Prof. Dr. Dieter Piepenburg

Dieter Piepenburg


GEOMAR, Hohenbergstr. 2, Raum 206
Telefon: +49 (0) 431 600-1264

Research interests

  • Marine biology
  • Benthic ecology of polar seas
  • Biology of echinoderms, especially brittle stars (Ophiuroidea)
  • Benthic carbon flux
  • Use of multivariate statistics and imaging methods

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2014
Senior scientist at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research Bremerhaven

Since 2013
Adjunct Professor (Biological Oceanography) at the Institute for Ecosystem Research of Kiel University

2006 – 2013
Adjunct Professor (Biological Oceanography) at the Institute for Polar Ecology of Kiel University

2002 – 2014
Senior scientist of the Mainz Academy of Sciences, Humanities and Literature

1991 – 2002
Assistant Professor at the Institute for Polar Ecology of Kiel University

1988 – 1991
Post-Doc at the Geological Institute of Kiel University

Academic education

Habilitation (no equivalent in American academic system) Biological Oceanography, Kiel University (Germany)
Thesis: Brittle Stars (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) in Benthic Ecosystems of Arctic Seas: Synopsis [in English]

Doktor (equivalent of PhD) Marine Biology, Kiel University (Germany), Advisor: G. Hempel
Thesis: On the Composition of the Benthic Fauna of the Western Fram Strait [in German]

Diplom (equivalent of MSc)
Biology, Kiel University (Germany), Advisor: W. Nellen
Thesis: On the Occurrence of Fishes and their Food in selected Gullies of the Frisian Wadden Sea [in German]

1978 – 1984
Study of Biology at Kiel University (Germany)

Publications (last ten years)

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Peer reviewed publications

Piepenburg D, Buschmann A, Driemel A, Grobe H, Gutt J, Schumacher S, Segelken-Voigt A, Sieger R (2017) Seabed images from Southern Ocean shelf regions off the northern Antarctic Peninsula and in the southeastern Weddell Sea. Earth System Science Data 9:461-469.


Gutt J, David B, Isla E, Piepenburg D (2016) High environmental variability and steep gradients in the waters off the northern Antarctic Peninsula: Polarstern expedition PS81 (ANT-XXIX/3). Polar Biology 39:761-764.
doi: 10.1007/s00300-016-1937-7

Segelken-Voigt A, Bracher A, Dorschel B, Gutt J, Huneke W, Link H, Piepenburg D (2016) Spatial distribution patterns of ascidians (Ascidiacea: Tunicata) on the continental shelves off the northern Antarctic Peninsula. Polar Biology 39:863-878.
doi: 10.1007/s00300-016-1909-y


Sswat M., Gulliksen B., Menn I., Sweetman A. K., Piepenburg D. (2015) Distribution and composition of the epibenthic megafauna north of Svalbard (Arctic). Polar Biology 38:861-877.
doi: 10.1007/s00300-015-1645-8


Dorschel B., Gutt J., Piepenburg D., Schröder M., Arndt J. E. (2014) The influence of the geomorphological and sedimentological settings on the distribution of epibenthic
assemblages on a flat topped hill on the over-deepened shelf of the western Weddell Sea (Southern Ocean). Biogeosciences 11:3797-3817.
doi: 10.5194/bg-11-3797-2014

Gutt J., Piepenburg D., Voß J. (2014) Asteroids, ophiuroids and holothurians from the southeastern Weddell Sea (Southern Ocean). ZooKeys 434:1-15.
doi: 10.3897/zookeys. 434.7622

Smirnov I. S., Piepenburg D., Ahearn C., Juterzenka K. v. (2014) Deep-sea fauna of European seas: An annotated species check-list of benthic invertebrates living deeper than 2000 m in the seas bordering Europe. Ophiuroidea. Invertebrate Zoology 11:192–209


Link H., Chaillou G., Forest A., Piepenburg D. (2013) Multivariate benthic ecosystem functioning in the Arctic–benthic fluxes explained by environmental parameters in the southeastern Beaufort Sea. Biogeosciences 10:5911–5925.
doi: 10.5194/bg-10-5911-2013

Link H., Piepenburg D., Archambault P. (2013) Are Hotspots Always Hotspots? The Relationship between Diversity, Resource and Ecosystem Functions in the Arctic. PLoS One 8:e74077.
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0074077

Teichert S., Woelkerling W., Rüggeberg A., Wisshak M., Piepenburg D., Meyerhöfer M., Form A., Freiwald A. (2013) Arctic rhodolith beds and their environmental controls (Spitsbergen, Norway). Facies.
doi: 10.1007/s10347-013-0372-2


Brown T. A., Belt S. T., Piepenburg D. (2012) Evidence for a pan-Arctic sea-ice diatom diet in Strongylocentrotus spp. Polar Biology 35(8):1281-1287.
doi: 10.1007/s00300-012-1164-9

Piepenburg D., Bölter M. (2012) Polar Regions. In: Gibson D. (ed) Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology extlink. Oxford University Press, New York. Launch May 2012.
doi: 10.1093/OBO/9780199830060-0060

Teichert S., Woelkerling W., Rüggeberg A., Wisshak M., Piepenburg D., Meyerhöfer M., Form A., Büdenbender J., Freiwald A. (2012) Rhodolith beds (Corallinales, Rhodophyta) and their physical and biological environment at 80°31’N in Nordkappbukta (Nordaustlandet, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway). Phycologia 51(4):371-390.
doi: 10.2216/11-76.1


Forest A., Tremblay J., Gratton Y., Martin J., Gagnon J., Darnis G., Sampei M., Fortier L., Ardyna M., Gosselin M., Hattori H., Nguyen D., Maranger R., Vaqué D., Marrasé C., Pedrós- Alió C., Sallon A., Michel, C., Kellogg C., Deming J., Shadwick E., Thomas H., Link H., Archambault P., Piepenburg D. (2011) Biogenic carbon flows through the planktonic food web of the Amundsen Gulf (Arctic Ocean): A synthesis of field measurements and inverse modeling analyses. Progress in Oceanography 91(4):410-436.
doi: 10.1016/j.pocean.2011.05.002

Link H., Archambault P., Tamelander T., Renaud P. E., Piepenburg D. (2011) Spring-tosummer changes and regional variability of benthic processes in the western Canadian Arctic. Polar Biology 34: 2025-2038.
doi: 10.1007/s00300-011-1046-6

Piepenburg D., Archambault P., Ambrose W., Blanchard A., Bluhm B., Carroll M., Conlan K., Cusson M., Feder H., Grebmeier J., Jewett S., Lévesque M., Petryashev V., Sejr M., Sirenko B., Wlodarska-Kowalczuk M. (2011) Towards a pan-Arctic inventory of the species diversity of the macro- and megabenthic fauna of the Arctic shelf seas. Marine Biodiversity 41: 51-70.
doi: 10.1007/s12526-010-0059-7


Piepenburg D. (2009) As time goes by: Polar Biology over the years 1982–2008. Polar Biology 32: 3-7.
doi: 10.1007/s00300-008-0557-2


Fleischer D., Schaber M., Piepenburg D. (2007) Atlantic snake pipefish (Entelurus aequoreus) extends its northward distribution range to Svalbard (Arctic Ocean). Polar Biology 30: 1359-1362.
doi: 10.1007/s00300-007-0322-y


Non-peer reviewed publications

Jørgensen LL, Archambault P, Blicher B, Denisenko N, Gudmundsson G, Iken K, Roy V, Sørensen J, Anisimova N, Behe C, Bluhm BB, Denisenko S, Metcalf V, Olafsdottir S, Schiøtte T, Tendal O, Ravelo AM, Kedra M, Piepenburg D (2017) Chapter 3.3: Benthos. in: CAFF (eds) State of the Arctic Marine Biodiversity Report. Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna Secretariat, Akureyri, pp 85-107

Piepenburg D, Brandt A, von Juterzenka K, Link H, Martinez Arbizu P, Schmid MK, Thomsen L, Veit-Köhler G (2017) Leben am Meeresboden. in: Hempel G, Bischof K, Hagen W (Hrsg) Faszination Meeresforschung. Springer, Heidelberg, pp 179-210.
doi: 10.1007/978-3-662-49714-2_19

Jørgensen LL, Archambault P, Armstrong C, Dolgov A, Edinger E, Gaston T, Hildebrand J, Piepenburg D, Smith W, von Quillfeldt C, Vecchione M, Rice J (2016) Chapter 36G: Arctic Ocean. in: Group of Experts of the Regular Process (eds) World Ocean Assessment I. United Nations, New York

Piepenburg D, Gutt J (2016) Marine Biodiversität der Polargebiete im Klimawandel. in: Lozán JL, Breckle S-W, Müller R, Rachor E (Hrsg) Warnsignal Klima: Die Biodiversität. Wissenschaftliche Auswertungen, Hamburg, pp 237-242

Piepenburg D., Gutt J. (2014) Klimabedingte ökologische Veränderungen in den Bodenfaunen polarer Schelfmeere. in: Lozán J. L., Graßl H., Notz D., Piepenburg D. (Hrsg) Warnsignal Klima: Die Polarregionen. Wissenschaftliche Auswertungen, Hamburg, pp 152-159

Bölter M., Hempel G., Piepenburg D., Spindler M. (2013) Das Institut für Polarökologie der Christian-Albrechts-Universität und die Polarforschung in Kiel. Polarforschung 83(1):1–15

Piepenburg D., Werner I., Hagen W. (2013) Biologie der Polarmeere: Dreißig Jahre biologische Meeresforschung am Institut für Polarökologie (IPÖ) in Kiel. Polarforschung 83(1):17–33

Schroeter B., Piepenburg D. (2013) Die Zukunft des Lebensraums „Polarmeer“. Unterricht Biologie 384(37): 25-33

Fortier L., Darnis G., Robert D., Link H., Geoffroy M., Forest A., Wold A., Archambault P., Piepenburg D., Hop H., Falk-Petersen S. (2012) Food webs. in Barber D. G., Tjaden T., Leitch D., Barber L., Chan W. (eds) On The Edge: From Knowledge to Action. University of Manitoba Press, Winnipeg, Canada, pp 79-94

Piepenburg D., Werner I., Auel H., Peter H. U. (2011) Der Rückgang des polaren Meereises und seine ökologischen Auswirkungen. in: Lozán J. L., Graßl H., Karbe L., Reise K. (Hrsg) Warnsignal Klima: Die Meere – Änderungen und Risken. Wissenschaftliche Auswertungen, Hamburg, pp 208-213

Hempel G., Piepenburg D. (2010) Nord- und Südpolarmeer im Klimawandel: Ein biologischer Vergleich. Biologie in unserer Zeit 40(6): 386-395

Piepenburg D., Bluhm B. A. (2009) Arctic seafloor life, Glasnost and Global Change. in: Hempel G., Hempel I. (eds) Biological studies in Polar Oceans – Exploration of Life in Icy Waters. NW-Verlag, Bremerhaven, pp 133-141