Australia, Queensland, Townsville / Photo: Lisa Röpke, Jennifer Ullrich

05/05/2022 | Two ZMT marine biologists go public with their drone images of coasts and coral reefs, some of which were taken during their research at the ZMT: in an exhibition at the Landesamt für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Geologie LUNG in Güstrow, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, PhD student Lisa Röpke and Pia Lewin (M.Sc.) present impressive photos of coasts and coral reefs from a bird's eye view.

Both are graduates of the ISATEC program (International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology). For their fieldwork, they travelled to very different locations and to several continents. The passion for the sea led the scientists and hobby photographers to capture the beauty and status of these coastal places in their pictures.

Their exhibition "Coastal Colours and Shapes from a Bird's Eye View" shows a selection of 18 drone photographs that they were able to take on private trips as well as during various research stays in the Philippines, Palau, Australia, the Mediterranean, and the North and Baltic Seas.

For her master's thesis at the ZMT, Pia Lewin used drone photographs to create 3D models of coral reefs and investigated whether such models can be used to draw conclusions about the occurrence of reef fish. Lisa Röpke was in Australia at the AIMS (Australian Institute of Marine Science) for her doctoral thesis, where she conducted research on antifouling coatings and their use for coral reef restoration.

"With our exhibition we want to illustrate why the protection and conservation of this coastal diversity is absolutely worthwhile," emphasize the two marine biologists. The photographs will be on display at LUNG until July 29, 2022. Interested visitors can view the works during the opening hours of the LUNG.

Landesamt für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Geologie
Goldberger Straße 12 b (Building 3)
Güstrow, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern