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News 2012

 Buchcover Trace Fossils as indicators of Sedimentary Environments

Neuer Buchbeitrag in "Trace fossils as indicators of sedimentary environments"



Wisshak M(2012) Microbioerosion. Chapter 8 in: Knaust d & Bromley R (eds) Trace Fossils as indicators of Sedimentary Environments. Developments in Sedimentology 64, Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp.213-243


 Ruggero Capperucci

Award for Ruggero Capperucci



Ruggero Capperucci erhielt während der 21. Hydro-Konferenz eine Auszeichnung für das "Best Student Paper Award" Mehr als 400 Teilnehmer aus 5 Kontinenten nahmen an der 21. Hydro-Konferenz der  Hydrographischen Society Benelux auf dem ehemaligen Kreuzfahrtschiff  Rotterdam vom 12.-16. November 2012 teil.

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 Plakat Seniorenakademie

Seniorenakademie zu Besuch bei Senckenberg



Vom 7.-8. November 2012 war Senckenberg der Gastgeber für die wissenshungrigen Senioren.

Mit viel Spaß und Interresse wurde an den beiden Tagen mikroskopiert, beobachtet das Institut erkundet.

Hier geht es zu den Bildern

 Energietage Jade Weser Energiewelten

Energietag Jade-Weser



On October 15th, 2012 for the third time the „Energiewelten in Schulen“ (“energy worlds at school”) will be initiated. Like in the years before, different aspects of energy efficiency will be presented and communicated to students from Wilhelmshaven.

The main topic concerns “Water”.

In the opening lecture, Dr. Kai Horst George will talk about “Water – Wellspring of Life” (in German) at the IGS Wilhelmshaven.

 Publikation Ocean acidification accelerates reef bioerosion in PLOS One

Neue Publikation in PLOS ONE

Osteoporosis in the wold’s oceans: bioeroding sponges are threatening coral reefs


First results of our study on the effects of ocean acidification on the bioerosion capacity of clionaid sponges at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia were now published in the journal PLoS ONE

Wisshak, M., Schönberg, CHL., Form, A. & Freiwald, A. (2012) : Ocean acidification accelerates reef bioerosion. PLoS ONE

Link to related media release

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New DFG Project


Over the course of the upcoming three years, the new DFG project ‘Integrating Short- and Long-Term Bioerosion Processes (Greece)’ (coordinator: Max Wisshak; DFG Wi 3754/2) sets out to integrate data from short- and long-term carbonate cycling experiments carried and to be carried out in the Eastern Mediterranean. Project partners are, among others, the trace fossil veteran Richard Bromley (Denmark), our partner in Greece Nikoleta Bellou (HCMR), and the sponge bioerosion expert Christine Schönberg (AIMS, Australia), as well as Lydia Beuck, our in-house expert on Micro-CT.

Read more on the project site…

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New Publication in Phycologia


The study deals with the northernmost rhodolith communities currently known, discovered in 2006 at 80°31'N in Nordkappbukta (North Cape Bay) at Nordaustlandet, Svalbard. These perennial coralline red algae must be adapted to extreme seasonality in terms of light regime (c. 4 months winter darkness), sea ice coverage, nutrient supply, turbidity of the water column, temperature and salinity. The coralline red algal flora was composed mainly of Lithothamnion glaciale, with a lesser amount of Phymatolithon tenue. The concomitant appearance of grazers like chitons and sea urchins kept the rhodoliths free from epibionts and coequally provided feeding grounds for the grazers. Overall, the prevailing rhodoliths appeared to be well adapted to the extreme environment of the Arctic.

Teichert, S., Woelkerling, W., Rüggerberg, A., Wisshak, M., Piepenburg, D., Meyerhöfer, M., Form,A., Büdenbender, J., Freiwald, A. (2012): Rhodolith beds (Corallinales, Rhodophyta) and their physical and biological environment at 80°31'N in Nordkappbukta (Nordaustlandet, Svalbard Archipelago, Norway). Phycologia 51(4): 371–390. doi: 10.2216/11-76.1


Poster Award for Soraya marali.


The poster, entitled „Major and trace elements in recent cold-water corals from the Azores archipelago“ by Soraya Marali, Max Wisshak, Matthias Lòpez Correa, Paolo Montagna, Malcom McCulloch and André Freiwald won a poster award at the 5th International Symposium on Deep-Sea Corals that took place in Amsterdam in April 2012.

Presented are the fluctuations of several chemical elements (e.g. Sr, Mg or Ca) along the wall of the two cold-water coral species. The geochemical data were collected via two different methods (electron microprobe and laser-ablation ICP-MS) and discussed with respect to their usability for (palaeo-) temperature reconstructions.


The film "Discovering the Abyss" by was selected for showcase at the 2012 Beneath the Waves Film Festival on March 23, 2012, in Norfolk, Virginia.

Only 26 films have been selected from more than 70 submissions from filmmakers and scientists world-wide and “Discovering the Abyss” is one of them! With the contribution about their deep-sea research and the discovery of new species the scientists of the German Centre for Marine Biodiversity Research (Senckenberg am Meer) participate in the categories "Best Message" and "Best Amateur Film". The film festival is part of the 2012 Benthic Ecology Meeting the largest Marine Biology conference in the United States.

 Dr. Lena Menzel

FS Maria S. Merian Cruise "WACOM" in the Gulf of mexico



Unter the lead of Prof. Dr. Dierk Hebbeln andDr. Claudia Wienberg fromMARUM the cruise of the FS Maria S. Merian under the acronym WACOM currently tackles the western Atlantic cold-water coral occurences. On their way from  Barbados to the Bahamas, a multitude of known as well as potentially new cold-water coral reef structures will be investigated in the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Strait. Senckenberg cruise members are Prof. Dr. André Freiwald, Dr. Lydia Beuck, Nina Joseph, andMaik Wilsenack.

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Blog auf Bild der Wissenschaft


The junior research group „Molecular taxonomy of marine organisms“ was awarded as “Selected Location 2012” as part of the National Initiative “Germany – Country of Ideas”.

The initiative under patronage of the Federal President of Germany and the Deutsche Bank awards 365 outstanding projects and ideas of the sustainability of Germany yearly. As winner of this contest in 2012, the working group will act as an ambassador of the “Country of Ideas”, representing the innovation potential of Germany.

 Dr. Lena Menzel

Presentation of FK SENCKENBERG
 at the Wochenende an der jade 28. June - 01. July


Visit the research vessel FK SENCKENBERG at the 'Wochenende an der Jade'.

 Dr. Lena Menzel

Portrait of Hermann Neumann in the WZ


The March 5th issue of the Wilhelmshavener Zeitung features a portrait of our research associate Hermann Neumann under the title "Dem Klimawandel immer auf der Spur".

 Dr. Lena Menzel

Dr. Lena Menzel will be honoured at the 24.2.2012 with the Bernhard-Rensch-Preis der GfBS 2012  for her outstanding PhD Thesis.



Lena Menzel 2011: Argestidae Por, 1986 (Copepoda, Harpacticoida) in the deep sea – systematics and geographical distribution. Universität Oldenburg
The Bernhard Rensch Prize is being awarded by the Society of Biological Systematics (GfBS, Germany) to Dr. Lena Menzel who has demonstrated exceptional work in biological systematics. The award was launched by the GfBS according to a suggestion by the late Prof. Dr. Ernst Mayr, an honorary member of the GfBS.

Sturmflut 1962

Sturmflut 1962 in WHV: Zeitzeugen erinnern sich

16.02.2012  um 19:00 Wohnzimmergespräch im Wattenmeerhaus, Moderation Dr. Martin Wein


Das unbändige Sturmtief "Vincinette" löste in der Nacht vom 16. auf den 17. Februar 1962 eine der schwersten Sturmfluten an der gesamten deutschen Nordseeküste aus. Auch Wilhelmshaven wurde davon betroffen - der Deich am Maadesiel hielt den Wassermassen nicht mehr stand und brach.

Zum 50. Mal jährt sich am 16.2.2012 das Ereignis. Anlass, dieses mit Zeitzeugen zu teilen und wach zu halten. Das Wattenmeer Besucherzentrum lädt dazu am Donnerstag, den 16.02., um 19 Uhr ein.

Sieben Zeitzeugen lassen ihre Erlebnisse an die Sturmflutnacht 1962 lebendig werden. Eingeladen sind Walter Iken, Lothar Danisch, Benno Goldammer, Wolf Dieter Kroeger, Hans-Georg Krüger und August Gerdes. Der Journalist Dr. Martin Wein moderiert die Veranstaltung.

Die Veranstaltung wird organisiert von der AG Stadtgeschichte.





In the latest issue of the Journal Quaternary Science Reviews Matthias López Correa and co-authors, among them Nina Joseph and Prof. Dr. André Freiwald, present an extensive work on the geochronology of Norwegian cold-water corals. The start-up of the Holocene mound-growth could be pin-pointed with U-series dating to ~11 ka BP. The postglacial colonization of the Norwegian Shelf by the corals was thus a matter of few centuries or even less. The colonization occurred shortly after the latest re-advance of the Scandinavian Icesheet during the Younger Dryas ~11.6 ka BP. In the Stjernsund fjord at 70°N, which hosts one of the world’s northernmost mound-sites of the cold-water coral Lophelia pertusa, the mounds do overgrow the Younger Dryas terminal moraine. Further radiocarbon dating could confirm the YD-timing of this glaciomarine moraine. The coupled measurement of Neodymium-Isotopes and of the Radiocarbon concentration in the U-series dated corals could show that the North-Atlantic Current as the northerly continuation of the Gulf-Stream was already fully established during the early Holocene. Further the Neodymium-Isotopes revealed a prolonged meltwater discharge from the decaying Scandinavian Icesheet until ~9.5 ka BP. The measured vertical accretion rates of ~220 to 614 cm/ka reveal that the Norwegian coral mounds grew at potentially much higher rates than in other North Atlantic coral mound settings.

López Correa, M., Montagna, P., N. Joseph, Rüggeberg, A., Fietzke, J., Flögel, S., Dorschel, B., Goldstein, S.L., Wheeler, A., Freiwald, A. (2012): Preboreal onset of Norwegian cold-water coral growth beyond the Arctic Circle revealed by radiocarbon and U-series dating and neodymium isotopes.- Quaternary Science Reviews 34, 24-43; doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2011.12.005.

Deutsche Welle

Interview Auf Deutsche Welle 

26.1.2012  Die Vermessung der Meere


Der Kapitän der Costa Concordia behauptet, der Fels, mit dem sein Schiff kollidiert ist, sei in der Karte nicht verzeichnet gewesen. Das sei sehr unwahrscheinlich, sagt Meeresgeologe André Freiwald im Gespräch mit DW.DE.


BMELV-Film Online über Fischerei in Deutschland - Verantwortliche Nutzung natürlicher Ressourcen


Seit über einem Jahrzehnt untersuchen Forscher des Senckenberg Institutes in Kooperation mit dem Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institut das Ökosystem Nordsee mit dem Ziel des Schutzes dieses einzigartigen Lebensraumes sowie der nachhaltigen und ökologischen Nutzung von aquatischer Ressourcen. Ein Film des Bundesministeriums für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz zeigt u.a. Arbeiten der Biologen, wie Dr. Hermann Neumann, auf dem Forschungsschiff Walther Herwig III.

Link zu Download-Langfassung (20:58 Min, 108 MB):

Link zu Kurzfassung (2:55 Min):


Artikel in Wilhelmshavener Zeitung zu Sturmflut

16.1.2012   Als die Grote MandräNke über Friesland kam

WZ: "... Doch auch die Fluthöhe selbst muss gewaltig gewesen sein. "Sonst wäre in so kurzer Zeit nicht viel Land verloren gegangen", glaubt der Meeresgeologe Burghard Flemming..."

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