Doctor Julian Gutt
Dr. Julian Gutt has been involved in polar ecological research since approximately 30 years. Embedded in the AWI-department "Benthic-Pelagic Processes" his research is mainly focused on polar benthic communities. In the past years these dealt especially with various kinds of response of the marine ecosystem to environmental changes within a general ecological context. He analysed the effect of disturbance of grounding icebergs on the diversity and functioning of benthic system and the impact of climate-induced disintegration of ice-shelves in the Antarctic. Modelling approaches, field surveys and the use of non-invasive imaging methods play an important role.
Gutt is also an associate professor at the Oldenburg University since 2001 and has participated in more than 11 Antarctic cruises on board of the German research icebreaker "Polarstern". Gutt was and is involved in a number of national and international committees, such as various SCAR initiatives, including the Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment (ACCE) report, the Census of Antarctic Marine Life (CAML), and nature conservation initiatives. He will soon become the chair of SCAR's biology programme "Antarctic Thresholds - Ecosystem Resilience and Adaptation" (AnT-ERA). Julian Gutt has also a considerable record of outreach activities ranging from book and newspaper articles to contributions to TV productions.