Short CV/Education and training

  • 1971
    Abitur (A-levels) in Hannover, Germany

  • 1971 – 1976
    Studied biology & chemistry, minor subject: philosophy at Hannover University of Technology (now Leibniz University Hannover)

  • 1976
    State examination in education for public vocational schools

  • 1977 – 1984
    Studied marine biology with a concentration in microbiology at the Marine Science Laboratories Menai Bridge, University College of North Wales, Bangor, UK

  • 1979
    Master of Science

  • 1984
    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • 1985 – 1990
    Postdoc at the Institute of Marine Sciences, Kiel University, Germany; research topic: deep-sea microbiology

  • 1990 – 1994
    Research associate at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany; research topic: bacterial colonisation and the activity of bacteria in sea ice

  • 1994
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) at the University of Bremen, Germany; venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in the field of aquatic microbiology/marine biology

  • 1995 – 2000
    Head of the Biological Marine Science section at the Institute of Marine Sciences, Warnemünde, Germany; C3 professor of biological marine science at the University of Rostock, Germany; research concentrations: nitrogen streams in the plankton, nitrogen fixation

  • 2000 – 2007
    Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR) at Kiel University, head of the Biological Oceanography research unit, C4 professor of biological marine science at Kiel University, research concentrations: carbon and nitrogen cycle in the tropical ocean, biological production of climate-altering trace gases in the ocean, role of iron in the plankton

  • Since 2007
    Director of the Helmholtz Association's Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research

Selected publications

  • Lochte, K., Turley, C.M.: Bacteria and cyanobacteria associated with phytodetritus in the deep-sea. In: Nature 333, 1988. pp. 67-69.

  • Turley, C.M., Lochte, K., Lampitt, R.S.: Transformations of biogenic particles during sedimentation in the North Eastern Atlantic. In: Phil. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B 348, 1995. pp. 179-189.

  • Boetius, A., Lochte, K.: Effect of organic enrichments on hydrolytic potentials and growth of bacteria in deep-sea sediments. In: Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 140, 1996. pp. 239-250.

  • Pfannkuche, O. et al.: Responses of deep-sea benthos to sedimentation patterns in the North-East Atlantic in 1992. In: Deep Sea Res. I 46, 1999. pp. 573-596.

  • Wasmund, N., Voss, M., Lochte, K.: Evidence of nitrogen fixation by non-heterocystous cyanobacteria in the Baltic Sea and re-calculation of a budget of nitrogen fixation. In: Mar Ecol Protection 214, 2001. pp. 1-14.

  • Voss, M. et al.: Patterns of Nitrogen Fixation along 10°N in the Tropical Atlantic. In: Geophys. Res. Lett. 31, 2004. L23S09, doi: 10.1029/2004GL020127.

  • Moore, C.M. et al.: Iron limits primary productivity during spring bloom development in the central North Atlantic. In: Global Change Biology 12, 2006. pp. 626-634, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2486.2006.01122x.

  • Hoffmann, L.J., Peeken, I., Lochte, K.: Co-Limitation by iron, silicate, and light of three Southern Ocean diatom species. In: Biogeosciences 4, 2007. pp. 209-247.

  • Mills, M.M., Lochte, K.: Nitrogen and phosphorus co-limitation of bacterial productivity and growth in the oligotrophic subtropical North Atlantic. In: Limnology and Oceanography 53, 2008. pp. 824-834.

  • Lochte, K. et al.: Changes of the Climate System in the Polar Regions. In: Nova Acta Leopoldina NF 112, 384, 2010. pp. 131-144.

  • Lochte, K. et al.: Benthic Processes and the Burial of Carbon. In: The role of the ocean carbon cycle in global change, Ed. Fasham, M.J.R., Springer Verlag, Berlin, 2003. pp. 195-216.



Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Chairperson, Science Commission of Lower Saxony, Germany, since 2010

  • Board of trustees, German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR), since 2010

  • Vice president of the Helmholtz Association (Earth and Environment section), 2009 – 2010

  • German delegate to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, since 2008

  • Jury, Bayer Climate Award, since 2008

  • Chairperson of the Governing Board, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, since 2007

  • Member of the University Council of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, 2007 – 2010

  • Scientific advisor to the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, since 2006

  • Science Council, chairperson of the scientific committee 2004 – 2010, 2006 – 2010

  • Member of the Excellence Initiative grants committee, 2005 – 2010

  • Member of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg, Germany, since 2005

  • Member of the German Research Foundation (DFG) senate committee for oceanography since 1995; chairperson since 2004

  • Member of the jury for the Leibniz Association's "Society needs Science" prize, 2002 – 2008

  • Scientific advisor to the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), 2002 – 2005

  • Vice chair, IGBP (International Geosphere–Biosphere Programme), 2001 – 2006

  • Co-Chair, National Committee for Global Change Research, 2000 – 2005

  • Scientific advisor to the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Bremerhaven, Germany, 1999 – 2003

  • Advisory board of the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM), University of Oldenburg, Germany; chairperson, 1998 – 2006

  • Scientific advisor to the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), Texel, Netherlands, 1998 – 2004

  • DFG review board 313 "Atmospheric and Marine Research", 2004 – 2005

Additional qualifications

  • State examination in education for public vocational schools (biology, chemistry)

  • Master of Science (marine biology)


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