Director of the ICBM

Prof. Dr. Oliver Zielinski

Deputy Directors

Prof. Dr. Bernd Blasius

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Dittmar


Dr. Birte Junge

Birgit Stein
Coordinator of Adminstrative Matters


Administration and Management

Administration Office


Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment

Tiny anaerobic rods degrade environmental toxins

A number of bacterial species capable of degrading robust organic compounds in the absence of oxygen have been merged by microbiologists around Prof. Dr. Ralf Rabus to form a new genus. Still, until a few decades ago, those compounds were believed not to be degradable in the absence of oxygen. The work has recently been published in the latest issue of the Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. more

Real time data Spiekeroog

Last probe 23.03.2019 21:30
Air temperature6.8° C
Air pressure1031 hPa
Water temperature8.8° C
Wind speed4.1m/s
Wind directionNW 304.3°


Among the Most Cited Scientists: Thorsten Dittmar and Helmut Hillebrand

The recent ranking names two ICBM scientists among the global list of „Highly Cited Researchers“: While ICBM research group Planktology head and founding director of Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity at the University of Oldenburg, Prof. Dr. Helmut Hillebrand, continues to be listed, the head of the research Group Marine Geochemistry (ICBM-Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology Bridging Group), Prof. Dr. Thorsten Dittmar, is listed for the first time in the ranking, determined by an analysis of citations in Web of Science by the company Clarivate Analytics. According to one of the company's statements, “the Highly Cited Researchers list represents some of the world's most influential minds“.

Melanie Behrens awarded Junior Fellowship

Dr. Melanie Behrens, staff member of Max Planck Research Group for Marine Isotope Geochemistry at ICBM, has successfully applied for an Associate Junior Fellowship of the German Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg – Institute for Advanced Study (HWK), Delmenhorst. The fellowship includes, amongst others, the possibility to bring together up to eight project partners from inland and from abroad for a one-week retreat at HWK.



  • 11.04.2019 16:00:00: Kolloqium: TBA
    Hauke Haehne (Institut fuer Physik, Universität Oldenburg)
  • 23.05.2019 16:00:00: Kolloqium: Multiple stable states and abrupt transitions in spatial ecosystems
    Sabiha Majumder (Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich)
  • 28.08.2019 - 30.08.2019: Marine Microbiota»

    International Symposium of the Collaborative Research Center Roseobacter

  • 17.09.2019 - 18.09.2019: Wissenschaftliches Kolloquium "Makroplastik in der südlichen Nordsee"»


Abschluss März/Completed March - 2019

  • Dr. Anja Reckhardt
    Thesis: "Biogeochemical dynamics and trace metal cycling in sandy beach sediments."
  • Dr. Maren Möller
    Thesis: "Early life stages of corals and their relevance for the future of coral reefs."

Travelling Exhibition, with participation of ICBM, started on 27 September 2017

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