Marine Ecology

Benthic Ecology

Structure and Dynamic of Life on the Sea Floor


Contributions to the Mid-Term Research Foci:

1) Chemical Ecology

- Defence against grazing

- Fouling and anti-fouling

- Regulation of defence

2) Ecology of Stress

- Non-biotic stress: climatic change, boundary constraints

- Biotic stress: competition, grazing, epibiosis, and invasive species

- Modulation of stress by environmental fluatuations

3) Ecophysiology

- Abiotic Effects on physiological processes

- Ecological consequences of physiological processes

4) Invasion ecology

- Genetics and ecology of successful invasions

- Invasion modulation by associated organisms )mircrobes, parasites)

- Invasion modulation by global warming

4) Large Scale Projects

- KOB, the Kiel Outdoor Benthocosms 

- The infrastructure:


- Training and Research Program GAME


RD leader

Prof. Dr. Martin Wahl
GEOMAR | Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Duesternbrooker Weg 20 
D-24105 Kiel 
phone: +49 431 600-4500
fax: +49 431 600-1671
email: mwahl(at)


Assistant / Office Manager:

Ute Büther
phone: +49 431 600-4501
email: ubuether(at)