Dr. Katharina Kesy


Junior research group

F.-L.-Jahn-Straße 15 - 1. floor - room: 206 (QB)
17489 Greifswald

phone: +49 (0)3834 420 5826
fax:      +49 (0)3834 420 5909
email:   katharina.kesy[at]uni-greifswald.de

Curriculum Vitae
Since 01/2021 Postdoctoral researcher in the working group Aquatic Microbiomes at the Institute of Microbiology of the University of Greifswald, Germany
04/2014 – 01/2020 PhD Student at the University of Rostock, Germany, and in the working group Environmental Microbiology at the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemuende, Germany
Title of the Dissertation:
Bacterial biofilms on microplastics in the Baltic Sea - Composition, influences, and interactions with their environment
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Matthias Labrenz (Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemuende, Germany)
10/2011 – 10/2013 Graduate studies in the Master’s course Marine Biology at the University of Rostock, Germany
Title of the Master Thesis:
Composition of microbial biofilms on microplastic particles after passage through the digestive tract of Arenicola marina
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Matthias Labrenz (Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemuende, Germany)
04/2007 – 09/2011 Undergraduate studies in Biology at the Free University of Berlin, Germany
Title of the Bachelor Thesis:
Habitat use of the newly introduced species Hemigrapsus spec. and competitive interactions with Carcinus maenas in the northern Wadden Sea
Supervisors: Dr. Christian Buschbaum/Prof. Dr. Karsten Reise (Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)
Research Interests

My main research focuses on microbial biofilm communities and influential parameters on their assembly processes in aquatic systems. After investigating biofilms on artificial surfaces (e.g. microplastics), I am now concentrating on bacterial and eukaryotic communities on and around the eelgrass Zostera marina. Within the SeaStore project (https://deutsche-kuestenforschung.de/seastore.html), we want to explore microbe-eelgrass-interactions in the Baltic Sea, and if microorganisms could play a beneficial role in seagrass restoration.