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Professor Jörg Wiedenmann 

Professor of Biological Oceanography, Head of the Coral Reef Laboratory

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Professor Jörg Wiedenmann is Professor of Biological Oceanography within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

2013-            Professor of Biological Oceanography, UoS, UK. Head CRL at NOCS (Coral Reef Laboratory)
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).

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.
  • Research with impact: Translating research findings in accessible information for coral reef management and policy makers (Collaboration with Environment Agency Abu Dhabi / Mideast Coral Reef Society).


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.

Research group

Marine Biology and Ecology

coral reef lab

      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)



careers and employability
  • ACADEMIC LEAD "Student Employability"

   (OES, University of Southampton)

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Book Chapters



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)

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

Room Number: NOCS/566/18

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