Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Reusch


GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel




Habilitation in Ecology, University Kiel

1991 – 1994
Dissertation Biological Oceanography, University Kiel

1987 – 1991
Studies in Biology, Biological oceanography and Marine Ecology at Institut für Meereskunde /University of Kiel

Research Experience/Academic Appointments

Since 2008
Professor in Marine Ecology (W3), GEOMAR & Christian-Albrechts University Kiel

2005 – 2008
Professor in Plant Evolutionary Ecology (W3), University of Münster

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

1999 – 2002
Research Associate, Max-Planck Institute for Limnology, Plön

1997 – 1999
Marie Curie-Fellow at University of Groningen

1994 – 1996
Postdoctoral Researcher, San Diego State University, USA (DAAD and DFG)

Important Scientific Prizes/Functions

Since 2019
Associate Editor of “Science Advances”

Since 2018
Steering committee of Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity

Since 2016
Founding member / Steering committee of the Kiel Evolution Center

Since 2012
Speaker of the research division 3 “Marine Ecology” at GEOMAR Kiel

Since 2012
Member executive board of the excellence Cluster “The Future Ocean”

Since 2011
Editorial board of “Marine Biology”

Since 2010
Steering committee of the International Max-Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology at CAU Kiel

Since 2010
Head examination board Msc curriculum “Biological Oceanography”

2009 – 2015
Steering committee of DFG -SPP 1399 Host-parasite coevolution

Heisenberg fellowship awarded by DFG (German Science Foundation)

Annette Barthelt-Award for outstanding thesis in Marine Sciences





Cultivable microbiota associated with Aurelia aurita and Mnemiopsis leidyi

Weiland-Bräuer N, Prasse D, Brauer A, Jaspers C, Reusch TBH, Schmitz RA (2020) MicrobiologyOpen, accepted

Differences in the microbiota of native and non-indigenous gelatinous zooplankton organisms in a low saline environment

Jaspers C, Weiland-Bräuer N, Rühlemann MC, Baines JF, Schmitz RA, Reusch TBH (2020) Science of the Total Environment, accepted


Host-microbe interactions in the chemosynthetic Riftia pachyptila symbiosis

Hinzke T, Kleiner M, Breusing C, Felbeck H, Häsler R, Sievert SM, Schlüter R, Rosenstiel P, Reusch TBH, Schweder T, Markert S (2019) mBio 10:6, e02243-19. doi: 10.1128/mBio.02243-19

FeaturedComparative analysis of amplicon and metagenomic sequencing methods reveals key features in the evolution of animal metaorganisms

Rausch P, Rühlemann M, Hermes BM, Doms S, Dagan T, Dierking K, Domin H, Fraune S, von Frieling J, Hentschel U, Heinsen F-A, Höppner M, Jahn MT, Jaspers C, Kissoyan KAB, Langfeldt D, Rehman A, Reusch TBH, Roeder T, Schmitz RA, Schulenburg H, Soluch R, Sommer F, Stukenbrock E, Weiland-Bräuer N, Rosenstiel P, Franke A, Bosch T, Baines JF (2019) Microbiome, doi: 10.1186/s40168-019-0743-1

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