Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gerlach


+49 (0)441 798-3986

Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Fakultät V, Institut für Biologie und Umweltwissenschaften
AG Biodiversität und Evolution der Tiere
Carl von Ossietzky Str. 9-11
­26129 Oldenburg

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Research projects

  • Research projects in the Biodiversity and Animal Evolutionary Biology group aim at understanding mechanisms and consequences of dispersal behavior of marine organism.
  • ln long-term studies in the tropics we analyze the metapopulation structure of coral reef fish and the impact of disturbances e.g. of cyclones on connectivity and dispersal dynamics.
  • We are interested to understand whether and why species can cope with changing environmental conditions. Physiological studies determine performance and well-being of organisms. New genetic sequencing technologies open up an unprecedented opportunity to explore the evolutionary potential of species and species communities.
  • Dispersal and settlement success are also directly influenced by orientation mechanisms that enable marine larval organisms to find suitable habitat. We study the behavioral and sensory basis of orientation in coral reef fish in Australia, but also in migrating fish and crustaceans in the North Sea.

SFB 1372/1
2019 - 2022

Magnetoreception and navigation in vertebrates: from biophysics to brain and behaviour
NAV 03: Magnetic orientation in fish

FOR 2716/1
2019 - 2021

SP5: Trait-based marine consumer metacommunities

DFG GRK 1885 (2)
2018 - 2022

Molecular bases of sensory systems 

Genetic and sensory basis of orientation behaviour in fish

2018 - 2021

Eco-physiology, phenotypic plasticity

(Changed: 20 Apr 2022)