PD Dr. Maren Striebel


Schleusenstrasse 1 26382 Wilhelmshaven

04421 / 944-205 | internal: 8205



PD Dr. Maren Striebel

PD Dr. Maren Striebel

Research Focus

I’m investigating the importance of biodiversity, light, nutrients, and temperature for plankton dynamics in marine and freshwater systems. I am considering these interactions from different ecological perspectives, such as ecophysiology, population and community dynamics, and behavioural aspects. Based on this, my main research topics can be defined as: Biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationships with a focus on characteristics of light (wavelengths, intensities and fluctuations) and Food web research focusing on species-specific traits, trophic interactions and stoichiometry.


Ecological Stoichiometry – Biodiversity and Functional Diversity – Plankton Dynamics – Trophic Interactions - Mesocosms

Planktotrons: https://uol.de/icbm/planktologie/forschung/planktotrons

Most Recent Projects

2020 - 2024  Partner in AQUACOSMplus, Horizon 2020, Network of Leading Ecosystem Scale Experimental AQUAtic MesoCOSM Facilities Connecting Rivers, Lakes, Estuaries and Oceans in Europe and beyond.

2020 - 2023  Phytoplankton responses to fluctuating resource and energy supply. DFG (German Research Foundation) funded project.

2019 - 2022  Phytoplankton response to fluctuating light intensity and spectrum. DFG (German Research Foundation) funded project.

2018 - 2021 INSIDE: Inter- and intra‐specific size Diversity of phytoplankton and its impacts on Ecosystem functions. DFG (German Research Foundation) funded project within the Priority Programme SPP1704 “Flexibility matters: Interplay between trait diversity and ecological dynamics using aquatic communities as model systems”

2016 - 2021  Coastal ocean darkening – Light availability in the past and future marine environment. Collaborative research project. Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture (MWK). Lead PI: Oliver Zielinski; Co-PI’s: Emil Stanev, Maren Striebel, Marcel Wernand.

Three Selected Publications

Frank, F., M. Danger, H. Hillebrand, M. Striebel. 2020. Stoichiometric constraints on phytoplankton resource use efficiency in monocultures and mixtures. Limnology and Oceanography. doi.org/10.1002/lno.11415

Gerhard, M., A. M. Koussoroplis, H. Hillebrand, M. Striebel. 2019. Phytoplankton community responses to temperature fluctuations under different nutrient concentrations and stoichiometry. Ecology. doi.org/10.1002/ecy.2834

Hillebrand, H., S.  Langenheder, K. Lebret, E. Lindström, Ö. Ostman, M. Striebel. 2018. Decomposing multiple dimensions of stability in global change experiments. Ecology Letters. doi.org/10.1111/ele.12867

Short CV

2019 - Habilitation at the University of Oldenburg, Germany

2016 - today Senior Researcher University of Oldenburg, ICBM Wilhelmshaven, Germany

2012 - 2016 Postdoctoral Position, University of Oldenburg, ICBM Wilhelmshaven, Germany

2009 - 2012 Postdoctoral Position, WasserCluster Lunz and University for Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU), Austria

2009 Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Oslo, Norway

2005 - 2008 Dissertation at the LMU Munich, Germany

1998 - 2004 Study of Biology at the Universities of Ulm and LMU Munich, Germany



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