PhD Student

Luisa Meiritz

FB 1: Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics
FE paleo-oceanography

Room: 8C-102
Phone: +49 431 600-2309
E-Mail: lmeiritz(at)

GEOMAR | Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
Wischhofstraße 1-3
D-24148 Kiel

Research interests

  • Paleoclimate (and Bleaching) reconstruction on tropical (modern and fossile) corals
  • Particle flux dynamics from drifting and moored sediment traps


  • July 2022- present:  PhD-Student at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel; DFG Priority Programme: SPP 2299: Project EPIBleach Ultra high-resolution reconstructions from tropical corals through time
  • April 2021- January 2022:  Scientific assistant at Universität Hamburg, Institute of Geology, Working Group: Marine Biogeochemistry
  • September 2018- March 2021: M.Sc. Universitaet Hamburg, Geoscience

Research Expeditions

January to February 2024 Ship espedition RV Sonne SO303, Mauritius to Colombo, BIOGIN Cruise, Universität Hamburg

February to March 2023 Ship expedition RV Meteor, M188, Walvis Bay to Walvis Bay, SONETT II  TRR181 Cruise, University Bremen

August to November 2021 Ship expedition RV Sonne, SO285, Emden to Emden, TRAFFIC 2 Cruise, Benguela Upwelling System, Universität Hamburg

March to May 2021 Ship expedition RV Sonne, SO283, Emden to Emden, Mooring Rescue in the Benguela Upwelling System, Universität Hamburg

March 2019 Ship expedition RV Meteor, M153, Namibia, TRAFFIC 1 Cruise, Universität Hamburg

May 2018 Ship expedition RV Heincke, HE511, German Bight, Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht, Centre for Costal Research


  • September 2023  14 th IFCRS in Poland, lecture title: Reconstructing ultra-high-resolution climate variability and symbiont bleaching in tropical corals: Introducing a multi-proxy approach

  • September 2022 EBUS Conference 2022 in Lima, Peru, lecture title: “Seasonal changes in the particle transport derived from drifter in the Benguela Upwelling System”
  • January 2021 ZAC 2 (ZMT annual conference) online conference, lecture title: “The vertical particle transport in the northern and southern Benguela Upwelling System: A drifter study”


Meiritz, L. C., Rixen, T., van der Plas, A. K., Lamont, T., and Lahajnar, N.: The influence of zooplankton and oxygen on the particulate organic carbon flux in the Benguela Upwelling System, EGUsphere [preprint],, 2024.

Rixen T., Lahajnar N., Lamont T., Koppelmann R., Martin B., Meiritz L., Siddiqui C., Van der Plas A. K. (2024) “The marine carbon footprint: Challenges in the quantification of CO2 emissions from southern Africa” In: SPACES II Springer Books Manuscript ID: 127

Rixen T., Lahajnar N., Lamont T., Koppelmann R., Martin B., Van Beusekom J. E., Siddiqui C., Pillay K. and Meiritz L. (2021) “Oxygen and nutrient trapping in the southern Benguela Upwelling System” In: Frontiers in Marine Science (2021) DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2021.730591