Marine Biology

The expertise of the Marine Biology Section is benthic ecology (see introduction). Main topics are:

  • In- and epifaunal biodiversity patterns on different temporal and spatial scales 
  • Long-term studies on the variability of species number, abundance and biomass of in- and epifauna
  • The role of environmental factors and food availability for the structure and functionial diversity of benthic communities
  • Relationship between different benthic size classes
  • Benthic food webs
  • Benthic species distribution modelling
  • Use of hydroacoustic advices for large-scale benthic habitat mapping
  • Anthropogenic effects on benthic communities