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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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Workgroup Leader: Reef Studies

Student helper in the WG Social-Ecological Systems (SES) Analysis Group


Sediment composition and facies of coral reef islands in the Spermonde Archipelago, Indonesia.

Solutions to blue carbon emissions: shrimp cultivation, mangrove deforestation and climate change in coastal Bangladesh.

Sustainable ocean economy, innovation and growth: a G20 initiative for the 7th largest economy in the world.

Bacterial community composition and potential driving factors in different reef habitats of the Spermonde Archipelago, Indonesia.

Metabolomics reveals biotic and abiotic elicitor effects on the soft coral Sarcophyton ehrenbergi terpenoid content.

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Science Year 2016 / 17: Seas and Oceans


Ventilation for corals: Symbiosis with damselfish brings great advantages for coral growth

Many stony corals live in a close relationship with different species of damselfish. Reef ecologists from ZMT have now investigated this symbiosis in more detail and have discovered an advantage for the corals, which was unknown until now: the fish boost coral photosynthesis und thus enhance their growth. more ...

ZMT's Head of Social Sciences acts as adviser during workshop of Belmont Forum in Brussels

Professor Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Head of Social Sciences at ZMT, will be advising the Belmont Forum in establishing a new funding line. The organisation counts some of the world's major and emerging funders of global environmental change research amongst its members. more ...

German Society for Human Ecology (DGH): Marion Glaser re-elected as Vice President

Dr. Marion Glaser, head of the work group Social-Ecological Systems Analysis at ZMT, has been elected as Vice President of the German Society for Human Ecology (DGH). In her role as part of organisation’s board, she is responsible for international networking for the next two years. more ...

ZMT strengthens collaboration with Sulawesi: International Master Programme planned

By signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the ZMT and the Universitas Sam Ratulangi (UNSRAT) have extended their collaboration. As part of a new joint project under the lead of Museum Koenig in Bonn (ZFMK) the institutions are currently working on setting up a new master study programme at UNSRAT in Manado. more ...

Love Out Loud: ZMT at the re:publica

Love Out loud was this years motto at the re:publica, the international digital fair in berlin. With its partner Science Year it initiated a track focussing on exciting questions regarding the oceans. With its 3-D-coral reef shown at its stand in the VR-Lab, the ZMT offered an informative as well as emotional insight into tropical coral reefs. more ...

Starting signal for a global mangrove project

With almost a million euros the Leibniz Association will support a research project about mangroves, that envisages data collections in tropical regions all around the world. The joint project will apply state-of-the-art molecular technology and is being coordinated by the ZMT. more ...

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24.5.17, ZMT seminar room, 12:00
A Virtual Coral Reef - Presentation of a fully immersive and dynamic
reef environment (WG Prof. G. Zachmann, FB Informatik, Uni Bremen)

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


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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