Dr Meiners is a sea ice ecologist working at ACE and the Australian Antarctic Division. He is leading the “Sea ice zone productivity” project in ACE CRC’s Ecosystem Impacts program linking understanding of sea ice physics and ecology.
Klaus received his PhD in biological oceanography from Kiel University (Germany) in 2002, and in 2003/2004 worked as a postdoc at Yale University’s Institute of Biospheric Studies and Department of Geology and Geophysics in Connecticut (USA). Klaus’s main research interests are physical and biological interactions in the Antarctic sea-ice zone with a focus on sea-ice algal ecology and primary production. Klaus has a keen interest in sea ice zone ecosystem function and has participated in various polar research expeditions. His current research centers on primary production and fate of sea ice algae, sea ice dissolved and particulate carbon dynamics and bio-optical methods to measure ice algal biomass on medium-large scales.