Kiel Marine Science

Prof. Dr. Eric Beitz

Gutenbergstraße 76, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-1809

Information about Prof. Dr. Eric Beitz


Eric Beitz studied pharmacy at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. He received his PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Tübingen in 1997 and his habilitation in 2004. In the meantime, he spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, working with Prof. Peter Agre on aquaporins (water and solute channels) and their suitability as new therapeutic targets. Since 2006 he has been Professor of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry at Kiel University.

Research questions

The main interest is the elucidation of structure-function relationships of membrane proteins, in particular of channels and transporters. For this purpose, techniques for the production of the proteins (yeast cell-based and cell-free), for biochemical and biophysical functional analysis, and for the modulation of the function by mutation, secondary modification and small, drug-like molecules are applied.

Current questions:

  • What is the molecular mechanism of transport proteins for weak acids like lactate?
  • What is the pH dependence of the transport of weak acids based on?
  • Which path do co-transported protons take through the proteins?
  • Are channels and transporters of human pathogenic parasites such as the malaria pathogen suitable as new therapeutic targets?


Prof. Dr. med. Markus Bleich

Hermann-Rodewald-Straße 5, R.418
Phone: +49 431 880-2961
Telefax: +49 431 880-4580

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h. c. Thomas Bosch

Am Botanischen Garten 1-9, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-4170

Prof. Dr. Malte Braack

Westring 383, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-7509
Telefax: +49 431 880-5193

Prof. Dr. Marc Bramkamp

Am Botanischen Garten 1-9, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 (0)431-880-4341

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Marc Bramkamp studied biology at the University of Osnabrück and conducted his Diplom thesis at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Braunschweig. In 2003 he did his PhD in microbiology at the University of Osnabrück with Prof. Karlheinz Altendorf. After a postdoc year in Osnabrück, he joined from 2004 to 2006 the laboratory of Prof. Jeff Errington at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology at Oxford University as a research assistant. In 2006 he moved to the University of Cologne as a group leader in the department of Prof. Reinhard Krämer, where he habilitated in 2011 in biochemistry. In 2012 he accepted a professorship in microbiology from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. At LMU he was spokesman for the graduate school Life Science Munich and 2015-2017 Vice Dean of the Faculty of Biology. In 2019, he was appointed professor for microbial biochemistry and cell biology at the Institute for General Microbiology at Kiel University and head of central microscopy in the biology section.

Research questions

My research interest is the spatial and temporal organization of bacterial cells.

With our work we would like to contribute to the understanding how bacterial cells organize themselves and which mechanisms are used to divide the cell into functional spaces. For a long time, the bacterial cell was considered to be relatively disorganized, in which enzymes and nucleic acids are not spatially precisely separated from one another. This view has been refuted by new knowledge in recent years. With the help of high-resolution single-molecule microscopy, we are able to track the localization and dynamics of individual proteins down to a few nanometers. Our data from the living organisms then form the basis for biophysical modeling. The aim is to decode the molecular mechanisms that are responsible for the spatial temporal arrangement of biochemical processes and to understand how the multitude of biochemical reactions ultimately become life.

Current research on:

  • How is cell division and morphology regulated by bacteria?
  • How is the bacterial chromosome functionally organized in the nucleoid?
  • Is the bacterial plasma membrane divided into functional rooms and how does the membrane react to stress?
  • What influence do antibiotics and antimicrobial substances have on the organization of the bacterial cell?

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Tal Dagan

Am Botanischen Garten 11, R. 3.11
Phone: +49 431 880-5712
Telefax: +49 431 880-5747

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Research questions

Our research interests are focused on microbial genome evolution. Our current focuses include the study of DNA acquisition dynamics in natural environments, the evolution of protein interaction with the chaperones and the evolution of phenotypic diversity in cyanobacteria. In our research we use both computational and experimental approaches.

Prof. Dr. Jörg Ebbing

Otto-Hahn-Platz 1, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-2832
Telefax: +49 431 880-4432

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Jörg Ebbing studied Geophysics until the Diploma degree at Kiel University. In 2002 he earned his doctorate in Geophysics at FU Berlin. From 2003 to 2014, he was senior scientist at the Geological Survey of Norway in Trondheim and from 2006 to 2016 Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. Since 2016 he is Professor of Satellite- and Aerogeophysics in the Institute for Geosciences at Kiel University.

Research questions

My main research interest is the structure of the lithosphere from the combined interpretation of satellite and terrestrial data. In all my research projects interdisciplinary approaches are applied with special emphasis on the use of potential field data in forward and inverse modelling and their combination to deep seismic and MT results and geological studies. Currently, a focus is on both the development of methods and the sensitivity analysis of satellite data for lithospheric studies.

Most research relates to novel techniques in the exploitation of satellite and aerogeophysical data. More specific:

  • How is the relation between Solid Earth, Cryosphere and Ocean in Antarctica?
  • How can satellite methods be used to define the structure of the Earth?


Prof. Dr. Stefan Feuser

Johanna-Mestorf-Straße 5, R. 12
Phone: +49 431 880-2054
Telefax: +49 431 880-7309

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Research questions

Equipment, chronology and spatial integration of imperial thermal baths in the micro-region of Pergamon using the example of Cleopatra Ilıca
The phenomenon of rural bathing culture of the Roman Empire is only partially known throughout the Mediterranean, although it is an important element of the Roman otium culture and medicine. The archaeological, architectural and archaeohydrological investigation of Cleopatra Ilıca in the Suburbium of Pergamon will help to answer fundamental questions about the chronology, building typology, equipment and the integration of a thermal bath into the natural and social space. The results obtained are of great importance both for the understanding of the micro-region Pergamon and for the occupation with the so far hardly investigated field of rural bathing. The particular innovative potential of the project, apart from its thematic orientation, lies in the close cooperation of archaeologists, building researchers, archaeohydrologists and geophysicists, through which the spectrum of methods can be further developed together.

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Gernot Friedrichs

Max-Eyth-Straße 1, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-7742
Telefax: +49 431 880-7743

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Stefan Garthe

Hafentörn 1, 25761 Büsum
Phone: +49 4834 604-116
Telefax: +49 4834 604-299

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Stanislav N. Gorb

Am Botanischen Garten 1-9 D - 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 8804513
Telefax: +49 431 8801389

Dr. Felix Gross

Otto-Hahn-Platz 1, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880 2113

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After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Geosciences from Albert-Ludwig-University Freiburg, Felix Gross moved to Kiel, where he strengthened his scientific profile with a Master’s degree in Marine Geosciences at Kiel University (CAU). Since 2015, he holds a PhD in Marine Geophysics which he conducted at Kiel University and the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research within a project funded by the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”. Afterwards, he started to work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Geosciences at Kiel University. Since 2019, he is the group leader of the working group ‘Marine Geohazards at the Center for Ocean and Society, a platform of Kiel Marine Sciences (KMS). His major research topic is the analysis and assessment of shoreline-crossing geological structures and processes, which can lead to marine geohazards like landslides, earthquakes and tsunamis. His particular interest are integrative studies, which include a holistic approach from hazard identification to hazard assessment. Felix Gross participates in a variety of international projects and seagoing expeditions on large research vessels.

Research questions

  • Which geological settings and processes initiated catastrophic landslides, earthquakes and tsunamis in Earth’s history?
  • How does the architecture of continental shelves and volcanic flanks favor the failure of large masses? How can these failures generate Tsunamis?
  • How can we use findings from geological archives of marine geohazards for future hazard evaluation?
  • What are the interfaces between hazard identification and hazard evaluation/assessment? How can we connect these interfaces?
  • How can submarine geohazards be monitored in-situ and how can this information be used for early-warning systems?
  • How can findings based on natural science research be translated and transferred into other disciplines and society?
  • Which tools are available for the visualization and communication of geoscientific findings? How can these tools be implemented and communicated?

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Hasselbring

Christian-Albrechts-Platz 4, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-4664
Telefax: +49 431 880-7617

Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Henning

Wilhelm-Seelig-Platz 7, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49(0)431-880-4453

Information about Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Henning


Christian Henning is professor and chair of agricultural economics, University of Kiel (Germany). He studied economics, agricultural economics, sociology, political science and mathematics. He earned a PhD in economics, in agricultural economics and in political science. His main areas of specialization are applied political economy and applied economic modelling of agricultural policies. International research visits include University of Chicago (James Coleman, Department of Sociology), Stanford University (Barry Weingast, Department of Political Science), MIT (Prof. Ezra Zuckerman, Sloan School of Management). He further works as an international consultant for The World Bank, FAO, the European Commission and IFPRI. Central research interest include development of innovative methods modelling and evaluating policy processes, political institutions, voter behaviour, public opinion formation and political performance, social networks as determinants of political and economic behaviour and performance.

Central research questions include

  • How can political decision-making processes on sustainable use of maritime and land resources quantitatively be modelled?
  • What role play political beliefs and narratives in the political decision-making process and how can these be modelled and designed quantitatively?
  • How can communication between science and society by designed applying computed-based tools?
  • What is the potential of transdisciplinary research to identify and implement politically feasible solutions for an effective management of the use of maritime and land resources?

Dr. Marian Hu

Hermann-Rodewaldstr. 5, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-32 02

Personal Website
Emmy-Noether research group leader

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Marian Hu studied biology (biological oceanography) at the University of Bremen. In 2011 he received his PhD in Biological Oceanography from the University of Kiel with a research focus on the physiology of marine organisms and their adaptation to global climate change. He then spent time as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Gothenburg and Academia Sinica in Sweden and Taiwan. In 2015 he returned to Kiel to the Physiological Institute and did research as a fellow of the Cluster of Excellence "Future Ocean". In 2018 Hu recruited an Emmy Noether junior research group to study the physiology of marine organisms.

Research questions

Marian Hu has a strong research interest in the physiological processes of homeostasis regulation in marine animals. In particular, he is interested in the pH-regulatory mechanisms in calcifying cell systems and the gastrointestinal tract of marine invertebrates and their interactions with changing environmental conditions.
His current research questions are:

  • Which trans-membrane transport processes enable biomineralisation?
  • What are the transport mechanisms in epithelia that lead to the maintenance of extracellular homeostasis in marine organisms?
  • Are there interactions between gastrointestinal pH homeostasis and gut microbiota in marine invertebrates?
  • To what extent can these regulatory mechanisms adapt to global environmental changes in marine systems?


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Frank Kempken

Am Botanischen Garten 1-9, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-4274
Telefax: +49 431 880-4248

Prof. Dr. Silja Klepp

Ludewig-Meyn-Straße 14, 24098 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-56 41

Information about Prof. Dr. Silja Klepp


Silja Klepp has been a Professor of Human Geography since 2017 and a trained social anthropologist. Her field research experience includes countries such as Kiribati, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Italy, Libya, Malta, and Zambia. In her current research she studies the social and cultural effects of climate change and integrates postcolonial perspectives and social diversity into climate change adaptation. In 2012 she won the Christiane Rajewsky Award of the German Association for Peace and Conflict Studies for her PhD on refugees and European border control in the Mediterranean Sea. Silja Klepp is a member of the German Young Academy of Scientists (Die Junge Akademie).

Research questions

Most of the research of Silja Klepp has focused on human-environment relations and questions of climate change migration and climate change adaptation. Furthermore, she works on migration and refugees in the Mediterranean Sea and European border regimes. Her current research questions are:

  • How can we improve the integration of social and cultural diversity into climate change adaptation?
  • How can we overcome the nature/culture/politics-divide in our work on different environmental problems and what does this mean for political, technical and societal interventions?
  • How can we improve our understanding of questions of climate justice e.g. regarding future generations and people of the global South and what does this mean for our work and for society?

Prof. Dr. Alexa Klettner

Arnold-Heller-Str. 3, Haus 25
Phone: +49 431 500-24283
Telefax: +49 431 500-24244

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Prof. Dr. Alexa Klettner received a PhD in biology, habilitated in experimental ophthalmology and is a professor of experimental retinology at Kiel University since 2013.

Research questions

My research interests are mainly focused on pathogenesis and the treatment of age dependent macular degeneration, the most common cause of blindness in the western world.

My workgroup happened upon an interesting property of the brown algae component fucoidan. Using cell cultures, we were able to show that multiple properties of fucoidan have applications that relate to age dependent macular degeneration.

Apart from the characterisation of different fucoidans for various applications (e.g. tissue regeneration, cosmetics and ophthalmology) the sustainable use and possible cultivation of brown algae are important aspects as well. We are investigating Fucus species in particular, but also Laminaria, Saccharina and Dictyosiphon.

I focus on these particular areas, in order to accelerate the possible use of algae in eye medicine and the development of products in this area of research. Apart from Fucoidans there are other algae components that are interesting (e.g. Fucoxanthins, Polyphenols).

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Koch

Hermann-Rodewald-Straße 3, R. 301 (HRS 3)
Phone: +49 431 880-4484
Telefax: +49 431 880-4845

Information about Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reinhard Koch


Seit 2006 arbeitet Reinhard Koch mit seiner Arbeitsgruppe als Informatiker im Bereich der computergestützen Bildauswertung von Unterwasserszenen. Ein Schwerpunkt seiner Arbeiten ist die Nutzung von Kameras als Messinstrument, um einerseits die 3D-Geometrie von Unterwasser-Objekten zu erfassen, andererseits aber auch die Klassifikation und Quantisierung von Teilchen in der Wassersäule, wie z.B. Plankton oder Gasblasen, durchzuführen. Hierfür wurden von der Arbeitsgruppe neuartige kamerabasierte Messsysteme entworfen und eingesetzt.

Research questions

Aktuelle Forschungsfragen:

  • Analyse komplexer visueller Daten

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Sebastian Krastel

Otto-Hahn-Platz 1, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-3914
Telefax: +49 431 880-4432

Dr. Ulrike Kronfeld-Goharani

Wilhelm-Seelig-Platz 2, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-6332

Dr. Ulrike Kubetzki

Otto-Hahn-Platz 3, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-3643

Information about Dr. Ulrike Kubetzki


Ulrike Kubetzki studied biology and completed her doctoral studies at Kiel University in the subjects marine zoology, biological oceanography and marine chemistry. After her dissertation on the subject of seabird ecology at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, she worked as a postdoc in national and international research projects at GEOMAR, the University of Hamburg and the Research and Technology Centre West Coast (FTZ) at Kiel University. At the FTZ she is working as a research assistant in the department "Marine Animal Ecology". In addition, she completed a second course of studies as "Specialist Journalist for Science and Culture" (FJS). Her work profile also includes press and public relations work on the research topics of the working group.

Research questions

Ulrike Kubetzki's main research focus lies in the field of seabird ecology.
Central research questions are:

  • How do seabirds function as bio-indicators for the state and quality of marine habitats?
  • What effects do anthropogenic influences in the area of conflict between marine nature conservation and marine use have on seabirds and coastal birds?
  • How can the distribution and habitat use of seabirds be analysed?
    Telemetric studies (data loggers) are the main tools used here.

Dr. Annegret Kuhn

Westring 400, R. 04.37
Phone: +49 431 880-1568
Telefax: +49 431 880-2483

Information about Dr. Annegret Kuhn


Annegret Kuhn studied Political Science at the universities of Hamburg and Alcalá de Henares and wrote her PhD on conflicts about mineral resources. From 2007 to 2015 she worked as a research fellow at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg. After a research collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark (Odense), since August 2017 Annegret Kuhn is a research fellow at the Department of Political Science at the University of Kiel with a research focus on international ocean governance.

Research questions

  • Natural Resources and Sustainable Development
  • Ocean Governance
  • International Organizations
  • Indigenous Rights


My current research focuses on the question of how international institutions and norms influence the socio-economic and environmental challenges of a worldwide increasing exploitation of natural resources. In particular, I study how international institutions such as the Arctic Council contribute to an increase in political influence of non-state actors (especially indigenous communities), and to what extend the political participation of these actors can foster the sustainable governance of marine resources.

Prof. Dr. Markus Kuhn

Leibnizstraße 8, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-3360
Telefax: +49 431 880-3673

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As a designated expert for classical narratology and film and media narratology I have great interest in a multitude of narrative genres, interdisciplinary research of complex fields, contexts of integrated narratives, cross-media and strategic forms of narration and the phenomenon of transmedia storytelling.

Research questions

Research in audiovisual media and digital media culture, e.g. web series in the context of social media and audiovisual offer forms on YouTube.

  • Film narratology
  • Web series
  • Film analysis
  • Media narratology
  • Audio-vision in digital media
  • Narration on the internet
  • Transmedia storytelling
  • Film genres und genre theory
  • Biographical movies
  • Factuality/fictionality
  • Comics and animated movies

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kuhnt

Ludewig-Meyn-Straße 14, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-2924

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Research questions

The Kiel Marine Micropaleontology Laboratory and Research Group actively focuses on the study of planktic and benthic foraminifera (marine prostists that build tests from calcite or foreign agglutinated particles) and their application for understanding climate and ocean evolution over the last 100 million years.

Facilities at the University of Kiel include a micropaleontological preparation laboratory, clean laboratory for geochemical preparation, and dedicated microscope and computer laboratories. We also house a comprehensive micropaleontology research library and extensive collections, including one of the largest collections in Europe of Recent seafloor samples (both slides and residues). This collection encompasses material from several thousands core tops, box-core and multicore samples collected from all oceans with special emphasis on the eastern Atlantic, Baltic Sea and SE Asian Seas.

Our research focuses on Recent, Cenozoic and Cretaceous foraminifera, in particular their evolution  (biostratigraphy), ecology and population dynamics. Foraminifera also provide crucial tools for paleoceanography, because their carbonate shells can be analyzed for their elemental composition (i.e. Mg/Ca) and stable isotopes of oxygen, carbon, calcium and boron. These geochemical and isotopic data are fundamental to derive estimates of past sea surface temperature, salinity and pH and to reconstruct productivity and water column structure.

Prof. Dr. Nele Matz-Lück

Westring 400 (Alte UB), 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-2083
Telefax: +49 431 880-1619

Prof. Dr. Roberto Mayerle

Hafentörn 1, 25761 Büsum
Phone: +49 4834 604-201
Telefax: +49 4834 604-299

Prof. Dr. Thomas Meurer

Kaiserstr. 2, 24143 Kiel
Phone: +49(0)431/880–6275

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Prof. Thomas Meurer holds the Chair for Automatic Control at the Institute for Electrical Engineering at the Technical Faculty of Kiel University.

The research activities of the Chair for Automatic Control focus the development of state of the art model-based methods for control, regulation, state change and optimisation of dynamic systems. This specifically includes non-linear and distributed-parameter systems, which are governed by partial differential equations, and their applications, including the industrial and maritime robotics, production and manufacturing engineering, thermal and (bio-) chemical process engineering, cooperative interacting systems and adaptive form changing structures.

Research questions

In the area of maritime systems our research activity includes the following topics:

Automated and autonomous shipping
In this topic complex we are currently working with industry partners on assistance functions for ship management in geometrically limited areas as well as control technological methods for optimal track planning and ship control with static and dynamic obstacles. In this case, the term “optimal” relates to time and energy optimisation. We have presented our first results at the SMM 2018 in Hamburg, in the context of the Maritime Research Forum, which was organized by German Maritime Centre (DMZ), and other publications are to follow.

Path and track planning for AUV’s
Together with the group of Prof. Jens Greinert from GEOMAR we are involved in the regulation of AUV’s with a focus on GEOMAR’s house development “Aegir”. This includes methods and implementation of path and track planning and state estimation to realise robustly reproduced trajectories for measurement data recording.

Process Control in marine biotechnology
We are currently interested in developing strategies for process control of algae growth processes and photo catalytical processes. This includes developing mathematical models of algae growth and the possible intracellular products, which are mostly generated by targeted induction of stress. Methodically this includes questions on model-based state and parameter estimation (software sensors) and model- and databased real time optimisation.


Prof. Dr. Aletta Mondré

Westring 400, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-4377
Telefax: +49 431-880-2483

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Aletta Mondré studied Political Science at the FU Berlin and the University of Melbourne. She earned her doctorate from the University Bremen in 2012. From 2012 to 2016 she worked as research assistant in the group of International Relations and Development Policy at the University Duisburg-Essen, where she did research on the relationship between international institutions and the politics of states. Since March 2017 she is Professor of Political Science with focus on International Ocean Governance at Kiel University.

Research questions

  • Ocean Governance Architecture
  • Deep sea mining
  • Conflicts over maritime areas

I study how the oceans are governed. Oceans are increasingly divided up in zones, to which different rules apply set by various authorities. At the same time, there are overlapping regulations and gaps in regulation. Many claims to utilizing ocean space are in conflict with each other and competing with sustainable protection of the oceans. These diverging interests are evident in the case of deep sea mining. With my background as an international relations scholar I pay particular attention to the political struggle for setting standards and the interplay between international and national institutions.

Prof. Dr. Nils Moosdorf

Ludewig-Meyn-Straße 10, 24098 Kiel
Phone: +49 421 23800 - 33

Information about Prof. Dr. Nils Moosdorf


Nils Moosdorf studied Geology at RWTH Aachen University. He finished his Ph.D. at the University of Hamburg in 2010 focusing global biogeochemical cycles. Since 2014 he led a junior research group on “Submarine groundwater discharge” at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen. The group got tenured with his tenure as jointly called professor at Kiel University and still does research on the interaction of groundwater and the ocean at tropical coasts.

Research questions

Nils‘ research assess the role of groundwater in the Earth System. It encompasses the global scale, but also local scale analyses of complexities and variability that need to be understood to represent them at large scales. Central research questions are::

  • Which are the couplings of groundwater and ocean in the Earth System?
  • Which interactions exist between humans, groundwater and ocean at urban tropical coasts?
  • How can offshore groundwater resources contribute to a sustainable water supply?

Prof. Dr. Natascha Oppelt

Ludewig-Meyn-Straße 14, 24098 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-3330

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Natascha Oppelt has been Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Kiel since October 2008 and heads the Earth Observation and Modelling group at the Institute of Geography. Prior to that she was a research assistant at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, where she also habilitated in 2008. Natascha Oppelt works in the field of developing remote sensing based applications for users of different disciplines. She was involved in expeditions to the Arctic and will be part of the largest Arctic expedition with RV Polarstern, MOSAiC, in summer 2020. Using methods of satellite-based monitoring of the Arctic sea ice, the geographer collects coherent, large-scale measurement data, especially from meltwater pools. Natascha Oppelt is Director of the Institute of Geography and was Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences from July 2016 to July 2018.

Prof. Dr. Konrad Ott

Leibnizstr. 6, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-2822
Telefax: +49 431 880-2828

Prof. Dr. Isabella Peters

Hermann-Rodewald-Straße 3, R. 506, 24098 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-7286

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Isabella received her PhD in Information Science in 2009 at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (Germany). She was a visiting scholar at the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information at Université de Montréal (Kanada) and at the Department of Information and Library Science at Indiana University Bloomington (USA). Before that she studied German Linguistics, German Literature and Information Science in Düsseldorf. In 2013 she became Professor of Web Science at the ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and at the Kiel University, Institute for Computer Science. The joint affiliation enables research closely related to applied areas of Library and Information Science as well as basic scientific research in Web Science.

Research Questions

Isabella’s research focusses on user-generated content and user-driven processes carried out in social media environments, and how they can be leveraged for different purposes. For example she studies how social media content affects scholarly communication and how web-based services can be leveraged for open science. With that her research contributes to a better understanding of the web by studying:

  • How researchers use the social web for scholarly communication and research evaluation (e.g. altmetrics, Science 2.0, and Open Science),
  • How users and researchers can contribute to the advancement of knowledge and science by adding their own content (e.g., to library catalogues via folksonomies),
  • Why users and researchers use web functionalities and for what purposes?
  • How web-based services can foster user engagement?
  • How various forms of information design can contribute to rich knowledge building experiences?


Isabella especially engages with the KMS research focus on the Digital Ocean, in which she works with the Virtual Seafloor-Project with GEOMAR’s ARENA. The Digital Ocean also serves as environment for future work on the introduction of effective information design and participatory approaches (such as design thinking) to marine sciences to support refining and communication of data and information (e.g., via data storytelling/data narratives).


Prof. Dr. Miriam Pfeiffer

Ludewig-Meyn-Str. 10, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880 2855

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Research questions

Die Forschungsgruppe M. Pfeiffer beschäftigt sich hauptsächlich mit rezenten und fossilen Steinkorallen sowie den von ihnen aufgebauten Korallenriffe und Karbonatgesteine. Hermatype Korallen aus der Gruppe der Steinkorallen (Scleractinia) fungieren seit der Perm-Trias Grenze als die wichtigsten Riffbildner in den tropischen Ozeanen. Korallenriffe üben aufgrund ihrer Größe einen bedeutenden physikalischen und ökologischen Einfluss auf ihre Umgebung aus. Es sind die größten von Lebewesen geschaffenen Strukturen der Erde, die wichtigsten marinen Ökosysteme und Zentren der marinen Biodiversität. Die Gesamtfläche der heutigen Korallenriffe beträgt ca. 600.000 km². Korallenriffe sind von fundamentaler Bedeutung für Küstenschutz, Tourismus und Fischereiwirtschaft in den Tropen und Subtropen, und somit von enormer Bedeutung für die Entwicklungs- und Schwellenländern, in denen heute mehr als 40% der Weltbevölkerung leben.

Die mit Abstand größte Bedrohung für die heutigen Korallenriffe ist der anthropogen verursachten Anstieg der Meerwassertemperaturen. Dies wurde insbesondere durch das dritte globale Korallensterben während des El Niño-Jahres 2015/16 deutlich. Das Korallensterben wird durch ungewöhnlich hohe Meerwassertemperaturen verursacht. Diese werden von den mit Korallen in Symbiose lebenden einzelligen Algen (Zooxanthellen) nicht toleriert. Die Häufigkeit und Intensität dieser Massensterben hat in den letzten drei Jahrzehnten zuvor nicht gekannte Ausmaße erreicht und ist eine direkte Folge der globalen Klimaerwärmung. Diese gefährdet langfristig das Fortbestehen der Korallenriffe. Auf regionaler Ebene wirkt sich die zunehmende Umweltverschmutzung negativ auf Korallen aus und beschleunigt das Riffsterben. Diese Problematik kann mit modernen, analytischen Methoden der Paläontologie untersucht werden. So können in interdisziplinärer Zusammenarbeit mit Biologen, Geochemikern und Klima-Modellierern Prognosen für die zukünftige Riffentwicklung entwickelt werden.

Das Klima in den Tropen wird ebenfalls maßgeblich durch die anthropogen verursachte Erderwärmung verändert. Dies hat bedeutende gesellschaftliche Auswirkungen - schon in naher Zukunft werden deutlich mehr Menschen in den Tropen leben als in der restlichen Welt. Hier ist es besonders wichtig zu verstehen, wie sich die steigenden Meerwassertemperaturen auf die Niederschlagsverteilung und auf Extremereignisse wie z.B. tropische Wirbelstürme auswirken. Diese Problematik ist mit den aktuellen Klimamodellen schwer zu erfassen. Korallenbohrkerne bieten ein Archiv, mit dem diese Parameter in der jüngeren Vergangenheit ermittelt werden können, in denen die anthropogene Klimaerwärmung bereits greift. Diese Daten können unter anderem zur Modell-Evaluierung genutzt werden.

Prof. Dr. Dieter Piepenburg

Hohenbergstr. 2, 24105 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 600-1264
Telefax: +49 431 600-1671

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Wolfgang Rabbel

Otto-Hahn-Platz 1, 24098 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-3916
Telefax: +49 431 880-4432

Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz

Wilhelm-Seelig-Platz 1, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880 3289

Prof. Dr. Till Requate

Wilhelm-Seelig-Platz 1, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-4424
Telefax: +49 431 880-1618

Prof. Dr. Marie-Catherine Riekhof

Neufeldtstr. 10, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49(0)431 880 6596

Information about Prof. Dr. Marie-Catherine Riekhof


Marie-Catherine Riekhof has been Professor of Political Economy of Resource Management with a focus on marine and coastal resources at the Faculty of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences since November 1st, 2019, and heads the "Center for Ocean and Society" in the Kiel Marine Science (KMS) research priority area. She is moving from the Swiss Center of Economic Research in Zurich (ETH Zurich) back to Kiel after a short stay at the University of Freiburg. From 2009 to 2015 she already worked at the Department of Economics at Kiel University and received her doctorate during this time. She gained further international experience as a World Bank consultant in India and during research stays in Senegal and the USA. Marie-Catherine Riekhof works conceptually as well as with quantifiable ecological-economic models and has experience in conducting and evaluating empirical studies.


Research questions

Marie-Catherine Riekhof examines the impact of different institutional arrangements in the field of marine and coastal resources. In doing so, problems in implementation are addressed, for example taking into account the different impacts on transaction costs.

  • How do institutional regulations (international agreements, arrangement of fishing rights, ...) and the use of new technologies (industrialization of the fishing fleet, desalination technologies, marine aquaculture, ocean fertilization, ...) influence the use of natural resources (fish, CO2 sequestration, mining, ...), as well as the distribution of profits and risks between different user groups (e.g. coasts vs. deep-sea fishing, tourism, nature conservation, ...)?
  • Which factors (regulatory costs, state of natural resources, interest groups, ...) influence the feasibility of environmental policy?
  • How can we link different models to bring together knowledge from various disciplines, and how can we engage in dialogue with different user groups to improve results through better coordinated policy programmes?


Prof. Dr. med. Philip Rosenstiel

Schittenhelmstr. 12, 24105 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 597-5101
Telefax: +49 431 597-2196

Dr. rer. nat. Jörn Schmidt

Wilhelm-Seelig-Platz 1, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-5632
Telefax: +49 431 880-3150

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ruth Schmitz-Streit

Am Botanischen Garten 1-9, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-4334
Telefax: +49 431 880-2194

Prof. Dr. Birgit Schneider

Ludewig-Meyn-Straße 10, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-3254
Telefax: +49 431 880-1912

Prof. Ralph R. Schneider

Phone: +49 431 880-1457

Prof. Dr. Carsten Schulz

Hermann-Rodewald-Straße 6, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-5388
Telefax: +49 431 880-2588

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Rüdiger Schulz

Am Botanischen Garten 5, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-4226
Telefax: +49 431 880-1527

Prof. Dr. Lorenz Schwark

Ludewig-Meyn-Straße 10, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-2850
Telefax: +49 431 880-4376

Dr. Philipp Schwemmer

Hafentörn 1, 25761 Büsum
Phone: +494834604-119

Information about Dr. Philipp Schwemmer


Philipp Schwemmer studied biology at Kiel University (CAU). After a stay abroad at the University of Otago, New Zealand, he received his doctorate in 2007 at the CAU in biological oceanography. Since 2003, he has been continuously involved in various third-party funded projects in the 'Ecology of Marine Animals' working group at the Research and Technology Centre (FTZ) in Büsum. There he developed the research focus "Wadden Sea Ecology", in which he has been working open-ended since 2019.

Research questions

A major part of Philipp Schwemmer's research focuses on the question of how seabirds and marine mammals can be used as indicators of the location and condition of marine habitats. An important focus is the modelling of land use patterns of Wadden Sea birds using abiotic and biotic predictors (e.g. hydrodynamics, sediment regime, macrofauna). The telemetry of seabirds and marine mammals is a central method for this purpose. The results obtained are often directly applied in official marine nature conservation.

Current research questions:

  • What is the chain of action of hydrodynamics, sediment, distribution of macrofauna and seabirds?
  • Can the location of benthic habitats be predicted with the help of telemetric seabird data?
  • How does the energy transfer from macrozoobenthos to the birds as end consumers take place?
  • What are the conflicts regarding the migration of seabirds and offshore wind turbines?


In the future, remote sensing data could be combined with telemetric data on the land use of seabirds - both in coastal inland areas and in the Wadden Sea and offshore areas of the North and Baltic Seas. Seabird data can also be made available for the interdisciplinary description of the Good Environmental Status (links to socio-economic issues are possible).

Prof. Dr. Thomas Slawig

Christian-Albrechts-Platz 4, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-4490
Telefax: +49 431 880-7618

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Anand Srivastav

Christian-Albrechts-Platz 4, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-7252
Telefax: +49 431 880-1725

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Athanasios Vafeidis

Ludewig-Meyn-Straße 14, R.210
Phone: +49 431 880-2946
Telefax: +49 431 880-4658

Dr. Rüdiger Voss

Wilhelm-Seelig-Platz 1, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-5634

Information about Dr. Rüdiger Voss


Rudi Voss studied Fisheries Biology at Kiel University. In 2002 he earned his doctorate in this topic. After six years as project leader at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, he joined the inter-disciplinary working group on environmental and resource economics at the department of economics of Kiel University in 2008, which was established within the framework of the Cluster of Excellence ‘The Future Ocean’. Rudi is a specialist in ecological-economic modeling. He investigates trade-offs arising from alternative management scenarios and quantifies the consequences of e.g. environmentally-driven recruitment variability in fish. He significantly contributed as Case Study leader to several EU-projects on the Baltic. Rudi is engaged in developing integrated assessment and integrated advice for Baltic Sea ecosystem-based fisheries management as well as improving the Baltic multispecies assessment and management. Rudi is also the coordinator of the PhD programme “Quantitative Economics” at Kiel University.

Research questions

  • How can fisheries assessment and management move from a single species to multispecies and finally ecosystem approach?
  • How will climate change affect food web structures and fish stock productivity?
  • How can trans-disciplinary research be brought to life, i.e. how to best communicated to and work together with different sets of stakeholders?
  • What are major trade-offs between ecosystem services under different management options?
  • How will climate change and human pressures impact on biodiversity?


Prof. Dr. Christian Winter

Otto-Hahn-Platz 1, R. 115
Phone: +49 431 880-2881
Telefax: Fax +49 431 880-4432

Information about Prof. Dr. Christian Winter


Research questions

Ich arbeite an einem prozess-orientierten Verständnis der Wechselbeziehungen zwischen hydrodynamischen und sedimentdynamischen Prozessen, und deren Wirkung auf die Lebensräume am Meeresboden.
Seit Februar 2018 leite ich die Arbeitsgruppe Küstengeologie und Sedimentologie am Institut für Geowissenschaften der Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel.
In der Arbeitsgruppe bearbeiten wir Projekte zu verschiedenen interdisziplinären Fragestellungen an der Küste. Untersuchungsgebiete umfassen Flussmündungen, Watten, Strände und Schelfgebiete in vielen Ländern. Dabei werden Methoden aus den Bereichen der schiffs- und landgestützten Messungen, Laborexperimenten und numerischen Modellen angewandt.

Aktuelle Forschungsfragen:

  • Sediment transport processes, Numerical modelling, ship and land based field measurements, sediment dynamics, estuarine and beach morphodynamics, bedforms, fluid mud, turbulence

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Wuttke

Ludewig-Meyn-Straße 10, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-2840

Dr. Nancy Weiland-Bräuer

Am Botanischen Garten 1-9, 24118 Kiel
Phone: +49 431 880-1648

Information about Dr. Nancy Weiland-Bräuer


Nancy Weiland-Bräuer studied biology at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel. In 2010 she did her PhD at the Institute for General Microbiology at the CAU with a research focus on metagenomic approaches for the identification of antibiotic alternatives. In her early postdoc phase at the CAU, she continued this research and returned to Kiel University after parental leave as part of a fellowship on host-microbe interactions at the moon jellyfish Aurelia aurita financed by the Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean". Since the end of 2014, she has been researching diverse and complex microbial interactions, primarily in marine habitats.

Research questions

Research questions:

  • How can we benefit from the biodiversity and unidentified resources in marine habitats in terms of potential biotechnological applications?
  • Which microbial principles can be used and exploited for current and future crises, e.g. antibiotic resistance?
  • How do biofilms form on biotic and abiotic surfaces and how can they be used or prevented?
  • What influence do microorganisms have on their multicellular host?
  • What role do bacteriophages play in different ecosystems?
  • How can bacteriophages be used as a therapeutic, e.g. in aquaculture?
Current Research

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