PD Dr. habil. Florian Weinberger

Research Division 3: Marine Ecology
Research Unit: Experimental Ecology - Benthic Ecology
Research group Pathology and Biogenic Stress Biology of Marine Macrophytes

Hohenbergstr. 2, Room 127
Phone: +49 431 600-4516
Fax: +49 431 600-1671
Email: fweinberger(at)geomar.de

Mail address:
Düsternbrooker Weg 20,
D-24105 Kiel

Education and Scientific Career

- Vordiplom Biology1, University of Hamburg/Germany (1987).
- Diplom Biology1: Botany, Microbiology und Hydrobiology, University of Hamburg (1991).
- BAH Research Fellow, Biologische Anstalt Helgoland und University of Hamburg (1991-1993).
- Project Scientist, Hamburger Umwelt-Institut, Silva Jardim, Brazil (1993-1995).
- MINERVA Research Fellow, National Institute of Oceanography, Haifa, Israel (1996-1999).
- Dr. rer. nat.1 Microbiology, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel/Germany (1999).
- Postdoc, CNRS, Station Biologique de Roscoff, France (1999-2004).
- Scientist, Leibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften (IFM-GEOMAR), Kiel (2005-2010).
- Scientist, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung (GEOMAR), Kiel (since 2011).
- Dr. habil. Biologische Meereskunde, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel (2013).

 [1] "Vordiplom", "Diplom" and "Dr. rer. nat."  degrees are similar but not entirely equivalent to B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD degrees, respectively.


 - Seaweed-microbe and seaweed-herbivore interactions
        (multiple projects, focusing on various macroalgae and seagrasses)
Biological control of diseases in seaweed aquaculture.
Ecology of Gracilaria vermiculophylla and other invasive seaweeds.
Taxonomy and ecology of Ulva and related opportunistic seaweeds.
- Effects of beach wrack on the marine environment and on beach users.


- Since 2005 various classes at Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel
   (M.Sc. Biological Oceanography, B.Sc. Biology)
- 2013 Habilitation and Venia Legendi (= teaching permission), Biological Oceanography

Editorial responsibilities

- Field editor for macrophytobenthos, "Helgoland Marine Research" (2012-2015)
- Associate editor, "Marine Biology" (since 2014)

Professional Society Memberships

- Sektion Phykologie der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft
- International Phycological Society (IPC)
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Meereskunde (DGM)

Grants received

- EU-BONUS (2017-2020)
- DFG (2016-2020)
- DFG-Cluster of Excellence "Future Ocean" (2007-2009, 2008-2010, 2015-2016)
- LLUR Schleswig-Holstein (2006-2019)
- BMBF (2010-2013)
- ASSEMBLE European Community - Research Infrastructure Action (2009, 2010, 2013)
- Université de Toulon/France (2015)
- EuroMarine (2015)
- Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel


1. Complete lists of publications, often linking to PDF's:

A) Through OceanRep
B) Through Researcher ID: O-5554-2015
C) Through ORCID: 0000-0003-3366-6880
D) Through ResearchGate
E) Through Google Scholar

2. More recent publications:

G. Wang, L. Chang,  R. Zhang, S. Wang, X. Wei, E. Rickert, P. Krost, L. Xiao, F. Weinberger (2019) Can targeted defense elicitation improve seaweed aquaculture? Journal of Applied Phycology. doi: 10.1007/s10811-018-1709-6

S. Steinhagen, A. Barco, T. Wichard, F. Weinberger (2018): Conspecificity of the model organism Ulva mutabilis and Ulva compressa (Ulvophyceae, Chlorophyta). Journal of Phycology. doi: 10.1111/jpy.12804

S. Steinhagen, F. Weinberger, R. Karez (2018): Molecular analysis of Ulva compressa (Chlorophyta, Ulvales) reveals its morphological plasticity, distribution and potential invasiveness on German North Sea and Baltic Sea coasts. European Journal of Phycology. doi:10.1080/09670262.2018.1513167

F. Weinberger, S. Steinhagen, D. Afanasyev, R. Karez (2018) New records from the southern North Sea and first records from the Baltic Sea of Kornmannia leptoderma. Botanica Marina. doi: 10.1515/bot-2018-0019

S. Steinhagen, R. Karez, F. Weinberger (2018) Surveying seaweeds from the Ulvales and Fucales in the world’s most frequently used artificial waterway, the Kiel Canal. Botanica Marina. doi: 10.1515/bot-2018-0020

S. Wang, F. Weinberger, M. Lenz (2018) Fluctuations in the strength of chemical antifouling defenses in a red macroalga in response to variations in epibiont colonization pressure. Marine Biology 165:107. doi: 10.1007/s00227-018-3365-4

C. Pansch, M. Scotti, F.R. Barboza, B. Al-Janabi, J. Brakel, E. Briski, B. Buchholz, M. Franz, M. Ito, F. Paiva, M. Saha, Y. Sawall, F. Weinberger, M. Wahl (2018) Heat waves and their significance for a temperate benthic community: A near-natural experimental approach. Global Change Biology doi: 10.1111/gcb.14282

F. Weinberger (2018) Preparative extraction of exometabolites from seaweed surfaces. In: Protocols for Macroalgae Research (Eds.: B. Charrier, T. Wichard, C.R.K. Reddy). CRC Press, Boca Raton: 301-308. ISBN 9781351132954

E.E. Sotka, A.W. Baumgardner, P.M. Bippus, C. Destombe, E.A. Duermit, H. Endo, B.A. Flanagan, M. Kamiya, L.E. Lees, C.J. Murren, M. Nakaoka, S.J. Shainker, A.E. Strand, R. Terada, M. Valero, F. Weinberger, S.A. Krueger-Hadfield (2018): Combining niche shift and population genetic analyses predicts rapid phenotypic evolution during invasion. Evolutionary Applications 11:781–793. doi: 10.1111/eva.12592

J. Wiese, M. Saha, A. Wenzel-Storjohann, F. Weinberger, R Schmaljohann, J.F. Imhoff (2018) Vicingus serpentipes gen. nov., sp. nov., a new member of the Flavobacteriales from the North Sea. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 68:333-340. doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.002509

S. Wang, F. Weinberger, L. Xiao, M. Nakaoka, G. Wang, S.A. Krueger-Hadfield, E.E. Sotka, D. Bian, M. Lenz (2017) In situ common garden assays demonstrate increased defence against natural fouling in non-native populations of the red seaweed Gracilaria vermiculophylla. Marine Biology 164:193. doi: 10.1007/s00227-017-3226-6

S.A. Krueger-Hadfield, N.M. Kollars, A.E. Strand, J.E. Byers, S.J. Shainker, R. Terada, T.W. Greig, M. Hammann, D.C. Murray, F. Weinberger, E.E. Sotka (2017) Genetic identification of source and likely vector of a widespread marine invader. Ecology and Evolution, 7/12: 4432-4447. doi: 10.1002.ece3.3001

C. Guan, D. Parrot, J. Wiese, F.D. Soennichsen, M. Saha, D. Tasdemir, F. Weinberger (2017). Identification of rosmarinic acid and sulfated flavonoids as inhibitors of microfouling on the surface of eelgrass Zostera marina. Biofouling 33:867-880. doi: 10.1080/08927014.2017.1383399

S. Wang, G. Wang, F. Weinberger, D. Bian, M. Nakaoka and M. Lenz (2017), Anti-epiphyte defences in the red seaweed Gracilaria vermiculophylla: non-native algae are better defended than their native conspecifics. Journal of Ecology, 105: 445–457. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12694

M. Saha, J. Wiese, F. Weinberger, M. Wahl (2016) Rapid adaptation to controlling new microbial epibionts in the invaded range promotes invasiveness of an exotic seaweed. Journal of Ecology 104: 969-978. doi:10.1111/1365-2745.12590

S.A. Krueger-Hadfield, N.M. Kollars, J.E. Byers, T.W. Greig, M. Hammann, D.C. Murray, C.J. Murren, A.E. Strand, R. Terada, F. Weinberger, and E.E. Sotka (2016), Invasion of novel habitats uncouples haplo-diplontic life cycles. Molecular Ecology, 25: 3801–3816. doi:10.1111/mec.13718

M. Hammann, G. Wang, S.M. Boo, L.E. Aguilar-Rosas, F. Weinberger (2016) Selection of heat‑shock resistance traits during the invasion of the
seaweed Gracilaria vermiculophylla. Marine Biology 163:1-11. doi: 10.1007/s00227-016-2881-3

M. Hammann, M. Rempt, G. Pohnert, G. Wang, S. M. Boo, F. Weinberger (2016) Increased potential for wound activated production of ProstaglandinE2 and related toxic compounds in non-native populations of Gracilaria vermiculophylla. Harmful Algae 51:81-88. doi:10.1016/j.hal.2015.11.009