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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 ...


Master in the WG Development and Knowledge Sociology

PhD student in the WG Geoecology and Carbonate Sedimentology

Master thesis in the WG Ecophysiology

Master thesis in the WG Geoecology and Carbonate Sedimentology

Research Associate for project TICAS

Student Assistant in Development and Knowledge Sociology


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


ARTE report: Drones in the service of science

Recently, a report on the German-French TV channel ARTE featured how ZMT working groups use drones for their research on coral reefs and mangroves. more ...

ZMT's virtual coral reef to mesmerize visitors at the Meeresmuseum Stralsund

ZMT has passed on its virtual coral reef as a loan to the Meeresmuseum in Stralsund. With its four sites and more than 700,000 visitors per year, the Deutsches Meeresmuseum is the largest natural science museum in northern Germany. The multimedia station was opened on July 18 in the presence of the press and TV. more ...

Symposium on Reef Research on August 7 at ZMT

On August 7, ZMT will be holding a symposium on reef research with seven female and male scientists. The talks start at 9 am with the last one scheduled for 3:30 pm. The objective of the symposium is to present an overview on ecological research in reef systems and discuss needs for future research. more ...

Submarine groundwater springs: the invisible water resource

In the scientific journal Earth-Science Reviews geologists Nils Moosdorf and Till Oehler from ZMT report about a very special natural phenomenon, which scientists have not jet given much attention to: submarine groundwater discharge. For many coastal populations they hold a considerable benefit and cultural value. more ...

KDM anchors new strategy group »Marine Social Sciences and Humanities«

At its general assembly in Hamburg last week, the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM) decided to establish a new strategy group on »Marine Social Sciences and Humanities«. The decision reflects the rising importance of social sciences and humanities for the marine sciences. more ...

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29.8.17, 11:00, ZMT, PhD defense
Carbon footprints of land use change: Impacts on soil carbon leaching, aquatic CO2 emissions and the marine carbonate system in Indonesia (Francisca Wit)

9.9.17, 11:00, Haus der Wissenschaft, Wissen um 11
Dünger und Korallen, Tanker und Apfelbäume – Wie die Schnittstelle Land und Meer immer stärker zusammen wächst (Prof. Dr. Achim Schlüter)


23.5. - 15.10.17
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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The ZMT is a member of the Leibniz Association, the Leibniz-Network Biodiversity, the German Marine Research Consortium and the Northwest Marine Research Association.

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