CORE conducts research on current and emerging issues in coral reef ecology, main areas of interest are:
We are investigating the impact of variable environmental factors (biotic and abiotic) and the influence of climate change on physiological processes (e.g. photosynthesis, growth, calcification, feeding and reproduction) of selected key organism groups, with special emphasis on ecosystem engineers, and their early life stages.
This theme addresses the sensitivity of benthic communities to anthropogenic disturbances (such as climate change, over-harvesting and nutrient enrichment). We look at the interactions and composition of different taxonomic groups to assess the community dynamics from an ecosystem level.
Here we examine the transport and exchange of organic matter and energy within and between reef ecosystems (e.g. coupling processes between the seafloor and the water column). This research further allows to linkage adjacent marine and terrestrial ecosystems.
Prof. Dr. Christian Wild
Dr. Sebastian Ferse
Dr. Malik Naumann
Dr. Alexander Wolf
Elisa Bayraktarov (Cemarin)
Corvin Eidens (Cemarin)
Nanne van Hoytema
Dr. Ingo Burghardt
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BIOCORE (Laura Rix, collaboration with J. de Goeij, University of Amsterdam)
CANCOR (Vanessa Bednarz, Ulisse Cardini and Nanne van Hoytema)
COSTACID (Ines Stuhldreier, collaboration with Tim Rixen and Agostino Merico)
Coral reef functioning in the Central Red Sea - the effect of relevant bottom-up and top-down factors (Christian Jessen, collaboration with Christian Voolstra, KAUST)
SPICE III (Jeremiah Plass-Johnson)
SUTAS (Stephanie Helber, collaboration with Michael Friedrich, Universität Bremen and Peter Schupp, Universität Oldenburg)
Wild C, Naumann MS (2013) Effect of active water movement on energy and nutrient acquisition in coral reef-associated benthic organisms. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA
Jessen C, Roder C, Villa Lizcano JP, Voolstra CR, Wild C (in press) In-situ effects of simulated overfishing and eutrophication on benthic coral reef algae growth, succession, and composition in the central Red Sea. PLoS One
Berry KLE, Seemann J, Dellwig O, Struck U, Wild C, Leinfelder RR (in press) Sources and spatial distribution of heavy metals in scleractinian coral tissues and sediments from the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Panama. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Jessen C, Villa Lizcano JP, Bayer T, Roder C, Aranda M, Wild C, Voolstra CR (2013) In-situ effects of eutrophication and overfishing on physiology and bacterial diversity of the Red Sea coral Acropora hemprichii. PLoS ONE 8(4): e62091.
Jessen C, Wild C (2013) Herbivory effects on benthic algal composition and growth on a coral reef flat in the Egyptian Red Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series 476: 9-21
Witt V, Wild C, Uthicke S (2012) Terrestrial runoff controls bacterial community composition of biofilms along a water quality gradient in the Great Barrier Reef. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 78: 7786-7791
Naumann MS, Richter C, Mott C, el-Zibdah M, Manasrah R, Wild C (2012) Budget of coral-derived organic carbon in a fringing coral reef of the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea. Journal of Marine Systems 105-108: 20-29