Within the research area ecophysiology we investigate how animals adapt to change in environmental conditions. Aquatic environments show large variations in physical and chemical parameters (e.g. temperature, oxygen availability, salinity), which can be either periodic or of a more permanent nature. Our research involves various aquatic model organisms (especially fish) in investigations of how environmental changes cause acute disturbances in animal physiology, which triggers compensatory responses that allow physiological adaption to the changing environment.
In the ecotoxicology research area we mainly focus on the harmful effects of chemicals on a range of different organisms in the nature. We work on endocrine disrupting chemicals, pesticides, medicaments in the environment and heavy metals. We carry out controlled dose-response studies in the laboratory as well as study effects in the nature on different model organisms such as mussels, snails, fish, amphibians, invertebrates and mammals. Additionally, we are involved in the issue regarding the global spreading of invasive species via ship’s ballast water. We are working on advancing methods for improving organism viability assessment after treatment of ballast water.
Sound Communication Behavior
The research area Sound Communication and Behaviour covers the relationship between an animal's behavior and the function of its sensory organs and related pieces of nervous system. Of particular interest are biosonar and the physiological mechanisms behind hearing and sound production in a variety of different animal groups including mammals, birds, frogs and insects.
Life in the ocean and fresh waters are studied within Ecology. The research spans from bacteria to animals and plants and covers both the individual organism's anatomy and physiology and its ecological role in aquatic nutrient and energy cycles. A detailed understanding of the function and productivity of the ecosystem is developed along with an indication of its vulnerability to man-made and natural changes. A special focus on microbial ecology grounds an investigation of early life on earth.
Research at Nordcee spans the range from microbial ecology, molecular biology, biogeochemistry, microbial physiology to geobiology. We are concerned with the role of micro-organisms in controlling the cycling of elements on the modern Earth and how this role has changed through geologic time. We work in diverse environments ranging from lakes to the oceans and in geologic formations of all ages.