Prof. Dr. Peter Schupp

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Mai 2020
The University goes from emergency mode into special operation mode and laboratory work under special savety precautions is possible again. However, several conferences and research trips in 2020 were cancelled for all members of the working group.

March 2020

new publication:

Kamyab E, Goebeler N, Kellermann MY, Rohde S, Reverter M, Striebel M, Schupp PJ (2020) Anti-fouling effects of saponin-containing crude extracts from tropical Indo-Pacific sea cucumbers. Marine Druges 18(4):181. DOI 10.3390/md18040181.
Prof. Dr. Peter Schupp, Dr. Sven Rohde, Dr. Mareen Möller and Dr. Miriam Reverter are on a coral reef excursion with Bachelor and Master Studensts od the Unviversity of Oldenburg and Master STudents od the University of Manado in Sulawesi, Indonesia. More info on the ICBM auf See blog (german).
All teachers and studensts arrived back in germany before lockdown measures.

Due to the current situation the Unversity went into "emerency mode". More Information here.

January 2020

new publication:

Kamyab E, Kellermann MY, Kunzmann A, Schupp PJ (2020) Chemical Biodiversity and Bioactivities of Saponins in Echinodermata with an Emphasis on Sea Cucumbers (Holothuroidea). In: Jungblut S, Liebich V, Bode-Dalby M (eds) YOUMARES 9 – The Oceans: Our Research, Our Future. Springer, Cham, Switzerland. pp 121-157. DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-20389-4_7.

November 2019

Article about our work on sponges in the german pharmacy journal "Apotheken Umschau"

October 2019

Dr. Miriam Reverter joins our working group. She has a Alexander von Humbold fellowship and will be working on coral-sponge interactions

New publication:

Wibowo, J.T.; Kellermann, M.Y.; Versluis, D.; Putra, M.Y.; Murniasih, T.; Mohr, K.I.; Wink, J.; Engelmann, M.; Praditya, D.F.; Steinmann, E., Schupp, P.J. Biotechnological Potential of Bacteria Isolated from the Sea Cucumber Holothuria leucospilota and Stichopus vastus from Lampung, Indonesia. Marine Drugs 2019

Petersen, LE., Kellermann, M.Y., Schupp, P.J. 2019. Secondary Metabolites of Marine Microbes: From Natural Products Chemistry to Chemical Ecology. In: YOUMARES 9 - The Oceans: Our Research, Our Future. ed. by Jungblut, S.Liebich, V. and Bode-Dalby, M. Springer, Cham, pp. 159-180

September 2019

Elham Kamyab and Dr. Peter Schupp attend the MaNaPro conference in Portugal.

Dr. Peter Schupp gives a talk about: "Exploration of Deep-Water Sponges Yields new Sponge Species, Novel Microbiomes and Potentially New Bioactive Compounds"

Elham Kamyab pesents a poster: "Comparative studies of the two sea cucumber genera Bohadschia and Actinopyga: Ecological activities vs. pharmacological activities, Poster presentation, MaNaPro, Peniche, Portugal"


August 2019

The UOP Benthos course took place from 19.-23.08.2019 with field trips to the Wadden Sea in the North Sea and to the Danish Baltic coast. 16 students of the Environmental Science program learned to investigate benthic soft bottom- and hard bottom communities.

As part of the scientific diving course, Frank Donat and Sven Rohde supervised a field trip to the ‘Kreisesee Hemmoor’ from 26.-30.08.2019, where the participants were trained to dive in deep waters in accordance with the German scientific diving regulations.

To investigate correlations of local and regional biodiversity patterns of benthic communities, Sven Rohde went on a research diving cruise on board the FK Littorina. In collaboration with colleagues from the GEOMAR, sites along the Baltic coast from Schleswig-Holstein to Mecklenburg-West Pomerania were sampled.


July 2019

Samuel Nietzer succesfully defends his Doctoral thesis wth the titel: Effects of rising temperatures on the dinoflagellate symbioses of juvenile brooding corals and corallimorpharians

Dr. Peter Schupp, Dr. Mareen Moeller, Dr. Samuel Nietzer and Tabea Hildebrand travel to the University of Guam Marine Laboratory for field als Laboratory work with tropical sponges and corals

New publication:

Kühnhold H, Novais SC, Alves LM, Kamyab E, , Lemos MFL, Slater M, Kunzmann A, 2019. Acclimation capability inferred by metabolic performance in two sea cucumber species from different latitudes. J thermal biology 84:407-413.

Anna-Lena Böger finished her Bachelor thesis: Evidence for tetrodoxin in the gastropod Pleurobrachnchaea maculate collected in the mesopelagic zone.

AnnaLouise Gabriel finished her research project: Effect of different food sources and quality on the filtration and growth rates of Axinella polypoides

June 2019

New publication:

Steinert G, Wemheuer B, Janussen D, Erpenbeck D, Daniel R, Simon M, Brinkhoff T and Schupp PJ. 2019. Prokaryotic Diversity and Community Patterns in Antarctic Continental Shelf Sponges. Front. Mar. Sci. 6:297. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00297

April 2019

New publication:

Helber S, Steinert G, Wu, YC, Rohde S, Hentschel-Humeida U, Muhando, C, Schupp P. 2019. Sponges from Zanzibar host diverse prokaryotic communities with potential for natural product synthesis. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. fiz026, DOI: 10.1093/femsec/fiz026

Coral Reef Excursion with Bachelor and Master students of the University of Oldenburg to Bunaken and Bangka, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Here is the blog with regularly updated details.


March 2019

Mareen Moeller successfully defended her PhD thesis with the title: Early life stages of corals and their relevance for the future of coral reefs

New publications:
Kamyab E, Kellermann MY, Kunzmann A, Schupp PJ(2019) Chemical Biodiversity and Bioactivities of Saponins in Echinodermata with an Emphasis on Sea Cucumbers (Holothuroidea). In: Jungblut S, Liebich V, Bode-Dalby M (eds) YOUMARES 9 – The Oceans: Our Research, Our Future. Proceedings of the 2018 conference for YOUng MArine RESearcher in Oldenburg, Germany. Springer, Cham (accepted)

Lange G, Schmitt JA, Kröncke I, Moorthi SD, Rohde S, Scheu S, Schupp PJ. 2019. The role of invasive marine plants for macrofauna nutrition in the Wadden Sea. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 512:1-11.

Franziska Wöhrmann finished her Bachelor thesis: Effect of light- and coralcompetition on growth and secondary metabolism of the sponge Pseudoceratina sp.


February 2019

New publications:

Mareen Moeller, Samuel Nietzer & Peter Schupp(2019) Neuroactive compounds induce larval settlement in the scleractinian coral Leptastrea purpurea, Scientific Reports

Klinger, C., Zółtowska-Aksamitowska, S., Wysokowski, M., Tsurkan, M.V., Galli, R., Petrenko, I., Machałowski, T., Ereskovsky, A., Martinović, R., Muzychka, L., Smolii, O.B., Bechmann, N.,  Ivanenko, V., Schupp, P.J., Jesionowski, T., Giovine, M., Joseph, Y., Bornstein, S.R., Voronkina, A., Ehrlich, H. 2019. Express Method for Isolation of Ready-to-Use 3D Chitin Scaffolds from Aplysina archeri (Aplysineidae: Verongiida) Demosponge. Marine Drugs, 17, 131; doi:10.3390/md17020131

Dzikrina Nur Fatima joins our group for her master thesis on the topic:
The meaning of color in different Pseudoalteromonas sp.: A structure-function analysis of their complex metabolome

Jana Dewenter joins our working group to start her PhD-Project. It  is part of the DFG funded project Spatial community ecology in highly dynamic landscapes: from island biogeography to metaecosystems [DynaCom]


January 2019

New publication:
Tawfike1, A., Attia, E.Z., Desoukey, S.Y., Hajjar, D., Makki, A.A., Schupp, P.J., Edrada-Ebel, R., Abdelmohsen, U.R. 2019.

New bioactive metabolites from the elicited marine sponge-derived bacterium Actinokineospora spheciospongiae sp.nov. Marine Drugs, https://doi.org/10.1186/s13568-018-0730-0



December 2018

New publication:

Samuel Nietzer, Mareen Moeller, Makoto Kitamura, Peter Schupp (2018) Coral larvae every day: Leptastrea purpurea, a brooding species that could accelerate coral research. Frontiers of Marine Science, 5:466.


November 2018

Franziska Curdt finished her Master thesis: Influence of shading on the symbiosis of the cyanobacterium Synechococcus spongiarum and its sponge host


October 2018

Nicolas Bill starts his Bachelorthesis on: "Observation of debris ingestion and feeding modes of fish in North Sulawesi, Indonesia"

Ingo Miller starts his internship "Tracking sharks at the Great Barrier Reef"

Peter Schupp, Georg Steinert und Tabea Hildebrand attended the Third International Symposium on Sponge Microbiology in Shanghai, China.
Tabea Hildebrand gives an oral presentation on "The Uptake and Conversion of Dissolved Organic Matter by the Sponge Holobiont"

September 2018

New publication: Helber SB, Hoeijmakers DJJ, Muhando CA, Rohde S, Schupp PJ (2018) Sponge chemical defenses are a possible mechanism for increasing sponge abundance on reefs in Zanzibar. PLoS ONE 13(6): e0197617.



The YOUMARES conference is hoasted by the University of Oldenburg. From our Working group Elham Kamyab and Lars-Erik Petersen are part of the organization team and hoasted the session9: Biodiversity of Benthic Holobionts: Chemical Ecology and Natural Products Chemistry in the Spotlight

 - Mareen Moeller gives an oral presentation on ”Neuroactive compounds induce larval  settlement in the scleractinian coral Leptastrea purpurea”

 - Samuel Nietzer gives an oral presentation on “Coral larvae every day: Leptastrea purpurea, a brooding species that could accelerate coral research”

 - Joko Tri Wibowo  gives an oral presentation on “Antimicrobial activity of bacteria isolated from the sea cucumber Stichopus vastus”

 - Muhammad Reza Faisal presents a poster on "The potent of antimicrobial activity of brominated compounds extracted from the marine sponge Lamellodysidea sp. (Seribu Island, Indonesia). 


Sven Rohde joined a research cruise on board of the research vessel ‘Littorina’ to investigate local and regional effects on biodiversity.

11 students travel with Sven Rohde to Gammel Albo, DK, for the ‘Marine Biology’ Excursion

Mike Jan Smykala starts a project on "Analysis of secundary metabolites from sponges of the Deep Sea"

Jasmin Susanne Müller starts her Masterthesis on  "Effects of macroplastic on marine  invertebrates & a shoreline litter monitoring around North Sulawesi, Indonesia"

Samuel Nietzer gives talk at the 10th International Marine Aquarium Symposium Lünen: “Korallen und ihre Symbionten: Klimawandel, Farben und Korallenzucht“

Samuel Nietzer publishes article about the husbandry of the Corn-of-thorns-starfish Acanthaster planci in the US magazine CORAL (5/2018)


August 2018

Franziska Curdt finished her research project: Symbiotic cyanobacteria of a cyanosponge under different light conditions

Anna-Lena Böger started her Bachelorthesis on the toxicity of the seaslugs Pleurobrachnchaea spp.

Anna Gabriel started her research project on the effect of food quality and diversity on the fitness of the sponge Axinella polyoides

Dennis Versluis presents a poster at the ISME (17th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology) in Leipzig with the title: Little evidence that 16S rRNA gene profiles of demosponges are a viable marker for bioactivity: results from a meta-analysis

Georg Steinert presents a poster at the ISME17 on “Prokaryotic communities associated with Antarctic sponges and functional prediction of xenobiotic biodegradation and secondary metabolite biosynthesis”

Dzikrina Nur Fatima does an internship as part of her master project in Marine Environment and Resources (MER). She works on: 'Isolation and identification of sponge-associated bacteria from the deep sea'.


July 2018

Mascha Peters finished her Master thesis: Depth dependent competitive interactions between the sponge Pseudoceratina sp. and the coral Porites sp.

Welf Wittenborn finished his Bachelorthesis: Depth dependent metabolite- and cyanobacteria concentrations in the sponge Chondrosia reniformis

Georg Steinert organizes the 'Marine ‘omics Workshop 2018' – Nordwest-Verbund Meeresforschung (NWVM), Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst, Germany

Dennis Versluis gives a presentation on “Functional metagenomic analysis of sponge microbiota as a reservoir for antibiotic resistance” at the Marine 'omics workshop in Delmenthorst

Elham Kamyab gives a presentation on “Structural diversity-activity relationship and the role of saponin in Bohadschia argus (Echinodermata: Holothuroidea)“ at the Marine 'omics workshop in Delmenthorst

Samuel Nietzer publishes article about the husbandry of the Corn-of-thorns-starfish Acanthaster planci in KORALLE Magazin (Vol. 111)

Ratna Eka Putri does an internship as par of her International Master in Marine Biological Resources (IMBRsea). She is Investigating sponge microbial and chemical ecology.

Georg Steinert presents a poster at the IMBRSea Annual Symposium "Diving into Marine Minds" 2018: 'Investigating Sponge Microbial and Chemical Ecology: Antimicrobial activity of deep-sea sponge-associated bacteria'


May 2018

30 Students travel to Giglio, Italy for the "Terrestrial and marine ecology of the Mediterranean" excursion, with Sven Rohde. Here is the blog


April 2018

Sven Rohde and a group of scientific divers are on a research cruise on board of the research Vesssel ‘Polarstern’ to Antarctica. They are investigating the effects of krill and salps on the Antarctic food web.

Tabea Hildebrand starts her PhD thesis on "The role of sponges in benthic-pelagic coupling

March 2018

We received 35 live colonies of Leptastrea spp. from Australia - a big thanks to Ultra Coral Australia and De Jong Marinelife for donating the corals to our research! The corals will help us to study larval release in brooding corals and larval settlement.


January 2018

new publication:

Versluis D., Nijsse B., Naim M.A., Koehorst J.J., Wiese J., Imhoff J.F., Schaap P.J., van Passel M.W.J., Smidt H., Sipkema D.. 2018. Comparative genomics highlights symbiotic capacities and high metabolic flexibility of the marine genus Pseudovibrio.Genome Biol Evol 10: 125-142.

New instrument for our MALDI - ToF - MS facility!
The NX50 (Thermo Scientific) cryostat will aid us to accurately thin-section marine macro-organisms for future Imaging Mass Spectrometry experiments.


New equipment for our aquarium facilities - most of the metal halides were exchanged with the new EcoTech Marine Radion XR15w G4 PRO. Thanks to EcoTech Marine and Coralsands for supporting our coral research with a great discount!


December 2017

new publications:

Mattig F.R. (2017) Contaminants in bird eggs. In: Wadden Sea Quality Status Report 2017. Eds.: Kloepper S. et al., Common Wadden Sea Secretariat, Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Last updated 21.12.2017. Downloaded 21.12.2017.

Steinert, Georg, Johanna Gutleben, Akhirta Atikana, Rene H. Wijffels, Hauke Smidt, and Detmer Sipkema. "Coexistence of poribacterial phylotypes among geographically widespread and phylogenetically divergent sponge hosts." Environmental microbiology reports (2017).


November 2017

Our working group received a donation of 800 kg Reef Mix® salt from Tropic Marin for our coral research.

We would like to thank Tropic Marin for the support!


16. November 2017: Public talk by Samuel Nietzer at the Hans-Beutz-Haus Wilhelmshaven: 'Korallenforschung in Wilhelmshaven und Guam'

October 2017

new publication:

Versluis D., McPherson K., van Passel M.W., Smidt H., Sipkema D.. 2017. Recovery of Previously Uncultured Bacterial Genera from Three Mediterranean Sponges. Mar Biotechnol 19: 454-468.


Mattig F.R. (2017) Monitoring von Schadstoffen bei Seeschwalben und Austernfischern im Rahmen des TMAP, Vortrag beim Workshop "Möglichkeiten zur Interpretation von Langzeitdatenreihen zur Schadstoffbelastung mit Hilfe telemetrischer Methoden bei Seevögeln", Berlin, 19.-20. Oktober 2017, Ausgerichtet durch Umweltbundesamt & Forschungs- und Technologiezentrum (FTZ) Büsum, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel


September 2017

Dr. Georg Steinert is back in our working group. He will be analyzing bacterial communities of the deepsea samples that were collected during the SonneExpedition SO254 around New Zealand in February 2017. 

Prof. Dr. Peter Schupp takes part in the workshop IPCRBC-DAAD Workshops in Manado “Build up International Master Program at UNSRAT”. The workshop is a part of the DAAD-funded program "Subject-Related Partnerships with Institutions of higher education in Developing Countries”. The aim of this workshop is to develop a Master’s program for Indonesian and German students that will be based at Sam Ratulangi University (UNSRAT) in Manado, Indonesia. Most classes will include fieldwork and projects that will give Indonesian and German students the opportunity to work in the center of the coral triangle: the region of highest marine biodiversity in the word.


August 2017

Prof. Dr. Peter Schupp, Dr. Masteria Putra, Elham Kamyab and Reza Faisal are on a research trip in Bitung, Sulawesi, and the Seribu Islands north of Jakarta, together with the Research Center of Oceanography, RCO-LIPI.

The aim is to collect interesting marine invertebrates that will be screened for bioactive compounds as part of the BMBF-funded GINAICO project.

Upon collection, organisms are taxonomically identified and chemically extracted. The extracts are then tested for antimicrobial and antiviral activity.

Elham Kamyab is joining this research trip for 3 months under the DAAD-funded fellowship program “Biodiversity and Health”.

new publications:

Dirk Erpenbeck, Ratih Aryasari, Sarah Benning, Cécile Debitus, Emilie Kaltenbacher, Ali M. Al-Aidaroos, Peter Schupp, Kathryn Hall, John N. A. Hoope, Oliver Voigt, Nicole J. de Voogd, Gert Wörheide(2017). Diversity of two widespread Indo-Pacific demosponge species revisited. Marine Biodiversity, 1-9.

Lucas Moitinho-Silva, Shaun Nielsen, Amnon Amir, Antonio Gonzalez, Gail L. Ackermann, Carlo Cerrano, Carmen Astudillo-Garcia, Cole Easson, Detmer Sipkema, Fang Liu, Georg Steinert, Giorgos Kotoulas, Grace P. McCormack, Guofang Feng, James J. Bell, Jan Vicente, Johannes R Björk, Jose M. Montoya, Julie B. Olson, Julie Reveillaud, Laura Steindler, Mari-Carmen Pineda, Maria V. Marra, Micha Ilan, Michael W. Taylor, Paraskevi Polymenakou, Patrick M. Erwin, Peter J. Schupp, Rachel L. Simister, Rob Knight, Robert W. Thacker, Rodrigo Costa, Russell T. Hill, Susanna Lopez-Legentil, Thanos Dailianis, Timothy Ravasi, Ute Hentschel, Zhiyong Li, Nicole S. Webster, Torsten Thomas (2017). The sponge microbiome project. GigaScience, gix077.


July 2017

New publication:

Sven Rohde, Peter Schupp, Alexandra Markert, Achim Wehrmann. 2017. Only half of the truth: Managing invasive alien species by rapid assessment. Ocean & Coastal Management 146 (2017) 26-35

Peter Schupp and Sven Rohde travel to Galway Ireland for the 10th World Sponge Conference and present on "Competitive sponge coral interactions".


June 2017

German TV Channel "NDR" reports on Samuel Nietzers and Mareen Moellers work on coral reproduction. The video is on the NDR website.

"On seaweeds and flies" - Swantje Enge participates in a weeklong workshop on the evolution of seaweed flies and their ecosystem function in decomposing seaweeds in the wrack zone. The workshop is organized by the Centre for Marine Chemical Ecology and takes place at the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences - Tjärnö, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. 


May 2017

For our aquarium facilities we use Tropic Marin Reef Mix Salt® now. Many thanks to Tropic Marin for supporting our research.

30 Students travel to Giglio, Italy for the"Terrestrial and marine ecology of the Mediterranean" excursion, with Sven Rohde

new publications:

Georg Steinert, Sven Rohde, Dorte Janussen, Claudia Blaurock, Peter Schupp(2017). Host-specific assembly of sponge-associated prokaryotes at high taxonomic ranks. Scientific Reports, 7.

Vitalii V. Mutsenko, Oleksandr Gryshkov, Lothar Lauterboeck ,Olena Rogulska, Dmitriy N. Tarusin, Vasilii V. Bazhenov, Kathleen Schütz, Sophie Brüggemeier, Elke Gossla, Ashwini R. Akkineni, Heike Meißner, Anja Lode, Stephan Meschke, Jane Fromont, Allison L. Stelling, Konstantin R. Tabachnik, Michael Gelinsky, Sergey Nikulingj, Sergey Rodin, Alexander G.Tonevitsky, Alexander Y.Petrenko, Birgit Glasmacher, Peter J.Schupp, Hermann Ehrlich (2017) Novel chitin scaffolds derived from marine sponge Ianthella basta for tissue engineering approaches based on human mesenchymal stromal cells: Biocompatibility and cryopreservation. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules.


April 2017

Sven Rohde and Swantje Enge travel to Koh Panghan Thailand for field experiments

March 2017

Alexander Bogdanov, Cora Hertzer, Stefan Kehraus, Samuel Nietzer, Sven Rohde, Peter J Schupp, Heike Wägele, Gabriele M König (2017). Secondary metabolome and its defensive role in the aeolidoidean Phyllodesmium longicirrum,(Gastropoda, Heterobranchia, Nudibranchia). Beilstein journal of organic chemistry, 13, 502.

February 2017

5 people from our working group are on a reseach cruise around New Zealand with the reseach vessle "Sonne".

More Information is on the regualrly updated blog.

new publication:

Susanne Ueberlein, Susanne Machill, Peter J. Schupp, Eike Brunner (2017). Determination of the Halogenated Skeleton Constituents of the Marine Demosponge Ianthella basta. Marine drugs, 15(2), 34.

January 2017

Two new members in the working group:

Dr. Matthias Kellermann (Post Doc) will work on the new MALDI-TOF MS.

Lars-Eric Petersen (PhD) joined the EcoMol Project and will investigate chemical settlement cues for coral larvae.

new publications:

Nicole Schwartz, Sergey Dobretsov, Sven Rohde, Peter J. Schupp (2017). Comparison of antifouling properties of native and invasive Sargassum (Fucales, Phaeophyceae) species. European Journal of Phycology, 52(1), 116-131.

Iaroslav Petrenko, Vasilii V. Bazhenov, Roberta Galli, Marcin Wysokowski, Jane Fromont, Peter J. Schupp, Allison L. Stelling, Elke Niederschlag, Hartmut Stöker, Valentina Z. Kutsova, Teofil Jesionowski, Hermann Ehrlich (2017) Chitin of poriferan origin and the bioelectrometallurgy of copper/copper oxide. International journal of biological macromolecules.


December 2016

3rd: Samuel Nietzer presents his research on coral reproduction at the Aqua-Terra Symposium, Sindelfingen


November 2016

25th: Samuel Nietzer gives a public talk on coral reproduction at the Gorch-Fock Haus in Wilhelmshaven

New Publications:

Möller, M., Nietzer, S., Schils,T. Schupp, P. (2016) Low sediment loads affect survival of coral recruits: the first weeks are crucial, Coral reefs

Helber, S. B., de Voogd, N. J., Muhando, C. A., Rohde, S., & Schupp, P. J. Anti-predatory effects of organic extracts of 10 common reef sponges from Zanzibar. Hydrobiologia, 1-12.

Meyer, K. M., Deines, P., Schupp, P. J., & Taylor, M. W. (2016). Impact of explantation techniques on the microbiota of the marine sponge Ecionemia alata. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 484, 11-15.

New member in the working group:

Dennis Versluis joined as a Post Doc working on the microbial community of sponges within the Ginaico Project.

Peter Schupp and Samuel Nietzer are on a research trip at the University of Guam Marine Laboratory, Guam, USA.


October 2016

Three new members in the working group:

Masteria Yunovilsa Putra (Post Doc), Muhammad Reza Faisal (PhD  student) and Joko Tri Wibowo (PhD  student) are working in the Ginaico Project.

12 Students successfully finished the Scientific Diver class.


August – September 2016

Swantje Enge is on a research trip to the CORE searesearch center Thailand


July - September 2016

Samuel Nietzer and Mareen Möller are on a research trip at the University of Guam Marine Laboratory, Guam USA


August 2016

New publications:

Samuel Nietzer published two articles on coral reproduction in the german aquarist magazine „Koralle“

Schwartz, N., Rohde, S., Hiromori, S., & Schupp, P. J. (2016). Understanding the invasion success of Sargassum muticum: herbivore preferences for native and invasive Sargassum spp. Marine Biology, 163(9), 181.


July 2016

Nicole Schwartz successfully defended her PhD thesis 
Why are aliens so successful? Explaining the invasion success of Sargassum muticum


June 2016

Peter Schupp, Mareen Möller, Samuel Nietzer and Sven Rohde are attending the International Coral Reef Conference (ICRS) in Honolulu, Hawaii

New publications:

Thomas, T., Moitinho-Silva, L., Lurgi, M., Björk, J. R., Easson, C., Astudillo-García, C., ... & Chaves-Fonnegra, A. (2016). Diversity, structure and convergent evolution of the global sponge microbiome. Nature Communications, 7.

May 2016

New Publications:

Thomas, T., Moitinho-Silva, L., Lurgi, M., Björk, J. R., Easson, C., Astudillo-García, C., Olson, JB.,Erwin, PM., Lopez-Legentil, S., Luter, H., Fonnegra, A., Costa, R., Schupp, P.J., Steindler, L., Erpenbeck, D., Gilbert, J., Knight, R., Ackermann, G., Lopez, J.V., Taylor, M.W., Thacker, R.W., Montoya, J.M., Ute Hentschel, U., Webster, N.S.,  (2016). Diversity, structure and convergent evolution of the global sponge microbiome. Nature Communications, 7.

Online article: Blaue Apotheke – Arzneistoffe aus marinen Organismen (German)

Tusso, S., Morcinek, K., Vogler, C., Schupp, P.J., Caballes, C.F., Vargas, S., Woerheide, G. 2016. Putative long distance gene flow of the Crown-of-Thorns Starfish in the Pacific Ocean. PeerJ 3:e1167v2

Steinert, G., Taylor, M. W., Deines, P., Simister, R. L., de Voogd, N. J., Hoggard, M., & Schupp, P. J. (2016). In four shallow and mesophotic tropical reef sponges from Guam the microbial community largely depends on host identity. PeerJ, 4, e1936.


April 2016

New Publications:

Seebens, H., Schwartz, N., Schupp, P. J., & Blasius, B. (2016). Predicting the spread of marine species introduced by global shipping. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201524427

Steinert, G., Taylor, M. W., Deines, P., Simister, R. L., de Voogd, N. J., Hoggard, M., & Schupp, P. J. (2016). In four shallow and mesophotic tropical reef sponges from Guam the microbial community largely depends on host identity. PeerJ, 4, e1936.

Samuel Nietzer presents at the International Aquarium Symposium in Lünen with two talks on coral reproduction


March 2016

Two new members in the working group:

Swantje Enge (Post Doc) is working on interactions between corals and sponges in the MarBAS Project.

Petra Schwarz is a technical assistant and will mainly work on chemical extractions. She will also support the maintanace of the aquarium facilities.


February 2016

4.02.-28.02.2016 - Thailand Exkursion 2016

New member in the working group:

Elham Kamyab (PhD student) working on chemical compounds in sea cucumbers within the Ginaico project.

(Stand: 20.04.2022)