Meike Stumpp, PhD

Research Interests

I am a marine eco-physiologist with a special interest in the physiology of echinoderm and early deuterostome larvae. In times of rapid climate change, I aim at identifying key physiological mechanisms, that make early deuterostome larvae sensitive or robust to environmental change. Beside calcification, gastric pH regulation and digestion of food were recently identified to be other physiological processes in sea urchin larvae that react highly sensitive to environmental change, such as seawater acidification. At the moment, my research is focussed on the mechanistic basis underlying gastric pH regulation in early deuterostome larvae to understand how environmental change influences larval physiology and how it may shape the future of these ecologically and economically important organisms.

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  1. Stumpp, M.*; Hu, M.Y.*; Casties, I.; Saborowski, R.; Bleich, M.; Melzner, F.; Dupont, S. (2013) Ocean acidification impairs digestion in sea urchin larvae. Nature Climate Change DOI 10.1038/nclimate2028 * authors contributed equally to this work (Impact Factor: 14.472)
  2. Holtmann, W.C.; Stumpp, M.; Gutowska, M.A.; Syré, S.; Himmerkus, N.; Melzner, F.; Bleich, M. (2013): Maintenance of coelomic fluid pH in sea urchins exposed to elevated CO2: the role of body cavity epithelia and stereom dissolution. Marine Biology. DOI 10.1007/s00227-013-2257-x (Impact Factor: 2.468)
  3. Hu, M.Y.; Lee, J.-R.; Lin, L.-Y.; Shih, T.-H.; Stumpp, M.; Lee, M.-F.; Hwang, P.-P.; Tseng Y.-C. (2013): Development in a naturally acidified environment: Na+/H+-exchanger 3-based proton secretion leads to CO2 tolerance in cephalopod embryos. Frontiers in Zoology DOI DOI:10.1186/1742-9994-10-51. (Impact Factor: 4.46)
  4. Tseng, Y.-C.*; Hu, M.Y.*; Stumpp, M.; Lin, L.-Y.; Melzner, F.; Hwang, P.-P. (2013): CO2-driven seawater acidification differentially affects development and molecular plasticity along life history of fish (Oryzias latipes). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A (in press), * authors contributed equally to this work (Impact Factor 2.167)
  5. Stumpp, M.*; Hu, M.Y.*; Melzner, F.; Dorey, N.; Himmerkus, N.; Gutowska, M.A.; Holtmann, W.C.; Dupont, S.; Thorndyke, M.C.; Bleich, M. (2012): Acidified seawater impacts sea urchin larval pH regulatory systems relevant for calcification. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A. 109: 18192-18197, *authors contributed equally to this work (Impact Factor: 9.737)
  6. Stumpp, M.; Trübenbach, K.; Brennecke, D.; Hu, M. Y.; Melzner, F. (2012) Resource allocation and extracellular acid-base status in the sea urchin Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis in response to CO2 induced seawater acidification. Aquatic Toxicology 110-111: 194-207 (Impact Factor: 3.730)
  7. Dupont, S.; Dorey, N.; Stumpp, M.; Melzner, F.; Thorndyke, M. (2012): Long term and trans life-cycle effects of exposure to ocean acidification in the green sea urchin. Marine Biology (Special Issue) 10.1007/s00227-012-1921-x (Impact Factor: 2.468)
  8. Stumpp, M. ; Wren, J.; Melzner, F. ; Thorndyke, M.C. ; Dupont, S. (2011) CO2 induced seawater acidification impacts sea urchin larval development I: elevated metabolic rates decrease scope for growth and induce developmental delay. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 160 (3) 331-340 (Impact Factor: 2.167)
  9. Stumpp, M.; Dupont, S.; Thorndyke, M.C.; Melzner, F. (2011) CO2 induced seawater acidification impacts sea urchin larval development II: developmental delay influences the interpretation of gene expression patterns. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 160 (3) 320-330 (Impact Factor: 2.167)
  10. Hu, M.Y.; Tseng, Y.-C.; Stumpp, M.; Gutowska, M.; Kiko, R.; Lucassen, M.; Melzner, F. (2011) Elevated seawater pCO2 differentially affects branchial acid-base transporters over the course of development in the cephalopod Sepia officinalis. American Journal of Physiology Regulatory and Integrative Physiology 300 (5) R1100-R1114 (Impact Factor: 3.284)
  11. Laakmann, S.; Stumpp, M.; Auel, H. (2009): Vertical distribution and dietary preferences of deep-sea copepods (Euchaetidae and Aetideidae; Calanoida) in the vicinity of the Antarctic Polar Front; Polar Biology 32: 679-689 (Impact Factor: 2.006)


  • Dr. rer. nat. (equivalent to Ph.D.). Animal Physiology, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany. (2011)
  • Dipl. Biol. (equivalent to MSc.). Biology (Major: Marine Biology, minors: Zoology, Biochemistry) University of Bremen, Germany. (2008)


  • 2013/02-today : Post-Doc, Institute of Cellular and Organismic Biology, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2011/10-2012/09 : Post-Doc, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Sven Loven Centre for Marine Research, Kristineberg, Sweden
  • 2011/03-2011/08 : Scientist at the Physiological Institute, Medical Faculty, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany
  • 2008/03-2011/02 : Scientist (PhD student) within the DFG Excellence Cluster “Future Ocean”, research group A1 ‘Ocean acidification’, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR), Germany
  • 2002/10-2008/01 : Scientific student assistant in the department of Marine Zoology, Scientific student assistant on the research cruise Ant XXIII/5 on “Polarstern” (04-06/2006), Bremen University, Germany

 Honors & Awards

  • 2014/01 : Alexander van Humboldt Post-Doc Fellowship
  • 2013/02 : Academia Sinica Post-Doc Fellowship
  • 2011/10 : Kungliga Vetenskapsakademien Post-Doc Fellowship
  • 2009/10 : Poster prize European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) workshop “Evo-Devo meets marine ecology: new frontiers in ocean science through integrative biology” Sant’Angelo D’Ischia (Naples, Italy)