Dr. Lara Prelle

Research Interests

  • Microphytobenthos, specifically benthic diatoms
  • Ecophysiology
  • Terrestrial-marine interactions

Current project

MicroMeth: Methanproduktion durch Mikrophytobenthos und dessen Beitrag am benthischen Methanfluss in der Küstenzone der Ostsee


Prelle, L.R., Schmidt, I., Schimani, K., Zimmermann, J., Abarca, N., Skibbe, O., Juchem, D. & Karsten, U. (2022): Photosynthetic, Respirational, and Growth Responses of Six Benthic Diatoms from the Antarctic Peninsula as Functions of Salinity and Temperature Variations. Genes 13, 1264. https://doi.org/10.3390/genes13071264

Prelle, L.R. & Karsten, U. (2022). Photosynthesis, Respiration, and Growth of Five Benthic Diatom Strains as a Function of Intermixing Processes of Coastal Peatlands with the Baltic Sea. Microorganisms, 10(4), 749

Prelle L.R., Albrecht M., Karsten U., Damer P., Giese T., Jähns J., Müller S., Schulz L., Viertel L., Glaser K. (2021). Ecophysiological and cell biological traits of benthic diatoms from coastal wetlands of the southern Baltic Sea. Frontiers in Microbiology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2021.642811

Prelle, L.R., Graiff, A., Gründling-Pfaff, S., Sommer, V., Kuriyama, K. and Karsten, U. (2019). Photosynthesis and Respiration of Baltic Sea Benthic Diatoms to Changing Environmental Conditions and Growth Responses of Selected Species as Affected by an Adjacent Peatland (Hütelmoor). Front. Microbiol. 10:1500. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.01500

Moorthi, S. D., Schmitt, J. A., Ryabov, A., Tsakalakis, I., Blasius, B., Prelle, L., Tiedemann, M., Hodapp, D. (2016). Unifying ecological stoichiometry and metabolic theroy to predict production and trophic transfer in a marine planktonic food web. Phylosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Science, Vol. 371 (1694): https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2015.027



Professional Experience      
since 2023 Postdoctoral Research Fellow MicroMeth University of Rostock
2022-2023 Postdoctoral Research Fellow MicroMeth IOW
2018 Student Assistant Microphytobenthic primary production in biofilms along terrestrial-marine gradients (Baltic TRANSCOAST) Applied Ecology & Phycology, University of Rostock
2022 Doctoral Thesis Mikrophytobenthic function in carbon cycling at terrestrial-marine gradients (Baltic TRANSCOAST) Applied Ecology & Phycology, University of Rostock
2018 Master Thesis Ecophysiological responses of Baltic Sea benthic diatoms in connection to a peatland (Hütelmoor) Applied Ecology & Phycology, University of Rostock
2015-2018 Studies in Marine Biology Master of Science University of Rostock
2015 Bachelor Thesis Effects of temperature and nutrient stoichiometry on phytoplankton - zooplankton interaction Planktology, Institute of Chemistry and Biology in the Marine Environment, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg
2012-2015 Studies in Biology Bachelor of Science Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg


Dr. Lara Prelle
University of Rostock
Institute for Biological Sciences
Applied Ecology and Phycology
Albert-Einstein-Straße 3
D-18059 Rostock
Tel. +49 381 498 6094
Fax. +49 381 498 6072

Lara Prelle