Schleusenstrasse 1 26382 Wilhelmshaven

04421 / 944-205 | intern: 8205



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

2024-2026 Phytoplankton response to fluctuating light intensity and spectrum II -How fluctuations of the multiple dimensions of LIGHt shape phytoplankTON (LIGHT-ON). DFG (German Research Foundation) funded project.

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.

Three Selected Publications

Striebel, M., L. Kallajoki, J. Wollschläger, A. Deininger, and H. Hillebrand. Marine primary producers in a darker future: a meta-analysis of light effects on pelagic and benthic autotrophs. 2023. Oikos.https://doi.org/10.1111/oik.09501

Gerhard, M., A.M. Koussoroplis, M. Raatz, C. Pansch, S.B. Fey, J. Vajedsamiei, M. Calderó-Pascual, D. Cunillera-Montcusí, N.P.D. Juvigny-Khenafou, F. Polazzo, P.K. Thomas, C.C. Symons, M. Beklioğlu, S.A. Berger, R.M. Chefaoui, K.A. Ger, S. Langenheder, J.C. Nejstgaard, R. Ptacnik, and M. Striebel. 2023. Environmental variability in aquatic ecosystems: avenues for future multifactorial experiments. L&O Letters. https://doi.org/10.1002/lol2.10286

Thomas, P., C Kunze, D. van de Waal, H Hillebrand, and M. Striebel.  Elemental and biochemical nutrient limitation of zooplankton: a meta-analysis. 2022. Ecology Letters. https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.14125

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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