines, P., Hammerschmidt, K. & Bosch, T.C.G. (2019) Microbial traits and the realized niche in a simple metaorganism. bioRxiv, 814798.

Deines, P., Hammerschmidt, K. & Bosch, T.C.G. (2019) Fitness effects of host-bacterial interactions – the microbial perspective. bioRxiv, 609271.

Lachnit, T, Bosch, T.C.G., & Deines, P. (2019) Exposure of the host-associated microbiome to nutrient-rich conditions may lead to dysbiosis and disease development - an evolutionary perspective. mBio 10:e00355-19.

West, A.G., Waite, D.W., Deines, P., Bourne, D.G., Digby, A., McKenzie, V.J. & Taylor, M.W. (2019) The microbiome in threatened species conservation. Biological Conservation 229, 85-98. 

Bang, C., Dagan, T., Deines, P., Dubilier, N., et al. (2018) Metaorganisms in extreme environments: do microbes play a role in organismal adaptation? Zoology 127, 1-19.

Deines, P., Lachnit, T. & Bosch, T.C.G. (2017) Competing forces maintain the Hydra metaorganism. Immunological Reviews 279, 123-136.

Deines, P. & Bosch, T.C.G. (2016) Transitioning from microbiome composition to microbial community interactions: the potential of the metaorganism Hydra as an experimental model. Frontiers in Microbiology 7:1610.

Simister, R.L., Taylor, M.W., Rogers, K.M., Schupp, P.J. & Deines, P. (2013) Temporal molecular and isotopic analysis of active bacterial communities in two New Zealand sponges. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 85, 195-209.

Simister, R.L., Deines, P., Botté, E.S., Webster, N.S. & Taylor, M.W. (2012) Sponge-specific clusters revisited: a comprehensive phylogeny of sponge-associated microorganisms. Environmental Microbiology 14, 517-524.