News from ICBM
One of the largest colonies of gentoo penguins in Antarctica was decimated by volcanic eruptions several times during the last 7,000 years according to a new study. Together with an international team of researchers, led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS), experts of the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) of the University of Oldenburg studied ancient penguin guano and found the colony came close to extinction several times due to ash fall from the nearby Deception Island volcano. Their results are published in Nature Communications. More only in German
Oldenburg. Prof. Dr. Oliver Zielinski, University lecturer for marine sensor systems, is the new head of the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment at the University of Oldenburg. He replaces Prof. Dr. Bernd Blasius, who forms still part of the governing body as a deputy director, together with Prof. Dr. Thorsten Dittmar, who joined in recently as well.
Prof. Dr. Oliver Zielinski, deputy director and head of the Marine Sensors Research Group at the ICBM, presented in Hanover the plans to set up a Centre for Marine Sensor Systems in Wilhelmshaven.
Headed by scientists from Oldenburg, Germany's state-of-the-art research vessel "Sonne" will again be cruising the Pacific Ocean from 26th January to 27th February 2017. 24 out of the 40 international scientists are members of the ICBM.
Prof. Dr. Helmut Hillebrand, marine biologist and biodiversity expert at the University of Oldenburg, remains in the list of highly cited scientists. He is listed together with around 3 200 scientists from 21 different research fields. In this list, there are less than 200 scientists from all over Germany, among them eight from Lower Saxony.
Prominent visitor at the ICBM of the University of Oldenburg: Federal Research Minister Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka recently visited the ICBM to learn about the most recent achievements of Oldenburg’s marine researchers.
Big success for Prof. Dr. Helmut Hillebrandt, head of the working group Planktology at the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM): At the University of Oldenburg the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity will be set up beginning in 2017. This has recently been agreed to by the senate of the Helmholtz society. Hillebrandt and Prof. Dr. Thomas Brey, Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, jointly have been the lead applicants in charge for this project. Hillebrandt will be the director of the new institute.
"“The blue pharmacy – medicine made of marine organisms” - that is the title of an expert contribution by Prof. Dr. Peter Schupp, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) of the University of Oldenburg. The contribution has been published on the homepage of “Science Year 2016*2017 – Seas and Oceans” and can be read here:
At the site of Wilhelmshaven, the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) will be expanded by a Lower Saxony Center for Marine Sensors with innovation labs.