The idea behind this institution was to establish a permanent research laboratory at the North Sea, dedicated to investigations of present geological and palaeontological processes and structures, in order to better understand fossil records. With its areas of research including Actuopalaeontology, Marine Sedimentology, Marine Biology and Marine Geology, the Marine Research Department under the direction of Prof. Dr. André Freiwald is broadly based to successfully pursue basic as well as socially relevant applied scientific investigations of the changing North Sea. Über internationale Verbundprojekte ist die Meeresforschung auch an der geo-biologischen Erforschung der Kontinentalränder und Seeberge im Nordatlantik und im Mittelmeer aktiv beteiligt.
Aim of the German Centre for Marine Biodiversity Research (DZMB) is taxonomic and systematic research on marine organisms and assessment of biological diversity in the ocean. The Centre’s areas of expertise encompassing Marine Botany, Meiobenthic Arthropods, Meiobenthic Nematodes, Epifauna, Infauna, Zooplankton, Ecological Biodiversity Research and the young scientist’s group for Molecular Taxonomy, the DZMB can work up a large part of the samples from expeditions to the deep sea, the Polar seas and seamounts on its own. Additionally, the DZMB serves as a central service institution for German marine research, collecting, archiving and providing access to samples from German research vessels. Aside from the location in Wilhelmshaven, the DZMB is also present at the Zoological Institute and Museum (ZIM) of the University of Hamburg.