Biodiversity and biological processes in polar oceans

Research Focus

The Polar Regions have a substantial influence on global climate and, at the same time, belong to the fastest warming regions worldwide. It is currently not clear yet, as to what extent anthropogenic environmental changes will impact on structure and functioning of the polar marine ecosystem.

The research group of Prof. Dr. Meyer attempts to close these knowledge gaps by investigating pelagic key species that significantly influence structure and functioning of polar food webs. Such species in the South Polar Sea are, for example, the Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba, the gelatinous species Salpa thompsoni as well as the amphipod Themisto gaudichaudii. In the North Polar Sea, the krill species Thysanoessa inermis and various copepod- and amphipod species occupy key positions in the food web. The research group “Biodiversity and Biological Processes of the Polar Seas” forms a scientific bridge between the ICBM and the Alfred Wegener Institute.