Workshop series with the University of Gothenburg

Topic-specific exchange with short presentations


Ocean Health – Emerging marine diseases, regulating function and governance implications

11:00 – 11:05 Welcome and introduction to the seminar, Moderator Ralph Schneider (CAU)
11:05 – 11:20 Ancient DNA as a tool for the reconstruction of past marine biodiversity, Ben Krause-Kyora (CAU)
11:20 – 11:30 Q&A session, Moderator
11:30 – 11:45 Climate Change Aggravates Over Half of Infectious Diseases Impacting Humans, Tristan McKenzie (UGOT)
11:45 – 11:55 Q&A session, Moderator
11:55 – 12:05 break
12:05 – 12:20 Marine sponge symbioses under stress, Ute Hentschel Humeida (GEOMAR)
12:20 – 12:30 Q&A session, Moderator
12:30 – 12:45 A blue community garden in the Gothenburg harbour, Malin Rosengren (UGOT)
12:45 – 12:55 Q&A session, Moderator
12:55-13:05 General discussion, Moderator

Ben Krause-Kyora is a Professor at the Institute of Clinical Molecular Biology (IKMB) of Kiel University. His main research focus is on the study of ancient DNA (aDNA) to uncover evolutionary mechanisms in human disease development. This includes host-pathogen coevolution, changes in environmental conditions and nutritional habits of human populations in different periods (from about 10,000 BC to modern times), and their impact on the genetic architecture, and consequently health, of present-day humans.

Tristan McKenzie is a Post doc at the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Gothenburg. He is a coastal hydrologist focusing on anthropogenic impacts on groundwater biogeochemistry. He received his PhD from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Geology and Geophysics working on the development of radionuclide and pharmaceutical tracers in the coastal environment. Currently, he is investigating how biogeochemical cycling interacts with pharmaceuticals in the coastal aquifer and the development of artificial intelligence models for environmental tracers.

Ute Hentschel Humeida is a professor for “Marine symbiosis” at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. Her research interests include marine invertebrate-microbe interactions, microbiology of marine sponges, uncultivated marine bacteria as well as marine drug discovery. She combines modern molecular biological techniques, in particular the -omics, in vivo experimentation with regular fieldwork to gain a profound understanding on the physiology, metabolism and molecular mechanisms of interaction between marine animals and their microbial partners, by taking a function-driven approach.

Malin Rosengren PhD in fish biology and project coordinator for at the Centre for Sea and Society, University of Gothenburg. Project leader for the communication project “Ocean Blues – from anxiety to action” and a new project focusing on using a newly buildt prototype for a” blue community garden” as a plattform for communication and dialogue around ocean environmental issues, their solutions and different ways for citizen to take action.

The regular exchange between researchers from Kiel Marine Science (KMS) and the Future Ocean Network with the University of Gothenburg (UGOT), which has been ongoing since the end of 2019, has been so promising that cooperation has been successively intensified. Since then, there has been a regular workshop series between the two universities. Both institutions have synergies and potential areas for joint projects in research and education. The multitude of disciplines involved at both universities and the orientation towards trans- and interdisciplinary research are also arguments for a closer connection.

In brief

  • Frequency: bi-monthly, 2nd Friday of the month
  • Start: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Participation: Members of Kiel Marine Science (KMS), the Future Ocean Network and partner institutions
  • Contact: Nicole Schmidt, , Sinje Dübeler,