Bentho-Pelagic Processes

The section Bentho-Pelagic Processes (BPP) unites marine scientists and staff with an in situ Observational Ecology approach. We combine traditional sampling methods with novel instrumentation to explore the structure and dynamics of polar animal communities in their natural environment and in response to climate change. Our scientific focus is on megafauna – large corals and sponges providing three-dimensional habitat supporting a rich biodiversity – and the roles of bottom-up (environmental) versus top-down (predation by fish and seals) control in structuring communities and processes. With a regional focus on the Weddell Sea, we contrast the rapid climate-induced changes in the Antarctic Peninsula region with the more gradual changes along the eastern Weddell Sea shelf in response to warming.



Prof. Dr. Claudio Richter

+49 (0) 471 4831 1304


Dr. Horst Bornemann

+49 (0)471 4831 1862

Dr. Rainer Knust

+49 (0)471 4831 1709


Ursula Liebert

+49 (0) 471 4831 1301

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