Lars Behrendt

Department of Biology - Biomolecular Sciences, University of Copenhagen My current interest lies in the description of surface associated microbial communities with a particular focus on phototrophic cyanobacteria. Tropical invertebrates such as sponges and ascidians (i.e. “seasquirts”) are known to harbor exceptional bacteria such as the Chlorophyll d bearing cyanobacterium Acaryochloris marina as well as Prochloron spp., a symbiotic bacterium with an unusual pigment composition (Chlorophyll a/b). Thorsten Brinkhoff 

Aquatic Microbial Ecology - Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment The research of our group focuses on microbial ecology and the role of specific bacterial groups, e.g. the Roseobacter Clade, in the marine environment. A major research goal is to identify and characterise key players, but also to investigate model organisms concerning their physiological and genetic properties. The methods are based on microbiological, molecular, culture-independent and highly sensitive analytical measuring procedures.

Dirk Erpenbeck

Molecular Evolution and Genomics of Sponges and other Diploblasts - Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich Dirk Erpenbeck is researcher and lecturer at the Ludwig-Maximilans University Munich. His research focuses on all aspects of the molecular evolution of non-bilaterian animals, particularly sponges, including their phylogeny, genomics, and bioactive compound production. Together with Gert Wörheide he is running the Sponge Barcoding Project (, which aims for the unambiguous identification of the > 8000 sponge species so far recognized.

 Elmar Prüsse

  • Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics Group - Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology
Michael Raupach Molecular Taxonomy - German Centre for Marine Biodiversity Research (DZMB) Molecular taxonomy and DNA barcoding of marine Metazoa from the North Sea. Phylogeography, population structure, genetic/morphological variability and distribution of the shallow-water shrimp Chorismus antarcticus and the deep-sea shrimp Nematocarcinus lanceopes.


Georg Steinert - PhD student, sponge-associated microbial ecology, ICBM Franziska Klotz - Graduated student, Marine Environmental Science (M.Sc.) Sven Breider - PhD student, Aquatic Microbial Ecology, ICBM Peter J. Schupp - Prof. Dr., Environmental Biochemistry
(Stand: 02.05.2022)