Biodiversity and Climate

Since July 2008, our Department is a cooperation partner and member of the new Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F) in Frankfurt. BiK-F is a joint Centre between Senckenberg Nature Research Society, Goethe University and several further partners. The Centre is supported by the State of Hesse in the framework of the Initiative for the Development of Scientific and Economic Excellence (LOEWE) with approximately 22 million € for research within the first three years

The mission of BiK-F is to carry out internationally outstanding research on the interactions of organismal biodiversity and climate. Using a broad spectrum of state-of-the-art methods from satellite-supported remote sensing of climate, area and ecosystem reactions to advanced genomics and mass spectrometry, the scientists of the centre document and analyse past and present patterns and processes with the goal of providing reliable predictions of future developments.

Our Department is responsible for the BiK-F projects B2.8 (Indigenous and invasive species: An investigation of displacement potential under climate change conditions) and C4.2 (Effects of multiple stressors on aquatic organisms and ecosystems).


  • Müller R, Laepple T, Bartsch I, Wiencke C (2009): Impact of oceanic warming on the distribution of seaweeds in polar and cold-temperate waters. Bot. Mar. 52, 617-638.
  • Müller R, Bandow C, Seeland A, Fennel D, Coors A, Ebke PK, Förster B, Martinez-Arbizu P, Moser T, Oetken M, Renz J, Römbke J, Schulz N, Oehlmann J (2010): BiK-F AdaMus: a novel research project studying the response and adaptive potential of single species and communities to climate change in combination with other stressors. J. Soils Sediments 10, 718-721.
  • Oehlmann J, Müller R, Seeland A, Sieratowicz A, Galluba S, Oetken M, Schulte-Oehlmann U (2010): Klimawandel und Schadstoffwirkung - Verändert sich die Ökotoxizität von Chemikalien unter zukünftigen Klimabedingungen? In: Federal Institute of Hydrology (ed.): Risikobewertung stofflicher Belastungen. 19th Chemical Colloquium 18/19 May 2010 in Koblenz. BfG-Veranstaltungen 4/2010, Koblenz, 23-34.
  • Oetken M, Jagodzinski LS, Vogt C, Jochum A, Oehlmann J (2009): Combined effects of chemical and temperature stress on Chironomus riparius populations with differing genetic variability. J. Environ. Sci. Health A 44, 955-962.

Prof. Dr. Jörg Oehlmann
Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt
Department Aquatic Ecotoxicology
Max-von-Laue-Str. 13
D-60438 Frankfurt am Main
phone ++ 49-69 79842142
fax ++ 49-69 79842141
e-mail: oehlmann(at)

Principle investigators:
Dr. Ruth Müller (RuthMueller(at)
Anne Seeland (seeland(at)

Funded by
Hessian State Ministry for Science and Arts within the LOEWE programme