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Sektion Biologische Meereskunde


  • biologisch bedingte Stoffumsätze und -veränderungen und entsprechende vertikale Transportprozesse vom Plankton bis zum Benthos. Für die Leitelemente Stickstoff und Kohlenstoff sollen Bilanzen und Stoffflußmodelle erarbeitet werden,
  • ökophysiologische und taxonomische Untersuchungen zur Interaktion zwischen Organismen und der Umwelt, inklusive Methodenentwicklung für die Erfassung von Schadstoffeffekten
  • Austausch zwischen den eutrophen und produktiven Küstengewässern mit den oligotrophen zentralen Bereichen sowie den durch teilweise anoxischen Abbau geprägten tiefen Becken
  • biologisches Monitoring der offenen Ostsee im Rahmen des Baltic Monitoring Programs der HELCOM
  • Ökosystemveränderungen bzw. deren Variabilität in Beziehung zu anthropogenen bzw. klimatischen Einflüssen
  • Küstenzonenmanagement

Die traditionellen Forschungsrichtungen Phytoplanktologie, Zooplanktologie, Makrozoobenthosbiologie und Mikrobiologie werden durch festangestellte Wissenschaftler vertreten.

Publikationen der Sektion Biologische Meereskunde 2016


  • Bergen, B., Endres, S., Engel, A., Zark, M., Dittmar, T., Sommer, U., Jürgens, K. (2016): Acidification and warming affect prominent bacteria during two seasonal phytoplankton bloom mesocosms. Environ. Microbiol. 18: 4579-4595.

  • Comte, J., Langenheder, S., Berga, M., Lindström, E. S. (2016): Contribution of different dispersal sources to the metabolic response of lake bacterioplankton following a salinity change. Environ. Microbiol. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.13593.

  • Dutz, J., Støttrup, J. G., Stenberg, C., Munk, P. (2016): Potential causes of the observed decline of plaice Pleuronectes platessa and cod Gadus morhua in shallow coastal waters of the North Sea, the Skagerrak, and the Kattegat – a review. Mar. Biol. Res. 12: 785-796.

  • Eberlein, T., Van de Waal, D. B., Brandenburg, K., John, U., Voss, M., Achterberg, E. P., Rost, B. (2016): Interactive effects of ocean acidification and nitrogen limitation on two bloom-forming dinoflagellate species. Mar. Ecol. Prog.Ser. 543: 127-140, doi: 10.3354/meps11568.

  • Eigemann, F., Mischke, U., Hupfer, M., Schaumburg, J., Hilt, S. (2016): Biological indicators track differential responses of pelagic and littoral areas to nutrient load reductions in German lakes. Ecol. Indic. 61: 905-910.

  • Eisenbarth, S., Zettler, M. L. (2016): Diversity of the benthic macrofauna off northern Namibia from the shelf to the deep sea. J. Mar. Sys. 155: 1-10.

  • Fernández-Urruzola, I., Osma, N., Gómez, M., Pollehne, F., Postel, L., Packard, T.T. (2016): Modeling downward particulate organic nitrogen flux from zooplankton ammonium regeneration in the northern Benguela. Prog. Oceanogr. 149: 121-133.

  • Gogina, M., Nygård, H., Blomqvist, M., Daunys, D., Josefson, A.B., Kotta, J., Maximov, A., Warzocha, J., Yermakov, V., Gräwe, U., Zettler, M. L. (2016): The Baltic Sea scale inventory of benthic faunal communities in the Baltic Sea. ICES J. Mar. Sci. 73: 1196-1213.

  • Gomes-Pereira, J. N., Auger, V. , Beisiegel, K., Benjamin, R., Bergmann, M., Bowden, D., Buhl-Mortensen, P., De Leo, F. C., Dionísio, G., Durden, J. M., Edwards, L., Friedman, A., Greinert, J., Jacobsen-Stout, N., Lerner, S., Leslie, M., Nattkemper, T. W., Sameoto, J. A., Schoening, T., Schouten, R., Seager, J., Singh, H., Soubigou, O., Tojeira, I., van den Beld, I., Dias, F., Tempera, F., Santos, R. S. (2016): Current and future trends in marine image annotation software. Prog. Oceanogr. doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2016.07.005.

  • Gorokhova, E., Lehtiniemi, M., Postel, L., Rube­ne, G., Amid, C., Lesutiene, J., Uusitalo, L., Strake, S., Deme­reckiene, N. (2016): Indicator Properties of Baltic Zooplankton for Classification of Environmental Status within Ma­rine Strategy Framework Directive. PLoS ONE 11(7):e0158326. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0158326.

  • Haileselasie, T. H., Mergeay, J., Weider, L. J., Sommaruga,  R., Davidson, T. A., Meerhoff, M., Arndt, H., Jürgens, K., Jeppesen, E., Meester, L. D. (2016): Environment not dispersal limitation drives clonal composition of Arctic Daphnia in a recently deglaciated area. Mol. Ecol., online first, doi: 10.1111/mec.13843.

  • Herlemann, D. P. R., Lundin, D., Andersson, A., Labrenz, M., Jürgens, K. (2016): Phylogenetic signals of salinity and season in bacterial community composition across the salinity gradient of the Baltic Sea. Front. Microbiol. 7: 1883.doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01883.

  • Hu Y.O.O., Karlson B., Charvet S., Andersson A. F. (2016): Diversity of pico- to mesoplankton along the 2000 km salinity gradient of the Baltic Sea. Front. Microbiol.  7: 679.

  • Jakobs, G., Labrenz, M., Rehder, G., Hietanen, S., Kießlich, K., Vogts, A., Blumenberg, M., Schmale, O. (2016): A bioreactor approach to investigate the linkage between methane oxidation and nitrate/nitrite reduction in the pelagic oxic-anoxic transition zone of the central Baltic Sea. Front. Mar. Sci. 3: 145. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00145.

  • Jay, S., Klenke, T. and Janßen, H. (2016): Consensus and variance in the ecosystem approach to marine spatial planning: German perspectives and multi-actor implications. Land Use Policy 54: 129-138, doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.02.015.

  • Kaiser, J., Belt, S.T., Tomczak, M., Brown, T. A., Wasmund, N., Arz, H. W. (2016): C25 highly branched isoprenoid alkenes in the Baltic Sea produced by the marine planktonic diatom Pseudosolenia calcar-avis. Org. Geochem. 93: 51-58.

  • Kesy, K., Oberbeckmann, S., Müller, F., Labrenz, M. (2016): Polystyrene influences bacterial assemblages in Arenicola marina-populated aquatic environments in vitro. Environ. Poll. 219: 219-227.

  • Kreutzmann, A.-C. and Schulz-Vogt, H. N. (2016): Oxidation of molecular hydrogen by a chemolithoautotrophic Beggiatoa Strain. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 82: 2527-2536.

  • Käppler, A., Fischer, D., Oberbeckmann, S., Schernewski, G., Labrenz, M., Eichhorn, K.-J., Voit, B. (2016): Analysis of environmental microplastics by vibrational microspectroscopy: FTIR, Raman or both? Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 408(29): 8377-8391.

  • Loick-Wilde, N., Weber, S. C., Conroy, B. J., Capone, D. G., Coles, V. J., Medeiros, P. M. , Steinberg, D. K. and Montoya, J. P. (2016): Nitrogen sources and net growth efficiency of zooplankton in three Amazon River plume food webs. Limnol. Oceanogr. 61:460-481, doi: 10.1002/lno.10227.

  • Louw, D. C., van der Plas, A., Mohrholz, V., Wasmund, N., Junker, T., Eggert, A. (2016): Seasonal and inter-annual phytoplankton dynamics and forcing mechanisms in the northern Benguela upwelling system. J. Mar. Sys. 157 : 124-134. DOI : 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2016.01.009.

  • Luo, Z.-H., Yu, Y.-P., Jost, G., Liu, W.-H., Huang, X.-L. & Gu, L. (2016): Characterization of two bacteriophages for specific treatment of biofilm formed by a Vibrio sp. isolated from an abalone farm. Aquac. Res. 47: 3964-3972.

  • Maggini, I., Metzger, B., Voss, M., Voigt, C. C., Bairlein, F. (2016): Morphometrics and stable isotopes differentiate wintering populations of a migratory bird. Movement Ecol. 4 (1): 1-10, doi 10.1186/s40462-016-0085-6.

  • Matantseva, O., Skarlato, S., Vogts, A., Pozdnyakov, I., Liskow, I., Schubert, H., Voss, M. (2016): Superposition of individual activities: urea-mediated suppression of nitrate uptake in the dinoflagellate Prorocentrum minimum revealed at the population and single-cell levels. Front. Microbiol. 7: 1310. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01310.

  • Meyer, J., Kröncke, I., Bartholomä, A., Dippner, J. W., Schückel, U. (2016): Long-term changes in species composition of demersal fish and epibenthic species in the Jade area (German Wadden Sea/Southern North Sea) since 1972. Estuar. Coast. Shelf S. 181: 284-293.

  • Meßner, U., Zettler, M. L. (2016): Die aktuelle Verbreitung von Amphipoda (Crustacea) im Verlauf der Oberen Havel. Lauterbornia 81: 57-69.

  • Müller, F., Bergmann, M., Dannowski, R., Dippner, J. W., Gnauck, A., Haase, P., Jochimsen, M. C., Kasprzak, P., Kröncke, I., Kümmerlin, R., Küster, M., Lischeid, G., Meesenburg, H., Merz, C., Millat, G., Müller, J., Padisak, J., Schimming, C. G., Schubert, H., Schult, M., Selmeczy, G., Shatwell, T., Stoll, S., Schwabe, M., Soltwedel, T., Straile, D., Theuerkauf, M. (2016): Assessing resilience in long-term ecological data sets. Ecol. Indic. 65: 10-43.

  • Nausch, M., Bach, L., Czerny, J., Goldstein, J., Grossart, H.P., Hellemann, D., Hornick, T., Achterberg, E., Schulz, K., Riebesell, U. (2016): Effects of CO2 perturbation on phosphorus pool sizes and uptake in a mesocosm experiment during a low productive summer season in the northern Baltic Sea. Biogeosciences, 13, 3035–3050, 2016. doi:10.5194/bg-13-3035-2016.

  • Numberger, D., Dehnhardt, G., Herlemann, D. P. R., Jürgens, K., Schulz-Vogt, H. N. (2016): Comparative analysis of the fecal flora of five harbor seals (Phoca vitulina). Microbiol. Open doi: 10.1002/mbo3.369.

  • Oberbeckmann, S., Osborn, A. M., Duhaime, M. B. (2016): Microbes on a bottle: substrate, season and geography influence community composition of microbes colonizing marine plastic debris. PLoS ONE e0159289.

  • Otto, S., Erdmann, S., Streibel, T., Herlemann, D. P. R., Schulz-Bull, D., Zimmermann, R. (2016): Pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry with electron-ionization and resonance-enhanced-multi-photon-ionization for the characterization of terrestrial dissolved organic matter in the Baltic Sea. Anal. Methods, 8, 2592-2603.

  • Schäffler, H., Herlemann, D. P. R., Alberts, C., Kaschitzki, A., Bodammer, P., Bannert, K., Köller, T., Warnke, P., Kreikemeyer, B., Lamprecht, G. (2016): Mucosa-attached bacterial community in Crohn’s Disease coheres with the Clinical Disease Activity Index.  Environ. Microb. Rep. 8: 5 614-621.

  • Schiele, K. S., Darr, A., Zettler, M. L., Berg, T., Blomqvist, M., Daunys, D., Jermakovs, V., Korpinen, S., Kotta, J., Nygård, H., von Weber, M., Voss, J., Warzocha, J. (2016): Rating species sensitivity throughout gradient systems - a consistent approach for the Baltic Sea. Ecol. Indic. 61: 447-455.

  • Svanys, A., Eigemann, F., Grossart, H.-P., Hilt, S. (2016): Microcystins do not necessarily lower the sensitivity of Microcystis aeruginosa to tannic acid. FEMS Letters 363, fnv227, doi: 10.1093/femsle/fnv227. 

  • Vogts, A., Badewien, T., Rullkötter, J., Schefuß, E. (2016): Near-constant apparent hydrogen isotope fractionation between leaf wax n-alkanes and precipitation in tropical regions: Evidence from a marine sediment transect off SW Africa. Org. Geochem. 96: 18-27. doi: 10.1016/j.orggeochem.2016.03.003.

  • Volkmann, C., Halbedel, S., Voss, M., Schubert, H. (2016): The role of dissolved organic and inorganic nitrogen for growth of macrophytes in coastal waters of the Baltic Sea. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 477:23-30.

  • Wasmund, N., Siegel, H., Bohata, K., Flohr, A., Hansen, A., Mohrholz, V. (2016): Phytoplankton stimulation in frontal regions of Benguela upwelling filaments by internal factors. Front. Mar. Sci. 3:210. pp. 1-17 doi:10.3389/fmars.2016.00210.

  • Wäge, J., Rohr, S., Hardege, J. D., & Rotchell, J. M. (2016): Short-Term Effects of CO2-Induced Low pH Exposure on Target Gene Expression in Platynereis dumerilii. Journal of Marine Biology & Oceanography.

  • Weber, F., Mylnikov, A. P., Jürgens, K., Wylezich, C. (2016): Culturing Protists from the Baltic Sea: Mostly the “usual suspects” but a few novelties as well. J. Euk. Microbiol., online first, DOI: 10.1111/jeu.12347.

  • Winkel, M., Carvalho, V., Woyke, T., Richter, M., Schulz-Vogt, H. N., Flood, B., Bailey, J., Mußmann, M. (2016): Single-cell sequencing of Thiomargarita reveals genomic flexibility for adaption to dynamic redox conditions. Front. Microbial. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2016.00964.

  • Wurl, O., Stolle, C., Thuoc, C. V., Thu P. T., Mari, X. (2016): Biofilm-like properties of the sea surface and predicted effects on air-sea CO2 exchange. Prog. Oceanogr. doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2016.03.002.

  • Wurzbacher, C., Wannicke, N., Grimmett, I. J., & Bärlocher, F. (2016): Effects of FPOM size and quality on aquatic heterotrophic bacteria. Limnologica 59: 109-115.

  • Zettler, M. L., Glück, F. (2016): Wallametopa (Amphipoda, Stenothoidae) from South Africa with description of a new species. Crustaceana 89: 1669-1676.

  • Zha, Y., Berga, M., Comte, J., Langenheder, S. (2016): Effects of Dispersal and Initial Diversity on the Composition and Functional Performance of Bacterial Communities. PLoS One 11 (5), doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0155239.



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  • Gräwe, D., Haseler, M. and Schernewski, G. (2016): Meeresmüll an deutschen Ostseestränden. Wasser u. Abfall 18: 12-17.

  • Janßen, H. and Ernsteins, R. (2016): Re-evaluating best-practice ICZM case studies around the Baltic Sea. Coastal & Marine 25: 6-7.

  • Janßen H., Ernsteins, R., Stottrup, J. G., Dinesen, G. E., Povilanskas, R. (2016): A retrospective analysis of best practice Integrated Coastal Management cases around the Baltic Sea. In: Marcos C., Perez-Ruzafa A., Perez-Marcos M., (Eds.): European Coastal Lagoons Symposium. Abstracts Book. Compobell, Murcia: 212 pp. ISBN: 978-84-944757-5-7. 

  • Kleine Büning, J., Heine, B. and Janßen, H. (2016): Blue planning in practice: ecosystem-based marine and coastal planning and management; Blue solutions training: handbook for participants. Bonn und Eschborn: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. 118 S.

  • Krämer, I., Nausch, M., Nausch, G., Mehl D., Deutsch, B. (2016): Phosphor - von der Quelle bis ins Meer. Wasser u. Abfall 18: 18-22.

  • McNabb, J., Surge, D., Zettler, M. L. (2016): Isotope sclerochronology and season of annual growth formation in the marine bivalve, Astarte borealis, from Arctic and cold-temperate seas. 4th International Sclerochronology Conference June 5-9, 2016, At Portland, Maine, Book of Abstracts: p72.

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