Educational and public relations

Contributions with the participation of MSE members

fish nest

Extremely high benthic biomass provides food for predators and scavengers

Great interest in the media for published article with participation of Prof. Patricia Holm as co-author

A vast icefish breeding colony has been discovered in the southern Weddell Sea.
A breeding colony of notothenioid icefish (Neopagetopsis ionah, Nybelin 1947) of globally unprecedented extent has been discovered in the southern Weddell Sea, Antarctica.

Poster Karen

Karen Bussmann, PhD, et al, has won the competition within EMSO ERIC TSC 2021

Observing Ocean Sound, Best Poster Award, October 2021

"The effects of continuous noise on visual and acoustic reproductive behaviour of a labrid fish, the corkwing wrasse"

Walschwanzflosse Antarktis

Cryosphere, microplastics, nature becomes landscape, growth constraints and a threat to Basel

Naturforschende Gesellschaft in Basel, NGIB
Lectures Winter 2021 / Spring 2022

Lecture Prof. Patricia Holm, September 16, 2021

Diver in reef

Radio SRF 2 Context broadcast, 30 July 2021

Marine research in Switzerland

What can be done against global warming, acidification, coral dieback and microplastics? Research on these issues is also being carried out in landlocked Switzerland.

Interview with Prof. Patricia Holm starting at minute 41

Tiere sind dem Plastik ausgeliefert.

SRF 4, News aktuell, 01.06.2021

Ship losing tons of plastic

In Sri Lanka, following the accident of a container ship off the coast, tons of microplastics washed up on the coast near the capital Colombo. There is a threat of massive consequences for marine life, and not only on the directly affected section of the coast.
Assessments by Prof. Patricia Holm

Microplastics in the marine environment report

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT

participating in report

Evaluations of the interview with Prof. Patricia Holm
in chapter 3 and recommendations for
for authorities in chapter 4

[Translate to English:] Grundeln

April 2021

Hobbyists acting simultaneously as anglers and aquarists: Novel pathways for non‐native fish and impacts on native fish

Research results from the MGU aim to stipulate a change of perspective among hobbyists, who – by acting simultaneously as anglers and aquarists – establish novel pathways for non‐native fish.
Human translocations of non‐native aquatic species are a global conservation challenge. Aquarists and anglers are two hobbyist groups whose practices are particularly likely to translocate non‐native aquatic species, especially fish. [de]

[Translate to English:] corkwing wrasse

Jan 2021

This fish grunts when it is ready to have sex

Popular science article on sound production and behaviour of fish of the species Symphodus melops.

Current MSE publications


A vast icefish breeding colony discovered in the Antarctic

Purser, A., Hehemann, L., Boehringer, L., Tippenhauer, S., Wege, M., Bornemann, H., Pineda-Metz, S.E.A., Flintrop, C.M., Koch, Fl, Hellmer, H.H., Burkhardt-Holm, P., Janout, M., Werner, E., Glemser, B., Balaguer, J., Rogge, A., Holtappels, M., Wenzhoefer, F. - Elsevier 


Xenobiotic metabolism and its physiological consequences in high-Antarctic Notothenioid fishes

Strobel, A., Lille-Langøy, R., Segner, H., Burkhardt-Holm, P., Goksøyr, A., Odd, A.K. - Polar Biology (2021)

Invasive goby larvae: first evidence as stowaways in small watercraft motors

Bussmann, K., Hirsch, Ph. E., Burkhardt-Holm, P. - Management of Biological Invasions, Volume 13

Flow, force, behaviour: assessment of a prototype hydraulic barrier for invasive fish

Wiegleb, J., Hirsch, Ph. E., Seidel, F., Rauter, G., Burkhardt-Holm, P. - Hydrobiologia

Microplastics in the Weddell Sea (Antarctica): A Forensic Approach for Discrimination between Environmental and Vessel-Induced Microplastics

Leistenschneider, C., Burkhardt-Holm, P., Mani, T., Primpke, S., Taubner, H., Gerdts, G. - ACS Publications

Low microplastic abundance in Siganus spp. from the Tanon Strait, Central Philippines

Paler, M. K. O., Leistenschneider, C., Migo, C., Burkhardt-Holm, P. - Environmental Pollution

Microplastics in fecal samples of whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) and from surface water in the Philippines

Yong M.M.H., Leistenschneider C., Miranda J.A., Paler M.K., Legaspi C., Germanov E., Araujo G., Burkhardt-HolmP., Erni-Cassola G. -Micorplastics and Nanoplastics

Hobbyists acting simultaneously as anglers and aquarists: Novel pathways for non‐native fish and impacts on native fish

P.E. Hirsch, A. N' Guyen, P. Burkhardt-Holm - Aquatic Conservation


Comparative swimming performance and behaviour of three benthic fish species: The invasive round goby (Neogobius melanostomus), the native bullhead (Cottus gobio), and the native gudgeon (Gobio gobio)

Egger, B., Wiegleb, J., Seidel, F., Burkhardt-Holm, P., Hirsch, P. E. - Ecology of Freshwater Fish

Round gobies in the third dimension – use of vertical walls as habitat enables vector contact in a bottom-dwelling invasive fish

Bussmann, K., & Burkhardt-Holm, P. -  Aquatic Invasions

Flow field-induced drag forces and swimming behavior of three benthic fish species

Wiegleb, J., Hirsch, P. E., Egger, B., Seidel, F., & Burkhardt-Holm, P. - Limnologica

Predation on native fish eggs by invasive round goby revealed by species-specific gut content DNA analyses.

Lutz, E., Hirsch, P.E., Bussmann, K., Wiegleb, J., Jermann, H-P., Muller, R., Burkhardt-Holm, P., Adrian-Kalchhauser, I. - Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems

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Comming soon

Autumn 2021

Low microplastic abundance in Siganus spp. from the Tañon Strait, Central Philippines

Paler, M. K. O., Leistenschneider, C., Migo, C., Burkhardt-Holm, P. - Environmental Pollution