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Henk-Jan Hoving

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Research area

  • Research unit "Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Fishes"


My Future Ocean project at GEOMAR will investigate the composition of oceanic pelagic communities and their temporal dynamics in abundance and distribution, in and around the oxygen minimum zone in the eastern tropical Atlantic. This research will also include the development and application of new optical systems to perform video transects with ROVs and autonomous camera systems in waters off the Cape Verde Islands. The studies will be coupled with oceanographic data (depth, oxygen concentration, temperature, salinity) resulting in a unique database of oceanic pelagic organisms and their physical and chemical environment. Such a database will allow the prediction of how future ocean oxygen scenarios will influence animal distribution, and will be applicable to fisheries management and marine conservation plans.


Tel.: +49 431 600-4560

Research activities

In situ ocean observations of cape verdean pelagic communities in a changing ocean

General Purpose Underwater Spectral Imaging