Biodiversity and Biological Processes in Polar Oceans


Prof. Dr. Bettina MEYER

Office in Oldenburg
Helmholtz Institute for Marine Functional
Biodiversity (HIFMB)
Ammerländer Heerstrasse 231
Tel.: +49 (0)471 4831 2535

Office in Bremerhaven
Section Polar Biological Oceanography
Alfred Wegener Institute
Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine
Am Handelshafen 12
D-27570 Bremerhaven
Building E, room 2340
Tel.: +49 (0)471 4831 1378
Fax: +49 (0)471 4831 1149


Ecophysiology of pelagic key species, AWI

Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine
Biodiversity, HIFMB


Biodiversity and Biological Processes in Polar Oceans

Biodiversity and Biological Processes in Polar Oceans

The Polar Regions have a substantial influence on global climate and are among the fastest warming regions worldwide. It is unclear to what extent anthropogenic environmental changes will impact the structure and functioning of the polar marine ecosystem and in turn, what role these ecosystems play in biogeochemical cycling.

Key pelagic species in polar marine environments have a strong impact on ecosystem functioning due to their central position in the food web. These species link primary production to the higher trophic levels, including marine mammals and sea birds. They also play a key role in the movement of biogenic carbon from the surface to the ocean’s interior and seafloor.  

Our lab uses key pelagic species as model organisms to understand and predict population shifts and ecosystem responses in polar pelagic ecosystems under current and future climate change scenarios.

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