• Cromore Rd, Coastal Building

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

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Dr. Janina Büscher is a marine biogeochemist with an interest in ocean change impacts on benthic ecosystems. She has studied ocean acidification effects on maerl (calcareous red alga Lithothamnion glaciale) in her Bachelor’s and continued with laboratory experiments on ocean acidification and warming effects on the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa in her Master’s and PhD. During a Post-Doc position in collaboration with the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in Bergen, Norway, she followed up on her PhD’s research to expand the knowledge to a broader scale including associated key species under more natural, but still controlled lab conditions as PI of one of the project’s work packages. To understand the corals’ response to ocean change in their natural environment, Janina decided to focus on the actual surrounding the organisms live in and moved research fields to study the variability and trends in biogeochemical parameters around Ireland and the vulnerability of marine ecosystems to changes in the biogeochemistry due to ocean acidification in the department of Chemical Oceanography in the School of Earth & Ocean Sciences at the University of Galway. With her new role at Ulster University, Janina is looking forward to combining both research fields and meeting the challenges of teaching various disciplines of oceanography.

Research Interests

  • Impacts of ocean acidification and warming on cold-water ecosystems 
  • Natural variability of environmental conditions in benthic ecosystems and physiological adaptations of cold-water corals to different ranges of physical and chemical water properties
  • Biogeochemistry of water masses in the Northeast Atlantic at present and future trends in the light of ongoing ocean acidification

Teaching Interests

Janina contributes to a variety of modules in the marine science and environmental science degree programmes at Ulster University in Coleraine, including:

  • Marine Systems (EGM117),
  • Hydrography (EGM115),
  • Marine Science Field School (EGM351),
  • Dissertation Module (EGM503).

She will also develop and co-ordinate a new module in Final Year starting from January 2024:

  • Applied Oceanography (EGM536)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Growth and Degradation of the Cold-Water Coral Lophelia pertusa under Experimental Multifactorial Ocean Acidification & Warming and in Two Different Natural Habitats, GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Dec 2012Jun 2019

Award Date: 10 Jul 2019

Master, Ecophysiological responses of the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa from the North Atlantic under projected future climate change conditions, GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Oct 2010Dec 2012

Award Date: 12 Dec 2012

Bachelor, Effects of ocean acidification on calcification, photosynthesis and respiration of the free-living coralline red alga Lithothamnion glaciale, University of Kiel

Jul 2007Mar 2011

Award Date: 10 Mar 2011


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