Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Jörg Wiedenmann

Primary position:
Professor of Biological Oceanography
Other positions:
Head of the Coral Reef Laboratory


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2013-            Professor of Biological Oceanography, UoS, UK.                                   Head CRL at NOCS (http://www.noc.ac.uk/corals)

2011             Visiting Professor, University of Nice, France.

2011-2013    Senior Lecturer of Biological Oceanography, UoS, UK

2007-2011    Lecturer in Marine Molecular Biology, UoS, UK

2000-2007    Group Leader (C1, Ass. Prof.), Dept. of Zoology,                                          UUlm, Germany



2009 Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Southampton (UoS), UK.

2005 Venia legendi (Habilitation) in Molecular Biology and Zoology at the UUlm, Germany.

2000 PhD (UUlm, Germany, Depts. of Ecology & Morphology / Zoology & Endocrinology) with a Baden-Württemberg graduate fellowship (summa cum laude, PhD thesis Award of the University Society).

1996 Studies in Ecology, Zoology, Botany and Biochemistry, University of Ulm (UUlm), Germany. Diploma in Biology (Depts. Ecology & Morphology / Medical Genetics).




The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)


Eyal, Gal, Wiedenmann, Jörg, Grinblat, Mila, D’Angelo, Cecilia, Kramarsky-Winter, Esti, Treibitz, Tali, Ben-Zvi, Or, Shaked, Yonathan, Smith, Tyler B., Harii, Saki, Denis, Vianney, Noyes, Tim, Tamir, Raz and Loya, Yossi (2015) Spectral Diversity and Regulation of Coral Fluorescence in a Mesophotic Reef Habitat in the Red Sea. PLoS ONE, 10, (6), e0128697. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0128697).
D'Angelo, Cecilia, Hume, Benjamin C.C., Burt, John, Smith, Edward G., Achterberg, Eric P. and Wiedenmann, Jörg (2015) Local adaptation constrains the distribution potential of heat-tolerant Symbiodinium from the Persian/Arabian Gulf. The ISME Journal, Advance Online (doi:10.1038/ismej.2015.80).
Wong, Chin Ken, Laos, Alistair J., Soeriyadi, Alexander H., Wiedenmann, Jörg, Curmi, Paul M.G., Gooding, J. Justin, Marquis, Christopher P., Stenzel, Martina H. and Thordarson, Pall (2015) Polymersomes prepared from thermoresponsive fluorescent protein-polymer bioconjugates: capture of and report on drug and protein payloads. Angewandte Chemie, 127, (18), 5407-5412. (doi:10.1002/ange.201412406).
Rädecker, Nils, Pogoreutz, Claudia, Voolstra, Christian R., Wiedenmann, Jörg and Wild, Christian (2015) Nitrogen cycling in corals: the key to understanding holobiont functioning? Trends in Microbiology (doi:10.1016/j.tim.2015.03.008). (In Press).
Hume, B.C.C., D'Angelo, C., Smith, E.G., Stevens, J.R., Burt, J. and Wiedenmann, J. (2015) Symbiodinium thermophilum sp. nov., a thermotolerant symbiotic alga prevalent in corals of the world's hottest sea, the Persian/Arabian Gulf. Scientific Reports, 5, 8562. (doi:10.1038/srep08562).
Riegl, B., Glynn, P.W., Wieters, E., Purkis, S., D'Angelo, C. and Wiedenmann, J. (2015) Water column productivity and temperature predict coral reef regeneration across the Indo-Pacific. Scientific Reports, 5, 8273. (doi:10.1038/srep08273).
Gittins, John R., D'Angelo, Cecilia, Oswald, Franz, Edwards, Richard J. and Wiedenmann, Jörg (2015) Fluorescent protein-mediated colour polymorphism in reef corals: multicopy genes extend the adaptation/acclimatization potential to variable light environments. Molecular Ecology, 24, (2), 453-465. (doi:10.1111/mec.13041).
Hvasanov, David, Nam, Ekaterina V., Peterson, Joshua R., Pornsaksit, Dithepon, Wiedenmann, Jörg, Marquis, Christopher P. and Thordarson, Pall (2014) One-Pot synthesis of high molecular weight synthetic heteroprotein dimers driven by charge complementarity electrostatic interactions. The Journal of Organic Chemistry, 79, (20), 9594-9602. (doi:10.1021/jo501713t).
D’Angelo, Cecilia and Wiedenmann, Jörg (2014) Impacts of nutrient enrichment on coral reefs: new perspectives and implications for coastal management and reef survival. [in special issue: Environmental Change Issues] Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 7, 82-93. (doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2013.11.029).
Hume, Benjamin Charles Clayton, D’Angelo, Cecilia, Cunnington, Anna, Smith, Edward G. and Wiedenmann, Jörg (2014) The corallivorous flatworm Amakusaplana acroporae: an invasive species threat to coral reefs? Coral Reefs, 33, (1), 267-272. (doi:10.1007/s00338-013-1101-6).
Feary, David A., Burt, John A., Bauman, Andrew G., Al Hazeem, Shaker, Abdel-Moati, Mohamed A., Al-Khalifa, Khalifa A., Anderson, Donald M., Amos, Carl, Baker, Andrew, Bartholomew, Aaron, Bento, Rita, Cavalcante, Geórgenes H., Chen, Chaolun Allen, Coles, Steve L., Dab, Koosha, Fowler, Ashley M., George, David, Grandcourt, Edwin, Hill, Ross, John, David M., Jones, David A., Keshavmurthy, Shashank, Mahmoud, Huda, Moradi Och Tapeh, Mahdi, Mostafavi, Pargol Ghavam, Naser, Humood, Pichon, Michel, Purkis, Sam, Riegl, Bernhard, Samimi-Namin, Kaveh, Sheppard, Charles, Vajed Samiei, Jahangir, Voolstra, Christian R. and Wiedenmann, Joerg (2013) Critical research needs for identifying future changes in Gulf coral reef ecosystems. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 72, (2), 406-416. (doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.02.038).
Hume, B., D'Angelo, C., Burt, J., Baker, A.C., Riegl, B. and Wiedenmann, J. (2013) Corals from the Persian/Arabian Gulf as models for thermotolerant reef-builders: prevalence of clade C3 Symbiodinium, host fluorescence and ex situ temperature tolerance. [in special issue: Coral Reefs of the Gulf: Past, Present and the Future of a Unique Ecosystem] Marine Pollution Bulletin, 72, (2), 313-322. (doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2012.11.032).
Wiedenmann, Jörg, D'Angelo, Cecilia, Smith, Edward G., Hunt, Alan N., Legiret, François-Eric, Postle, Anthony D. and Achterberg, Eric P. (2013) Letter. Nutrient enrichment can increase the susceptibility of reef corals to bleaching. Nature Climate Change, 3, (5), 160-164. (doi:10.1038/nclimate1661).
D'Angelo, Cecilia and Wiedenmann, Jörg (2012) An experimental mesocosm for long-term studies of reef corals. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 92, (04), 769-775. (doi:10.1017/S0025315411001883).
Hartle-Mougiou, Katherine, D'Angelo, Cecilia, Smith, Edward G., Burt, John, West, Paul and Wiedenmann, Jörg (2012) Diversity of zooxanthellae from corals and sea anemones after long-term aquarium culture. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 92, (04), 687-691. (doi:10.1017/S0025315411001159).
Lam, Amy J., St-Pierre, François, Gong, Yiyang, Marshall, Jesse D., Cranfill, Paula J., Baird, Michelle A., McKeown, Michael R., Wiedenmann, Jörg, Davidson, Michael W., Schnitzer, Mark J., Tsien, Roger Y. and Lin, Michael Z. (2012) Improving FRET dynamic range with bright green and red fluorescent proteins. Nature Methods, 9, (10), 1005-1012. (doi:10.1038/nmeth.2171).
Kenkel, C.D., Traylor, M.R., Wiedenmann, J., Salih, A. and Matz, M.V. (2011) Fluorescence of coral larvae predicts their settlement response to crustose coralline algae and reflects stress. Proceedings of The Royal Society B Biological Sciences, 278, (1718), 2691-2697. (doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.2344).
Wiedenmann, Jörg, Gayda, Susan, Adam, Virgile, Oswald, Franz, Nienhaus, Karin, Bourgeois, Dominique and Nienhaus, G. Ulrich (2011) From EosFP to mIrisFP: structure-based development of advanced photoactivatable marker proteins of the GFP-family. Journal of Biophotonics, 4, (6), 377-390. (doi:10.1002/jbio.201000122).
Hvasanov, David, Wiedenmann, Jörg, Braet, Filip and Thordarson, Pall (2011) Induced polymersome formation from a diblock PS-b-PAA polymer via encapsulation of positively charged proteins and peptides. Chemical Communications, 47, (22), 6314-6316. (doi:10.1039/c1cc11662b).
Wacker, Stephan Armin, Alvarado, Cristobal, von Wichert, Götz, Knippschild, Uwe, Wiedenmann, Jörg, Clauß, Karen, Nienhaus, Gerd Ulrich, Hameister, Horst, Baumann, Bernd, Borggrefe, Tilman, Knöchel, Walter and Oswald, Franz (2011) RITA, a novel modulator of Notch signalling, acts via nuclear export of RBP-J. The EMBO Journal, 30, 43-56. (doi:10.1038/emboj.2010.289).
Wolff, Michael, Kredel, Simone, Haasen, Dorothea, Wiedenmann, Jörg, Nienhaus, G. Ulrich, Kistler, Barbara, Oswald, Franz and Heilker, Ralf (2010) High Content Screening of CXCR2-Dependent Signalling Pathways. Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening, 13, (1), 3-15.
Fuchs, Jochen, Böhme, Susan, Oswald, Franz, Hedde, Per Niklas, Krause, Maike, Wiedenmann, Jörg and Nienhaus, G. Ulrich (2010) A photoactivatable marker protein for pulse-chase imaging with superresolution. Nature Methods, 7, (8), 627-630. (doi:10.1038/nmeth.1477).
Nienhaus, G. Ulrich and Wiedenmann, Jörg (2009) Structure, Dynamics and Optical Properties of Fluorescent Proteins: Perspectives for Marker Development. Chemphyschem, 10, (9-10), 1369-1379. (doi:10.1002/cphc.200800839).
Kredel, Simone, Wolff, Michael, Wiedenmann, Jörg, Nienhaus, G. Ulrich, Gierschik, Peter, Kistler, Barbara and Heilker, Ralf (2009) CXCR2 Inverse Agonism Detected by Arrestin Redistribution. Journal of Biomolecular Screening, 14, (9), 1076-1091. (doi:10.1177/1087057109344616).
Wiedenmann, Joerg, Oswald, Franz and Nienhaus, Gerd Ulrich (2009) Fluorescent proteins for live cell imaging: Opportunities, limitations, and challenges. IUMBM Life, 61, (11), 1029-1042. (doi:10.1002/iub.256).
Kredel, Simone, Oswald, Franz, Nienhaus, Karin, Deuschle, Karen, Röcke, Carlheinz, Wolff, Michael, Heilker, Ralf, Nienhaus, G. Ulrich and Wiedenmann, Jörg (2009) mRuby, a bright monomeric red fluorescent protein for labeling of subcellular structures. PLoS ONE, 4, (2), e4391. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0004391).
Hedde, Per Niklas, Fuchs, Jochen, Oswald, Franz, Wiedenmann, Jörg and Nienhaus, Gerd Ulrich (2009) Online image analysis software for photoactivation localization microscopy. Nature Methods, 6, 689-690. (doi:10.1038/nmeth1009-689).
Adam, Virgile, Lelimousin, Mickaël, Boehme, Susan, Desfonds, Guillaume, Nienhaus, Karin, Field, Martin J., Wiedenmann, Joerg, McSweeney, Sean, Nienhaus, G. Ulrich and Bourgeois, Dominique (2008) Structural characterization of IrisFP, an optical highlighter undergoing multiple photo-induced transformations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 105, (47), 18343-18348. (doi:10.1073/pnas.0805949105).
Vogt, Alexander, D'Angelo, Cecilia, Oswald, Franz, Denzel, Andrea, Mazel, Charles H., Matz, Mikhail V., Invanchenko, Sergey, Nienhaus, G. Ulrich and Wiedenmann, Jörg (2008) A green fluorescent protein with photoswitchable emission from the deep sea. PLoS ONE, 3, (11), e3766. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003766).
Wolff, Michael, Kredel, Simone, Wiedenmann, Jorg, Nienhaus, G.U. and Heilker, Ralf (2008) Cell-based assays in practice: cell markers from naturally fluorescent proteins. Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening, 11, (8), 602-609. (doi:10.2174/138620708785739880).
Nienhaus, Karin, Nar, Herbert, Heilker, Ralf, Wiedenmann, Jörg and Nienhaus, G. Ulrich (2008) Trans−Cis Isomerization is Responsible for the Red-Shifted Fluorescence in Variants of the Red Fluorescent Protein eqFP611. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 130, (38), 12578-12579. (doi:10.1021/ja8046443).
Salat, D., Liefke, R., Wiedenmann, J., Borggrefe, T. and Oswald, F. (2008) ETO, but not leukemogenic fusion protein AML1/ETO, augments RBP-Jkappa/SHARP-mediated repression of Notch target genes. Molecular and Cellular Biology, 28, (10), 3502-3512. (doi:10.1128/MCB.01966-07).
Kredel, S., Nienhaus, K., Wolff, M., Oswald, F., Ivanchenko, S., Cymer, F., Jeromin, A., Michel, F.J., Spindler, K.D., Heilker, R., Nienhaus, G.U. and Wiedenmann, J. (2008) Optimized and far-red emitting variants of fluorescent protein eqFP611. Chemistry & Biology, 15, (3), 224-233. (doi:10.1016/j.chembiol.2008.02.008).
D'Angelo, Cecilia, Denzel, Andrea, Vogt, Alexander, Matz, Mikhail V., Oswald, Franz, Salih, Anya, Nienhaus, G. Ulrich and Wiedenmann, Jörg (2008) Blue light regulation of host pigment in reef-building corals. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 364, 97-106. (doi:10.3354/meps07588).
Glaschick, Sylvia, Röcker, Carlheinz, Deuschle, Karen, Wiedenmann, Jörg, Oswald, Franz, Mailänder, Volker and Nienhaus, G. Ulrich (2008) Axial resolution enhancement by 4Pi confocal fluorescence microscopy with two-photon excitation. Journal of Biological Physics, 33, (5-6), 433-443. (doi:10.1007/s10867-008-9084-1).
Alieva, N.O., Konzen, K.A., Field, S.F., Meleshkevitch, E.A., Hunt, M., Beltran-Ramirez, V., Nienhaus, G-U., Miller, D.J., Wiedenmann, J., Salih, A. and Matz, M.V. (2008) Diversity and evolution of coral fluorescent proteins. PLoS ONE, 3, (7), e2680. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002680).
Leutenegger, A., Kredel, S., Gundel, S., D'Angelo, C., Salih, A. and Wiedenmann, J. (2007) Analysis of fluorescent and non-fluorescent sea anemones from the Mediterranean Sea during a bleaching event. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 353, (2), 221-234. (doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2007.09.013).
Wiedenmann, J., Leutenegger, A., Gundel, S., Schmitt, F., D'Angelo, C. and Funke, W. (2007) Long-term monitoring of space competition among fluorescent and nonfluorescent sea anemones in the Mediterranean Sea. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 87, (4), 851-852. (doi:10.1017/S0025315407057050).
Leutenegger, Alexandra, D'Angelo, Cecilia, Matz, Mikhail V., Denzel, Andrea, Oswald, Franz, Salih, Anya, Ulrich Nienhaus, G. and Wiedenmann, Jörg (2007) It's cheap to be colorful: anthozoans show a slow turnover of GFP-like proteins. FEBS Journal, 274, (10), 2496-2505. (doi:10.1111/j.1742-4658.2007.05785.x). (PMID:17419724).
Ivanchenko, S., Glaschick, S., Röcker, C., Oswald, F., Wiedenmann, J. and Nienhaus, G.U. (2007) Two-photon excitation and photoconversion of EosFP in dual-color 4Pi confocal microscopy. Biophysical Journal, 92, (12), 4451-4457. (doi:10.1529/biophysj.106.103408).
Cronauer, M.V., Ince, Y., Engers, R., Rinnab, L., Weidemann, W., Suschek, C.V., Burchardt, M., Kleinert, H., Wiedenmann, J., Sies, H., Ackermann, R. and Kröncke, K.D. (2007) Nitric oxide-mediated inhibition of androgen receptor activity: possible implications for prostate cancer progression. Oncogene, 26, (13), 1875-1884. (doi:10.1038/sj.onc.1209984).
Oswald, F., Schmitt, F.M., Leutenegger, A., Ivanchenko, S., D'Angelo, C., Salih, A., Maslakova, S., Bulina, M., Schirmbeck, R., Nienhaus, G.U., Matz, M.V. and Wiedenmann, J. (2007) Contributions of host and symbiont pigments to the coloration of reef corals. FEBS Journal, 274, (4), 1102-1122. (doi:10.1111/j.1742-4658.2007.05661.x).
Wacker, S.A., Oswald, F., Wiedenmann, J. and Knochel, W. (2007) A green to red photoconvertible protein as analyzing tool for early vertebrate development. Developmental Dynamics, 236, (2), 473-480. (doi:10.1002/dvdy.20955).
Visram, S., Wiedenmann, J. and Douglas, A.E. (2007) Molecular diversity of symbiotic algae Symbiodinium (Zooxanthellae) in Cnidarians of the Mediterranean Sea. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 86, 1281-1283.
Nienhaus, K., Renzi, F., Vallone, B., Wiedenmann, J. and Nienhaus, G.U. (2006) Chromophore-Protein Interactions in the Anthozoan Green Fluorescent Protein asFP499. Biophysical Journal, 91, (11), 4210-4220. (doi:10.1529/biophysj.106.087411).
Wolff, M., Wiedenmann, J., Nienhaus, G.U., Valler, M. and Heilker, R. (2006) Novel fluorescent proteins for high-content screening. Drug Discovery Today, 11, (23-24), 1054-1060. (doi:10.1016/j.drudis.2006.09.005).
Wolff, M., Haasen, D., Merk, S., Kroner, M., Maier, U., Bordel, S., Wiedenmann, J., Nienhaus, G.U., Valler, M. and Heilker, R. (2006) Automated high content screening for phosphoinositide kinase 3 inhibition using an AKT1 redistribution assay. Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening, 9, (5), 339-350.
Nienhaus, G. Ulrich, Nienhaus, Karin, Hölzle, Angela, Ivanchenko, Sergey, Renzi, Fabiana, Oswald, Franz, Wolff, Michael, Schmitt, Florian, Röcker, Carlheinz, Vallone, Beatrice, Weidemann, Wolfgang, Heilker, Ralf, Nar, Herbert and Wiedenmann, Jörg (2006) Photoconvertible fluorescent protein EosFP: biophysical properties and cell biology applications. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 82, (2), 351-358. (doi:10.1562/2005-05-19-RA-533).
Loos, D.C., Habuchi, S., Flors, C., Hotta, J-I., Wiedenmann, J., Nienhaus, G.U. and Hofkens, J. (2006) Photoconversion in the red fluorescent protein from the sea anemone Entacmaea quadricolor: is cis-trans isomerization involved? Journal of the American Chemical Society, 128, (19), 6270-6271. (doi:10.1021/ja0545113 S0002-7863(05)04511-7).
Wiedenmann, J. and Nienhaus, G.U. (2006) Live-cell imaging with EosFP and other photoactivatable marker proteins of the GFP Family. Expert Review of Proteomics, 3, 361-374.
Ivanchenko, S., Röcker, C., Oswald, F., Wiedenmann, J. and Nienhaus, G.U. (2005) Targeted green-red photoconversion of EosFP, a fluorescent marker protein. Journal of Biological Physics, 31, (3-4), 249-259. (doi:10.1007/s10867-005-0174-z).
Nienhaus, K., Nienhaus, G.U., Wiedenmann, J. and Nar, H. (2005) Structural basis for photo-induced protein cleavage and green-to-red conversion of fluorescent protein EosFP. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 102, (26), 9156-9159. (doi:10.1073/pnas.0501874102).
Nieva, C., Gwoźdź, T., Dutko-Gwoźdź, J., Wiedenmann, J., Spindler-Barth, M., Wieczorek, E., Dobrucki, J., Duś, D., Henrich, V., Ożyhar, A. and Spindler, K.D. (2005) Ultraspiracle promotes the nuclear localization of ecdysteroid receptor in mammalian cells. Biological Chemistry, 386, (5), 463-470. (doi:10.1515/BC.2005.055).
Anikin, K., Röcker, C., Wittemann, A., Wiedenmann, J., Ballauff, M. and Nienhaus, G.U. (2005) Polyelectrolyte-mediated protein adsorption: fluorescent protein binding to individual polyelectrolyte nanospheres. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 109, (12), 5418-5420. (doi:10.1021/jp0506282 S1089-5647(05)00628-0).
Wiedenmann, J., Vallone, B., Renzi, F., Nienhaus, K., Ivanchenko, S., Röcker, C. and Nienhaus, G.U. (2005) The red fluorescent protein eqFP611 and its genetically engineered dimeric variants. Journal of Biomedical Optics, 10, 014003. (doi:10.1117/1.1854680).
Wiedenmann, J, Ivanchenko, S, Oswald, F, Schmitt, F, Rocker, C, Salih, A, Spindler, K.D. and Nienhaus, G.U. (2004) EosFP, a fluorescent marker protein with UV-inducible green-to-red fluorescence conversion. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 101, (45), 15905-15910. (doi:10.1073/pnas.0403668101).
Wiedenmann, J., Ivanchenko, S., Oswald, F. and Nienhaus, G.U. (2004) Identification of GFP-like proteins in non-bioluminescent, azooxanthellate Anthozoa opens new perspectives for bioprospecting. Marine Biotechnology, 6, (3), 270-277. (doi:10.1007/s10126-004-3006-4).
Choresh, O., Loya, Y., Müller, W.E.G., Wiedenmann, J. and Azem, A. (2004) The mitochondrial 60-kDa heat shock protein in marine invertebrates: biochemical purification and molecular characterization. Cell Stress & Chaperones, 9, (1), 38-48. (doi:10.1379/469.1).
Schenk, A., Ivanchenko, S., Röcker, C., Wiedenmann, J. and Nienhaus, G.U. (2004) Photodynamics of red fluorescent proteins studied by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. Biophysical Journal, 86, 384-394.
Nienhaus, K., Vallone, B., Renzi, F., Wiedenmann, J. and Nienhaus, G.U. (2003) Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of the red fluorescent protein eqFP611. Acta Crystallographica D, 59, (7), 1253 -1255. (doi:10.1107/S0907444903008837).
Wiedenmann, J, Schenk, A, Rocker, C, Girod, A, Spindler, K-D and Nienhaus, G.U. (2002) A far-red fluorescent protein with fast maturation and reduced oligomerization tendency from Entacmaea quadricolor (Anthozoa, Actinaria). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 99, (18), 11646-11651. (doi:10.1073/pnas.182157199).
Savage, A.M., Goodson, M.S., Visram, S., Trapido-Rosenthal, H., Wiedenmann, J. and Douglas, A.E. (2002) Molecular diversity of symbiotic algae at the latitudinal margins of their distribution: dinoflagellates of the genus Symbiodinium in corals and sea anemones. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 244, 17-26. (doi:10.3354/meps244017).
Wiedenmann, J., Elke, C., Spindler, K-D. and Funke, W. (2000) Cracks in the -can: fluorescent proteins from Anemonia sulcata (Anthozoa, Actinaria). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 97, (26), 14091-14096.

Book Section

Wiedenmann, J. and Nienhaus, G.U. (2014) Red fluorescent proteins: multipurpose markers for live cell imaging. In, Day, R.N. and Davidson, M.W. (eds.) The Fluorescent Protein Revolution. Boca Raton, US, CRC Press, 97-123. (Series in Cellular and Clinical Imaging).
Wiedenmann, Jörg, D’Angelo, Cecilia and Nienhaus, G. Ulrich (2012) Fluorescent Proteins: nature’s colorful gifts for live cell imaging. In, Jung, G. (ed.) Fluorescent Proteins II: Application of fluorescent protein technology. Dordrecht, NL, Springer, 3-33. (Springer Series on Fluorescence, 12). (doi:10.1007/4243_2011_21).
Smith, Edward G., D’Angelo, Cecilia, Oswald, Franz, Nienhaus, G. Ulrich and Wiedenmann, Jörg (2012) Fluorescent proteins from the oceans: marine macromolecules as advanced imaging tools for biomedical research. In, Fattorusso, E., Gerwick, W.E. and Taglialatela-Scafati, O. (eds.) Handbook of marine natural products. Dordrecht, NL, Springer, 1231-1257. (doi:10.1007/978-90-481-3834-0_24).
Nienhaus, G. Ulrich, Nienhaus, Karin and Wiedenmann, Jörg (2012) Structure–function relationships in fluorescent marker proteins of the green fluorescent protein family. In, Jung, G. (ed.) Fluorescent Proteins I: From understanding to design. Dordrecht, NL, Springer, 241-263. (Springer Series on Fluorescence, 11). (doi:10.1007/4243_2011_15).
Wiedenmann, J. (2008) Marine proteins. In, Walsh, P.J., Smith, S.L., Fleming, L.E., Solo-Gabriele, H. and Gerwick, W.H. (eds.) Oceans and Human Health: Risks and Remedies from the Seas. Burlington, USA, Elsevier, 469-496.
Wiedenmann, J., Vallone, B., Renzi, F., Nienhaus, K., Ivanchenko, S., Röcker, C. and Nienhaus, G.U. (2004) Dimeric variants of the red fluorescent protein eqFP611 generated by site-directed mutagenesis. In, Savitsky, A.P., Brovko, L.Y., Bornhop, D.J., Raghavachari, R. and Achilefu, S.I. (eds.) Genetically Engineered and Optical Probes for Biomedical Applications II. Bellingham, USA, International Society for Optical Engineering, 23-29. (Proceedings of SPIE 5329). (doi:10.1117/12.529370).
Wiedenmann, J., Röcker, C. and Funke, W. (1999) The morphs of Anemonia aff. sulcata (Cnidaria, Anthozoa) in particular consideration of the ectodermal pigments. In, Pfadenhauer, J. (ed.) Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Ökologie. Heidelberg, Germany, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, 497-503.


Research Projects:

  • Understanding the effects of nutrient enrichment on reef corals from the molecular to the ecosystem level.
  • Population ecology of corals in extreme environments: Lessons for the future of coral reefs under the pressure of climate change.
  • Molecular ecology of coral-Symbiodinium associations.
  • Evolution of local adaptation and stress tolerance in corals.
  • Comparative photobiology of symbiotic corals in shallow water and mesophotic reefs: How do corals deal with “too much” and “too low” light?
  • Marine Biotechnology: Rendering coral pigments into novel optical tools for biomedical research and pharmaceutical industry.


Impacts of nutrients on coral reefs

Impacts of nutrients on coral reefs

Influence of nutrient starvation on coral's susceptibility to thermal bleaching (EU/ ERC Research Project Prof. Dr. Joerg Wiedenmann): The project aims to discern the impacts of nutrient starvation on reef corals, combining physiological experiments under tightly controlled laboratory conditions and field-based studies, using a suite of optical methods and molecular techniques.




Corals in the Arabian Gulf

Corals in the Arabian Gulf

Understanding the exceptional heat tolerance of reef corals from the Persian/Arabian Gulf (NERC Standard Grant Research Project PI Prof. Dr. Joerg Wiedenmann). We are exploring the physiological basis for the stress resilience of corals from the Persian/Arabian Gulf (PAG), testing our provocative hypothesis that the unique physicochemical environment of the PAG promotes the thermotolerance of corals.



Primary research group:  Marine Biology and Ecology



      CRL Members

      Dr. Cecilia D'Angelo (Senior Research Fellow)

      Dr. Benjamin C. C. Hume (Post-doctoral Research Fellow)

      Dr. Adam Reed (Post-doctoral Research Fellow)

      Ms. Sabrina Rosset (PhD Student)

      Ms. Elena Bollati (PhD Student)

      Mr. Dawood Shuail (PhD Student)

      Ms. Cathryn Quick (Post-Graduate Student)

      Mr. Luke Morris (Post-Graduate Placement Student)

      Mr. Robbie Robinson (Technical Assistance)

      Ms. Betheney Wills (Technical Assistance)

      Ms. Athena Drakou (Outreach Officer)


• CO-FOUNDER Mideast Coral Reef Society (MCRS)




• HEAD Grand Challenge "Global Change: Systems & Cycles"

   (IfLS, University of Southampton)


• ACADEMIC LEAD "Student Employability"

   (OES, University of Southampton)

Teaching Responsibilities

Teaching in the CRL

The CRL's aquaria system allow experimentation with tropical corals

Teaching in the CRL

- SOES2026 Introduction to Marine Molecular Biology (Module                                coordinator)

- SOES2030 Dale Marine Biology Fieldwork Skills

- SOES1007 Marine Invertebrates

- SOES1003 IT Communication, Field and Laboratory Skills

- SOES2027 Coastal and Estuarine Oceanography II

- SOES3035 Oceanography Research Training

- SOES6001 Contemporary Topics

- SOES1006 Introduction to Marine Ecology

- SOES3031 Marine Molecular Biology

- BIOL1004 Patterns of Life and their Evolution

- SOES 6071 MSci Advanced Independent Research Project


Teaching within the German Higher Education system (2000-2007):

- Parasitology for Medical Students (Lectures / Practical Course)

- Molecular Methods in Zoological Research (Seminar)

- Fluorescent Proteins: Biochemistry and Application (Module: Lectures / Practicals / Seminar)

- Ecology of the Mediterranean Sea (Field Course Croatia)

- Marine Biology (Field Course Southern France)

- Molecular Biology (Practical Course)

- Zoophysiology (Practical Course)


Teaching Contributions at International Workshops

- International Mesophotic Workshop, Eilat, Israel (2014)

- Conserving Coral Reefs in the Arabian Gulf, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2013)

- Life Cell Imaging with Fluorescent Proteins. Biocenter Oulu, Finland (2007/2009)


Follow the Coral Reef Laboratory



Professor Jörg Wiedenmann
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton University of Southampton Waterfront Campus European Way Southampton SO14 3ZH United Kingdom

Room Number: NOCS/566/18

Telephone: (023) 8059 6497
Email: joerg.wiedenmann@noc.soton.ac.uk