Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)


Storytime with: Dr. Werner Ekau

Jan Meier, Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenforschung (ZMT)
Fisheries biologist Dr. Werner Ekau was the first employee and has been at ZMT for 30 years. He now heads the institution as Scientific Director in an acting capacity.

WHY does ZMT research ecosystems in tropical seas?

HERE’S WHY: Urbanization, relentless natural-resource consumption, and climate change have dramatic consequences for our seas and oceans. These consequences are particularly serious in many tropical countries that are experiencing strong population growth and rapid economic development. Ecosystems along tropical coasts, such as coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass meadows, are severely threatened. These locations are enormously important for the environment and global material cycles as well as billions of people, as they are a source of food and income. Our research creates the foundational scientific knowledge to protect these fascinating habitats and use them sustainably.

WHY is there a bit of the University of Bremen at ZMT?

HERE’S WHY: ZMT was an autonomous institution at the University of Bremen when it was established 30 years ago. Our scientists have been committed to university teaching right from the outset, leading to a joint master’s program taught in English. ZMT has been a member of the Leibniz Association for 18 years. We are still connected to the university through research projects, professor positions, and teaching.

Trailer Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)