Prof. Dr. Martin Zimmer (FB 2)
Zoologist Martin Zimmer has held the professorship for Mangrove Ecology in the Faculty of Biology/Chemistry since May 2014. He leads the accordant research group at the University of Bremen’s Center for Marine Tropical Ecology (ZMT). Zimmer studied biology at the University of Cologne and worked on his doctoral project in Cologne and Ann Arbor, (USA). His research within the context of a post-doctoral dissertation and position as Privatdozent at the University of Kiel brought him into contact with coastal ecological systems. Most recently he was leader of a research group for terrestrial ecology at the University of Salzburg. While at the ZMT, Zimmer will pursue his research interest investigating the interactions of biotic communities under changing environmental conditions in mangrove ecosystems. Scientists predict that there will be a major impact on this habitat due to the changes taking place within the global environment, like global warming or the rise in sea levels, for instance. This is aggravated by the growing pressure from humans to utilize resources. What effect do these factors have on the ecosystem? Zimmer is investigating the answer to this question on the example of the interaction between individual components of the system, the symbiotic interactions, and material flows in mangroves and their neighboring ecosystems. Together with partners in Australia and the USA he is planning a project in China to research the geographic limits of mangroves and the climate-related changes taking place.