University of Aberdeen
Current Position Professor of Biological Oceanography
Previous Position Head of Lander Group, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology
Telephone +44 (0)1224 274 413
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Biodiversity, Earth Systems
Methods I Use Bio / Geo / Chemical Analytical


Key Research Interests

  • Benthic ecosystem functioning, anthropogenic impacts and climate change
  • Rapid climate change and its impact on food webs, biogeochemical cycling and C sequestration in marine sediments
  • Benthic food webs and bentho-pelagic coupling in a changing environment
  • Blue carbon storage and dynamics in Scottish Waters.
  • Hydrocarbon degradation in the marine environment.

Recent Key Papers

  • Mäkelä, A, Witte, U & Archambault, P 2018, ‘Short-term processing of ice algal- and phytoplankton-derived carbon by Arctic benthic communities revealed through isotope labelling experiments’, Marine Ecology Progress Series, vol. 600, pp. 21-39. DOI: HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.3354/MEPS12663
  • Bourgeois, S, Archambault, P & Witte, U 2017, ‘Organic matter remineralization in marine sediments: A Pan-Arctic synthesis’, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 190-213. DOI: HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.1002/2016GB005378
  • Ferguson, RMW, Gontikaki, E, Anderson, JA & Witte, U 2017, ‘The Variable Influence of Dispersant on Degradation of Oil Hydrocarbons in Subarctic Deep-Sea Sediments at Low Temperatures (0-5oC)’, Scientific Reports, vol. 7, no. 1, 2253. DOI: HTTPS://DOI.ORG/10.1038/S41598-017-02475-9

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Rapid climate change and its impact on food webs, biogeochemical cycling and C sequestration in Arctic sediments
  • Transformation of Antarctic Benthic Food Webs on the Larsen Ice Shelf following climate-change driven changes in food supply.
  • QUADRAT DTP student, Anton Kuech: Is macroalgal carbon sequestration the ’elephant in the Blue Carbon room’?