Phone: +49-431 600 4103
Fax: +49-431 600 4102
E-Mail: rczeschel(at)

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research
RD1: Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics
East shore campus
Wischhofstrasse 1-3
Room 3.109
D-24148 Kiel

Research interests

  • largescale ocean circulation
  • mesoscale processes and the interplay with biogeochemical processes
  • ventilation and variability of oxygen minimum zones

Experience and Education

since 10/2009: Research Scientist (Postdoc), GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
10/2007 – 05/2008: Research Scientist, University of Oxford, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics
01/2001 – 04/2005: Research Assistant (Ph.D.) at Leibniz Institute of Marine Science, University of Kiel

01/2007: Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography, Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Kiel
02/2000: Diploma in Physical Oceanography, Institute for Marine Sciences, University of Kiel


Czeschel, R., Schütte, F., Weller, R. A., Stramma, L. (2018) Transport, properties, and life cycles of mesoscale eddies in the eastern tropical South Pacific, Ocean Science, 14, pp. 731-750, DOI 10.5194/os-14-731-2018. 

Löscher, C., Bourbonnais, A., Dekaezemacker, J., Charoenpong, C. N., Altabet, M. A., Bange, H. W., Czeschel, R., Hoffmann, C. and Schmitz, R. (2016) N2 fixation in eddies of the eastern tropical South Pacific Ocean, Biogeosciences (BG), 13 . pp. 2889-2899. DOI 10.5194/bg-13-2889-2016.

Stramma, L., Czeschel, R., Tanhua, T., Brandt, P., Visbeck, M. and Giese, B. S. (2016) The flow field of the upper hypoxic Eastern Tropical North Atlantic oxygen minimum zone, Ocean Science, 12 (1). pp. 153-167. DOI 10.5194/os-12-153-2016.

Czeschel, R., Stramma, L., Weller, R. A. and Fischer, T. (2015) Circulation, eddies, oxygen and nutrient changes in the eastern tropical South Pacific Ocean, Ocean Science, 11, pp. 455-470. DOI 10.5194/os-11-455-2015.

Stramma, L., Weller, R. A., Czeschel, R. and Bigorre, S. (2014) Eddies and an extreme water mass anomaly observed in the eastern south Pacific at the Stratus mooring, Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 119 (2). pp. 1068-1083. DOI 10.1002/2013JC009470.

Stramma, L., Bange, H. W., Czeschel, R., Lorenzo, A. and Frank, M. (2013) On the role of mesoscale eddies for the biological productivity and biogeochemistry in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean off Peru, Biogeosciences (BG), 10 (11). pp. 7293-7306. DOI 10.5194/bg-10-7293-2013.

Czeschel, R., Stramma, L. and Johnson, G. C. (2012) Oxygen decreases and variability in the eastern equatorial Pacific, Journal of Geophysical Research, 117 (C11). DOI 10.1029/2012JC008043.

Czeschel, R., Stramma, L., Schwarzkopf, F. U., Giese, B. S., Funk, A. and Karstensen, J. (2011) Middepth circulation of the eastern tropical South Pacific and its link to the oxygen minimum zone, Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, 116 . C01015. DOI 10.1029/2010JC006565.

Schoenefeldt, R. and Schott, F. (2006) Decadal variability of the Indian Ocean cross-equatorial exchange in SODA, Geophysical Research Letters, 33 . DOI 10.1029/2006GL025891.

Schott, F., Dengler, M. and Schoenefeldt, R. (2002) The shallow overturning circulation of the Indian Ocean, Progress in Oceanography, 53 . pp. 57-103. DOI 10.1016/S0079-6611(02)00039-3.

Schoenefeldt, R. (2007) Interannuale und dekadische Variabilität der flachen meridionalen Zelle im Indischen Ozean, Doktorarbeit, University of Kiel, Germany, 145pp,

Schoenefeldt, R. (2000) Der Monun Response des Somalistromes in den Jahren 1995 und 1996, Diplomarbeit, University of Kiel, Germany, 125pp


manuscript in review:

Schmidt, H., Czeschel, R., Visbeck, M., Ventilation dynamics of the oxygen minimum zone in the Arabian Sea, Biogeosciences Discuss.,, in review 2019.


GEOMAR Report:

Bange, H. W., Achterberg, E. P., Bach, W., Beier, C., Berndt, C., Biastoch, A., Bohrmann, G., Czeschel, R., Dengler, M., Gaye, B., Haase, K., Herrmann, H., Lelieveld, J., Mohtadi, M., Rixen, T., Schneider, R., Schwarz-Schampera, U., Segschneider, J., (2016) Integrated German Indian Ocean Study (IGIOS) - From the seafloor to the atmosphere - A possible German contribution to the International Indian Ocean Expedition 2 (IIOE-2) programme – A Science Prospectus – . GEOMAR Report, N. Ser. 029 . GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany, 71 pp. DOI 10.3289/GEOMAR_REP_NS_29_2016.


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