Dr. Kai Lohbeck

Research interest

My research focuses on the interplay of ecological and evolutionary processes in eukaryotic algae and viruses. By using experimental evolution, I aim to advance our understanding of how environmental complexity affects the pace and trajectory of rapid adaptation to changing environments.

since 2018 Postdoc at the University of Konstanz, Germany
2018 Scientist support and academic partner relations for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Foundation, Germany
2017-2018 Parental leave
2015-2017  Postdoc at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden
2013-2015 Postdoc at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
2013 PhD in Evolutionary Biology from Kiel University, Germany

PhD student at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany


Diploma in Biology from Kiel University, Germany


Student at the Universities of Marburg and Kiel, Germany, and the University    Centre in Svalbard, Norway

Publication list

Zhang, Y., L. T. Bach, K. T. Lohbeck, K. G. Schulz, L. Listmann, R. Klapper, and U. Riebesell. 2018. Population-Specific Responses in Physiological Rates of Emiliania huxleyi to a Broad CO2 Range. Biogeosciences 15:3691–3701. DOI 10.5194/bg-15-3691-2018.

Bach, L. T., K. T. Lohbeck, T. B. H. Reusch, and U. Riebesell. 2018. Rapid Evolution of Highly Variable Competitive Abilities in a Key Phytoplankton Species. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2:611-613. DOI 10.1038/s41559-018-0474-x.

Schlüter, L., K. T. Lohbeck, J. P. Gröger, U. Riebesell, and T. B. H. Reusch. 2016. Long-term dynamics of adaptive evolution in a globally important phytoplankton species to ocean acidification Science Advances 2:e1501660 DOI 10.1126/sciadv.1501660.

Scheinin, M., U. Riebesell, T. A. Rynearson, K. T. Lohbeck, and S. Collins. 2015. Experimental evolution gone wild. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 12:20150056. DOI 10.1098/rsif.2015.0056

Schlüter, L., K. T. Lohbeck, M. A. Gutowska, J. P. Gröger, U. Riebesell, and T. B. H. Reusch. 2014. Adaptation of a globally important coccolithophore to ocean warming and acidification. Nature Climate Change 4:1024–1030. DOI 10.1038/nclimate2379

Zhang, Y., R. Klapper, K. T. Lohbeck, L. T. Bach, K. G. Schulz, T. B. H. Reusch, and U. Riebesell. 2014. Between- and within-population variations in thermal reaction norms of the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi. Limnology and Oceanography 59:1570-1580. DOI 10.4319/lo.2014.59.5.1570

Krueger-Hadfield, S. A., C. Balestreri, J. Schroeder, A. Highfield, P. Helaouët, J. Allum, R. Moate, K. T. Lohbeck, P. I. Miller, U. Riebesell, T. B. H. Reusch, R. E. M. Rickaby, J. Young, G. Hallegraeff, C. Brownlee, and D. C. Schroeder. 2014. Genotyping an Emiliania huxleyi (prymnesiophyceae) bloom event in the North Sea reveals evidence of asexual reproduction. Biogeosciences 11:5215-5234. DOI 10.5194/bg-11-5215-2014

Pescheck, F., K. T. Lohbeck, M. Y. Roleda, and W. Bilger. 2014. UVB-induced DNA and photosystem II damage in two intertidal green macroalgae: Distinct survival strategies in UV-screening and non-screening Chlorophyta. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology 132:85-93. DOI 10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2014.02.006

Lohbeck, K. T., U. Riebesell, and T. B. H. Reusch. 2014. Gene expression changes in the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi after 500 generations of selection to ocean acidification. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281:20140003. DOI 10.1098/rspb.2014.0003

Lohbeck, K. T., U. Riebesell, S. Collins, and T. B. H. Reusch. 2013. Functional Genetic Divergence In High CO2 Adapted Emiliania huxleyi Populations. Evolution 67:1892-1900. DOI 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2012.01812.x

Lohbeck, K. T., U. Riebesell, and T. B. H. Reusch. 2012. Adaptive evolution of a key phytoplankton species to ocean acidification. Nature Geoscience 5:346-351. DOI 10.1038/ngeo1441