Heike Lotze is a marine ecologist with strong interest in human alterations of marine species, communities, and ecosystems. Her research tries to disentangle the effects of eutrophication, exploitation, habitat alteration, pollution and climate change on marine species, ecosystem structure and function. Dr. Lotze combines experimental field and laboratory studies with field and literature surveys to understand the causes and consequences of ecological changes in marine benthic communities. She further studies long-term historical changes and human impacts in coastal ecosystems by integrating data from paleontology, archaeology, history, fisheries, and ecology. Other research interests concern biodiversity patterns in the global ocean, their temporal and spatial changes, and the linkages between marine biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services. Her work is aimed at improving marine conservation and management.
Keywords: multiple human impacts, marine diversity, ecosystem structure and function, historical ecology, conservation and management
Dr. Heike K. Lotze
Biology Department, Dalhousie University , Halifax , NS B3H 4J1