Professor Dr. Wolfgang Stein

Alfried Krupp Senior Fellow
(October 2021 - September 2022) 

  • Studied biology at the University of Kaiserslautern
  • Research assistant at Bielefeld University and Ulm University
  • Professor for Neurophysiology, School of Biological Sciences, Illinois State University, Normal, USA

Fellow project: The Neurophysiology of Global Ocean Change

Climate change has led to an unprecedented increase in ocean temperature and extreme heat periods. Decapod crustaceans, such as crabs and lobsters, are keystone species with massive impact on coastal ecosystems, and live in the most affected habitats. However, we know very little about how the crustacean nervous system, as the ultimate driver of their behavior, copes with climate change. My project tests how adaptive the crustacean nervous system is to changing temperature conditions. Together with the RESPONSE/ECRA programs in Greifswald, I will use neurophysiological recordings in invasive crabs from various European temperature habitats, including the Baltic Sea. A 2nd aim is to test how genetic diversity affects the response of nervous systems to climate change, using a highly invasive crayfish species of genetic clones. The project will provide a unique perspective on the impact of climate change on decapod crustaceans, and help us understand how abiotic factors alter nervous system functioning.