Marine Ecology

The Research Division Marine Ecology has five Research Units: Experimental Ecology - Benthos, Marine Evolutionary Ecology, Marine Natural Products Chemistry, Marine Symbioses and Ocean EcoSystems Biology.

Contact

Head of the Research Division:

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Reusch
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Düsternbrooker Weg 20 
D-24105 Kiel
Germany
Phone: +49-431 - 600-4550
Fax: +49-431 - 600-4553
e-mail: treusch(at)geomar.de

Assistant / Office Manager:

Cornelia Rüther
Phone: +49-431- 600-4551
Fax: +49-431 - 600-134551
e-mail: cruether(at)geomar.de

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Seminars within RD3 and RUs

Overview

RD3 mission: Ocean’s biological diversity drives ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles. A deeper knowledge on existing diversity, the associated processes and the reactions to environmental perturbation is needed to project future changes, and to guide sustainable use of biological resources.

These are a few key questions that scientists of RD3 are addressing:

  • How will species interactions and marine communities be reorganized under multiple environmental changes, including invasion pressure and novel pathogens?
  • How will ecosystem biodiversity, functioning and services (for example, productivity, carbon sequestration, nutrient retention) change in response to perturbations and re-organization (due to range shifts /species introductions)? What are the relative contributions of evolutionary change, physiological plasticity and community restructuring to overall ecological response to global change?
  • What are novel marine resources in terms of genetic/genomic resources and marine organism and substances that can be utilized for human application? How can we sustainably use marine resources by understanding the biology of the exploited species in order to minimize effects on population sizes and biodiversity and the affected habitats?
 

Research groups

Nineteen research groups reflect the diversity of research conducted in GEOMAR Marine Ecology. Move the cursor on the individual research group icon to obtain additional information. Click on the icon to follow the links to the group's website.

Marine Evolutionary Ecology
Thorsten Reusch
Pathology and biogenic Stress Biology of Macrophytes
Florian Weinberger
Stress Ecology
Martin Wahl
Deep-sea biology
Henk-Jan Hoving
Marine Biodiversity group
Birte Matthiessen
Marine speciation
Oscar Puebla
Marine natural products chemistry
Deniz Tasdemir
GAME
Mark Lenz
Animal Ecophysiology
Frank Melzner
Invasion Ecology
Elizabeta Briski
Larval Fish Ecology
Catriona Clemmesen-Bockelmann
Jellyfish Ecology
Jamileh Javid Mohammad Pour
Marine Trophodynamics
Stefanie Ismar
Parental investment and immune dynamics - Olivia Roth
Food web modelling
Marco Scotti
Polar ecology
Dieter Piepenburg
FishBase
Rainer Froese
Marine Symbioses
Ute Hentschel Humeida
GEOMAR Biobank
Jörg Süling

 

 

RD3 News

Healthy bladderwrack Fucus vesiculosusis. Photo: Uli Kunz.
15.10.2019

Acceleration and brake processes to adapt to global change

Bladderwrack shows coupled reactions to environmental changes

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Scientists recovering the water sampler used to collect ocean samples. Photo: Marie Cuvelier
26.09.2019

Viruses as Modulators of Interactions in Marine Ecosystems

GEOMAR scientists show a new picture of the role of viruses in the ocean

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