Ecology of Living Marine Resources
Global Patterns and Risk Assessments
The analysis of large (macro-ecological) data sets enables the identification of general impact principles that serve to determine ecological risks. By combining macroecological analyses with experiments, field studies and modelling approaches, we are particularly investigating the impacts of climate change at different biological levels - from enzymes to ecosystem function. This research aims to identify the most vulnerable species or ecosystems, inform policy makers and develop conservation measures.
Figure: Rising water temperatures could exceed the tolerance limits of many fish species (TSM < 0°C) if greenhouse gas emissions are not significantly reduced.