Department of Marine Biology
Head of department: Georg Martin, PhD
Department of Marine biology covers all taxonomic units and size classes of marine life, which exists in Baltic Sea, with its competence and activities. Department of Marine Biology also includes an acredited hydrochemistry laboratory. Department’s activities cover experimental work in the laboratory complexes and intensive field work in costal and high sea.
Major research topics:
• The biodiversity and geographical distribution of marine life in the Baltic Sea
• The distibution and development pattern of plankton in the Baltic Sea
• Distribution and dynamics of phytobenthos in the Baltic Sea
• Distribution and dynamics of non-native species in the ecosystem of the Baltic Sea.
• Productivity, matter and energy cycles and population dynamics in the Baltic Sea’s ecosystem
• Effect of sea water acidification and eutrophication on the marine life in the Baltic Sea
Most important applied research themes include:
• National marine environment monitoring program (responsible since 1995)
• Assessment of the state of marine environment
• Operational automatic measuring of different parameters of marine environment from autonomous platforms including ship of opportunity measurements
• Invertory of biological diversity in costal waters
• GIS modelling and mapping of benthose distribution