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Kiessling, Tim

Tim Kiessling

Chemistry Education


phone +49-(0)431-880- 5913
address Am Botanischen Garten 16i, 24118 Kiel


2018-2021 Doctorate at Kiel University
2011 - 2013 Master of Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the University of the Algarve (Portugal) and the University of Oviedo (Spain)
2007 - 2011 Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Bremen

Professional Activity

since 2017 Research assistant at Kiel Science Factory (Kieler Forschungswerkstatt)/IPN
2014 - 2017 Research assistant in the BEDIM lab at the University Católica del Norte (Chile)

Research Interests

Marine and riverine pollution by plastic litter
Citizen science

Current Projects

Kiel Science Factory
Plastic Pirates - Go Europe
Working group "citizen science in schools"
Working group Climate protection and sustainability (KliN@IPN)
Developing Citizen Science-Lab

Selected Publications

Kiessling, T., Knickmeier, K., Kruse, K., Gatta-Rosemary, M., Nauendorf, A., Brennecke, D., Thiel, L., Wichels, M., Parchmann, I., Körtzinger, A., Thiel, M., 2021. Schoolchildren discover hotspots of floating plastic litter in rivers using a large-scale collaborative approach. Science of The Total Environment, 147849
Kiessling, T., Knickmeier, K., Kruse, K., Brennecke, D., Nauendorf, A., Thiel, M., 2019. Plastic Pirates sample litter at rivers in Germany - riverside litter and litter sources estimated by schoolchildren. Environmental Pollution 245:545 – 557.
Kiessling, T., Salas, S., Mutafoglu, K., Thiel, M., 2017. Who cares about dirty beaches? Evaluating environmental awareness and action on coastal litter in Chile. Ocean & Coastal Management 137:82-95.
Thiel, M., Hong, S., Jambeck, J., […], Kiessling, T. et al., 2017. Marine litter – bringing together citizen scientists from around the world in Citizen Science for Coastal and Marine Conservation (Routledge, Eds. Cigliano JA, Ballard HL).
Kiessling, T., Gutow, L., Thiel, M., 2015: Marine litter as habitat and dispersal vector. In Marine Anthropogenic Litter (Springer, Eds. Bergmann M, Gutow L, Klages M).