Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Bremen
The Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) is dedicated to research and teaching in the subject areas of tropical ecosystems such as coral reefs, mangroves, sea grass beds, upwelling areas and river estuaries.
Using an interdisciplinary approach, the ZMT studies the ecology and socio-economics of these habitats, thus contributing to the development of concepts that aim to ensure their sustainable use and protection.
The research fields of the ZMT encompass the areas of ecology, biogeochemistry and geology, social sciences and ecological modelling. Through lectures, special courses and the supervision of theses the Institute works closely with research institutions in Germany and abroad. In the field of coastal zone management the ZMT contributes to capacity building in its tropical partner countries.
The Institute runs an own marine experimental facility (MAREE) with several independent recirculating systems and 24 mesocosms for experiments under controlled conditions. The ZMT has around 180 staff members.