Hi, I am Christian Pansch, an Experimental Ecologist and Ecophysiologist, currently working at GEOMAR in Kiel, Germany.
During my career, I investigated the impacts of multiple climate change drivers on marine benthic systems, applying single-species to community approaches. The field of environmental variability and its significance as amplifier or buffer of climate change impacts is a research line that I followed through these years and that my group and I are developing further. This field also includes the impacts from small- to large-scale environmental variability as well as extreme events (heat waves, freshening events and upwelling) on benthic marine systems. To address this, we are currently evaluating a new model system, a keystone predator system of the common sea star Asterias rubens and its prey, the blue mussel Mytilus edulis.
Over the years, I have also worked on marine fouling, with respect to processes and solutions. Acorn barnacles (multiple life-history stages, multiple drivers, reproduction, acclimation and adaptation) served as model organisms to address a suite of these ecological questions. Early-on till now, I investigated macrophyte-grazer as well as macrophyte-epibiont interactions. Only recently, I included parasitology of marine invertebrates into my investigations.
Over the past few years, I thoroughly investigated Baltic Sea communities by not only using small-scale microcosms but also by the use of large-scale mesocosm infrastructures. Herein, I thoroughly addressed the consequences from climate change impacts on changes in biodiversity and its consequences for ecosystem function and services via in-situ incubations.