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Phytoplankton size-diversity mediates an emergent trade-off in ecosystem functioning for rare versus frequent disturbances

Accumulation patterns if lipophilic organic contaminants in surface sediments and in economic important mussel and fish species from Jakarta Bay, Indonesia

Origin and fate of sedimentary organic matter in the northern Bay of Bengal during the last 18 ka

Differential recycling of coral and algal dissolved organic matter via the sponge loop

The terrestrial isopod microbiome: an all-in-one toolbox for animal–microbe interactions of ecological relevance

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Science Year 2016 / 17: Seas and Oceans

Leibniz Year 2016


Internationl ZMT Alumni Kick-Off Conference

As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, the ZMT is holding its alumni kick-off conference from 25th to 28th October 2016. About 50 out of 600 alumni and former guest researchers, who come from about 27 different, mainly tropical countries, will join the conference. more ...

Bremen Earth and Social Science Talks (BEST)

This talk series aims to attract influential speakers from academia to Bremen to share their thoughts and provoke discussion. The focus will be on pressing societal challenges such as sustainability, climate change, resource exploitation, and governance. more ...

EU Cost Action “Ocean Governance for Sustainability”

The kick-off and first Management Committee meeting of the COST Action "Ocean Governance for Sustainability – Challenges, Options and the Role of Science” initiative took place recently in Brussels. The events marked the starting point of a four-year project funded by the European Union and coordinated by ZMT's Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Horndige. It includes 22 European countries and 74 institutional partners. more ...

Inaugurating EMERSA – a new DFG-funded project under SPP 1889

EMERSA is a research project that recently secured DFG funding within the broader SPP 1889 initiative – Regional Sea Level Change and Society. The three-year project kicked off with a scientific workshop hosted at ZMT with partners from the University of Bremen´s Sustainability Research Center (artec), the Universitas Indonesia, together with members from ZMT´s Development and Knowledge Sociology Working Group. more ...

SUTAS graduate school: "We have achieved a lot in research and education."

A four-day symposium on the island of Zanzibar will bring the current funding phase of the SUTAS graduate school to an end. Supported by the Leibniz association the ZMT set up SUTAS in 2013. In our interview Prof. Dr. Matthias Wolff, STUAS coordinator, talks about the beginnings, the inspiring research and the future plans for the graduate school. more ...

First ZMT alumni workshop in East Africa

The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) is holding its first first regional alumni workshop on the island of Zanzibar (Tanzania) on September 18. Preceding the final SUTAS symposium, which takes place from September 19 to 23, ZMT’s alumni workshop brings together former guest scientists as well as ISATEC and PhD graduates from all over Eastern Africa. 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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27.10.16, 10:00, ZMT The Box
German Interdisciplinary Sustainability Research in the Tropics: The Center for Development Research, WASCAL and a History of strategic Engagement with Science Donors and Policy-makers (Prof. Dr. Paul Vlek, Center for Development Research, Universität Bonn), Host: A.-K. Hornidge

27.10.16, 17:00, ZMT seminar room (BEST Lecture Series)
Grappling with a changing ocean: Coral reefs, people and COP21 agreement (Prof. Dr. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Global Change Institute, University of Queensland). Hosts: A. Merico, T. Jennerjahn

2.11.16, 12:00, ZMT seminar room
Submarine Groundwater Discharge - An "overlooked" phenomen in the ocean? (Dr. Till Oehler)

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Expedition to Zanzibar, 15.9 - 15.10.16 more ...

STUAS - Symposium, Zanzibar, 18. - 23.9.16 more ...

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