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Kara E. Engelhardt

Marine Holobiomics Lab

Department of Animal Ecology & Systematics
Justus Liebig University
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32 IFZ
D-35392 Giessen
Phone: +49 (0) 641 99-35733
Fax: +49 (0) 641 99-35709


Fields of interest/focus of work

  • Global change and the impact on tropical coral reefs

  • Biodiversity and productivity interactions

  • Combined impact of biotic and abiotic effects on Scleractinia, Alcyonacea and Macroalgae

  • Competition on benthic tropical reef communities


Scientific career

  • since 2020: Ph.D. student at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
  • 2017-2019: Postgraduate student (MSc Biology), Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany;  Master thesis: “Feeding ecology of long-tailed ducks (Clangula hyemalis) using molecular diet analyses”
  • 2014-2017: Undergraduate student (BSc Biology), Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany



  • Ph.D. scholarship from “Heinrich-Böll Stiftung” (since 2020)

  • Ph.D. preparatory Scholarship 2019 (Justus Liebig University); Project: “Galaxea as coral model organism”

  • DAAD Promos scholarship for an internship in Colombia, Isla del Rosario; coral restoration and coral spawning