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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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Master thesis projects / Mangrove resources

Coordination EU COST Network Project

Master theses projects /ECOLOC/ Hainan

Student assistant in Public Relations

Internship Photometer Project


The Role of Perceptions for Community-Based Marine Resource Management

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


ZMT welcomes new NAM-Fellows

Four scientists from Columbia, India, Malaysia and Jordan will be visiting the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology for three months as part of a NAM-Fellowship. They will do their research in the work groups Human Agency, Resilience and Diversity in Coral Reefs, Ecophysiology, Microbiology and Mangrove Ecology. Two of the new guests have already arrived in Bremen. more ...

Conference „Ocean Governance for Sustainability“: Call for abstracts open!

In March 2017, the first content-focused conference of the EU Cost Action 'Ocean Governance for Sustainability' will take place in Bremen. Interested members of the European COST Action network can send in manuscripts and abstracts until December 31, 2016. more ...

Partner gesucht: ZMT entwickelt leistungsstarkes Photometer

Chemieingenieur Matthias Birkicht hat mit seinem Team einen leistungsstarken Photometerprototyp zur Wasseranalyse entwickelt. Um das Gerät zukünftig online anbieten zu können, ist das ZMT derzeit auf der Suche nach Partnern und Sponsoren. more ...

Bundeskanzlerin betont Forschungsfreiheit: Angela Merkel spricht bei Jahrestagung der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel betont auf der Jahrestagung der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft die Freiheit der Wissenschaft auf Basis einer auskömmlichen Finanzierung. Bremens Wissenschaftssenatorin Eva Quante-Brandt sieht Wissenschaft als Mittel gegen Realitätsverlust in Teilen der Gesellschaft. more ...

BMBF delegation in Xiamen: 30 years of successful German-Chinese marine research

Representatives of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and of the Chinese marine research authority State Oceanic Administration (SOA) recently met in the town of Xiamen in Southern China for the 19th meeting of the German-Chinese steering committee for coastal, marine and polar research. Dr. Tim Jennerjahn represented the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT). more ...

ECSA 56: Special issues of journals ECSS and OCMA now open for manuscript submission

Following from September’s successful ECSA56 conference in Bremen the journals Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science (ECSS) and Ocean & Coastal Management (OCMA) have opened a call for papers on the conference topic of "Coastal systems in transition: From a 'natural' to an 'anthropogenically-modified' state". Both publications will publish special issues. Submissions are welcome until December 31. more ...

New cooperation agreement between ZMT and University of Pará (UFPA) in Brazil

Professor Hildegard Westphal, Director of the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), and Professor Horácio Schneider, Rector of the University of Pará (UFPA) in Brazil have agreed terms for a long-term cooperation between the two institutions by signing a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). more ...

MIT anthropologists visit ZMT

Professors Stefan Helmreich and Heather Paxson from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Anthropology recently facilitated an interdisciplinary workshop on “Infrastructures of NatureCulture in the Realm of the Intangible and Invisible”hosted at ZMT. more ...

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21.12.16, 12:00, talk, ZMT large seminar room
Global Fishing Watch Project, Kristina Börder (Biology Department, Dalhousie University, Canada)

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Roundtable workshop: "Exploring Marine and Coastal Epistemologies"
Co-organised by ZMT´s Development and Knowledge Sociology Work Group, the Sustainability Research Center (artec, University of Bremen,and the Geography Institute (University of Hamburg) .

Date: Mo, 23 January 2017, 14.00-16.00

Venue: Yu Garden Chinese Tea House (room: Shanghai Hall), Feldbrunnenstr. 67, 20148 Hamburg (train station: Hamburg-Dammtor)

Registration deadline: 10 December 2016 with cormac.walshe-mail addressuni-hamburg.de

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There is a new post in this expedition blog...

Expedition to Colombia, 7.11.16 – 17.11.16 more ...

Expedition to Zanzibar, 15.9 - 15.10.16 more ...

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

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