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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 ...


Research Associate for project TICAS

Student Assistant in Development and Knowledge Sociology

Master thesis in Mangrove Ecology


TropFishR: an R package for fisheries analysis with length-frequency data.

Interspecific variations in mangrove leaf litter decomposition are related to labile nitrogenous compounds.

Mutualistic damselfish induce higher photosynthetic rates in their host coral.

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.

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Science Year 2016 / 17: Seas and Oceans


Film screening: “An Ocean Mystery, The Missing Catch“

On Friday, June 30, the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research will be showing the award-winning documentary “An Ocean Mystery, The Missing Catch“. The film deals with the overexploitation of the oceans and accompanies renowned fisheries biologist Daniel Pauly and other experts during their research. more ...

Vortrag des preisgekrönten Meeresbiologen Daniel Pauly am 29. Juni im Universum®

In seinem englischsprachigen Vortrag in der Reihe »Bremen Earth and Social Science Talks« des ZMT wird sich Daniel Pauly nicht nur mit den Folgen der globalen Fischerei auf die Meere und Ozeane auseinandersetzen, sondern auch die Auswirkungen des Klimawandels auf die marinen Lebensgemeinschaften erörtern. more ...

Latest ZMT Newsletter now online

Our second newsletter of the year is now available to download. This time around we are digging through mangrove sediments around the world. We are cutting it fine with an insight into the work of our thin section lab and shine a light on ZMT’s laboratories in general. We hope you enjoy your read. more ...

A taste of the future of the oceans

The lecture series “Science Sips” is a project of the Science Year 2016*17. On June 21 ZMT microbiologist Dr. Astrid Gärdes will participate in the programme with a keynote speech about the environmental impacts of aquaculture. more ...

How reliable are shells used as climate archives?

For the reconstruction of the climate in past eras calcareous structures of marine animals like shells represent a valuable archive. Climate studies also resort to archaeological shell middens. But are shells, which were exposed to heat for consumption, reliable climate archives? Geologist Peter Müller knows the answer… more ...

Open Campus: All about Diving at ZMT´s Stand

The Open Campus held by the University of Bremen is just around the corner. On Saturday, June 17 2017 from 2:00 pm the ZMT will also be present at the so-called "Mile of Marquees". At ZMT's stand the topic is diving. The institute will inform about its courses for scientific diving and send visitors on a journey through a virtual coral reef with the help of a VR headset. more ...

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29.6.17, Universum Science Center, 17:00, BEST Series
Impact of Fisheries and Global Warming on Marine Ecosystems (Prof. Dr. Daniel Pauly, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia). Hosts: A. Merico, T. Jennerjahn

30.6.17, ZMT large seminar room, 12:00
The resilience of coral reefs in an era of climate change (Prof. Peter Mumby, Marine Spatial Ecology Lab at the University of Queensland). Host: S. Ferse

30.6.17, ZMT large seminar room, 14:00, film screening
An Ocean Mystery, The Missing Catch (Prof. Dr. Daniel Pauly)

30.6.17, Uni Bremen, C0300, 16:00, PhD thesis defense
Influences of Pacific Island human communities on benthic coral reef functioning and resilience (Amada Ford, ZMT)


23.5. - 23.8.17
Exhibition: 100m2 Meer - Eine Reise durch die Meere und Ozeane
Haus der Wissenschaft, Bremen

12.9. - 17.9.17 IUCN Mangrove Symposium
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Expedition to Singapore, 17.5. – 30.5.17 more ...

Expeditions to Hainan, China, 21.3.16 – 4.6.17 more ...

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