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.

Sonnenuntergang in der Antarktis

Sunset over the Atlantic Ocean

last Blog from the Polarstern

The Antarctic expedition ended in Punta Arenas, Chile, and almost all scientists left the Polarstern research vessel. Dr. Gabriel Erni and six other members settled in for the Atlantic transit, which takes the Polarstern back to its home port in Bremerhaven, Germany.

SETAC Konferenz Kopenhagen, Mai 2022

Poster presented at the SETAC Conference, Copenhagen, May 2022

Paint Particles in the Weddell Sea (Antarctica)

A Forensic Investigation
by Clara Leistenschneider, PhD

Feldnotizen aus der Antarktis

Blog Swissinfo

This spring, Gabriel Erni Cassola and Kevin Leuenberger from our team are on board the German icebreaker “Polarstern” in the Southern Ocean that encircles Antarctica. They are taking us with them to show us their field work via this new eight-part blog series.

a special Antarctic expedition

Wo Eisfische brüten, Eisberge entstehen und Mikroplastik wandert.

Prof. Patricia Holm will report on her Antarctic expedition in spring 2021 at the 23rd firmm meeting in the Kultur- und Kongresshaus Aarau.

Ocean Sound

Wissenschaftsmagazin SRF, 19.02.2022

The sound of the underwater animals

Muaaah, boong oder gragrag – What aquatic animals tell each other

Whales do it and even crabs and sea urchins do it: they sing, click, grunt, drum and chirp. Now all these sounds are to be combined in a large sound library (GLUBS).

With Prof. Patricia Holm from minute 13:30

Current MSE publications


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

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)

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