Dennis Brennecke

Dennis Brennecke

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Dennis Brennecke is a researcher at Kiel Science Factory,, which belongs to the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education. There, he is the head of the “ocean: lab” and is part of the EU citizen science project “Plastic Pirates – Go Europe!”. At the same time, he is also enrolled as a doctoral candidate through the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover, Foundation, and the University of Southern Denmark.  

Dennis graduated with a BSc in biology at the University of Rostock and completed his MSc in biological oceanography at GEOMAR – Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel. In 2014, he received an Erasmus grant to work in the Canning-Clode Marine Lab on Madeira Island, Portugal.

Since 2015 he is working in a school lab named Kiel Science Factory, where he became the coordinator for the EU funded Horizon 2020 project MARINE MAMMALS from 2016-2019. The project has been recently awarded the 2020 ASCOBANS Outreach and Education Award.  

Dennis has contributed to promoting science to thousands of school children and thereby created public awareness to achieve a better understanding of the need to conserve the environment.

Main Research Interests

Marine mammals; marine and riverine litter; citizen science, marine conservation; climate change; stress ecology; experimental ecology; marine ecology; modular experiments; unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), biological Oceanography; aquatic ecosystems; benthic Ecology; ocean acidification

MARE Research Groups

Coastal Systems and Ocean

MARE Thematic Line(s)

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning
Environmental Risk