Ruth at Lab


  Dr. Ruth Böttger-Schnack

  Born 1952 in Hamburg
  Married, two children

  Living in Rastorf-Rosenfeld
  (a small village south of Kiel)

  Schleswig-Holstein, Germany



Scientific interests

Biological Oceanography, Zooplankton ecology, taxonomy

Special subjects: marine planktonic microcopepods, taxonomy of Oncaeidae (Copepoda)

Research activities (since 1979)

Third-party funded research projects [German Ministry of Research and Technology (BMFT), German Research Foundation (DFG)]

Research cruises: RV Meteor: Upwelling area off NW Africa; RV Friedrich Heincke: Sargasso Sea; RV Sonne: Red Sea

Previous affiliations: University of Hamburg; Biological Station Heligoland (BAH), Hamburg; Institute for Marine Research (Institut für Meereskunde IfM) Kiel; IFM-Geomar Kiel; University of Bremen; BIOLAB Research Institute Hohenweststedt; DZMB-Senckenberg, German Centre for Marine Biodiversity Research.

Guest researcher at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (FB2)

Private research lab for taxonomical work


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Meeresforschung (DGM) (German Society for Marine Research)

World Association of Copepodologists (WAC), Member of Executive Council 1993-1999

World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), Taxonomic Editor for Oncaeidae (since 2008)


The Monoculus Award from the World Association of Copepodologists, 2022

University education

Zoology, Botany, Hydrobiology and Fisheries Science, Univ. Marburg and Hamburg


1979 Diploma at Univ. Hamburg, Diploma thesis: "Untersuchungen über das Zooplankton der Schlei im Hinblick auf das Nahrungsangebot für Heringslarven im Frühjahr" (Studies on the zooplankton in the Schlei Fjord with regard to the food supply for herring larvae in spring)

1985 Doctorate (Dr. rer.nat.) at Univ. Hamburg, Doctoral thesis: "Untersuchungen zur Verteilung der kleinen Metazoa im Plankton des Roten Meeres unter besonderer Berücksichtigung cyclopoider und harpacticoider Copepoden" (Studies on the distribution of small metazoa in the plankton of the Red Sea with special reference to cyclopoid and harpacticoid copepods)