Chemical Ecology of Marine Protists

The Chemical Ecology Approach – identification, characterisation, quantification of bioactive secondary metabolites from marine protists and determination of the ecological function

Chemical ecology deals with the interactions of organisms in a defined ecosystem. Our group investigates these phenomena with emphasis between microalgae (mainly marine dinoflagellates and haptophytes) by means of protistology and functional ecology, approaches of molecular ecology applying advanced molecular techniques and chemical analysis of relevant organic compounds at trace levels. This works aims to understand the function of organisms at the bottom of the marine food web with its implications to higher trophic levels and human exploitation of marine resources.