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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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Coordinator of ZMT researcher development programme

Master´s project in the WG Mangrove Ecology

Workgroup Leader: Reef Studies

Student helper in the WG Development and Knowledge Sociology

Post Doc in the WG Tropical Marine Microbiology

Master´s projects in the WG Algae and Seegrass Ecology

Master´s project in Mangrove Ecology


A Trait-Based Model for Describing the Adaptive Dynamics of Coral-Algae Symbiosis

Integrating the concept of resilience into an ecosystem approach to bivalve aquaculture management.

High sedimentary oxygen consumption indicates that sewage input from small islands drives benthic community shifts on overfished reefs.

Panama’s impotent mangrove laws.

Flood pulse induced changes in isotopic niche and resource utilization of consumers in a Mexican floodplain system.

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Science Year 2016 / 17: Seas and Oceans


Join the research expedition „Seas and Oceans“ on the MS Wissesnchaft

Starting on April 24 the exhibition ship MS Wissenschaft will be again on tour, this time heading for German and Austrian inland ports. On board, the interactive exhibition “Seas and Oceans”, also featuring the ZMT´s virtual coral reef, can be visited. Last year around 80.000 enthusiastic guests from Northern Germany visited the exhibition. more ...

Erstmals Verleihung in Bremen: »CAMPUS PREIS: Forschen für nachhaltige Zukunft«

Die KELLNER & STOLL STIFTUNG FÜR KLIMA & UMWELT, das Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenforschung (ZMT) und die Universität Bremen laden Medienvertreter herzlich ein zur festlichen Verleihung des »CAMPUS PREISES: Forschen für nachhaltige Zukunft« am 26. April 2017 um 18 Uhr im ZMT. more ...

New BEST lecture: Global seagrass crisis by Professor Marianne Holmer (SDU)

The use of coastal zones by humans is leading to a global decline of seagrass meadows. On April 25 at 5:00 p.m. Pofessor Marinanne Holmer from the University of Southern Denmark in Odense is giving a lecture on the global crisis of seagras meadows. more ...

ZMT alumni gathered for second regional conference in Colombia

ZMT’s alumni from the Americas recently held their regional conference in Santa Marta (Colombia). Hosted by the Universidad del Magdalena, the goal of the gathering was to contribute to the conservation and management of coastal ecosystems in the region and to establish a working line for the regional network. more ...

NAM-Fellowship at ZMT: Apply by July 7, 2017

Young scientists from developing countries have the opportunity to apply for one of five NAM-Fellowships. The stipend by the ZMT and the NAM S&T Centre financially supports a three-month research stay at the ZMT in Bremen. more ...

Coral reefs: Just keep swimming

In the eastern barrier reef of the Palau archipelago ZMT scientists Dr. Sonia Bejarano and Dr. Sebastian Ferse, together with Jean-Baptiste Jouffray (PhD candidate at the Stockholm Resilience Centre), investigated how differences in wave exposure influence herbivorous fishes, thus having effects on the whole reef’s functioning. more ...

AWA project ends with final workshop in The Gambia

A three-day workshop in Banjul (The Gambia) brought the AWA project to an end this week. 26 scientists from West Africa, Germany and France met in the Gambian capital to discuss research results of the project and possible future cooperation. more ...

Leibniz magazine features the oceans

In the frame of the Science Year “Seas and Oceans” the Leibniz Association dedicates the new issue of its magazine to the oceans. Three of the contributions feature ZMT research projects. more ...

GeoBremen 2017: Call for abstracts open

This year the annual meeting of the Deutsche Geologische Gesellschaft – Geologische Vereinigung (DGGV) and the Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft (DMG) takes place in Bremen from Septmber 24 to 29 2017. The Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) is also taking part and resposible for organizing a session on coastal dynamics. Abstracts can be submitted until 15 June 2017. more ...

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25.4.17, ZMT seminar room, 17:00, BEST Lecture Series
Seagrass global crisis – how to survive exposure to hypoxia and sulfide (Prof. Dr. Marianne Holmer, Department of BioloUniversity of Southern Denmark). Host: A. Merico, T. Jennerjahn

31.5.17, ZMT seminar room, 12:00
Homo sapiens: surprising features of a super-species (Prof. Dr. Agostino Merico)


27.4.17, 9:00 - 13:00, Future´s day at ZMT: Experiencing Marine Research

16. - 17.5.17, Workshop, Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Delmenhorst
The Carnian Pluvial Episode (Late Triassic): Climate Change and Evolutionary Innovations (A. Merico et al.). More information...

12.9. - 17.9.17 IUCN Mangrove Symposium
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Expeditions to Hainan, China, 21.3.16 – 4.6.17 more ...

Expedition to Eilat, March 2017 more ...

Expedition nach Eilat, Israel, Januar - März 2017 more ...

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