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ZMT Newsletter

Our newsletter informs about new developments at the ZMT. It is issued twice a year in English. Would you like to subscribe? more ...

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Tropical coastal ecosystems are highly productive habitats with high ecological and economic importance. The ZMT is dedicated to these ecosystems, and the understanding of the influences which alter and threaten them. Through its activities in research, training and consulting, the ZMT aims to contribute toward their protection and sustainable use.
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Our webcam shows a pair of clownfish tending their brood. more ...


Postdoc in the WG Tropical Marine Microbiology

Qualified IT Specialist

Traineeship in the photometer project

Postdoc in the WG Development and Knowledge Sociology

PhD student in the WG Mangrove Ecology


Carbon leaching from tropical peat soils and consequences for carbon balances

The fisheries assessment program package TropFishR, which was elaborated in the Resource Management working group is published to CRAN and is now publicly available

Baseline of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in the surface sediment and sea cucumbers (Holothuria leucospilota and Stichopus hermanni) in the northern parts of Persian Gulf

Under pressure: investigating marine resource-based livelihoods in Jakarta Bay and the Thousand Islands

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Science Year 2016 / 17: Seas and Oceans

Leibniz Year 2016


ZMT on expedition with RV Meteor

At the end of July, 13 scientists from the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology will be going on a research expedition with the RV Meteor. They are travelling to the upwelling systems at the coasts of Mauretania and Senegal, where the marine ecosystems are of great scientific and economic interest. The upwelling areas cover an oceanographic transition area, which allows to decipher the impacts of different parameters. more ...

Coral reef biologist Dr. Sebastian Ferse assists tribunal as scientific expert in ruling on South China Sea dispute

On July 12, an international tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague published its ruling in the South China Sea dispute between the Philippines and China. ZMT’s Dr. Sebastian Ferse headed a team of three independent experts on coral reef biology who were appointed to assist the tribunal in evaluating the available scientific evidence and the Philippines’ expert reports. more ...

Leibniz Environment & Development Symposium (LEADS): Call for papers!

Four members of the Leibniz Association – namely ATB, IGZ, ZALF and ZMT – are inviting fellow Leibniz research institutions to participate in the first Leibniz Environment & Development Symposium (LEADS) which will take place at the Leibniz HQ in Berlin from December 5 to 7. Scientists from the Leibniz Association can submit their papers until September 15. more ...

Pace-NET+: Final conference of network project between EU and South Pacific region

Science, technology and innovation as corner stones of sustainable development of the South Pacific region were at the centre of the final PACE-NET+ conference. Siaosi Sovaleni, Vice Prime Minister of Tonga, opened the two-day event on Fiji, which was attended by more than 100 representatives from science, politics and society from the EU and the South Pacific region. more ...

Second ZMT Newsletter of 2016 now online

Our second ZMT Newsletter of the year is out now. Among other, you can find out what foraminifera can tell us about climate change, how the ZMT contributes to research into infectious diseases and read about our international summer school in Senegal. We hope you enjoy it. more ...

ZMT: 25 years of tropical marine research in Bremen

Twenty-five years ago the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology was founded in Bremen. On the occasion of its anniversary the ZMT starts a new German-language lecture series on February 6 at Bremen’s Haus der Wissenschaft. more ...

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6.8.16, 11:00, ZMT-Talk in Haus der Wissenschaft, Bremen
69 Jahre, 1 Monat und 21 Tage: Atoll-Inseln auf Wanderschaft
(Dr. Thomas Mann, ZMT)

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Conference trip to Mekong Delta, Vietnam, 1.6.16 - 29.6.16 more ...

Expedition to Mekong Delta, Vietnam, 1.6.16 - 29.6.16 more ...

Expedition to Honolulu, Hawaii, 19.6.16 - 24.6.16 more ...

Expedition to Fiji, 1.10.15 - 30.6.16 more ...

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ECSA 56 Coastal systems in transition: From a 'natural' to an 'anthropogenically-modified' state

4-7 September 2016 Maritim Hotel & Congress Centrum Bremen
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