Dr. Vreni Häussermann

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Facultad de Recursos Naturales
Escuela de Ciencias del Mar
Avda. Brasil 2950

Valparaíso, Chile

Postal Address: 
Casilla 1150 – Puerto Montt, Chile.

Phone: +56-65-2280368 (Puerto Montt), +56-65-2972147 (Huinay)
Fax: +56-65-2280368

Vreni Häussermann is a marine biologist. Since 2003 she is the director of Huinay Scientific Field Station. Under her direction Huinay Scientific Field Station has become one of the most active and productive research facilities of Chilean Patagonia with more than 100 publications up to date. She is promoting and carrying out multi-disciplinary research that is needed to facilitate conservation and sustainable resource management in this region. She is dedicated to baseline research projects such as species inventories and studies of patterns in biological diversity through space and time. Her research topics include benthic invertebrates, especially anthozoans (cold-water corals and sea anemones), fjord regions and marine protected areas. In 2009, together with Gunter Försterra she edited and published the first comprehensive taxonomic field guide of marine benthic invertebrates of Chilean Patagonia, the first marine field guide for multiple groups of organisms in the fjord region. She was principal investigator in seven research projects (Fondecyt, Conicyt, Pew Charitable Trust and PADI Foundation) dealing with the zoogeography of Chilean Patagonia, the ecology of cold-water corals, and the design of a network of marine protected areas for Chilean Patagonia, respectively, and co-investigator on four further projects (Fondecyt, Conicyt, Waitt Foundation, OBIS). Vreni Häussermann has co-authored more than 50 scientific publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and presented more than 70 talks and posters at national and international conferences. Together with Gunter Försterra, she has organized and led 31 scientific sampling expeditions with up to 11 scientists to remote areas of Chilean Patagonia. Since 2006 she has been counselling the Chilean government concerning sustainable use of the marine resources and marine protected areas. In 2006, her team developed and submitted a proposal for a marine protected area (MPA) in two fjords with unique cold-water coral banks. In 2016, they will present a proposal for a network of MPAs for Chilean Patagonia to the Chilean government. She has contributed to international initiatives such as the Census of Marine Life, the Discover Life program, Mission Blue and Google Ocean. Her work is documented in numerous television and newspaper reports, and a travelling exhibition on marine biodiversity of the Chilean fjord region.

Most recent update: 19th of May 2015


Director of Huinay Scientific Field Station (


May 2004:             Defense of the PhD Project, grade of PhD thesis and defense: “summa cum laude”

Nov. 02-Jan. 04:    Visiting scientist at the Universidad Austral de Chile (UACH)

Sept. 00-Oct. 02:   Ph.D. project at the Zoologische Staatssammlung München (ZSM)

Aug. 99-Aug. 00:   Visiting scholar in the laboratory of Dr. Daphne Fautin at the University of Kansas/USA

Aug. 99-Jan. 04:     PhD project “A novel approach for sampling and description of non-scleractinian Hexacorallia exemplified by Chilean sea anemones”

Oct. 98:                  Diploma (with honours) in biology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität; München; (LMU), Germany; grade[1] 1.0 obtaining “first class honors”

Oct. 97-Oct. 98:     Diploma thesis “Beiträge zur Aktinienfauna Chiles (Cnidaria: Anthozoa)”  “Contributions to the sea anemone fauna of Chile (Cnidaria: Anthozoa)”

Feb. 97-Sept. 97:    Diploma examinations (ecology, zoology/systematics, botany/systematics, soil science)

Aug. 94-Oct. 95:    One year of integrated studies in marine biology at the Universidad de Concepción / Chile,
with emphasis on marine invertebrates

Nov. 92-Oct. 97:   Hauptstudium Biologie (graduate studies of biology) at the LMU Munich

Nov. 92:                Vordiplom (graduation); subjects: biology, chemistry, physics; grade1 1.2

Oct.90-Nov.92:     Grundstudium Biologie (undergraduate studies of biology) at the LMU Munich

April 90-June 90: Practical training in agriculture and landscape-gardening

Oct. 89 – Mar. 90:  Studies of pharmacy at the LMU Munich

June 89:                 Abitur (University entrance qualification): grade1 1.4

[1] German Grading System: 1.0 (best) – 6.0 (worst)


Aug. 99-Jan. 04:     Defence: May 2004: “A novel approach for sampling and description of non-scleractinian Hexacorallia exemplified by Chilean sea anemones”

Advisor: Prof.:        Dr. Gerhard Haszprunar at Zoologische Staatssammlung München(ZSM), Germany;

Special subject advisor: Dr. Karin Riemann, Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research; Bremerhaven/Germany (AWI), PD Dr. Wolfgang Schäfer, Univesity Erlangen

Support in Chile:    Dr. Wolfgang Stotz Uslar; Universidad Católica del Norte, Sede Coquimbo

*The complete PhD thesis can be downloaded as pdf file from the website of the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University Munich.

AnthozoansIn this project, novel methods and techniques accompanied by conventional procedures are applied to set a new standard for the collection, description and re-description of soft-bodied hexacorals. High abundance and diversity, fragmentary and confusing taxonomy, interesting zoogeography and the urgent need for data for ecological studies made Chilean sea anemones a perfect target group for the novel approach. Applying this approach, some selected species were described resp. re-described (Anemonia alicemartinae, Oulactis concinnata, Phymactis papillosa, Phymanthea pluvia, Actinostola chilensis). In the published papers, the genera with marginal ruff and these with non-adhesive vesicles on the colum as well as the South American Actinostola species were revised. The first colonial anemone Cereus herpetodes was reported. Finally a protocol for sampling, preservation and examination of soft-bodied hexacorals was published.


Oct. 97-Oct. 98:   “Beiträge zur Aktinienfauna Chiles (Cnidaria: Anthozoa)”, “Contributions to the sea anemone fauna of Chile (Cnidaria: Anthozoa)”

Overwiew over the 11 most common Actiniidae in shallow water – sampled during a 6 months expedition along the Chilean coast, together with Dipl. Biol. Günter Försterra

Adviser:                 Dr. Gerhard Haszprunar, ZSM / LMU

Additional advisers: Dr. Karin Riemann, AWI Bremerhaven; Dr. Hajo Schmidt, Universität Heidelberg


Since 2013:           MARXAN analysis for a proposal of a network of MPAs for the Chilean gouvernment

Since 2011:           Member of the SEREMI consulting group for the new ministry of environment

2011:                     Co-organization of three MARXAN workshops in Chile (given by PACMARA)

2006-2009:           Responsible organization and edition of the taxonomic field guide “Marine Benthic Fauna of Chilean Patagonia” (English and Spanish edition)

January 2006:      Proposal for a highly protected marine reserve in the fjords Comau and Reñihué to the Undersecretary of Fisheries, Chile

Since 2005:         Counselling for the Chilean Undersecretary of Fisheries and Chilean NGOs concerning sustainable use and protection of the Chilean fjord region

Since 2005:         Participation in the NaGISA project, co-responsible for the site in the Chilean fjords

Since March 2005:  Bioregionalisation of the Chilean fjord region for a coastal zonification as base for sustainable development and planning of a network of marine protected areas

Since 2004:         Co-foundation of the “Fjord Research Network” (since then visiting of institutions in North America, New Zealand, SE Australia and Scandinavia)

Since 2003:         Announcement, selection and instruction of scientific-technical assistants and interns, supervision of students

Since 2003:         Foundation and leadership of the group of young scientists “Young Anthozoologists“ (first meeting at the Coelenterate Congress in 2003)

Since 2003:         Reviewer for scientific publications on Anthozoa for international journals

Since 2003:         Director of Huinay Scientific Field Station (Direction, establishment and management of a new scientific field station in the Chilean fjords)February 2001   Underwater photo documentation and biodiversity evaluation for the proposal of a marine reserve in South Chile for the Pumalin Foundation

Since 1997:         Curatorial experience (Establishment and management of collections of Chilean Cnidaria; sampling and preservation of invertebrates), free-lance at the ZSM

Since 1997:         Responsible organisation and realisation of 27 sampling expeditions to collect marine benthic fauna all along the Chilean coast and to evaluate marine biodiversity, with focus on the Patagonian fjord region; altogether moran than 20 months; with up to 11 international scientists

1992-2001:         Scientific assistant at different departments and assistant/dive guide during field trips of the LMU Munich (Marine Biology, Ecology, Limnology, Vegetation Science, Soil Science, Entomology)



  • Award for Outstanding Science, Catholic University of Valparaíso, Chile (2014)
  • Pew fellowship in marine conservation (2011)
  • Hintelmann Award for Taxonomic Research (2005)
  • Award “VI Premios Europeos de Medio Ambiente a la Empresa” to Endesa for the success of the Huinay Foundation; Spain, April 2004
  • Winner of the scientific photography contest, Chile (2014)
  • Second prize of the “best cnidarian photos”, International Coelenterate meeting (2013)
  • Best student poster awards: 4th and 5th Annual meeting of the GfBS (2001, 2002)



2015-2018:               Co-investigator of Fondecyt project N° 1150843 “Mass mortalities of cold-water corals in Chilean Patagonia: causes, consequences, recovery and resilience” (245.000US$)

2015-2018:                Co-investigator of Conicyt/BMBF project BMBF20140041 “PlAnkton and cold-water COral ecology in Comau Fjord, Chile” (PACOC) (twice 245.000US$)

2012-2015:               Principal investigator of Fondecyt project Nº 1131039: “Zoogeography of the Chilean fjord region (42ºS – 56ºS) based on selected taxa with  different reproductive and dispersal characteristics ”(285.000US$)

2013-2015:                Principal Chilean investigator of Conicyt-BMBF project Nº PCCI2012-060 for international cooperation: “CARO: Caryophyllia huinayensis in a changing ocean”

U$D 9.860.-             Grant of the PADI Foundation for the project “Geographical and bathymetrical distribution of the azooxanthellate coral banks in the northern Patagonian fjord region and implications for their conservation” (2005)

U$D 2.590.-             Grant of the Universidad Austral de Chile (DID internal projects, together with Alejandro Bravo) for the project “Las Actiniaria y Corallimorpharia de la Bahía de Calfuco, Valdivia: un inventario completo en base de metodología al día” (2005)

U$D 2.400.-             Approx. Grant of the Brasilean gouvernment (PROSUL; project leader Eduardo Hajdu) for the Brasilean-Chilean-Argentinean project “Biogeography of South American sponges and anthozoans” (2005)

U$D 5.145.-             Grant of the PADI Foundation for work on the inventory of Chilean gorgonians (2006)

U$D 5.000.-             Mini-grant from COML for data capture and rescue on marine benthos from the Patagonian fjords,(2009)

U$D 21.000.-           From NaGISA for production of Chilean field guide (2009)

€ 5.000.-                   From BIOPAT for production of Chilean field guide (2009)



  • One year DAAD (German Academic Exchange service) scholarship for integrated studies in a foreign country (IAS) at the Universidad de Concepción (1994/1995)
  • One year DAAD scholarship for Ph.D. studies (HSP III)  at the University of Kansas; Lawrence/Kansas; USA (1999/2000)
  • One year scholarship for Ph.D. studies (“Promotionsstipendium zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen und künstlerischen Nachwuchses”) by theLudwig-Maximilians-Universität München (2000/2001)
  • One year scholarship for PhD studies within the programme HWP by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (2002)
  • Travel stipend for the 7th International Congress on Coelenterate Biology in Lawrence, Kansas, USA by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (July 2003)
  • Travel stipend for the 1st NaGISA World Congress, Kobe, Japan, by NaGISA (October 2006)
  • Travel stipend for the PICES/ICES Meeting “New frontiers in Marine Science”, Baltimore, USA, June 26-29, 2007, by PICES (1000 US$) (June 2007)



  • Logistic support of NAVIMAG for biodiversity studies of the Northern and Central Patagonian Zone (March 2005, March 2006, November 2011, March 2012, April 2014, April 2015)
  • Logistic support of CAP for biodiversity studies of the Madre de Dios Archipelago (April 2013)
  • Logistic support of Naviera Austral, DAP, Transmarchilay and NAVIMAG for a biodiversity study of the Southern Patagonian Zone (December/January 2010/2011)
  • Logistic support of Añihue Reserve for biodiversity studies (January 2011, February 2012, March 2013, February 2014, February 2015)
  • Logistic support of NGO Sinergias for a biodiversity study in Llico Bajo (January 2009)
  • Logistic support of Naviera Austral, Fundacion Pumalin, and Fundacion Tantauco for a biodiversity study of Isla Magdalena and Southern Chiloe(February 2008)
  • Logistic support of Naviera Austral, Raul Marin Balmaceda, Fiordo Palvitad, Fundacion Otway for a biodiversity study of the Northern Patagonian Zone (March 2007)
  • Invitation and travel support for the scientific workshop “Investigación ambiental en la salmonicultura chilena – Gasto o Inversión?”, Puerto Montt, Chile, by WWF (April 2006)
  • Logistic support for biodiversity studies in the Northern and Central Patagonian Zone by CONAF and the Geo-Bio-Center of the LMU Munich (March 2005, 2006)
  • Invitation and travel support to the CEQUA meeting, Puerto Natales, Chile, by CEQUA (May 2005)




  • German (native language)
  • English (fluently)
  • Spanish (fluently)
  • French (fluently)


Rescue Diver (PADI) and CMAS Gold/*** (license for and experience in leading dive groups), Chilean diving license

Computer applications

 Windows, MS Word, Power Point, Excel, Front Page, Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw, Endnote, Internet (basic HTML skills)


Fjord regions and their latitudinal comparisons, marine protected areas

Systematics, biogeography, biology and ecology of anthozoans, marine invertebrates

  • Terra X, ZDF, Germany (to be shown in August and December 2015)
  • Pew one minute video
  • Hot World News, Fujitelevision, Japan, on mass stranding of large rorqual whales (May 2015)
  • Huinay – paraiso para la ciencia, TVN (2013), or download it here
  • Cambio Global, TVN (2013)
  • Chile’s wild south: The fjords of the settlers (starting minute 27.41), ARTE (2011)
  • Das Reich der Tiefe kommt nach oben/El reino abisal invade los fiordos, journal GEO (October 2013, German; December 2013, Spanish
  • Patagonia special, in series Thalassa, France 3 (February 2008)
  • Prometheus Wissenschaftsfernsehen für Baden-Württemberg: Unbekanntes Patagonien – Meeresforschung in Chiles Fjorden (2006)
  • Numerous reports in Chilean, German and Spanish newspapers and television (2003-now, e.g. report on dead whales in Golfo de Penas in “Ultimas Noticias”, May 2015)
  • Photographic exhibitions “Los fiordos de la Patagonia – un paraiso al final del mundo” (2014-2015; Puerto Montt, Puerto Varas, Coyhaique); photo exhibition for the „Month of the Sea“, Hornopirén, Chile (May 2004 )
  1. Häussermann, V. and Försterra, G. (2001): A new species of sea anemone from Chile, Anemonia alicemartinae (Cnidaria: Anthozoa). An invader or an indicator for environmental change in shallow water?; Organisms Diversity & Evolution 1(3): 211-224; abstract and colour pictures; pdf (Copyright Urban & Fischer Verlag 2001)
  2. Häussermann, V. & Försterra, G. (2003): First evidence for coloniality in sea anemones; Marine Ecology Progress Series 257: 291-294; one colony of Cereus herpetodes and a rock covered with colonies of this species; pdf (copyright Inter-Research 2003)
  3. Häussermann, V. (2003): Redesription of Oulactis concinnata (Drayton in Dana, 1846) (Cnidaria: Anthozoa), an actiniid sea anemone from Chile and Perú with special fighting tentacles; with a preliminary revision of the genera with a “frond-like” marginal ruff´; Zoologische Verhandelingen Leiden 345: 173-208; pdf (copyright Museum Naturalis 2003)
  4. Försterra, G. & Häussermann, V. (2003): First report on large scleractinian (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) accumulations in cold-temperate shallow water of south Chilean fjords; Zoologische Mededelingen Leiden 345: 117-128; for pictures look at the website of Günter Försterra; pdf (copyright Museum Naturalis, 2003)
  5. Häussermann, V.(2004): Identification and taxonomy of soft-bodied hexacorals exemplified by Chilean sea anemones; including guidelines for sampling, preservation and examination; Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 84: 931-936; pdf (copyright Cambridge University Press)
  6. Häussermann, V.(2004): Redescription of Phymactis papillosa (Lesson, 1830) and Phymanthea pluvia (Drayton in Dana, 1846) (Cnidaria: Anthozoa), two actiniid sea anemones from the south east Pacific with a discussion of the genera Phymactis, Bunodosoma and Phymanthea; Zoologische Mededelingen Leiden 78: 345-381; pdf (copyright Museum Naturalis)
  7. Häussermann, V. (2004): The sea anemone genus Actinostola Verrill, 1883: variability and utility of traditional taxonomic features; and a re-description of Actinostola chilensis McMurrich, 1904; Polar Biology 28: 26-38 (Erratum 2005: 28: 338-350); pdf; pdf Erratum (copyright Springer Verlag)
  8. Cairns, S., V. Häussermann and G. Försterra (2005). A review of the Scleractinia (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) of Chile, with the description of two new species; Zootaxa 1018: 14-46; pdf (copyright Magnolia Press)
  9. Häussermann, V. and Försterra, G.(2005): Distribution patterns of Chilean shallow-water sea anemones (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Actiniaria, Corallimorpharia); with a discussion of the taxonomic and zoogeographic relationships between the actinofauna of the South East Pacific, the South West Atlantic and Antarctica; Pages 91-102 in W. E. Arntz, G. A. Lovrich and S. Thatje, eds. The Magellan-Antarctic connection: links and frontiers at high southern latitudes. Scientia Marina 69 (Suppl. 2); pdf (copyright).
  10. Michael Schrödl, María-Angélica Alarcón, Luis R. Bedriñana, Francisco J. Bravo, Carlos M. Bustamante, Rosana Carvalho, Günther Försterra, Carlos Gallardo, Verena Häussermann, Andrea Salmen (2005): Nudipleura (Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia) from the southern Chilean Comau Fjord, with redescription of Polycera priva Marcus, 1959; Vita Malacologica 3: 23-33.; pdf (copyright).
  11. van Ofwegen, L., Häussermann, V. and Försterra, G. (2006): A new genus of soft coral (Octocorallia: Alcyonacea: Clavulariidae) from Chile. Zootaxa 1219: 47-57; pdf (copyright Magnolia press).
  12. Schwabe, E., Försterra, G., Häussermann, V., Alarcón, M.-A. and Schrödl, M. (2006): Chitons (Mollusca: Polyplacophora) from the southern Chilean Comau Fjord, with reinstatement of Tonicia calbucensis Plate, 1897. Zootaxa 1341: 1-27; pdf (copyright Magnolia Press).
  13. Melzer, Roland R., Schrödl, Michael, Häussermann, Verena, Försterra, Günter, and Montoya Bravo, Maria Fernanda (2006): Pycnogonids on cnidarians at Comau fjord, Southern Chile: a report on 2005 SCUBA collections. Spixiana 29: 237-242; pdf.
  14. Häussermann, Verena (2006): Biodiversity of Chilean sea anemones (Cnidaria: Anthozoa): distribution patterns and biogeographic implications; including new records for the fjord region. Investigaciones Marinas; pdf.
  15. Häussermann, Verena & Günter Försterra (2007). Extraordinary abundance of hydrocorals (Cnidaria, Hydrozoa, Stylasteridae) in shallow water of the Patagonian fjord region. Polar Biology 30 (4): 487-492; pdf (copyright Springer) (online first:
  16. Galea, Horia, Häussermann, Verena and Günter Försterra (2007): Hydrozoa, fjord Comau, Chile. Check list 3(2): 159-167; pdf.
  17. van Ofwegen, Leen, Häussermann, Verena & Günter Försterra (2007): The genus Alcyonium (Octocorallia: Alcyonacea: Alcyoniidae) in Chile. Zootaxa 1607: 1-19; pdf.
  18. Galea, Horia, Häussermann, Verena and Försterra, Günter (2007): Cnidaria, Hydrozoa: First records, local and extended world distribution, region of south-Chilean fjords. Check List 3(4): 308-320; pdf.
  19. Galea, Horia, Försterra, Günter, and Häussermann, Verena (2007): Additions to the hydroids (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa) from the fjords region of southern Chile. Zootaxa 1650: 55-68.; pdf.
  20. Häussermann, V. and G. Försterra. 2007. Large assemblages of cold-water corals in Chile: a summary of recent findings and potential impacts. Pages 195­-207 in George R. Y. and S. D. Cairns, eds. Conservation and adaptive management of seamount and deep-sea coral ecosystems. Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, Miami. 324 p; pdf.
  21. Försterra, Günter & Verena Häussermann (2008): Unusual symbiotic relationships between microendolithic phototrophic organisms and azooxanthellate Scleractinia from Chilean fjords. Marine Ecology Progress Series 370: 121-125; pdf.
  22. Häussermann, Verena and Försterra, Günter (2008): A new species of sea anemone from the Chilean fjord region, Paraisanthus fabiani (Actiniaria: Isanthidae), with a discussion of the family Isanthidae Carlgren, 1938. Zootaxa 1897: 27-42; pdf.
  23. Försterra, Günter, Häussermann, Verena & Carsten Lüter (2008): Mass occurrences of the recent brachiopod Magellania venosa (Terebratellidae) in the fjords Comau and Reñihue, Chile. Marine Ecology 29: 342-347; pdf.
  24. Sinniger, Frederik and Häussermann, Vreni (2009): Zoanthids (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Zoanthidae) from shallow water of the southern Chilean fjord region with the description of a new genus and two new species. Organisms Diversity and Evolution 9: 23-36; pdf.
  25. Galea, Horia, Häussermann, Verena, and Försterra, Günter (2009): New additions to the hydroids (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa) from the fjord region of southern Chile. Zootaxa 2019: 1-28; pdf.
  26. Häussermann, Verena, Michael Dawson and Günter Försterra (2009): First record of the moon jellyfish, Aurelia (Scyphozoa: Semaeostomeae), for Chile. Spixiana 32 (1): 3-7; pdf
  27. Lagger, Cristián, Tatián, Marcos, Häussermann, Vreni and Försterra, Günter (2009): Ascidians (Chordata; Ascidiacea) from the southern Chilean Comau Fjord. Spixiana 32 (2): 173-185; pdf.
  28. Lauretta Daniel, Häussermann Verena & Penchaszadeh Pablo: Re-description of Parabunodactis imperfecta (Anthozoa: Actiniaria) from the Patagonian Argentinean coast (2009). Spixiana 32 (2):167-172; pdf.
  29. E. Yáñez, C. Silva, R. Vega, F. Espíndola, L. Álvarez, N. Silva, S. Palma, S. Salinas, E. Menschel, V. Häussermann, D. Soto & N. Ramírez (2009): Seamounts in the southeastern Pacific Ocean and biodiversity on Juan Fernandez seamounts, Chile. Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res., 37(3): 555 – 570; pdf.
  30. Mayr, Christoph C., Günter Försterra, Verena Häussermann, Anja Wunderlich, Jürke Grau (2011): Stable isotope variability in a Chilean fjord food web: implications for N- and C-cycles. Marine Ecology Progress Series 428: 89-104.
  31. Karen J Miller, Ashley A. Rowden, Alan Williams, Vreni Häussermann (2011): Out of their depth? Isolated deep populations of the cosmopolitan coral Desmophyllum dianthus may be highly vulnerable to environmental change. PLoS ONE 6(5): e19004. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019004.
  32. Rodríguez, Estefanía, Marcos Barbeitos, Marymegan Daly, Luciana C. Gusmão & Verena Häussermann (2012). Towards a natural classification: Phylogeny of acontiate sea anemones (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Actiniaria). Cladistics 1: 1-18.
  33. Cañete, Juan I. & Häussermann, Verena (2012): Colonial life under the Humboldt Current System: deep-sea corals from O´Higgins I seamount. Latin American Journal Aquatic Research 40 (2): 467-472.
  34. Försterra, Günter, and Häussermann, Verena (2012): Report on sustained southern blue whales sightings (Balaenoptera musculus Linnaeus, 1758) in a narrow fjord during autumn-winter in southern Chile. Spixiana 35 (2): 237-245.
  35. Häussermann, Vreni, Günter Försterra, and Emma Plotnek (2012): Sightings of marine mammals and birds in the Comau fjord, Northern Patagonia, between 2003 and mid 2012. Spixiana 35 (2): 247-262.
  36. Iriarte, J.L., S. Pantoja, H.E. González, G. Silva, H. Paves, P. Labbé, L. Rebolledo, M. Van Ardelan & V. Häussermann (2013): Assessing the micro-phytoplankton response to nitrate in Comau Fjord (42°S) in Patagonia (Chile), using a microcosms approach. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 185 (5): 5055-70. DOI 10.1007/s10661-012-2925-1.
  37. Jantzen C, Häussermann V, Försterra G, Laudien J, Ardelan M, Maier S, Richter C (2013): Occurrence of a cold-water coral along natural pH gradients (Patagonia, Chile). Marine Biology 160 (10): 2597-2607. DOI 10.1007/s00227-013-2254-0.
  38. Häussermann, Verena, Acevedo, Jorge, Försterra, Günter, Marcotte, Michelle, and Aguayo-Lobo, Anelio (2013): Killer whales in Chilean Patagonia: Population, behavioural observations, and individual identifications. Revista de Biologia Marina y Oceanografia 48 (1): 73-85.
  39. Jantzen, Carin, Jürgen Laudien, Stefanie Sokol, Günter Försterra, Verena Häussermann, Franziska Kupprat, Claudio Richter (2013) In situ short-term growth rates of a cold-water coral. Marine and Freshwater Research 64 (7): 631-641. DOI:
  40. Hassenrück, Christiane, Carin Jantzen, Günter Försterra & Verena Häussermann (2013): Growth rates of Desmophyllum dianthus: effect of association with endolithic algae. Marine Biology. DOI:10.1007/s00227-013-2281-x.
  41. Lauretta, Daniel, Verena Häusserman, Mercer R. Brugler, Estefania Rodriguez (2013): Isoparactis fionae sp. nov. (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Actiniaria) from Southern Patagonia with a discussion of the family Isanthidae. Organisms, Diversity and Evolution 14 (1) 31-42. DOI 10.1007/s13127-013-0149-z.
  42. Estefania Rodriguez, Marisol Mendoza, Verena Haussermann (2013): New records and redescription of Halcurias pilatus McMurrich, 1893 andHalcurias mcmurrichi Uchida, 2004 (Actiniaria, Endocoelantheae). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 1-12. DOI:10.1017/S0025315413000775.
  43. Försterra, Günter, Vreni Häussermann, Roland R. Melzer & Andrea Weis (2013): A deep water pycnogonid close to the beach: Colossendeis macerrima Hoek, 1881 spotted at 18 m in the Chilean fjords. Spixiana 36 (1): 20.
  44. Sebastian Baumgarten, Jürgen Laudien, Carin Jantzen, Verena Häussermann, Günter Försterra (2013): Population structure, growth and production of a recent brachiopod from the Chilean fjord region. Marine Biology. DOI: 10.1111/maec.12097.
  45. Häussermann Vreni, Günter Försterra, Roland R. Melzer and Roland Meyer (2013): Gradual changes of benthic biodiversity in Comau fjord, Chilean Patagonia – lateral observations over a decade of taxonomic research. Spixiana 36 (2): 161-171.
  46. Spano Carlos A., Nicolás Rozbaczylo, Vreni Häussermann y Ricardo Bravo (2013): Re-description of the actiniid species Anthopleura hermaphroditica and Bunodactis hermaphroditica (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Actiniaria) from Chile. Revista de Biologia Marina y Oceanografia (Valparaiso) 48 (3): 521-534.
  47. Häussermann V & Försterra G (2014): Vast reef-like accumulation of the hydrocoral Errina antarctica (Cnidaria, Hydrozoa) wiped out in Central Patagonia. Coral Reefs 33 (1): 29. DOI 10.1007/s00338-013-1088-z
  48. Försterra, Günter, Vreni Häussermann, Jürgen Laudien, Carin Jantzen, Javier Sellanes and Praxedes Muñoz (2014): Mass die off of the cold-water coral Desmophyllum dianthus in the Chilean Patagonian Fjord Region. Bulletin of Marine Science 90 (3): 895-899.
  49. Christoph Mayr, Lorena Rebolledo, Katharina Schulte, Astrid Schuster, Bernd Zolitschka, Günter Försterra, Verena Häussermann (2014: Responses of nitrogen and carbon deposition rates in Comau Fjord (42°S, Southern Chile) to natural and anthropogenic impacts during the last century. Continental and Shelf Research 78: 29-38.
  50. Rodrıguez E, Barbeitos MS, Brugler MR, Crowley LM, Grajales A, Gusmao L, Haussermann V, Reft A, Daly M (2014) Hidden among Sea Anemones: The First Comprehensive Phylogenetic Reconstruction of the Order Actiniaria (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Hexacorallia) Reveals a Novel Group of Hexacorals. PLoS ONE 9(5): e96998. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0096998.
  51. Häussermann, Verena & Estefanía Rodríguez (2014): A new species of isanthid anemone (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Actiniaria) from Chilean Patagonia,Anthoparactis fossii n. gen. et sp. Helgoland Marine Research. DOI 10.1007/s10152-014-0399-y
  52. Macaya, E., Riosmena-Rodríguez, R., Melzer, R., Meyer, R., Försterra,G., Häussermann, V. (2014): Rhodolith beds in the South-East Pacific. Marine Biodiversity. DOI 10.1007/s12526-014-0254-z
  53. Galea HR, D Schories, G Försterra & V Häussermann (2014): New species and new records of hydroids (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa) from Chile. Zootaxa 3852 (1): 001-050.
  54. Breedy, O., Cairns, S. and Häussermann, V. (2015): A new alcyonian octocoral (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Octocorallia) from Chilean fjords. Zootaxa 3919 (2): 327-334.
  55. Häussermann V & G Försterra (2015): In situ broadcast spawning of Corynactis Chilean Patagonia. Coral Reefs 34:119. DOI 10.1007/s00338-014-1256-9.
  56. Krapp-Schickel, T, Häussermann, V & Vader W (2015): A new Stenothoe species (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Stenothoidae) living on Boloceropsis platei (Anthozoa: Actiniaria) from Chilean Patagonia. Helgoland Marine Research 69: 213-220
    DOI 10.1007/s10152-015-0430-y.
  1. Häussermann, V. (2003): Ordnung Ceriantharia (Zylinderrosen). In: Hofrichter, R. (Hrsg.), Das Mittelmeer, Fauna, Flora, Ökologie, Band II/1, Bestimmungsführer, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg, Berlin, 450-453
  2. Häussermann, V. (2003): Ordnung Actiniaria (Seeanemonen, Aktinien). In: Hofrichter, R. (Hrsg.), Das Mittelmeer, Fauna, Flora, Ökologie, Band II/1, Bestimmungsführer, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg, Berlin 2003, 476-499
  3. Häussermann, V. (2003): Ordnung Corallimorpharia (Korallenanemonen).
    In: Hofrichter, R. (Hrsg.), Das Mittelmeer, Fauna, Flora, Ökologie, Band II/1, Bestimmungsführer, Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg, Berlin 2003, 499-501
  4. Häussermann, V. (2003): Ordnung Zoantharia (= Zoanthiniaria, Zoanthidae) (Krustenanemonen). In: Hofrichter, R. (Hrsg.), Das Mittelmeer, Fauna, Flora, Ökologie, Band II/1, Bestimmungsführer,  Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg, Berlin 2003, 501-505
  5. Försterra, G., Beuck, L., Häussermann, V. & Freiwald, A. (2005): Shallow water Desmophyllum dianthus (Scleractinia) from Chile: characteristics of the biocenoses, the bioeroding community, heterotrophic interactions and (palaeo)-bathymetrical implications. In: Freiwald, A., Roberts, J. M. (eds.): Cold-water corals and ecosystems. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 937-977; pdf (copyright Springer Verlag).
  6. Häussermann, V. (2009)*: Protocol for sampling and preservation of marine organisms, p. 88-92. In: Häussermann, V. & Försterra, G. (eds.): Marine Benthic Fauna of Chilean Patagonia, Nature in Focus, Puerto Montt, 1000 pp.
  7. Häussermann, V. (2009)*: Cnidaria–Cnidarians, p. 172-173. In: Häussermann, V. & Försterra, G. (eds.): Marine Benthic Fauna of Chilean Patagonia, Nature in Focus, Puerto Montt, 1000 pp.
  8. Häussermann, V. & van Ofwegen, L. (2009)*: Anthozoa–Anthozoans, p. 174-176. In: Häussermann, V. & Försterra, G. (eds.): Marine Benthic Fauna of Chilean Patagonia, Nature in Focus, Puerto Montt, 1000 pp.
  9. Häussermann, V. & Försterra, G. (2009)*: Actiniaria–Sea Anemones, p. 215-266. In: Häussermann, V. & Försterra, G. (eds.): Marine Benthic Fauna of Chilean Patagonia, Nature in Focus, Puerto Montt, 1000 pp.
  10. Häussermann, V. (2009)*: Corallimorpharia–Jewel Anemones, p. 267-272. In: Häussermann, V. & Försterra, G. (eds.): Marine Benthic Fauna of Chilean Patagonia, Nature in Focus, Puerto Montt, 1000 pp.
  11. Försterra, G. & Häussermann, V. (2009)*: Scleractinia–Stony Corals, p. 273-282. In: Häussermann, V. & Försterra, G. (eds.): Marine Benthic Fauna of Chilean Patagonia, Nature in Focus, Puerto Montt, 1000 pp.
  12. Sinniger, F., Häussermann, V. & Försterra, G. (2009)*: Zoantharia–Zoanthids, p. 283-290. In: Häussermann, V. & Försterra, G. (eds.): Marine Benthic Fauna of Chilean Patagonia, Nature in Focus, Puerto Montt, 1000 pp.*: this chapter is also published in the Spanish edition “Fauna Marina Bentónica de la Patagonia Chilena”

1.-  Häussermann, V. & Försterra, G. (eds.) (2009): Marine Benthic Fauna of Chilean Patagonia, Nature in Focus, Puerto Montt, 1000 pp.

2.- Häussermann, V. & Försterra, G. (eds.) (2009):  Fauna marina Bentónica de la Patagonia Chilena, Nature in Focus, Puerto Montt, 1000pp.

 Victor Ariel Gallardo (Vice-Chair of Census of Marine Life) about the book:

“The quality of this book sets standards. Identifications have been made and chapters have been authored by a multinational team of highly reputed specialists from equally reputed institutions and most chapters have been written or co-authored by THE world specialist in the particular taxon of the region and have been proof read by at least one other specialist.”

Preface by Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Embassador

  1. Häussermann, V., Spano, C. Thiel, M. and Lohrmann, K. (in press): First record of the sea anemone Diadumene lineata (Verrill, 1869) (Cnidaria: Anthozoa: Actiniaria) from the Chilean coast. Spixiana
  2. Schlatter, R., Häussermann, V. & Försterra, G. (in press): Some like it hot – hummingbirds making use of hotsprings in Chilean Patagonia (Neornithes, Apodiformes, Trochilidae). Spixiana
  3. Jackson DJ., K Mann, V Häussermann, M Schillhabel, C Lüter, E Griesshaber, W Schmahl, G Wörheide (in press): The Magellania venosa biomineralizing proteome: a window into brachiopod shell evolution. Genome Biology and Evolution.
  4. Outeiro L, F Viddi, R Hucke-Gaete, G Försterra, V Häussermann, H Oyarzo, K Kosiel, S Villasante (in press): Using ecosystem services mapping for marine spatial planning in Southern Chile under scenario assessment. Ecosystem Services.
  5. Victor A Gallardo, Vreni Häussermann, Carola Espinoza, Laura Fillinger and Günter Försterra (in review): Giant sulfur bacteria in cold vents expanding into the intertidal in Southern Chile. Marine Biodiversity.
  6. Reyes, P., Försterra, G., McConnell, K. & Häussermann, V. (in review): Under jelly protectorate ̶ fish sheltering in medusae (Cnidaria: Scyphozoa) tentacles in Chilean Patagonia. Fish Biology
  7. Häussermann, V., Rodriguez, Estefania and Mercer R. Brugler (in preparation): Two new species of acontiarian anemones from Chilean Patagonia.
  8. Häussermann, V. and Rodriguez, Estefania (in preparation): A new species of actiniid anemone from Chilean Patagonia.
  9. Cairns, S., Breedy, O., Häussermann, V. and Försterra, G. (in preparation): The gorgonians of the Chilean fjord region, with the description of several new species.

Selected Conference Talks and Posters (out of 84):

  1. Häussermann, V. y Försterra, G. (1995): “Actiniaria y Corallimorpharia en la área costera de Concepción”; XV Jornada de Ciencias de Mar,Universidad Católica del Norte, Coquimbo/Chile
  2. Häussermann, V. (2001): A novel approach to sampling and description of non-scleractinian hexacorals exemplified by Chilean sea anemones; 4th Annual Meeting of the GfBS, Oldenburg; Terra Nostra 01/6, 164
  3. Häussermann, V. (2003): “Sea anemone taxonomy: problems, their consequences and solutions exemplified by Chilean species”, VII International Congress on Coelenterate Biology, 6.-13.7.2003, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA, abstract.
  4. Häussermann, V. (2003): “Distribution patterns of South American and Antarctic sea anemones (Cnidaria: Anthozoa)”, IBMANT and ANDEEP meeting, 19.-24.10.2003, Ushuaia, Argentina, abstract.
  5. Försterra. G. & V. Häussermann (2005): In Sight, Still Out of mind! — Coral Banks in Chilean Fjords: Characteristics, Distribution, Threats. 3rd International Symposium on Deep Sea Corals ISDSC 3, November 28-December 2; Miami, Florida, USA, p. 125, abstract.
  6. McCulloch, M., P. Montagna, G. Försterra, G. Mortimer, V. Häussermann & C. Mazzoli (2005). Uranium-series dating and growth rates of the cool-water coral Desmophyllum dianthus from the Chilean fjords. 3rd International Symposium on Deep Sea Corals ISDSC 3, November 28-December 2; Miami, Florida, USA, p. 191; pdf poster.
  7. Häussermann, V. (2005): Biodiversity of Chilean sea anemones: distribution patterns and zoogeographic implications. Annual COLACMARmeeting, May16-20 2005, Viña del Mar, Chile, abstract.
  8. Häussermann, Vreni & Günter Försterra (2006): Quality versus speed – the Chilean fjord region as a case study for the dilemma of optimizing MPA patterns in a complex environment under growing economic pressure. 41st European Marine Biology Symposium EMBS41, Cork, Ireland, September 4-8, 2006, abstract.
  9. Häussermann, V. (2006): Fundamental taxonomic problems in benthic inventories exemplified by Chilean anthozoans and their implications for the NaGISA project. NaGISA World Coference, Kobe, Japan, October 15-18; p. 28, abstract.
  10. Häussermann, V., and Försterra, G. (2007): A hotspot in the cold – outstanding biodiversity in the Chilean Patagonian fjord region. New Frontiers in Marine Science; June 26-29, Baltimore, USA.
  11. Häussermann, V., Försterra, G. (2008): Why wander around in the distance, when good things lie nearby: unexpected biodiversity hot spot in the Chilean Fjord Region. 1st World Congress on Marine Biodiversity, Valencia, Spain, November 11-15.
  12. Günter Försterra, Verena Häussermann, Michelle Marcotte and Josh Biro (2008): Taxonomic tools for assessing marine biodiversity – a new field guide for the Chilean fjords; Congreso de Ciencias del Mar, Vina del Mar, May 26-30, 2008.
  13. Försterra & Häussermann (2008): Fjord regions: where the deep sea comes into reach.  4th International symposium of deep-sea corals, December 1-5, Wellington, New Zealand.
  14. Fiona Bahr, Michelle Marcotte, Axel Hausmann, Josh Biro, Vreni Häussermann, Günter Försterra (2009): The Patagonian Fjord Region: A hotspot that should not leave us cold; Biodiversity Hotspots, Luxemburg, March 26-28.
  15. Häussermann, V. & Försterra, G. (2009): The Chilean fjord region – A lost case for MPA planning? International Marine Conservation Congress IMCC, Washington D.C., May 20-24, 2009.
  16. Försterra, G. & Häussermann, V. (2009): Typically Special: The Patagonian Fjord Region and its characteristics; Fjord Meeting, Bergen, May 7 and 8, 2009.
  17. Häussermann, V., Försterra, G. and Brickle, P. (2010): Falkland Islands – an outpost of the Chilean Fjord Region? 45th European Marine Biology Symposium; Edinburgh, Scotia, August 23-27.
  18. G. Försterra, V. Häussermann , K. Hiscock, E. Plotnek and D. Genter (2011): . Shallow cold water coral reefs in Chilean Patagonia – ecosystems that may be destroyed before they are really known. 9th International Temperate Reefs Symposium; Plymouth, UK, July 4-8.
  19. Carin Jantzen, Verena Häussermann, Günter Försterra, Jürgen Laudien, Claudio Richter: (2011): The cold water coral Desmophyllum dianthusgrows along a pH gradient in the Comau Fjord (Patagonia, Chile). YOUMARE, Bremerhaven, Germany. 07 – 09 September, 2011.
  20. Försterra, G. & Häussermann, V. (2011): Fundamental problems in managing largely unknown diverse marine systems in Chilean Patagonia. 2nd World Congress on Marine Biodiversity; Aberdeen, Scotland, September 26-30. Talk.
  21. Häussermann, V. & Försterra, G. (2011): MARXAN reversed – Decision support algorithms as tools for improving field work planning: A Chilean example. 2nd International Marine Concervation Congress; Victoria, BC, Canada, May 14-18. Talk.
  22. Försterra, Günter, Vreni Hӓussermann, Christoph Mayr, and Carin Jantzen (2012): Low pH and the role of endolythic algae in CWC; International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals, Amsterdam, Netherlands, April 1-5, 2012
  23. Christiane Hassenrück, Carin Jantzen, Günter Försterra and Verena Häussermann (2012): Growth rates and skeletal density of Desmophyllum dianthus – effect of association with endolithic algae. YOUMARES 3.0, Lübeck, Germany, September 12-14, 2012
  24. Vreni Häussermann & Günter Försterra: Promotion of MPAs in Chile – lessons learned from the Comau example, International Marine Protected Area congress IMPAC, October 21-27, 2013, Marseille & Corsica, France.
  25. D. Bellhoff, V. Häussermann, G. Försterra, K. McConnell y U. Pörschmann (2013): Señales de alarma de la región de los fiordos chilenos – Evidencias de degradación de biodiversidad y servicios de ecosistema de un estudio del fiordo Comau en el norte de la Patagonia, XXXIII congreso Ciencias del Mar, Mayo 27-30, 2013, Antofagasta, Chile.
  26. Vreni Häussermann, Günter Försterra, David Bellhoff: Diversity, distribution and zoogeography of sea anemones from Chilean Patagonia – a contradiction to Rapoport’s rule? 8th International Coelenterate Meeting, Eilat, Israel, December 1-5, 2013
  27. Häussermann V, G Försterra, D Bellhoff (2014). Filling gaps – species distribution models help to improve the resolution of zoogeographical analysis for Chilean Patagonia. World Congress on Marine Biodiversity, Qingdao, China, October 12-16.
  28. Gottschlich, J Laudien, V Häussermann, G Försterra, J Smith (2014). The impact of changing substrate angles on abundance and diversity of hard bottom communities during primary succession. MARES conference 2014, Olhão, Portugal. November 17-21.
  29. Gottschlich, J Laudien, V Häussermann, G Försterra (2014). Modulation of the intensity of abiotic parameters caused by substratum inclinations and its implication on hard-bottom benthic community structure. YOUMARES conference 2014, Stralsund, Germany. September 10-12.
  30. Henry Goehlich, Jürgen Laudien, Christopher Nowak, Carin Jantzen, Vreni Häussermann, Claudio Richter. “Can specimens of the cold-water coral Desmopyllum dianthus adapt to a changing environment in the Chilean Fjord Region?” 3rd International Marine Conservation Congress, Glasgow, Scotland, August 14-18, 2014
  31. Jantzen C., Laudien J., Nowak C., McConnell KM., Häussermann, V. In situ growth rate of a cold water coral in a natural pH gradient. XXX1V Congreso Ciencias del Mar, Osorno, Chile. May 26-30.
  32. Försterra G., J. Laudien, C. Jantzen, R. Waller, J. Sellanes, K. McConnell, U. Pörschmann, C. Fuentes, P. Muñoz & V. Häussermann (2015). ¿Qué causa la muerte de corales en la Patagonia chilena? – hipótesis sobre la muerte masiva de bancos de Desmophyllum dianthus. XXXV Congreso Ciencias del Mar, Coquimbo Mayo 25-29 2015.
  33. Häussermann V, Försterra G, Burrows M, Gorny M & Bellhoff D(2015): Llenando los espacios blancos – modelos de distribución de especies ayudan a mejorar la resolución de análisis zoogeográficos y de áreas marinas protegidas. XXXV Congreso Ciencias del Mar, Coquimbo Mayo 25-29 2015.
  1. G. Försterra, V. Häussermann, R. Fitzek y Yany G. (2004, version revisada 10.1.2006): Propuesta para el establecimiento de un parque marino en los fiordos Comau y Renihue (incluyendo Quintupeu, Cahuelmo y la isla Lilihuapi); pdf
  2. V. Häussermann, G. Försterra, A. Wehrmann, M. Thiel, M. Schrödl y E. Clasing (2004): Primer workshop en la Estacion Cientifica Huinay: los fiordos chilenos; pdf: English, Spanish, German
  3. Försterra, Günter, Häussermann, Verena (2007): Impactos relacionados con la construccion de una carretera a lo largo de los fiordos Comau y Reñihué.
  1. Försterra, G. & Häussermann, V (2004): Chilean fjords – an endangered paradise. Global Marine Environment 1: 12-13
  2. Häussermann, V. & Försterra, G. (2004): Chilean sea anemones – forgotten flowers of the sea. Global Marine Environment 1: 16-17
  3. Försterra, G. & Häussermann, V (2004): Die chilenischen Fjorde – ein bedrohtes Paradies. GfBS newsletter 13: 24-26, 57
  4. Häussermann, V. & Försterra, G. (2004): Die chilenischen Seeanemonen – vergessene Blumen des Meeres. GfBS newsletter 13: 31-33, 57
  5. Försterra, G., Häussermann, V. & Gerard P. Foley Jr. (in press): Adding pieces to a complex puzzle – discovering the benthic life in the channels and fjords of Chilean Patagonia. Global Marine Environment 3.
  6. Hajdu, E., Willenz, P., Lôbo-Hajdu, G., Desqueyroux-Faundez, R., Carvalho, M., Häussermann, V., Försterra, G. and M. Scuteri (2005): Marine sponges biodiversity. Project AMBARC-diving and wading in South America. Global Marine Environment 4: 28-29.
  7. Willenz, P., Häussermann, V., Försterra, G., Schrödl, M., Melzer, R., Atwood, L. and Jorda, C. (2007): Finding more pieces of the Chilean puzzle.Global Marine Environment 5: 26-29.

Since 1998, more than 100 talks in 13 countries.

  • Research Assistant at the Department of Limnology (summer 1992)
  • Research Assistant at the Department of Entomology (summer 1993)
  • Research Assistant at the Department of Soil Sciences (summer 1994)
  • Teaching Assistant for “Vegetation Societies” at the Department of Phytogeography (summer 1996)
  • Teaching Assistant and dive guide for the excursion “Biology and Ecology of Coral Reefs” (winter 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2001)
  • Research Assistant at the Department of Ecology; Project: “Induced defenses of water organisms” (2000-2001)
  • Teaching assistant and underwater photographer for “Biology and Ecology of Norwegian Fjords” (summer 2001)
  • Master of Business Class “Biodiversity of Chilean fjords”, 08/2003, 08/2004 and 8/2005

Expeditions of G. Försterra and V. Häussermann to collect anthozoans between 1997 and 2002

Patagonia: The final frontier
These are the voyages of the Huinay science team
Its 15 year mission
To explore strange new worlds
To seek out new species and new communities
To boldly dive where no human has dived before...

1) Expeditions of G. Försterra and V. Häussermann to collect anthozoans between 1997 and 2002:

  • “Chilean cnidarians I” (diploma thesis): Arica to Punta Arenas, October 1997-April 1998, GME1: 16-17, 12-13; see picture of field laboratory above, photo2, photo3, photo4
  • “Chilean cnidarians II” (PhD thesis): Puerto Montt to Puerto Chacabuco, December 1999-January 2000, GME1: 16-17, 12-13
  • “Chilean cnidarians III” (PhD thesis): Puerto Montt to Puerto Chacabuco, January to April 2001, GME1: 16-17, 12-13

Expeditions organised as directors of the Huinay Scientific Field Station (since 2002)

  • “Huinay Fiordos 1”: Northern Patagonian Zone (Chiloé Island and Guaitecas Islands), 28.2.-10.3.2005; Participants: Eduardo Hajdu, Gisele Lobo-Hajdu, Philippe Willenz, Mariana Carvalho, Vreni Häussermann, Günter Försterra, Donat Willenz, thanks to PROSUL Brazil! GME 3photo,webreport of P. Willenz
  • “Huinay Fiordos 2”: Central Patagonioan Zone (Tempano and Bernardo fjord and neighbouring channels, Puerto Eden), 20.3.-2.4.2005, participants: Vreni Häussermann, Günter Försterra, Roddy Foley, thanks to CONAF, NAVIMAG and Tempano project! GME 3informe Tempanophoto1photo2photo3photo4photo5; report in Spanish.
  • “Huinay Fiordos 3”: Central Patagonian Zone (Puerto Natales to Golfo de Penas), 1.3.-20.3.2006, participants: Vreni Häussermann, Günter Försterra, Michael Schrödl, Roland Melzer, Philippe Willenz, Liz Atwood, Christian Jorda, many thanks to CONAF and Navimag!, photo1,photo2photo3GME 5; report in Spanish; webreport of P. Willenz
  • “Huinay Fiordos 4”: Northern Patagonian Zone (Chiloé Island, Fiordo Palvitad, Fiordo Pitipalena, 5.3.-22.3.2007 (organisation), participants: Günter Försterra, Nicola Reiff, Roland Meier, Katharina Jörger, Russell Smart, Aruna Singh; photo1photo2photo3.
  • “Huinay Fiordos 5”: Sponges of the Reñihué fjord. 9.5.-21.5., participants: Philippe Willenz, Eduardo Hajdu, Josh Biro (planned by Vreni Häussermann). Many thanks to the Pumalin Foundation!
  •  “Huinay Fiordos 6”: Benthic invertebrates of the Northern Patagonian Zone (Parque Tantauco, Puerto Cisnes): February 10-27, 2008, participants: Vreni Häussermann, Günter Försterra, Nicola Reiff, Philippe Willenz, Michelle Marcotte, Josh Biro and Roddy Foley (planned by Vreni Häussermann). Many thanks to the people of Parque Tantauco!
  • “Huinay Fiordos 7 (Replacement: Llico Bajo, Northern Chiloé): January 17-25, 2009, participants: Vreni Häussermann, Günter Försterra, Philippe Willenz, Michelle Marcotte, Josh Biro, Hannes Imhoff, Josefina Peters. Many thanks to Sinergias!
  • Huinay Fiordos 8: Sponges and polychaetes of the Reñihué fjord: February 6-9, 2009, participants: Philippe Willenz, Americo Montiel, Josh Biro (planned by Vreni Häussermann and Josh Biro). Many thanks to the Pumalin Foundation!
  • “Huinay Fiordos 9”: Isla Navarino (Beagle channel) and Anihué (XII y XI región), 03.12.2010 – 29.01.2011, Participants: Vreni Häussermann, Günter Fösterra (con Fabian, Fiona), Michelle Marcotte, David Bybee (with Herenui, Tevai, Matohi, Ahiatea), Estefanía Rodriguez, Philipp Moell (with Alex), Alejandro Grajales, Graham Edgar. Many thanks to DAP, NAVIMAG, Naviera Austral and the American Museum of Natural History!
  • “Huinay Fiordos 10”: Reñihue fjord (Xth region), 19.03.2011 – 21.03.2011, participants: Roland Melzer, Roland Meyer, Andrea Weiss; organized by V. Häussermann. Thanks to Pumalin Foundation!
  • “Huinay Fiordos 11”: Islas Chonos (XI región), 18.11.2011 – 02.12.2011, participants: Günter Fösterra, David Bellhoff, Daniel Genter, Zarelle Bellhoff, Emma Plotnek; organized by V. Häussermann. Thanks to CONAF, the crew of the Petrel and NAVIMAG!
  • “Huinay Fiordos 12”: Anihue (XI región), 19.–28.2.2012, participants: Jürgen Laudien, David Bellhoff, Lisa Reichel, Jens Müller. Many thanks to Felipe Gonzales & Añihue Reserve!
  • “Huinay Fiordos 13”: Puerto Eden and Messier Channel (XI región), 08.03.2012 – 23.03.2012, participants: Günter Fösterra, David Bellhoff, Daniel Genter, Zarelle Bellhoff, Emma Plotnek; organized by V. Häussermann. Thanks to Keri and Gregor from Northanger and NAVIMAG!
  • “Huinay Fiordos 14”: Isla Madre de Dios, 20.2.2012 – 5.3.2012, participants: Claudio Richter, Laura Fillinger, Carin Jantzen, Tobias Funke, Mathías Hune, Narissa Bax
  • “Huinay Fiordos 15”: Fiordo Reñihué (X region), 13.8.2012, participants: Rhian Waller, Dan Genter, Christopher Rigaud. Thanks to Pumalin Foundation!
  • “Huinay Fiordos 16”: Madre de Dios Archipielago (XII region), Abril 10- Mayo 1, 2013, participants: Vreni Häusserman, Günter Försterra, Kaitlin McConnell, Ulrich Pörschmann, David Bellhoff, Roland Meyer, Roland Melzer, Daniela Henkel, Luis Hernández. Thanks to IMOPAC!
  • “Huinay Fiordos 17”: Añihué (XI region), 7. – 12.3.2013, participants: Jürgen Laudien, Lisa Reichel, Henry Göhlich, David Bellhoff. Thanks to Anihue Reserve!
  • Huinay Fiordos 18″: Reñihué Fjord, March 18-20, 2013, participants: Vreni Häusserman, Günter Försterra, Kaitlin McConnell, Jürgen Laudien, Lisa Reichel, Henry Göhlich. Thanks to Pumalin Foundation!
  • “Huinay Fiordos 19”: Valdivia to Canal Chacao (X region), 2. – 11.2.2014, participants: Vreni Häusserman, Günter Försterra, Kaitlin McConnell, Ulrich Pörschmann
  • “Huinay Fiordos 20”: Añihué and Reñihué, 4. – 11.2.2014, participants: Jürgen Laudien, Svantje Gottschlich, Erik Wurz, Christopher Nowak, Henry Göhlich. Thanks to Reserva Añihue, Parque Pumalin
  • “Huinay Fiordos 21”: Chonos and Guaitecas Archipielago to Peninsula Taitao, 2. – 18.4.2014, participants: Vreni Häusserman, Kaitlin McConnell, Ulrich Pörschmann, Anna Dewert, Sarah Feind. Thanks to NAVIMAG, and the captains of the Saoirse Keri Lee Pashuk and Greg Landreth!
  • “Huinay Fiordos 22”: Chiloé and Guafo Island, 10. – 19.1.2015, participants: Vreni Häusserman, Kaitlin McConnell, Ulrich Pörschmann, Günter Försterra. Many thanks to Parque Tantauco!
  • “Huinay Fiordos 23”: Añihué and Reñihué, 9. – 19.2.2015, participants: Jürgen Laudien, Günter Försterra, Verena Häussermann, Susann Diercks, Felix Rossbach, Max Neffgen. Many thanks to Reserva Añihue and Parque Pumalin!
  • “Huinay Fiordos 24”: Pto. Edén to Golfo de Penas, 14.4. – 3.5.2015, participants: Vreni Häusserman, Kaitlin McConnell, Ulrich Pörschmann, Insa Stolz, Henry Göhlich. Thanks to NAVIMAG, and the captains of the Saoirse Keri Lee Pashuk and Greg Landreth!



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