M.Sc. Kerstin Wittbrodt

Otto-Hahn-Platz 1, R.10c
Telefon: +49 431 880-2877
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Curriculum Vitae

2007 - 2011
Bachelorstudium der Geographie am geographischen Institut der CAU Kiel
2011 - 2013
Masterstudium "Marine Geosciences" am Institut für Geowissenschaften der CAU Kiel
seit 2013
PhD am Institut für Geowissenschaften der CAU Kiel


STopP – „From sediment to top predators – influence of seabed characteristics on ben-thos and benthivorous birds“.

Coordination: LandesbetrieStoppb für Küstenschutz, Nationalpark und Meeresschutz, National-parkverwaltung (NPV)


Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Wattenmeer-station Sylt (AWI), List.

Kiel University, Institute of Geosciences, Sedimentology, Coastal and Continental Shelf Re-search (IfG) and Research and Technology

Center Westcoast in Büsum (FTZ).

State Agency of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Areas, division: water bodies (LLUR).

Personal involved:

Klaus Schwarzer
Kerstin Wittbrodt
Eric Steen

Funding period: April 2013 – March 2016
Funding Organization: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Short descriptionSide-Scan Sonar mosaic with and box-coring stations

The joint research project "STopP“ is one of five projects which are funded in the framework of the call “Coastal Sea Research in the North and Baltic Sea.” which is part the FONA-program (Forschung für nachhaltige Entwicklung” of the German Federal Ministry of Educa-tion and Research.) STopP is coordinated by the national park administration of the state of Schleswig-Holstein.
The influence of sediment characteristics, sediment distribution pattern and hydrological forc-ing on species composition and distribution is investigated. An evaluation is completed through a combination with statistical habitat models, ecological network analyses and hydrodynamic models and those abiotic factors leading to certain habitats and specific species communities. The joint research project aims to describe for the first time for the German North Sea coast those sceneries ecosystems that play a key role in the system sediment - benthos - top-predator. In this way an essential precondition for the overall assessment of the ecological status of marine ecosystems is  accomplished as well as for the implementation of national and international marine protection policies. It is planned to develop and to evaluate describing parameters  for descriptors "sea floor integrity ", "wood webs" , and "biodiversity" of the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
In a sub-project, IfG carries out sediment and habitat mapping based on side scan sonar, multibeam echo sounder and sub bottom profiler techniques. Data are calibrated by sediment sampling and analyses as well as underwater video observations. Focus area is Amrum Bank (North Sea).

For further information please visit http://www.deutsche-kuestenforschung.de/stopp-214.html

Erfahrungen auf dem Forschungsschiff

31.01.-04.02.2016 FS Maria S Merian, MSM51, Ostsee, Mecklenburger Bucht
27.06.-10.07.2016 FS Alkor, Nordsee, Dithmarscher Bucht
12.09.-26.09.2016 FS Poseidon, Nordsee, Sylter Aussenriff

10.10. - 22.10.2015

FS Alkor, Nordsee, Amrumbank
09.09. - 24.09.2015 FS Poseidon, Nordsee, Sylter Aussenriff
06.09. - 21.09.2014 FS Poseidon, Nordsee
29.07. - 07.08.2014 FK Littorina, Amrumbank
30.06. - 12.07.2014 FS Alkor, Amrumbank
12.05. - 17.05.2014 FS Elisabeth Mann Borghese, Ostsee, Fehmarnbelt
17.03. - 22.03.2014 FK Littorina, Ostsee, Oderbank
28.02. - 02.03.2014 FK Littorina Ostsee, Fehmarnbelt, Langeland
12/2013 FK Littorina, Ostsee
07/2013 - 08/2013 FK Littorina, Nordsee, Amrumbank
05/2013 - 06/2013 FS Alkor, Nordsee
05.07. - 19.07.2012 FS Alkor, Nordsee
01.09. - 05.10.2010 TRANSDRIFT XVII, Laptevsee, Ostsibirien
01.09. - 20.09.2009 TRANSDRIFT XVI, Laptevsee, Ostsibirien






AMK-Arbeitskreis der Meere und Küsten, Deutschland, Kiel 20.-21.4.2017

K. Wittbrodt, D. Clemens, K. Schwarzer "The sedimentological/geological built-up of Amrum Bank (North Sea): A potential feeding ground for benthivorous sea birds"


35th IGC- International Geological Congress, Südafrika, Kapstadt 27.08.-04.09.2016                                                          

K.Wittbrodt, K. Schwarzer "Geological built-up and sediment distribution of Amrum Bank (North Sea)”


LLUR Mini-Symposium, Deutschland, Flintbek 08.03.2016                                                                                                

K.Wittbrodt, K. Schwarzer “Sedimentverteilung und Benthosvorkommen im Bereich der Amrumbank”


Projektworkhop STopP , Deutschland, Büsum 10.02.2016                                                                                                                 

 K.Wittbrodt, M.Stage, K.Schwarzer, K.Ricklefs,  „Meeresbodenausbildung, Sedimentverteilung und Benthosverbreitung entlang eines Gradienten vom nordfriesischen Deich bis hin zur Amrumbank“


AMK – Arbeitskreis der Meere und Küsten, Deutschland, Wilhelmshaven  03.04.-06.04.2014                                                        

K.Wittbrodt, K. Schwarzer „Sedimentological and geological conditions on Amrum Bank (North Sea)“


10th Workshop on Russian-German Cooperation: Laptev Sea System, Deutschland, GEOMAR Kiel 17.12-20.12.2012                                                                           K.Wittbrodt, J. Hölemann, H. Kassens, C. Wegner, S. Meier, K. Abramova, F. Martynov „Dynamics of particle distribution during ice-free conditions on the Lapev Sea shelf“


Leopoldina-Symposium “Russian-German Cooperation in the Scientific Exploration of Northern Eurasia and the Adjacent Arctic Ocean”, Russland, St.Petersburg 10.09.-12.09.2012                                           

K.Wittbrodt, C. Wegner, D. Bauch, J. Hölemann, M. Janout, A. Novikin, S.Kirillov, I. Timokhov „Summer Sediment Transport Dynamics in the Laptev Sea Shelf“



Maria Stage, Kerstin Wittbrodt, Klaus Ricklefs, Klaus Schwarzer „Sediment characteristics from shore to shelf in the STopP-domain“

Maria Stage, Kerstin Wittbrodt, Klaus Ricklefs, Klaus Schwarzer “Meeresbodeneigenschaften und Habitatcharacteristika im STopP-Gebiet”