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Dr. Jana Hinners

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Dr. Jana Hinners

Physical-Biological Interactions


Phone: +49 (0)4152 87-2168

Fax: +49 (0)4152 87-1525

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I study the interaction between marine microorganisms, the phytoplankton, and the environment. Phytoplankton represents the food base for most ocean life and the driver of the biological pump, which transports carbon from the sea surface to the ocean interior. Specifically, I characterize phytoplankton functional traits and their adaptation to different environmental conditions using experiments and observations. I use the resulting data to refine the description of phytoplankton in ecosystem models. By closely linking experiments, observations and modeling, I aim to understand how phytoplankton deal with environmental changes and what consequences arise for the functioning of marine ecosystems and biogeochemical processes like the biological carbon pump.

PHYTOARK: Predicting the future of phytoplankton using signatures from the past

The PHYTOARK project, led by Dr. Anke Kremp (IOW), investigates phytoplankton in the Baltic Sea over the last ca. 10000 years. Within the project, changes in phytoplankton biodiversity and possible adaptations to changing environmental conditions are investigated. I am working together with Isabell Hochfeld (University of Hamburg) to analyze the adaptation of phytoplankton to environmental changes using an ecosystem model.

Phytoplankton-virus interactions in the Baltic Sea

Within the PIER Klima und Küste Seed funds, Dr. Luisa Listmann (University of Hamburg) and I want to investigate the influence of viruses on the Baltic Sea phytoplankton and find out how much biomass of the phytoplankton is killed or consumed by viruses and zooplankton, respectively.

  • since June 2021 - present Research scientist Institute of Coastal Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon, Geesthacht, Germany
  • Dec 2020 – May 2021 Postdoctoral research associate Institute for Marine Ecosystem and Fishery Science (IMF), University of Hamburg, Germany
  • Jan 2020 – Feb 2020 Visiting scientist Climate Change Cluster, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Dec 2018 – November 2020 Postdoctoral research associate Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Jan 2015 – Oct 2018 PhD student Institute for Marine Ecosystem and Fishery Science (IMF), University of Hamburg, Germany