Since her early carrier in aquatic sciences, Nicole Aberle-Malzahn focused on experimental work investigating food web interactions and trophodynamic interactions between primary producers and consumers. From 1994 to 2000, she studied biological oceanography at the University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany. During her Diploma thesis (2001) at the Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Microbiology (Bremen, Germany) and her Ph.D. degree (2001–2004) at the Max-Planck Institute for Limnology (Plön, Germany) and the Alfred-Wegener Institute (Helgoland, Germany), she gained experimental experience on food web interactions in benthic ecosystems by studying both deep-sea as well as inter- and subtidal sediment communities. Since then, she started to use stable isotopes as a tool to elucidate trophic interactions in aquatic food webs. During her postdoctorate at the IFM-Geomar, Leibniz-Institute for Marine Sciences (Kiel, Germany) she broadened her research fields to plankton communities with an emphasis on microzooplankton (ciliates and heterotrophic dinoflagellates), their role in marine food webs, and their responses to climate change. In addition, stable isotope fractionation processes in microalgae and zooplankton consumers (copepods and fish larvae) and the use of carotenoids synthesized by microalgae and their potential as trophic tracers were central topics. From 2006 on, she holds a position as Assistant Professor at the Department of Shelf Sea Systems Ecology at the Alfred-Wegener Institute (Helgoland, Germany). Her major research foci are on the role of microzooplankton in controlling phytoplankton bloom and their response to climate change. In addition, the role of food quality and the propagation of limitation signals onto higher trophic levels as well as the use of fatty acids and stable isotopes in characterizing the trophic position in consumers are major topics.
Biography Updated on 14 April 2011