Schleusenstrasse 1 26382 Wilhelmshaven

04421 / 944-207|8209

Miriam Gerhard

Research Focus

My field study is limnology, and I am focused on investigating plankton communities’ responses to changes in nutrient availability (concentrations and ratios) and temperature. I use experimental setups at different scales to understand mechanisms underlying general patterns in community responses.


Ecological Stoichiometry - Diversity - Thermal Performance - Environmental Heterogeneity


2020- AQUACOSMplus

2016-2020 Phytoplankton community responses to nutrient availability: interactions with temperature and diversity. Funding: Uruguayan Agency of Investigation and Innovation (ANII) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Three selected Key Publications

Gerhard, M., C. Mori, M. Striebel. 2020. Nonrandom species loss in phytoplankton communities and its effect on ecosystem functioning. Limnology and Oceanography.

Gerhard, M., A. M. Koussoroplis, H. Hillebrand, and M. Striebel. 2019. Phytoplankton community responses to temperature fluctuations under different nutrient concentrations and stoichiometry. Ecology

Gerhard, M., Iglesias, C., Clemente, C.J., Goyenola, G., Meerhoff, M., Pacheco, J.P., Teixeira-de Mello, F., Mazzeo, N. 2016. What can resting egg banks tell about cladoceran diversity in a shallow subtropical lake? Hydrobiologia. DOI 10.1007/s10750-016-2654-5.

(Stand: 09.06.2021)