Malte Ostendarp

Past members

VSRP Student

Research Interests

My research currently focuses on identifying antagonistic factors to improve coral holobiont health thereby potentially preventing coral bleaching. I am especially interested in factors affecting nitrogen pathways like nitrogen fixation and denitrification. To study a potential beneficial effect of these factors, I am investigating the coral holobiont as well as the 
coral physiology under temperature stress.

Selected Publications

  • Ostendarp M., Plewka J., Flathmann J., Tilstra A., El-Khaled Y.C., Wild C. (2022) Complete and rapid regeneration of fragments from the upside-down jellyfish Cassiopea. Front. Mar. Sci. 9:949233. DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2022.949233


  • 2018 - 2021 B.Sc. Biology, University of Bremen
  • 2021 - Present M.Sc. Marine Biology incl. International Studies in Tropical Aquatic Ecology (ISATEC)

KAUST Affiliations

Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)

Non-KAUST Affiliations

University of Bremen (Germany)

Research Interests Keywords

Coral ecology Coral Physiology Nitrogen Cycling Ocean warming Resilience Cassiopea sp.