Short CV/Education and training

  • 2002
    Diplom degree in biology, University of Hamburg, Germany

  • 2003 – 2006
    Doctorate at the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR), Kiel University, Germany, in the Biological Oceanography programme

  • 2007 – 2008
    Editorial assistant for Marine Biology, Springer Heidelberg, Germany

  • 2007 – 2009
    Postdoc, IFM-GEOMAR, Kiel

  • Since 2010
    Head of a junior research group, funded by the Leibniz Competition Process

  • Since 2010
    Parental leave

Selected publications

  • Mouquet N, Matthiessen B, Miller T, Gonzalez A (2011) Extinction dept in source-sink metacommunities. PLoS One 6,3 e17567. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0071567.

  • Matthiessen B, Reusch T (2010) Marine biodiversity – a vital resource. In: World Ocean Review, Maribus Verlag.

  • Matthiessen, B., Ptacnik, R., Hillebrand, H.: Diversity and biomass production depend on dispersal and disturbance in microalgal communities. In: Hydrobiologia 653(1), 2010. pp. 65-78.

  • Matthiessen, B., Mielke, E., Sommer, U.: Dispersal decreases diversity in heterogeneous metacommunities by enhancing regional competition. In: Ecology 91(7), 2010. pp. 2022-2033.

  • Hillebrand, H., Matthiessen, B.: Biodiversity in a complex world: Consoli-dation and progress in functional biodiversity research. In: Ecology Letters 12, 2009. pp. 1-15.

  • Hillebrand, H. et al.: Consumer diversity indirectly changes prey nutrient content. In: Mar Ecol Progr Ser 380, 2009. pp. 33-41.

  • Matthiessen, B. et al.: Grazer richness and composition effects on algal biomass in a closed and open marine system. In: Ecology 88(1), 2007. pp. 178-187.

  • Matthiessen, B., Hillebrand, H.: Dispersal frequency affects local biomass production by controlling local diversity. In: Ecology Letters. 9, 2006. pp. 252-662.

  • Matthiessen, B., Fock, H.O.: A null model for the analysis of dietary overlap in Macroramphosus spp. at the Great Meteor Seamount (NE Atlantik). In: Archive for Fisheries Research. 51(1-3), 2004. pp. 291-302.

  • Matthiessen, B., Fock, H.O., von Westerhagen, H.: Evidence for two sympatric species of snipefishes Macroramphosus spp. (Syngnathiformes, Centriscidae) on Great Meteor Seamount. In: Helgoland Marine Research 57, 2003. pp. 63-72.

  • Fock, H.O. et al.: Diel and habitat dependent resource utilisation of deep-sea fishes at the Great Meteor seamount (subtropical NE Atlantic): niche overlap and support for the sound scattering layer-interception hypothesis. In: Marine Ecology Progress Series 244, 2002. pp. 219-233.


Selected projects

  • Influence of ocean acidification and diversity on the resilience of coccolithophorid communities.

    Leibniz project awarded in the competitive process (SAW-Verfahren) within the framework of the Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation 2010, for a period of three years, since 2010

  • The relation between biodiversity and resilience in source-sink metacommunities, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), project number: LW1PJ/08039 (coordinator Klemens Eriksson), for a period of three years, since 2009

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