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Meeresbotanik / Marine Botany

The Department of Marine Botany at the University of Bremen studies ecological and physiological responses of marine algae towards environmental change. Our objects of interest extend from giant kelps to Antarctic phytoplankton.

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.

Our department coordinates the long-term research program on the Biology of Arctic benthic algae at the French/German Arctic AWIPEV research station. In cooperation with the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) the department hosts the Helmholtz-University Young Investigators Group “EcoTrace”.

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


New publications:

Coppede Cussioli M, Bryan K, Pilditch C, de Lange W, Bischof K (2019) Light penetration in a temperate meso-tidal lagoon: implications for seagrass growth and dredging in Tauranga Harbour, New Zealand. Ocean and Coastal Management 174: 25-37


Shan T, Pang SJ, Wang X, Li J, Su L, Schiller J, Lackschewitz D, Hall-Spencer J, Bischof K (2019) Genetic analysis of a recently established Undaria pinnatifida (Laminariales: Alariaceae) population in the northern Wadden Sea reveals close proximity between drifting thalli and the attached population. European Journal of Phycology  doi.org/10.1080/09670262.2018.1532116


Scheschonk L, Becker S, Hehemann JH, Diehl N, Karsten U, Bischof K (2019) Arctic kelp eco-physiology during the Polar Night: A crucial role for laminarin. Marine Ecology Progress Series 611: 59-74


Prof. Dr. Kai Bischof

NW2 A2180

Tel.: +49-(0)421-218-63050

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