Research Profile

  • What are the effects of climate change on key functions (e.g., biodiversity, energy and matter fluxes) of marine ecosystems?
  • What is the significance of these changes for ecological goods and services that the oceans provide for man?
  • How can scientific knowledge on these issues be best transferred to other stakeholders and the general public?

These are key questions that our research group is addressing, with focus on marine seabed ecosystems in the Arctic, North Sea and Antarctic.

We explore the impact of environmental factors on the variability of ecosystem functions in space and time. Our core tools are CRITTERBASE, a science-driven data warehouse for marine biotas, and spatial models. CRITTERBASE (© AWI) is open source shareware and can be used as global and local application.

In addition, we build customized information products for the knowledge transfer

Research Group

Dr. Jan Beermann (AG-Leitung)
Dr. Katharina Teschke (stellv. AG-Leitung)

Prof. Dr. Thomas Brey
Dr. Jennifer Dannheim
Dr. Kerstin Jerosch
Dr. Diego Filun
Dr. Maryam Weigt
Dr. Alexa Wrede 
Paul Kloss
Manuela Gusky
Kerstin Beyer
Birgit Glückselig
Hendrik Pehlke
Eilish Farrell
Sheng Wang
Jann Malte Zöllner


Dr. Brigitte Ebbe
Rebecca Konijnenberg
Dr. Casper Kraan
Prof. Dr. Dieter Piepenburg (derzeit: Senior Advisor)
Mehdi Shojaei