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Press releases

The ZMT is a member of the Scientific Information Service - IDW and publishes all press release on the service's website. The idw scientific information service is the news portal for up-to-date information from science and research. It brings together the scientific community and the public by publishing news items and schedules of events from its 1,000 member institutions and by distributing them some 39,000 subscribers, including 8,000 journalists.

News from ZMT

Twice a year the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) publishes a newsletter in English, which is available for download. ZMT press office is happy to add you to the distribution list.

On the Science for the Public page we provide information about lectures, exhibitions and other events of the ZMT for the general public.

On the website media coverage you will find a selection of articles, radio and TV reports about the ZMT and its work.

Inclusion in our press mailing list

If you would like to regularly receive ZMT press releases, please send us a short Email with your contact information, your areas of interest and your media affiliation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


ZMT a wealth of images from its research regions including photos of coastal ecosystems studied by ZMT scientists (coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, upwelling systems, rivers, estuaries and coastal zones). Please contact the ZMT press office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you require accompanying visual media for your reporting. Unless otherwise noted, all photographs need to be referenced as follows: Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT).

Expert knowledge

You are looking for a scientist to provide background information for your story or as an interviewee? Please contact the press office by phone or email to set up the interview with the appropriate ZMT expert.

ZMT Experts

Who am I, what am I researching, why is it important and why do I enjoy it so much: in our video series, our experts introduce themselves and their exciting research at the ZMT.

Our Senior Scientists

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Our Young Experts

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Here is a list with topics (related to tropical and subtropical seas and coastal habitats) that ZMT scientists study:


  • Coral reef ecology
  • Organisms in coral reefs - e.g. sea cucumbers, sea urchins, reef fishes
  • Threats and resilience of reefs
  • Services of coral reefs
  • Consequences of climate change and ocean acidification for coral reefs
  • Restoration of coral reefs
  • Ornamental organism trade and breeding
  • Marine protected areas
  • Evolution and population genetics of (reef) fishes
  • Mangrove ecology
  • Threats and reforestation of mangroves
  • Services of mangroves
  • Mangroves and Blue Carbon
  • Ecosystem Design
  • Sustainable aquaculture
  • Environmental degradation through aquaculture
  • Aquaculture as an area of the Blue Economy
  • Alternative food resources from the sea
  • Metabolic adaptation to environmental stress in fishes
  • Fisheries biology
  • Marine organisms in upwelling areas
  • Migratory movements of fish
  • Pollutants (plastics) in fish stocks

Biogeochemistry and Geology

  • Environmental reconstruction through climate archives such as coral cores
  • Impact of climate change on calcifying organisms
  • Material cycles (carbon, nutrients) in the ocean and coasts
  • Blue Carbon in tropical coastal systems
  • Riverine inputs to the sea
  • Environmental impacts on groundwater
  • Tropical peatlands
  • Sediment research

Social Sciences

  • Sustainable tourism in coastal areas
  • Economic aspects of marine protection
  • Social systems and ecological economics in tropical coastal areas
  • Sustainability research
  • Social aspects of ecosystem management
  • Environment and development of small island states
  • Artisanal fisheries
  • Resource use, productivity of natural resources, resource policy
  • Circular / Blue Economy

Integrated Modeling

  • Modeling of climatic processes, e.g. thunderstorm cells
  • Modeling of processes in coral reefs
  • Ecological modeling - e.g. of biodiversity processes, marine plastic pollution, climate change
  • Data Science