Bernd Blasius

Professor for Mathematical Modelling

ICBM, University Oldenburg


Bernd Blasius is a professor for Mathematical Modelling at the University of Oldenburg. He is also a founding member of the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB).

Bernd Blasius works at the theoretical description of complex living systems at the interface of theoretical ecology and applied mathematics. Using modern tools from statistical physics, complex networks, dynamical systems theory and data science, he aims to obtain fundamental insights into the organization of living systems, but he is also concerned with the application of such concepts to specific biological systems and tangible applications.

Major research activities include such diverse fields as population dynamics and species interactions in spatially extended environments, biodiversity, bioinvasion and epidemic spread, evolution and adaptation, animal navigation and search strategies, origins of life, microbiology, and marine biogeochemistry.


Most important scientific contributions (together with co-authors):

Recent Posts

3rd Stanislaw Lem Workshop on Biodiversity and Evolution

The next iteration of our notorious series of Stanislaw Lem Workshops, March 6-9, 2023 at the WasserCluster Lunz, Austria

Project on Movement Ecology extended for a second phase

Our Collaborative Research Centre on ‘Magnetoreception and Navigation in Vertebrates’ has been extended for a seond phase

Story behind the paper: The enigmatic persistence of dissolved organic matter in the oceans

Why complex systems theory might help to better understand one of the most mysterious carbon pools in the earth system

Story behind the paper: Optimal stock-enhancement of a spatially distributed renewable resource

When the watering can principle is not a good idea to manage your ecosystem

Cell shape: the soul of phytoplankton

Top Story in HIFMB News letter 02/21 on phytoplankton cell shapes



Theoretical Ecology, Biodiversity and trait-based modelling


Bioinvasion and global transportation networks

Marine Microbiome

Complex systems theory of dissolved organic matter

Movement Ecology

Linking magnetic and other orientation cues to global migration patterns


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