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Manfred Kaufmann

Manfred kaufmann


Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) 2004, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany, IfM-GEOMAR in Biological Oceanography

Dipl.-Biol. (~MSc) 1992, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany, IfM-GEOMAR in Biology (majors: Zoology, Fisheries Biology and Marine Chemistry)

Vordipl. (~BSc) 1987, Julius Maximilians Universität Würzburg, Germany, in Biology


  • Member of the organizing committee of the FLORAMAC 2012 international meeting, Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal
  • Organizer of the advanced courses “Experimental Design & Statistics in Ecology”, and “Experimental Design & Statistics, level II: Community Ecology”, Funchal, Madeira Island with an invited lecturer from the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Kiel, Germany
  • Organizer of the advanced course “Marine Algae – Diversity and Identification”, Funchal, Madeira Island with two invited lecturers from the Phycological Research Group, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Co-convener of the theme session “Seamount and Island Oceanography” at the ASLO 2005 Summer Meeting, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Co-convener of the theme session “Oceanography and Ecology of Seamounts – Indications of Unique Ecosystems” at the Annual Science Conference of ICES, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Scientific consultant about the marine natural heritage of the Madeira Arquipelago for promotion of the region at the World Exhibition EXPO 1998 (Lisbon, Portugal) with an expedition to the Selvagem Islands
July-August 1997


  • Kaufmann, M. & Böhm-Beck, M. 2013. Gambierdiscus and related benthic dinoflagellates from Madeira archipelago (NE Atlantic). Harmful Algae News 47: 18-19
  • Brotas, V., Brewin, R.J.W., Sá, C., Brito, A., Silva, A., Mendes, C.R., Diniz, T., Kaufmann, M., Tarran, G., Groom, S.B., Platt, T., Sathyendranath, S. (2013) Deriving phytoplankton size classes from satellite data: validation along a trophic gradient in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean. Remote Sensing of Environment, 134: 66-77
  • Alves, F., Quérouil, S., Dinis, A., Nicolau, C., Ribeiro, C., Freitas, L., Kaufmann, M. and Fortuna, C. (2013) Population structure of short-finned pilot whales in the oceanic archipelago of Madeira based on photo-identification and genetic analyses: implications for conservation. Aquatic Conserv: Mar. Freshw. Ecosyst. 23: 758-776
  • Wahl, M., Link, H., Alexandridis, N., Thomason, J.C., Cifuentes, M., Costello, M.J., da Gama B.A.P., Hillock, K., Hobday, A.J., Kaufmann, M.J., Keller, S., Kraufvelin, P., Krüger, I., Lauterbach, L., Antunes, B.L., Molis, M., Nakaoka, M., Nyström, J., bin Radzi, Z., Stockhausen, B., Thiel, M., Vance, T., Weseloh, A., Whittle, M., Wiesmann, L., Wunderer, L., Yamakita, T., Lenz, M. (2011) Re-Structuring of Marine Communities Exposed to Environmental Change: A Global Study on the Interactive Effects of Species and Functional Richness. PLoS ONE 6(5): e19514. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019514
  • Peine, F., Turnewitsch, R., Mohn, C., Reichelt, T., Springer, B. & Kaufmann, M. (2009) The importance of tides for sediment dynamics in the deep sea – Evidence from the particulate-matter tracer 234 Th in deep-sea environments with different tidal forcing. Deep Sea Research I, 56: 1182-1202
  • Canning-Clode J., Kaufmann M., Molis M., Lenz M., Wahl M. 2008. Influence of disturbance and nutrient enrichment on early successional fouling communities in an oligotrophic marine system. Marine Ecology 29: 115-124

Research Experience

  • Participation in 10 oceanographic research cruises (from 12 to 36 days duration) investigating the role of seamounts and islands (NE-Atlantic and Mediterranean) on distribution of phytoplankton communities
  • Partner in the transnational cooperation programme Madeira-Azores-Canary Islands 2007-2013, project GESMAR (Sustainable management of marine resources) studying ecological aspects of a seagrass meadow, contract PCT-MAC 2007-2013/MAC/2/C068
  • Principal investigator of the research and demonstration project “Rocky intertidal oceanography: an association between ecology and nearshore oceanography”. Ciência Viva, Portuguese Ministry of Science and Higher Education, contract CV/PVI/871
  • Participation as a partner and host institution in the international research and training program in marine experimental ecology GAME (Global Approach by Modular Experiments) co-ordinated by Prof. Dr. Martin Wahl, Leibniz-Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Kiel, Germany (

Teaching Experience

  • Assistant professor, Lectures and practical courses – undergraduate level – in Marine Biology and Oceanography, Botany (part algae), Zoology (part marine invertebrates), Introduction to Biology (partial; non-majors), Molecular Cell Biology (part of practical course), Island Ecosystems (partial), How to create a sustainable planet (partial; non-majors)
    Marine Habitats, Ecology of populations and communities I & II, Biodiversity, Community Ecology – MSc-level
  • Supervision of undergraduate students in their final year project; supervision of 2 master-theses and 4 PhD-students (2 supervisor, 2 co-supervisor)
  • Host and lecturer of the Marine Biology course of the University of Innsbruck, Austria, at Madeira Island, 3 editions




  • Invited lecturer – Coccolithophores (prymnesiophytes), advanced (postgraduate level) course on Marine Protists – Taxonomy and cultivation, German Centre for Marine Biodiversity, List/Sylt, Germany
July 2004
  • Teaching assistant in undergraduate courses on Marine Biology, Aquaculture, Ecology, Island Biology, Botany (Phycology), Biosystematics, Univ. Madeira, Portugal
  • Tutor in practical course on Marine Zoology, Univ. Kiel, Germany
  • Tutor in practical course on Animal Physiology, Univ. Würzburg, Germany

Professional Development

  • Participation in the 2nd International Phytoplankton Identification Workshop at the Marine Biological Association Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • Participation in the course “Taxonomy and cultivation of marine phytoplankton” organized by the Biologische Anstalt Helgoland, Waddensea Station List/Sylt, Germany


  • Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research of Madeira (CIIMAR-Madeira), private, non-profit association, Director (2010-2013, 2013-2016)
  • Associated researcher of the Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, Univ. Porto, Portugal
  • Portuguese Professional Biologists Association (OBio); 2005-2011 2 terms as directors board member of the regional council of Madeira
  • Full member of the Marine Biology Association of the United Kingdom


  • Taxonomy and ecology of phytoplankton around islands and seamounts
  • Harmful algae bloom species in Madeira Archipelago
  • Marine ecology of coastal habitats (rocky reefs, seagrass meadows)
  • SCUBA diving with >1000 dives
  • Languages: German: mother tongue; English: excellent reading, writing and verbal skills; Portuguese: excellent reading, writing and verbal skills; Spanish: basic reading skills; French: basic reading skills
  • Biological oceanography techniques: Light microscopy and microscopic photography, morphometric techniques for phytoplankton measurements, scanning electron microscopy, picoplankton assessment by flow cytometry
  • Chemical oceanography techniques: Basic water quality assessment, dissolved mineral nutrient analysis in seawater, phytopigment analysis with High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)


Physical oceanography techniques: Preparation, employment of CTD/Rosette equipment, processing and analysis of CTD-data, experience with employment, retrieving and data analysis of temperature and light (PAR) data loggers