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Biological Oceanography

Research areas

  • Investigating biologically mediated fluxes/changes and vertical transport processes from plankton to benthos, and developing flux budgets for the key elements nitrogen and carbon;
  • Investigating eco-physiological and taxonomic interactions between organisms and the environment, and developing methods to quantify the effects of pollutants;
  • Quantifying the exchange among the eutrophic, productive waters of coastal areas, the oligotrophic waters of the central Baltic, and the anoxic the deep basins;
  • Biological monitoring of the open Baltic Sea within HELCOM’s Baltic Monitoring Program;
  • Studying ecological systems and their changes/variability in relation to anthropogenic/climatic influences;
  • Coastal zone management.

Our researchers also represent the traditional disciplines of phytoplanktology, zooplanktology, microbiology and physiology of benthic organisms.

IOW-Picture Gallery of Baltic Microalgae

... a collection of
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Environmental Monitoring of the Baltic Sea

The latest reports on the biological state of the Baltic Sea.

Publications of the Department Biological Oceanography 2018

  • Eglite, E., D. Wodarg, J. Dutz, N. Wasmund, G. Nausch, I. Liskow, D. Schulz-Bull and N. Loick-Wilde (2018). Strategies of amino acid supply in mesozooplankton during cyanobacteria blooms: a stable nitrogen isotope approach. Ecosphere 9: e02135, doi: doi:10.1002/ecs2.2135
  • Häusler, K., O. Dellwig, B. Schnetger, P. Feldens, T. Leipe, M. Moros, F. Pollehne, M. Schönke, A. Wegwerth and H. W. Arz (2018). Massive Mn carbonate formation in the Landsort Deep (Baltic Sea): Hydrographic conditions, temporal succession, and Mn budget calculations. Mar. Geol. 395: 260-270, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2017.10.010
  • Janßen, H., F. Bastardie, M. Eero, K. G. Hamon, H.-H. Hinrichsen, P. Marchal, J. R. Nielsen, O. Le Pape, T. Schulze, S. Simons, L. R. Teal and A. Tidd (2018). Integration of fisheries into marine spatial planning: Quo vadis? Estuar. Coast. Shelf Sci. 201: 105-113, doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2017.01.003
  • Klier, J., O. Dellwig, T. Leipe, K. Jürgens and D. P. R. Herlemann (2018). Benthic bacterial community composition in the oligohaline-marine transition of surface sediments in the Baltic Sea based on rRNA analysis. Front. Microbiol. 9: 236, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.00236
  • Schmale, O., J. Wäge, V. Mohrholz, N. Wasmund, U. Gräwe, G. Rehder, M. Labrenz and N. Loick-Wilde (2018). The contribution of zooplankton to methane supersaturation in the oxygenated upper waters of the central Baltic Sea. Limnol. Oceanogr. 63: 412-430, doi: 10.1002/lno.10640
  • Shen, D., K. Jürgens and S. Beier (2018). Experimental insights into the importance of ecologically dissimilar bacteria to community assembly along a salinity gradient. Environ. Microbiol. 20: 1170-1184, doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.14059
  • Tagg, A. S. and M. Labrenz (2018). Closing microplastic pathways before they open: A model approach. Environ. Sci. Technol. 52: 3340-3341, doi: 10.1021/acs.est.8b00961
  • Wylezich, C., D. P. R. Herlemann and K. Jürgens (2018). Improved 18S rDNA amplification protocol for assessing protist diversity in oxygen-deficient marine systems. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 81: 83-94, doi: 10.3354/ame01864