News from ICBM
On September 27th the travelling exhibition Ocean Plastics Lab has been inaugurated by the German Federal Minister of Education and Research, Johanna Wanka, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, and President of the Regional Council of Piedmont, Mauro Laus. The ICBM made several contributions to the content of the exhibition, such as a video interview of ICBM professor Jörg-Olaf Wolff, further video material, texts and pictures. The Ocean Plastics Lab comprises exhibits and contributions from over 50 partners from 5 continents. Next stop on the exhibition’s tour will be Paris from 4-17 November 2017.
About 50 guests and staff members celebrated the 15th anniversary of the ICBM Time Series Station (TSS) in a commemorative event near the island of Spiekeroog and in Wilhelmshaven on Thursday 7th September.
A team of researchers from the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in Berlin and the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) at University of Oldenburg has analysed the largest freshwater bacterium, Achromatium oxaliferum. The results are stunning.
This year, the ICBM supported the litter-collecting event on the small island of Mellum, which is organized annually by the Mellum Council, the custodian of the bird island. Two research boats of the ICBM, OTZUM and ZEPHYR, in the early morning hours of August 5 carried more than 40 voluntary helpers near to the shore line of the island in the Jade bay orifice.
International Summer School for Marine Scientists at the University of Oldenburg Wilhelmshaven/Oldenburg. How does one create a mathematical model from environmental data? International members of the rising generation of marine researchers presently get acquainted with fundamental traits of modern scientific data processing.
The color of the coastal ocean is not only beautiful. For marine researchers it is also an important indicator of whether the sea is becoming darker. To answer this question in depth, researchers are collecting data worldwide using a mobile app developed at the Institute of Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM): The EyeonWater App. The project manager and marine physicist Oliver Zielinski from the ICBM explains how citizens can apply this app and how important their contribution is to the research project "Coastal Ocean Darkening". The detailed interview - in German language - can be found here:
More than a year after deployment, the SeaCycler, a prototypic and technically sophisticated marine sensor device, was fished up by the German research vessel Maria S. Merian from the Labrador Sea – much to the delight of scientists from Canada (Dalhousie University and Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO)), Germany (ICBM) and the US (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla).
A delegation of five scientists from the ICBM working group Marine Sensor Systems attended the Oceans ‘17 conference (60th OCEANS conference) in Aberdeen, Great Britain from 19th June to 22nd June 2017. OCEANS ‘17 is a conference with about 500 participants presenting their papers, submitted beforehand. The diversity of 12 parallel sessions over two full days ranged from technical sessions, modelling sessions, show cases up to application examples presented in 15-minute talks plus 5 minutes of discussion.
It has a size of just six centimeters and yet it plays a large role in the Antarctic ecosystem: the micro-crustacean Euphasia superba (Antarctic krill). Scientists have been puzzling for a long time about why the krill stocks vary significantly again and again. An international team of scientists headed by Prof. Dr. Bernd Blasius, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) of the University of Oldenburg, and Prof. Dr. Bettina Meyer, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and ICBM, found out in a recent study: above all, it is the competition for food within the population which is responsible for the fluctuations.
To close research gaps and build a scientific basis for marine protection – these are the aims of the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity. On 31st May 2017, the institute was founded officially at the University of Oldenburg. The university and Bremerhaven’s Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) will combine and expand their research excellence in this field. Initially eleven existing research groups from the University of Oldenburg and AWI will work together at the institute, six of them from the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) and Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences (IBU), and five from the AWI.