Inga Hense

Prof. Dr. Inga Hense

Principal Investigator (external funding)


Universität Hamburg, Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN)
Institute of Hydrobiology and Fisheries Science (IHF)
Room 102a
Große Elbstraße 133
22767 Hamburg

+49 40 42838 6641
+49 40 42838 6618

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Research interests

Marine ecosystem and biogeochemical modelling including the following aspects: life cycle of marine phytoplankton, cyanobacteria, harmful algal blooms (HABs), biological-physical interactions in the ocean, phytoplankton production of organic halogens

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  • Lee, S., Hofmeister, R., & Hense, I. (2018). The role of life cycle processes on phytoplankton spring bloom composition: a modelling study applied to the Gulf of Finland. Journal of Marine Systems, 178, 75-85. doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2017.10.010.
  • Hinners, J., Kremp, A., & Hense, I. (2017). Evolution in temperature-dependent phytoplankton traits revealed from a sediment archive: do reaction norms tell the whole story? Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284(1864): 20171888, pp. 1-8. doi:10.1098/rspb.2017.1888.
  • Hense, I., Stemmler, I., & Sonntag, S. (2017). Ideas and perspectives: climate-relevant marine biologically driven mechanisms in Earth system models. Biogeosciences, 14(Spec. Iss.: Progress in quantifying ocean biogeochemistry – in honour of Ernst Maier-Reimer), 403-413. doi:10.5194/bg-14-403-2017.
  • Stemmler, I., Hense, I., & Quack, B. (2015). Marine sources of bromoform in the global open ocean - Global patterns and emissions. Biogeosciences, 12, 1967-1981. doi:10.5194/bg-12-1967-2015.
  • Hinners, J., Hofmeister, R., & Hense, I. (2015). Modeling the role of pH on Baltic Sea Cyanobacteria. Life, 5(2), 1204-1217. doi:10.3390/life5021204.
  • Stemmler, I., Hense, I., Quack, B., & Maier-Reimer, E. (2014). Methyl iodide production in the open ocean. Biogeosciences, 11, 4459-4476. doi:10.5194/bg-11-4459-2014.
  • Stemmler, I., Rothe, M., Hense, I., & Hepach, H. (2013). Numerical modelling of methyl iodide in the eastern tropical Atlantic. Biogeosciences, 10, 4211-4225. doi:10.5194/bg-10-4211-2013.
  • Sonntag, S., & Hense, I. (2011). Phytoplankton behavior affects ocean mixed layer dynamics through biological-physical feedback mechanisms. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 38: L15610. doi:10.1029/2011GL048205.
  • Hense, I., & Beckmann, A. (2010). The representation of cyanobacteria life cycle processes in aquatic ecosystem models. ECOLOGICAL MODELLING, 221(19), 2330-2338. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2010.06.014.
  • Acheampong, E., Hense, I., & St John, M. A. (2014). A model for the description of feeding regulation by mesozooplankton under different conditions of temperature and prey nutritional status. ECOLOGICAL MODELLING, 272, 84-97. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2013.09.009.