Prof. Dr. Boris P. Koch
is head of the Department of Ecological Chemistry at the Alfred Wegener Institute
Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven (Germany). His main field of research is the bioproduction and the carbon cycle in the ocean, focusing on the rapidly changing polar regions, as plants in the ocean produce half the oxygen in our planet’s atmosphere: “Climate change has a huge impact on the environment of the marine ecosystem (temperature, pH values). This leads to changes in species composition and in the global carbon cycle.” To better understand those changes, Prof. Koch and his colleagues conduct their experiments on board research vessels like “ RV Polarstern
” on the high seas and in polar regions, collecting information on changes in species composition, on the interaction of organisms, and the conservation and degradation of organic material.