Schleusenstrasse 1 26382 Wilhelmshaven

04421 / 944-207|8217



Christoph Plum

Research Focus

My research interest is the investigation of biodiversity and ecosystem functions in marine ecosystems – from the deep sea to the euphotic zone. I study diversity and community patterns of marine invertebrates, such as meiofauna and zooplankton, but also focus on stoichiometric interactions in planktonic food webs.


Biodiversity – Ecosystem Functioning – Ecological Stoichiometry – Plankton – Meiofauna


POSER (POpulation Shift and Ecosystem Response – Krill vs. Salps) - understanding population shifts in krill versus salps due to anthropogenic warming in the western Atlantic sector of the Southern Ocean, and the consequences of such shifts for plankton community structure, biodiversity and biogeochemical cycles.

Three Selected Publications

Plum C, Hillebrand H, Moorthi M (2020) Krill vs salps: dominance shift from krill to salps is associated with higher dissolved N:P ratios. Scientific Reports,

Plum C, Hüsener M, Hillebrand H (2015) Multiple vs. single phytoplankton species alter stoichiometry of trophic interaction with zooplankton. Ecology,

Hillebrand H, Cowles JM, Lewandowska A, Van de Waal DB, Plum C (2014) Think ratio! A stoichiometric view on biodiversity–ecosystem functioning research. Basic and Applied Ecology,

Short CV

2017 – today Post-Doc at the ICBM, University of Oldenburg, Germany

2015 – 2016 Post-Doc at the Japan Agency for Marine Earth Science and Technology, Yokosuka, Japan

2013 – 2014 Post-Doc at the Institute français de recherche pour l´exploitation de la mer (IFREMER), Brest, France

2009 – 2013 PhD at the ICBM, University of Oldenburg, Germany

2008 – 2009 Researcher at the DZMB, Senckenberg am Meer, Wilhelmshaven, Germany

2002 – 2007 Study of Biology at the University of Oldenburg, Germany

(Stand: 09.06.2021)