WOR 5 Contributors
WOR 5 Coasts – A Vital Habitat Under Pressure | 2017

WOR 5 Contributors

> Many experts have contributed their ­specialized knowledge to the compilation of the World Ocean Review in 2017. These included, in particular, scientists working in one of the member institutions of the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM) and the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”.
Contributors WOR 5
Prof. Dr. Hermann W. Bange
Leader of the biogeochemistry working group on marine trace gases at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. His research interests focus on oceanic formation paths and emissions of climate-relevant trace gases. The tasks of his working group on oceanic nitrogen and sulphur cycles also include the measurement of short-lived intermediate products that include hydroxylamine, nitric oxide (NO), and others. His working group regularly participates in measurement surveys in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, as well as in the Southern Ocean and Baltic Sea. He is also coordinator of the time-series station Boknis Eck, a measurement station in the Eckernförde Bay of the southwest Baltic Sea that has been pro­ducing data since 1957. > web
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Bathmann
Director and biological oceanographer at the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (IOW) in Warnemünde, professor of Earth System research at the Univer­sity of Rostock, and spokesman for the Leibniz ScienceCampus Phosphorus Research. His research deals with coastal-sea topics, the naturally and anthropogenically induced changes of processes in the coastal seas and their impacts on society. He is a member of numerous national and international working groups, and is Chair of the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM). Furthermore, he is a member of the Executive Board of the Leibniz Association and a member of the German section of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). > web
Prof. Dr. Jörn Behrens
Mathematician with emphasis on applied mathematics at the University of Hamburg. He earned his PhD at the University of Bremen and qualified as professor at the Technical University of Munich. He has developed numerical methods for atmospheric and oceanic simulations. In 2006 he took on the leadership position for tsunami modelling at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), where he and his working group developed the simulation components for the German-Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System (GITEWS). In 2009 he accepted a position at the University of Hamburg. There, he is a member of the Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN – Centrum für Erdsystemforschung und Nachhaltigkeit). As co-chair of a UNESCO working group for hazard assessment and modelling within the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the North-Eastern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (ICG/NEAMTWS), he played a leading role in 2016 in working toward the accreditation of tsunami warning centres in France and Italy. > web
Flemming Dahlke
Marine biologist at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). His PhD investigations address the influence of climate change on the distribution of important fish species in the Arctic Ocean. His focus here is on the assessment of climatic risks related to the preservation of favourable breeding areas using physiologically based predictive models. > web
Prof. Dr. Ralf Ebinghaus
Chemist at the Institute for Coastal Research at the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht (HZG). He heads the Department of Environmental Chemistry there and teaches as professor (h. c.) at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. His research directions include detection, transport and gas-water exchange of especially long-lived chemical substances in near-coastal, marine and polar environments. Ebinghaus is editor of the journal Environmental Chemistry and co-editor of the journals Chemosphere and Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. He is a member of the Pool of Experts for the World Ocean Assessment of the United Nations. > web
Dr. Werner Ekau
Fisheries biologist at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen. His work focuses on population dynamics and the adaptations of different life stages to a changing environment. In projects such as GENUS (Geochemistry and Ecology of the Namibian Upwelling System) and AWA (Ecosystem Approach to the management of fisheries and the marine environment in West African waters), he investigates the influence of hypoxia and salinization of estuaries on reproductive ability in fish of the herring family. He is also director of the German operations centre of the International Ocean Institute (IOI). > web
Prof. Dr.
Kay-Christian Emeis
Geoscientist in the field of bio­geochemistry at the University of Hamburg and concurrently leader of the Institute for Coastal Research at the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht (HZG). His scientific interest is the elucidation of material cycles in the ocean and investigating the influence of human activity on coastal ecosystems. He earned his PhD in Hamburg and then worked at Texas A&M University and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the USA, followed by periods at the University of Kiel, the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW), and the University of Greifswald. He has now returned to Hamburg. > web
Dr. Sebastian Ferse
Ecologist at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen. His research work combines natural and social science approaches and deals with the ecology and human use of tropical coral reefs. He is concerned with the management, biodiversity and resilience of reef systems. Further aspects of his work include ecosystem functions and services, reef restoration, livelihood strategies, and small-scale fisheries, as well as participative management of tropical coastal areas. A central focus of his research is related to Indonesia, where he has been working for around 15 years. > web
Daniel Gerecke
Geographer and consultant for the German international development organisation Gesellschaft für Interna­tionale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in the regional programme “Coping with climate change in the Pacific island region”. He is responsible for programme activities in the area of policy advice and adapta­tion to climate change in Kiribati, and also leads the programme components on climate change and education in the island nations of Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa and Vanuatu. > web

Prof. Dr.
Anna-Katharina Hornidge
Sociologist and development scientist, professor at the University of Bremen and leader of the Social Sciences department as well as the working group for develop­ment sociology and sociology of knowledge at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen. Her research fields encompass the theory of science and innovation research with regard to environmental/marine issues, as well as adaptation research in development contexts. The aim of her ­working group is to further expand the marine social sciences relating to the theory of science and futures studies. > web
PD Dr. Tim Jennerjahn
Biogeochemist and leader of the Ecological Biogeochemistry working group at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen. He has been studying the reactions of tropical coastal ecosystems to climate-related and human-induced environmental changes for many years. He has led interdisciplinary research groups in China, Indonesia, India and Brazil, and has participated in numerous expeditions on both land and sea. He is chief editor of the international professional journal Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. Jennerjahn also teaches at the University of Bremen. > web
Prof. Dr. Silja Klepp
Professor for human geography in coastal and marine regions at Kiel University and member of the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”. Her current research in the Central Pacific addresses the themes of climate change, climate-change adaptation and migration. She integrates post-colonial perspectives and critical theories in the research field of climate-change adaptation. Other focuses include the cultural and social consequences of climate change, flight and migration, and the EU border regime. Silja Klepp works primarily in Fiji and Kiribati, as well as in the Mediterranean Sea region. > web
Dr. Lotta Clara Kluger
Marine ecologist at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen. She focuses on participative, ecosystem-based coastal and resource management and the diverse implications of aquaculture. She works within interdisciplinary projects in various South American countries on ecological and socioeconomic issues with the aim of promoting the sustainability of small fisheries. > web
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Krastel
Marine geophysicist at the Institute of Geosciences at Kiel University and a member of the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean”. He studies sedimentation processes on the continental slopes and their associated natural hazards. For this he primarily employs acoustic methods to ana­lyse the sea floor and its underlying layers. > web
Dr. Lasse Marohn
Fisheries biologist at the Thünen Institute of Fisheries Ecology in Hamburg. His interest is in the stock management and biology of the European eel and other diadromous migrating fish species. An additional focus of his work is investigating the consequences of dynamic environmental conditions and anthropogenic influences on the migratory behaviour and habitat preferences of fish. > web
Dr. Barbara Neumann
Geographer in the Ocean Governance project at the Institute for Advanced Sustain­ability Studies (IASS – Institut für transformative Nachhaltigkeitsforschung) in Potsdam, and until recently a member of the Cluster of Excellence “The Future Ocean” in Kiel and research associate at the Geographical Institute of Kiel University. She works in the field of human environmental research and is particularly interested in the analysis and assessment of human-environment and land-sea inter­actions in the coastal realm. Among other things, she is currently working on the implementation of Sustainability Goal number 14 of the UN 2030 Agenda, dealing with the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans and marine resources, the underlying sustainability concepts, and the resultant challenges for ocean and coastal governance. > web
Dr. Hanna Sabaß
Portfolio manager and consultant in the regional GIZ programme “Coping with climate change in the Pacific island region”. She is a geographer and has been working for over ten years for the GIZ in the areas of disaster preparedness, ­climate-change adaptation, rural regional development and ­environmental education. Until 2015 she played a significant role in the development of the “Whole of Island Approach” and in the coordination of the implementation partners on Kiribati. She has lived and worked in Fiji since 2011, from where regional projects are implemented in 15 Pacific island nations. > web
Prof. Dr.
Torsten Schlurmann
Coastal engineer and Managing Director of the Ludwig-Franzius Institute for Hydraulic, Estuarine and Coastal Engineering at the Leibniz University Hannover. Concurrently, he heads the “Coasts” research centre with the large research apparatus, the Great Wave Flume (GWK – Großer Wellenkanal). After his graduate studies, PhD, and post-doctoral (habilitation) qualification in civil engineering, he assisted at the United Nations University in the implementation of a tsunami early warning system in the Indian Ocean. In 2007 he accepted a W3 professorship in Hannover. His major areas of research involve surveying and modelling of the processes involved in estuarine and coastal engineering, particularly in the areas of coastal protection and risk mana­ge­ment, harbour planning and maintenance, and the testing and development of maritime technologies, particularly those related to offshore wind energy. In recent years he has been especially engaged with the integral proactive approach of “Building with Nature”. > web

Dr. Daniela Storch
Integrative ecophysiologist at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven. Her expertise is the ecophysio­logy of marine animals and their various developmental stages. She leads various projects in which she, along with her staff and colleagues, investigates which life stages are most sensitive, how adaptive these life stages are to environmental changes, and the degree to which the distributions and biodiversity of marine ­animals are influenced by these life stages. > web
Dr. Nicola Wannicke
Microbiologist at the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP Greifswald). She studies the interactions between cold atmospheric plasma and plants. Until recently she worked at the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW) in the working group on the marine nitrogen cycle where she studied the impacts of ocean acidification on cyanobacteria. In addition, she investi­gated the changes in growth rate and nitrogen fixation in typical Baltic Sea species such as Nodularia spumigena as well as their generation of toxic substances. > web
Dr. Ralf Weisse
Meteorologist and head of the Coastal Climate department at the Institute for Coastal Research at the Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht (HZG). His research interests deal with marine climate and its variability. His specific areas include storms, storm surges, wave motion and regional sea-level changes and their effects. > web
Prof. Dr. Christian Wild
Leader of the marine ecology group and the working groups on marine ecology and coral reef ecology at the Department of Biology and Chemistry of the University of Bremen. Prior to this he was a contact person for coral reef topics at UNESCO in Paris, and worked as group leader for early career scientists at the LMU in Munich. His most important project for the future is the organization of the International Coral Reef ­Symposium in Bremen for the first time, in the summer of 2020. > web
Dr. Anna-Katharina Wöbse
Environmental historian and research associate at the Institute for Biology Didactics of the Justus Liebig University in Gießen. She studies questions regarding the relation­ships between humans and nature, international environmental diplomacy, and the visualization and medialization of natural and environmental conflicts. Her current research project is to bring into closer focus the history of European wetlands, from the Wadden Sea and the North Sea to the Camargue. > web
Prof. Dr. Matthias Wolff
Fisheries ecologist at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) in Bremen and professor of marine synecology at the University of Bremen. After comple­tion of his PhD at Kiel University in 1985 he established the fisheries biology programme at Universidad Católica del Norte (Chile), and subsequently was instrumental in the establishment of the ZMT in Bremen. Here he developed the first international and interdisciplinary master’s study programme of the University of Bremen (International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology, ISATEC), with its orientation to the management of tropical ­coastal systems. From 2007 to 2010 he worked as scientific director of the marine department of the Charles Darwin Station on the Galapagos Islands. His primary research themes are in the areas of population dynamics and fisheries of aquatic resources and in the trophic modelling of coastal ecosystems. > web
Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Ziemek
Biologist at the Institute for Bio­logy Didactics of the Justus Liebig University in Gießen. His research interest is the history of the region on the west coast of Schleswig-Holstein and behavioural patterns of the people there. In cooperation with the Foundation for Nature Conservation (Königswinter) he investigates in particular the origins of sustainability conservation concepts and works on their further development with consideration of climate change. > web