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Institute of

SF Sea Fisheries

Dr. Karin Boos

Institute of Sea Fisheries

Herwigstraße 31
27572 Bremerhaven
+49 471 94460 455

Research interests

  • Experimental ecology, benthic ecology
  • Feeding ecology of brittle stars (Ophiuroidea, Echinodermata)
  • Functional morphology of brittle star teeth (REM, µCT, 3D reconstructions)
  • Data analyses in R


  • Project management und science communication in the UFOTriNet-Project

Educational background and employment

  • since 2019: Scientist at the Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, Bremerhaven.
  • 2014-2019: Scientist at the University of Bremen, Bremen International Graduate School for Marine Sciences at the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (GLOMAR/ MARUM) and in the work group Marine Zoology.
  • 2010-2014: Scientist with Avitec-Research GbR in Osterholz-Scharmbeck. Consultancy office with focus on the effects of offshore wind farms on migrating birds and remote sensing techniques for investigating of bird migration • 2009: Scientist at the Helgoland Marine Station (BAH) of the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI).
  • 2005-2009: PhD in Marine Biology and Ecology at the BAH and the AWI with Prof. Dr. H.-D. Franke, and at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Scotland, U.K. with Dr. E.J. Cook. PhD Thesis: Mechanisms of a successful immigration from northeast Asia: population dynamics, life history traits and interspecific interactions in the caprellid amphipod Caprella mutica Schurin, 1935 (Crustacea, Amphipoda) in European coastal water.
  • 1997-2004: Studies of Biology at the Free University Berlin, Germany, and the BAH, AWI with Prof. Dr. H.-D. Franke. Diplom Thesis: Ökologische Untersuchungen an Ophiuren der Deutschen Bucht.


Publications (peer-reviewed)

  • Jungblut S, McCarthy ML, Boos K, Saborowski R, Hagen W (2018) Seasonal lipid storage and dietary preferences of native European versus invasive Asian shore crabs. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 602: 169-181.
  • Jungblut S, Boos K, McCarthy ML, Saborowski R, Hagen W (2018) Invasive versus native brachyuran crabs in a European rocky intertidal: respiratory performance and energy expenditures. Marine Biology, 165: 54, 14 pp.
  • Beermann J, Boos K, Gutow L, Boersma M, Peralta AC (2018) Combined effects of predator cues and competition define habitat choice and food consumption of amphipod mesograzers. Oecologia, 186: 645-654.
  • Titschack J, Baum D, Matsuyama K, Boos K, Färber C, Kahl WA, Ehrig K, Meinel D, Soriano C, Stock SR (2018) Ambient occlusion – a powerful algorithm to segment shell and skeletal intrapores in computed tomography data. Computers and Geosciences, 115: 75-87.
  • Jungblut S, Beermann J, Boos K, Saborowski R, Hagen W (2017) Population development of the invasive crab Hemigrapsus sanguineus (De Haan, 1853) and its potential native competitor Carcinus maenas (Linnaeus, 1758) at Helgoland (North Sea) between 2009 and 2014. Aquatic invasions, 12: 85-96.
  • Jungblut S, Nachtsheim DA, Boos K, Joiris CR (2017) Biogeography of top predators – seabirds and cetaceans – along four latitudinal transects in the Atlantic Ocean. Deep Sea Research II, 141: 59-73.
  • Joiris, CR, Boos K, D’Hert D, Nachtsheim DA (2016) Low densities of top predators (seabirds and marine mammals) in the high Arctic pack ice. Scientifica, 2016, Article ID: 1982534, 14 pp. 
  • Laakmann S, Boos K, Knebelsberger T, Raupach MJ, Neumann H, (2016) Species identification of echinoderms from the North Sea by combining morphology and molecular data. Helgoland Marine Research, 70: 1-18.
  • Färber C, Titschack J, Schönberg CHL, Ehrig K, Boos K, Baum D, Illerhaus B, Asgaard U, Bromley RG, Freiwald A, Wisshak M (2016) Long-term macrobioerosion in the Mediterranean Sea assessed by micro-computed tomography. Biogeosciences, 13: 3461-3474.
  • Beermann J, Boos K(2015) Flexible microhabitat partitioning between hemi-sessile congeners. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 520: 143-151.
  • Attaran-Fariman G, Beygmoradi A, Boos K (2014) First record of Ophionereis dubia (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) from Chabahar Bay (Gulf of Oman, Iran). Marine Biodiversity Records, 7: 1-5.
  • Aumüller R, Boos K, Freienstein S, Hill K, Hill R (2013) Do migrating birds avoid offshore wind turbines? A method to investigate and analyze reactions of diurnally migrating birds to offshore wind farms (in German). Vogelwarte 51: 3-13.
  • Boos K (2012) Tooth morphology and food processing in Ophiothrix fragilis (Abildgaard, 1789) and Ophiura albida Forbes, 1839 (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea). In: Kroh, A. & Reich, M. (Eds.) Echinoderm Research 2010: Proceedings of the Seventh European Conference on Echinoderms, Göttingen, Germany, 2-9 October 2010. Zoosymposia 7, 111-119.
  • Aumüller R, Boos K, Freienstein S, Hill K, Hill R (2011) Description of a bird strike event and its causes at a research platform in the German Bight, North Sea (in German). Vogelwarte 49: 9-16.
  • Boos K, Gutow L, Mundry R, Franke H-D (2010) Sediment preference and burrowing behaviour in the sympatric brittlestars Ophiura albida Forbes, 1839 and Ophiura ophiura (Linnaeus, 1758) (Ophiuroidea, Echinodermata). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 393: 176-181.
  • Gutow L, Giménez L, Boos K, Saborowski R (2009) Rapid changes in the epifaunal community after detachment of buoyant benthic macroalgae. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 89: 323-328.
  • Cook EJ, Jahnke M, Kerckhof F, Minchin D, Faasse M, Boos K, Ashton G (2007) European expansion of the introduced amphipod Caprella mutica Schurin 1935. Aquatic Invasions, 2: 411-421.
  • Gutow L, Leidenberger S, Boos K, Franke H-D (2007) Differential life history responses of two Idotea species (Crustacea: Isopoda) to food limitation. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 344:150-172.
  • Boos K, Franke H-D (2006) Brittle stars (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea) in the German Bight (North Sea) - diversity and distribution during the past 130 years. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 86: 1187-1197.
  • Boos K, Franke H-D (2004) Abundance and distribution of ophiuroids off Helgoland, German Bight (North Sea). In Heinzeller T, Nebelsick JH (Eds.) Echinoderms: München. A.A. Balkema, Leiden, The Netherlands; pp. 157-158.

Publications (non peer-reviewed)

  • Rachor E, Bönsch R, Boos K, Gosselck F, Grotjahn M, Günther C-P, Gusky M, Gutow L, Heiber W, Jantschik P, Krieg H-J, Krone R, Nehmer P, Reichert K, Reiss H, Schröder A, Witt J, Zettler ML (2013) Rote Liste und Artenlisten der bodenlebenden wirbellosen Meerestiere. In: Rote Liste gefährdeter Tiere, Pflanzen und Pilze Deutschlands. Naturschutz und Biologische Vielfalt, 70(2): 81-176.
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