Project partner #1

NAME OF THE ORGANIZATION: GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

MAIN CONTACT FOR GoJELLY: Dr. Jamileh Javidpour,

ADDRESS: Duesternbrooker Weg 20, 24105- Kiel, Germany

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GEOMAR is among the largest non-university research institutions in the field of marine sciences in Germany (950 staff), and a member of the Helmholtz Association, Germany’s largest non-university scientific organisation. The centre’s mandate is the inter-and multidisciplinary investigation of all relevant aspects of modern marine sciences, from sea floor geology through physical, chemical and biological oceanography to marine meteorology. Research is conducted worldwide in all oceans. The main research topics are grouped in four divisions: Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics, Marine Biogeochemistry, Marine Ecology, and Dynamics of the Ocean Floor. GEOMAR cooperates closely with national and international research institutions and with a number of SMEs active in marine technology and science. Within the research division Marine Ecology the core activities are to understand species interactions under climate change, how biodiversity- ecosystem function and what are novel marine resources in terms of genomic/ marine organism and substances that can be utilized for human application.


  • GEOMAR leading the project as coordinator
  • Offers its mid-size research vessels (ALKOR or POSEIDON) for investigations of the Baltic Sea/North Sea over the course of the project
  • Offers its unique analytical facilities suitable for research on jellyfish, such as simultaneous delta N-15, delta C-13 and delta S-34 measurements of low-biomass samples, fatty acid analysis, flow cytrometery and stoichiometrical measurements.
  • Providing the innovative cage »Flow2Vortex« for the purpose of jellyfish cultures
  • Providing excellent network, being ranked among the five leading marine research institutions world wide

Team members

Jamileh Javidpour, PhD, Marine Ecology

I am interested in marine food webs where jellyfish take over the top predator position or build a bloom. Particularly my group is after evidences to find out how jellyfish manage to get around the oceans very successfully.

Jan Dierking, PhD, Marine Ecology

I am interested in the ecology and population genetics of marine (fish) species, and the integration of the resulting biological datasets with environmental data to improve our understanding of the drivers of spatio-temporal patterns observed in the sea. In this context, one focus area is the use of stable isotope ecology to better understand marine foodwebs and their components, including jellyfish. I have been leading and coordinating research cruises on the Baltic Sea system for the past 6 years.

Juan Carlos Molinero, PhD, Marine Ecology

My research interests are broadly on the ecology of pelagic ecosystems, from individuals to food web structure and ecosystem function. I use complementary approaches to answer general questions in plankton ecology under changing environments and to quantify the impact synergies of climate and human disturbances have on plankton production and pelagic networks. Also, I am particularly interested in across system analyses, non-linear dynamics of biological systems and general laws in ecosystem functioning.