Dr. Maysa Ito

Postdoctoral Reseacher

Forschungsbereich 3: Marine Ökologie
Marine Evolutionsökologie

Raum: 1.401
Tel.: +49 431 600-1665
E-Mail: mito(at)geomar.de


Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel
Wischhofstr. 1-3
24148 Kiel

Research interests:

I am a marine ecologist interested in understanding the functioning of the ecosystems. Thus, I am interested in experimental and modelling approaches to answer ecological questions. I work with mesocosms experiments looking into changes in ecological interactions caused by climate change. I also work with ecosystem modelling to study the effects of human interventions in the food webs.



10. Ito, M., Halouani, G., Cresson, P., Giraldo C., Girardin R., 2023. Detection of fishing pressure using ecological network indicators derived from ecosystem models. Ecological Indicators, 147, p.110011. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2023.110011

9.Melbourne-Thomas, J., Tommasi, D., Gehlen, M., Murphy E.J., Beckensteiner J., Bravo, F., Eddy, T.D., Fischer, M., Fulton, E., Gogina, M., Hofmann, E., Ito, M., Mynott, S., Ortega-Cisneros, K., Osiecka, A.N., Payne, M.R., Saldívar-Lucio, R., Scherrer, K.J.N., 2023. Lighting the Grey Zone: integrating human dimensions in decadal-scale prediction for marine social-ecological systems. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 80(1), pp.16-30. doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsac228

8.Sawall, Y., Nicosia, A.M., McLaughlin, K. and Ito, M., 2022. Physiological responses and adjustments of corals to strong seasonal temperature variations (20–28° C). Journal of Experimental Biology, 225(13), p.jeb244196. doi: 10.1242/jeb.244196

7.Sawall, Y., Ito, M. and Pansch, C., 2021. Chronically elevated sea surface temperatures revealed high susceptibility of the eelgrass Zostera marina to winter and spring warming. Limnology and Oceanography, 66(12), pp.4112-4124. doi: 10.1002/lno.11947

6. Wahl, M., Werner, F.J., Buchholz, B., Raddatz, S., Graiff, A., Matthiessen, B., Karsten, U., Hiebenthal, C., Hamer, J., Ito, M. and Gülzow, E., 2020. Season affects strength and direction of the interactive impacts of ocean warming and biotic stress in a coastal seaweed ecosystem. Limnology and Oceanography, 65(4), pp.807-827. doi: 10.1002/lno.11350

5.Saha, M., Barboza, F.R., Somerfield, P.J., Al‐Janabi, B., Beck, M., Brakel, J., Ito, M., Pansch, C., Nascimento‐Schulze, J.C., Jakobsson Thor, S. and Weinberger, F., 2020. Response of foundation macrophytes to near‐natural simulated marine heatwaves. Global change biology, 26(2), pp.417-430. doi: 10.1111/gcb.14801

4. Ito, M., Scotti, M., Franz, M., Barboza, F.R., Buchholz, B., Zimmer, M., Guy-Haim, T. and Wahl, M., 2019. Effects of temperature on carbon circulation in macroalgal food webs are mediated by herbivores. Marine Biology, 166(12), pp.1-11. doi: 10.1007/s00227-019-3596-z

3. Carcedo, M.C., Fiori, S.M., Scotti, M., Ito, M., Dutto, M.S. and Carbone, M.E., 2019. Dominant Bivalve in an Exposed Sandy Beach Regulates Community Structure Through Spatial Competition. Estuaries and Coasts, 42(7), pp.1912-1923. doi: 10.1007/s12237-019-00622-1

2. Ito, M., Franz, M. and Barboza, F.R., 2019. Pathways to link biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: from monitoring to complex ecological interactions studies. Community Ecology, 20(2), pp.107-109. doi: 10.1556/168.2019.20.2.1

1. Pansch, C., Scotti, M., Barboza, F.R., Al‐Janabi, B., Brakel, J., Briski, E., Bucholz, B., Franz, M., Ito, M., Paiva, F. and Saha, M., 2018. Heat waves and their significance for a temperate benthic community: A near‐natural experimental approach. Global change biology, 24(9), pp.4357-4367. doi: 10.1111/gcb.14282



1.Gomes, V., Van Ngan, P., de ACR Passos, M.J., da Silva Rocha, A.J., Hasue, F.M., Machado, A.S.D., Sartório, P.V., Ferreira, J.P.L., Vignardi, C.P., Campos, D.Y.F. and Ito, M., 2013. Study on the Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation (UV) and Organic Contaminants on Antarctic Marine Animals from Shallow Waters. INCT-APA Annual Activity Report, v. 1, p. 126–130. doi: 10.4322/apa.2014.109