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Marine Botany

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© Universität Bremen
© Universität Bremen

The Department of Marine Botany at the University of Bremen studies ecological and physiological responses of marine algae towards environmental change. Our particular focus is on seaweeds from temperate to polar regions.

We are addressing physiological acclimation patterns under altered radiation, temperature and nutrient conditions. As the species-dependent tolerance towards environmental (stress-) factors also determines competitive success of a species in a given habitat, we are also studying changes on the community to ecosystem level. Conclusively, our studies can contribute to predict the future development of coastal ecosystems under global and regional environmental change.

In cooperation with the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) our department coordinates the long-term research program on the Biology of Arctic benthic algae at the French/German Arctic AWIPEV research station. Furthermore, we are coordinating the European H2020 project FACE-IT.

The Department of Marine Botany contributes to teaching in the Bachelor program of Biology, as well as the Master program Marine Biology, including International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology (ISATEC).


New publications:

Diehl N, Bischof K (2021) Coping with a changing Arctic: Mechanisms of acclimation in the brown seaweed Saccharina latissima from Spitsbergen. Marine Ecology Progress Series 657: 43-57


Krause-Jensen D, Archambault P, Assis J, Bartsch I, Bischof K, Filbee-Dexter K, Dunton KH, Maximova O, Ragnarsdottir SB, Sejr M, Simakova U, Spiridonov VA, Wegeberg S, Sichlau MH, Duarte CM (2020) Imprint of climate change on pan-Arctic marine vegetation. Frontiers in Marine Science, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.617324


Li H, Scheschonk L, Heinrich S, Valentin K, Harms L, Glöckner G, Corre E, Bischof K (2020) Transcriptomic responses to darkness and the survival strategy of the kelp Saccharina latissima in the early Polar night. Frontiers in Marine Science, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.592033 



Prof. Dr. Kai Bischof

NW2 A2180

Tel.: +49-(0)421-218-63050

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