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Hannes Pulch

Hannes Pulch

Ph.D. student

Doctoral student: B1.14: TROPICAL MARINE ECOSYSTEMS: DIVERSITY AND DYNAMICS OF CORAL REEF ECOSYSTEMS AND REEF-ASSOCIATED FISH ASSEMBLAGES  (as of July 2011)

Collaborator: A4.2: TROPICAL MARINE ECOSYSTEMS - RECONSTRUCTING RE-COLONIZATION PATTERNS AND PROCESSES IN THE RED SEA BASIN (2008-2011)

Research interests
Ecology of reef fishes, population genetics and conservation genetics

Working title PHD: Sustainable conservation strategies for reef fish populations under climate change

My work forms part of the transdisciplinary work group Tropical Marine Systems (TMS) and contributes biological baseline data to the Project Group F5 (Phase I) and F2 (Phase II, planned).

Coral reefs are biologically very diverse and productive ecosystems. They are critical ecosystems in terms of species conservation and as a source of provisioning ecosystem services for the coastal human population. The accelerating threat of unsustainable resource exploitation in combination with habitat and community shifts caused by climate change has to be responded by suitable networks of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). In my work I focus on reef fish populations of Socotra Island, Yemen, building upon the results of my MSc thesis the ongoing research of the coastal fish communities by Uwe Zajonz. Genetic data (sequences, microstalleite primers) of selected model species are shared with Dr. Tilman Alpermann of Project A4.2.
I study the distribution and ecological niches of selected model species in correlation with patterns of genetic population connectivity along the existing scheme of MPAs on Socotra. In collaboration with the PhD project of Maren Ziegler potential impacts of climate change on the distribution and area of critical benthic biotopes will be modeled. The ultimate study aim is to evaluate the existing system of MPAs concerning its suitability to maintain viable populations of rare, vulnerable, and exploited species in the future, incorporating genetic and ecological data. The results are expected to contribute to conservation management recommendations, which are elaborated by a corresponding project (F5.1) in Project Area F.

Short CV
Since 2010
 Scientific Assistant at BiK-F
2010 Diploma (MSc) in Biology at BiK-F, Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Markus Pfenninger
2003-2010 Studies of Biology at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University Frankfurt

Publications and reports
ZAJONZ, U., KLAUS, R., PULCH, H., LAVERGNE, E., NASEEB, F., ZIEGLER, M., ALPERMANN, T., GOERRES, M. & KRUPP, F. (2011, unpubl. report). Socotra Research Projects. Summary Progress Report 2009-2010 to the Environment Protection Authority and the Ministry of Water and Environment of the Republic of Yemen. Tropical Marine Ecosystems Group. 40 pp. + 1 Annex. Biodiversität und Klima Forschungszentrum und Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

PULCH, H., PFENNINGER, M. & U. ZAJONZ (2010). Connectivity of Dottyback Populations (Perciformes; Pseudochromidae) around Socotra Island (Yemen); Poster ICRS Conference 2010 Wageningen

PULCH, H. (2010). Autökologie und Populationsbiologie des endemischen Zwergbarsches Pseudochromis „sp.“ (Perciformes: Pseudochromidae) vom Sokotra-Archipel; Diploma thesis (MSc), Frankfurt 2010 [

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