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Jan Taucher

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Research area

  • Marine Biogeochemical Modelling


My major research interest is interplay between plankton communities and biogeochemical cycles, e.g. how zooplankton interact with the downward flux of organic matter from the surface to the deep ocean ("biological pump"). To improve our capabilities of ecological observations, I develop various technologies such as underwater camera systems to investigate plankton in their natural environment. Such novel tools can help us to resolve small-scale spatial and temporal distribution patterns of pelagic biota and illuminate how marine ecosystems respond to ongoing climate change.


Tel.: +49 431 600-4262

Research activities

MicroZooImager: An integrated optical system for microzooplankton analysis

Combining deep learning, in situ imaging and citizen science to resolve the distribution of giant protists in major upwelling regions