Dr Tianfei Xue

GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
FB2 Biogeochemical Modelling
Wischhofstr. 1-3
24148 Kiel, Germany

Building 5, Tower 5, Room 5.518
Telephone: +49 431 600 4281
Email: txue(at)geomar.de

ORCID:  0000-0003-4418-6989

Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding the driving mechanisms of plankton dynamics on different timescales using regional and global biogeochemical models. I am broadly interested in the biogeochemical cycles and physical-biological interactions of marine systems, especially how they will change under climate change.


  • Since 2022 Research Fellow, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Gemany
  • 2016-2018 Research Assistant, Institute of Deep-Sea Science and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China


  • 2018-2022 Ph.D., GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
  • 2014-2015 M.Res., University of Southampton, UK
  • 2010-2014 B.Sc., Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, China


Xue, T., Frenger, I., Prowe, A. E., José, Y. S., & Oschlies, A. (2022). Mixed layer depth dominates over upwelling in regulating the seasonality of ecosystem functioning in the Peruvian Upwelling System. Biogeosciences, 19(2), 455-475. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-455-2022

Xue, T., Frenger, I., Oschlies, A., Stock, C., Koeve, W., John, J., & F. Prowe, (2022). Mixed layer depth promotes trophic amplification on a seasonal scale. Geophysical Research Letter, e2022GL098720. https://doi.org/10.1029/2022GL098720

Hill Cruz, M., Frenger, I., Getzlaff, J., Kriest, I., Xue, T., & Shin, Y.J. (2022). Understanding the drivers of fish variability in an end-to-end model of the Northern Humboldt Current System. Ecological Modelling, 472, 110097. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2022.110097

Tang, X., Lin, W., Karczmarski, L., Lin, M., Chan, S.C., Liu, M., Xue, T., Wu, Y., Zhang, P. & Li, S., (2021). Photo‐identification comparison of four Indo‐Pacific humpback dolphin populations off southeast China. Integrative Zoology, 16(4), pp.586-593. https://doi.org/10.1111/1749-4877.12537

Liu, M., Lin, M., Dong, L., Xue, T., Zhang, P., Tang, X., & Li, S. (2020). Group sizes of Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins in waters southwest of Hainan Island, China: Insights into rare records of large groups. Aquatic Mammals, 46(3), 259-265. https://doi.org/10.1578/AM.46.3.2020.259

Liu, M., Lin, M., Dong, L., Xue, T., Zhang, P., Tang, X., & Li, S. (2020). Short Note Group Sizes of Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins. Aquatic Mammals, 46(3). https://doi.org/10.1578/AM.46.3.2020

Liu, M., Lin, M., Zhang, P., Xue, T., & Li, S. An overview of cetacean stranding around Hainan Island in the South China Sea, 1978–2016: Implications for research, conservation and management. Marine Policy, 101, 147-153. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2018.04.029