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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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Living from the Sea: Cultural and Marine Conversation in Fiji

Drones as tools for monitoring beach topography changes in the Ligurian Sea (NW Mediterranean)

The need for a holistic approach in mangrove-related fisheries research: a specific review of the German and Brazilian research project MADAM

Fish use of intertidal mangrove creeks at Qeshm Island, Iran

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April 25 - May 1 2016
International Summer School "Ecology of Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems" in Senegal
Applications open until February 29

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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25 years of tropical marine research in Bremen: the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology

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 5 at Bremen’s Haus der Wissenschaft.

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ZMT International Summer School in Senegal: Applications now open!

With support from the Volkswagen Foundation, the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) is organizing an international summer school on the “Ecology of Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems (EBUS)”. It is aimed at PhD candidates and postdocs from German and African universities. Please apply by Februray 29, 2016! more ...

Sinking islands: Does the rise of sea level endanger the Takuu Atoll in the Pacific?

In the last decades the sea level has been rising continuously – about 3,3 mm per year. Are the effects of sea level rise becoming noticeable on reef islands? Scientists from the ZMT could answer this question for the Taku Atoll, a group of islands located in the Pacific, northeast of Papua New Guinea. more ...

SPICE Final Conference on Bali

A two-day conference on Bali brought the bilateral research programme SPICE (Science for the Protection of the Indonesian Coastal Marine Ecosystems) to a close. During the conference the programme partners already discussed further opportunities for continued collaboration and joint research. more ...

When one becomes three: Rare sea cumber fission at ZMT aquarium

At the ZMT’s marine experimental facility (MAREE) a very rare and fascinating event took place recently when one of the institute’s sea cucumbers of the species Stichopus vastus (Curryfish) reproduced through fission. more ...

New ZMT Newsletter now online

Our new ZMT Newsletter is now online. Among other topics, this issue reports on sea level changes and measuring waves, we introduce our new professor in social sciences, and ZMT’s research into submarine groundwater discharge. We hope you enjoy reading it. more ...

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6.2.16, 11.00, Haus der Wissenschaft, Bremen
Alles ist im Fluss: Wie Grundwasser zur Ozeanverschmutzung beiträgt (Nils Moosdorf, ZMT)

12.2.16, 14:30, PhD defense
Let's Get Political: Community Participation in the Marine Protected Area (MPA) Establishment Process in Indonesia (Wasistini Baitoningsih)

17.2.16, 12.00,
Guest lecture
Environmental Education in Indonesia (Sarah Altwicker, ThinkBlue e.V., Bonn)

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Final conference of the SPICE project in Bali, Indonesia 19. - 22.1.16 more ...

Expedition to Lombok, Indonesia, 1.11.15 - 30.4.16 more ...

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Leibniz year 2016

The ZMT is a member of the Leibniz Association, the Leibniz-Network Biodiversity, the German Marine Research Consortium and the Northwest Marine Research Association.

Konsortium Deutsche Meeresforschung