Stefan Thiele

Postdoctoral Associate



B.Sc. in Biology of Organisms; University of Osnabrück, Germany; 2007

M.Sc. in Biology of Cells; University of Osnabrück and Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen, Germany; 2009

PhD in Marine Microbiology; Max Planck Institute of Marine Microbiology and University of Bremen, Germany; 2013

Postdoctoral fellow at Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples, Italy; 2014 - 2015

Postdoctoral fellow at MIT, USA; 2015-present


Research Interests

Trained in microbial ecology, I’m interested in microbial communities and their ecological function in diverse and changing marine environments. That means, bacterial and archaeal, but also eukaryotic nano- and picoplankton communities, and their interactions in and with the environments are part on my research.

Recently, I’m focusing on one of the main steps of the microbial loop, an overarching expression for many microbial interaction, the predation of eukaryotic nano- and picoplankton on bacteria. Therefore, I’m using different Vibrio strains exposed to predators to investigate their strategies of predation avoidance. The main focus lays on so called chemorepellents, chemicals, but also cell surface structures, used to avoid predation. These repellents will provide the strains with advantages towards the impact of the predation pressure and result in ecological and evolutionary impacts on the strains and the microbial community.