Kiel Marine Science

PD Dr. Katja Heubel

Hafentörn 1, 25761 Büsum
Phone: +49 4834 604 203

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Information about PD Dr. Katja Heubel


Katja Heubel studied biology at Kiel University. As a PhD student, she conducted her fieldwork mainly in Texas and Mexico. After completing her doctorate at the University of Hamburg in 2004, she had the opportunity to work as a postdoc and lecturer in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Helsinki before returning to CAU in 2019 to head the Coastal Ecology working group at the FTZ in Büsum, after stints as a junior research group leader in Tübingen and Cologne.

Research questions

Katja Heubel's research interests focus on evolutionary ecology and interactions between the behaviour of individuals and populations in the interactive interplay of spatial and temporal dynamics of the environment and exposure to anthropogenic stressors.
Current research questions include:

  • How do gobies adapt to different contexts and changing environmental conditions in their lifestyle and reproductive decisions?
  • Adaptations of aquatic biocoenoses to environmental gradients and changes in estuarine systems.
  • The influence of underwater noise on acoustic communication and predator-prey relationships between zooplankton and fish.
  • The role of non-commercial fish in the food web of the Wadden Sea ecosystem.
  • Integration of neobiota into the competitive and predator-prey relationships of established communities
Current Research

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