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Rainer Kiko

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel


The working group 'Environmental Physiology' (Research Division Marine Ecology, Research Unit Benthic Ecology) is interested in marine invertebrate physiology, particularly with respect to phenotypic plasticity and adaptation capacity to a changing climate (ocean acidification, ocean warming, hypoxia). We are particularly curious about how marine calcifiers (molluscs, echinoderms) and plankton are able to maintain acid-base equilibria and how they are able to form biominerals that can withstand great chemical stresses. We are conducting both, field and laboratory experiments and are particularly interested in the natural variability in carbonate system speciation along coastal ecosystems. We collaborate with scientists from the disciplines of geology, ecology, biogeochemistry, marine chemistry, medicine and zoology.


Tel.: +49 431 600-4524

Research activities

Automated high-­resoluton imaging system for non-invasive in situ measurements of marine partcles and zooplankton