Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Reusch


GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel




Habilitation University Kiel in Ecology

Dissertation Biological Oceanography, University Kiel

Diploma in Biological Oceanography, University Kiel

Research Experience/Academic Appointments

since 2008
Full (W3) professor for Nekton Ecology at GEOMAR/University Kiel

2005 – 2008
Full (W3) professor for Plant Evolutionary Ecology at University Münster

2002 – 2005
Heisenberg-Fellow at Max-Planck Inst for Limnology, Plön

1999 – 2002
Research Scientist Max-Planck Inst for Limnology, Plön

1997 – 1999
Marie Curie-Fellow at University of Groningen, The Netherlands

1994 – 1996
Post-doc San Diego State University USA (DAAD and DFG)

Important Scientific Prizes/Functions

since 2012
Head of GEOMAR research division 3 “Marine Ecology”

since 2011
Member of executive board of excellence cluster “The Future Ocean”

since 2011
Member of steering committee IMPRS International Max-Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology Kiel /Plön

since 2010
Member of steering committee SPP1399 “Host-Parasite Coevolution”

since 2009
Head of examination board Msc-curriculum “Biological Oceanography” at GEOMAR

2005 – 2008
Managing director of Institute for Evolution & Biodiversity Univ Münster




Currency, Exchange, and Inheritance in the Evolution of Symbiosis

Wein T, Romero Picazo D, Blow F, Woehle C, Jami E, Reusch TBH, Martin WF, Dagan T (2019) Trends in Microbiology doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2019.05.010

Evaluating the quorum quenching potential of bacteria associated to Aurelia aurita and Mnemiopsis leidyi

Prasse D, Weiland-Bräuer N, Jaspers C, Reusch TBH , Schmitz RA (2019) bioRxiv. doi: 10.1101/602268

Microbiota differences of the comb jelly Mnemiopsis leidyi in native and invasive sub-populations

Jaspers C, Weiland-Bräuer N, Fischer M, Künzel S, Schmitz RA, Reusch TBH (2019) bioRxiv. doi: 10.1101/601419


Carrying capacity and colonization dynamics of Curvibacter in the Hydra host habitat

Wein T, Dagan T, Fraune S, Bosch TCG, Reusch TBH and Hülter NF (2018) Front. Microbiol.


Microbial contributions to the persistence of coral reefs.

Webster N S, Reusch T B H (2017); ISME J., doi: 10.1038/ismej.2017.66