German Bight -image: data from ESA, processed by Hereon

Dr. Saskia Rühl

Saskia Rühl

Dr. Saskia Rühl

Biological Carbon Pump


Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-1522

Fax: +49 (0)4152 87-2366

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  • 2016-2020 PhD Benthic Ecology and Biogeochemistry, SPITFIRE DTP, University of Southampton and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK)
  • 2013-2014 MRes Marine Biology, Plymouth University (UK)
  • 2010-2013 BSc Coastal Marine Biology, University of Hull (UK)


  • 2020-ongoing Postdoctoral Researcher in the Marine Particles and Plankton Group at the Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht (Germany)
  • 2020-ongoing Review Editor in Marine Ecosystems Ecology, Frontiers in Marine Science
  • 2015-2016 Self-employed Laboratory Technician, mainly working at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth (UK)
  • 2015 Assistant Aquarist, National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth (UK)
  • 2013-2014 Animal husbandry volunteer, Marine Biological Association Seawater Hall, Plymouth (UK)

Other Achievements

  • 2019 Plymouth Marine Science and Education Foundation small grant
  • 2019 Charles Boyden Award
  • 2014 Santander Universities Scholarship

My research interests have developed and changed through time: I have researched a range of topics in past studies, from the use of diatoms as environmental indicators, to the impacts of climate change on intertidal benthic species, to exchange processes of particulate and dissolved matter between the sea floor and the water column.

Despite my educational background in biology, I have broadened my focus throughout the process of my PhD, to facilitate multidisciplinary work covering biogeochemical, geophysical and ecological aspects. The combination of disciplines enables me to view the marine ecosystem from a holistic viewpoint.

My work at the Hereon concerns mainly the particle dynamics and characteristics of marine snow in European coastal and shelf seas, which I will be studying in the scope of the JERICO-S3 project using pictorial data sets in a range of temporal and spatial resolutions.