M.Sc. Kiara Franke

Research Interests

  • Ecophysiology
  • Brown algae (Phaeophyceae)
  • Carbon budget
  • Photosynthesis


K. Franke

, L. C. Matthes, A. Graiff, U. Karsten & I. Bartsch. (2023): The challenge to estimate kelp production in a turbid marine environment. Journal of Phycology. doi.org/10.1111/jpy.13327

N. M. Schimpf, D. Liesner, K. Franke, M. Y. Roleda & I. Bartsch (2022): Microscopic stages of North Atlantic Laminaria digitata (Phaeophyceae) exhibit trait-dependent thermal adaptation along latitudes. Frontiers in Marine Science. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2022.870792

K. Franke, D. Liesner, S. Heesch & I. Bartsch (2021): Looks can be deceiving: Contrasting temperature characteristics of two morphologically similar kelp species co-occurring in the Arctic. Botanica Marina. https://doi.org/10.1515/bot-2021-0014


Professional Experience      
2019-2020 Research assistant Co-training of internship student; Elaboration of first publication Functional Ecology, Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven
2016-2018 Research assistant Extraction of plant lipids from sediment cores Marum – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, Bremen
since 2020 PhD Student Project: Seasonal kelp primary production at a rocky shore site Applied Ecology & Phycology, University of Rostock
2019 M.Sc. Thesis: “Performance of different life cycle stages of the Arctic kelps Laminaria digitata and Hedophyllum nigripes along temperature gradients” Functional Ecology, Alfred Wegener Institute Bremerhaven
2018 Student research project “Upper survival temperature limit of gametophytes of the kelp, Laminaria digitata from Bodø, Norway” Functional Ecology, Alfred Wegener Institute Bremerhaven
2017-2019 Master studies Marine Biology University of Bremen
2017 B.Sc. Thesis: „Distribution of the brown alga Fucus vesiculosus along the salinity gradient of the river Weser” Department of Marine Botany, University of Bremen
2014-2017 Bachelor studies Biology University of Bremen


Kiara Franke
University of Rostock
Institute for Biological Sciences
Applied Ecology and Phycology
Albert-Einstein-Straße 21
D-18059 Rostock
Tel. +49 381 498 6102
Fax. +49 381 498 6072

Kiara Franke with Saccharina latissima
Laminaria hyperborea