Kiel Marine Science

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Stefan Garthe

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

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Information about Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Stefan Garthe


Stefan Garthe studied Biology at Hamburg and Kiel University. In 1997 he earned his doctorate in Zoology studying seabirds in the North Sea. From 1997–2000 he had a postdoc position at the Institute of Marine Science in Kiel, followed by an Assistant Professorship at the Research and Technology Centre (FT Z), in Büsum. He completed his habilitation in 2005 (Zoology, Biological Oceanography). In 2007, he became a senior scientist at the FT Z and was appointed professor at Kiel University in 2014. Since 2004, he is also Adjunct Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s, Canada. Since 2013, he is president of the German Ornithologists’ Society.

Research questions

Most of the research of Stefan Garthe is dedicated to the role of seabirds in coastal and marine ecosystems. Central research questions include:

  • What are the main habitats used by seabirds in offshore and coastal areas of North and Baltic Sea?
  • What are the spatio-temporal patterns of seabird distribution?
  • What are the foraging strategies of various seabird species?
  • What can we learn from seabird behaviour to detect and understand changes in the marine environment?
  • To what extent do offshore wind farms, fisheries, ship traffic and litter effect the environment?
Current Research

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