Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Kristina Beck

Dr. Kristina Beck

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My research focuses on the effect of climate change on cold-water corals. I study the physiological response of different cold-water coral species to environmental changes under controlled conditions in aquarium experiments and in situ under natural environmental variability. I am also interested to better understand how the geochemical signals of coral skeletons are related to their skeletal structure and environmental conditions.

I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh, conducting a long-term multiple stressor experiment with the cold-water coral Desmophyllum pertusum (syn. Lophelia pertusa) at the St Abbs Marine Station. In this experiment I am investigating the combined effects of ocean acidification, warming, deoxygenation and reduced food availability on the physiology of live corals and the dissolution of dead coral skeletons.



PhD, University of Bremen, Germany (2019-2022)

MSc Marine Biology, University of Bremen, Germany (2015-2018)

BSc Biology, University of Bremen, Germany (2012-2015)



Wall M, Beck KK, Garcia-Herrera N, Schmidt-Grieb GM, Laudien J, Höfer J, Försterra G, Held C, Nehrke G, Woll M, Graeve M & Richter C (2023), Trophic relationships and energetic trade-offs of the cold-water coral Desmophyllum dianthus under optimal and limiting conditions revealed by fatty acid trophic markers, Functional Ecology.

Beck KK, Nierste J, Schmidt-Grieb GM, Lüdtke E, Naab C, Held C, Nehrke G, Steinhoefel G, Laudien J, Richter C & Wall M (2023), Ontogenetic differences of the cold-water coral Caryophyllia huinayensis in response to ocean acidification, warming and food availability. Science of The Total Environment, 165565, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.165565.

Steinhoefel G, Beck KK, Benthien A, Richter K-U, Schmidt-Grieb GM & Bijma J (2023), Matrix-independent boron isotope analysis of silicate and carbonate reference materials by ultraviolet femtosecond laser ablation multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry with application to the cold-water coral Desmophyllum dianthus. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 37, e9508, doi: 10.1002/rcm.9508.

Beck KK, Schmidt-Grieb GM, Laudien J, Försterra G, Häussermann V, González HE, Espinoza JP, Richter C & Wall M (2022), Environmental stability and phenotypic plasticity benefit the cold-water coral Desmophyllum dianthus in an acidified fjord, Communications Biology, 5:683, doi: 10.1038/s42003-022-03622-3.