Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment

The Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment (ICBM) is an interdisciplinary Institute at the University of Oldenburg with locations in Oldenburg and Wilhelmshaven. It is the only university institute in Lower Saxony that covers broad areas of marine sciences, both in research and in teaching. Currently, more than 20 working groups of various scientific disciplines - including biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and engineering - belong to the institute. ICBM operates the coastal observatory Spiekeroog and is the home institute of the research vessel SONNE.


Natural clean-up: Some bacteria living in lakes are able to break down plastic compounds. Photo: Adobe Stock/Alex Stemmers
Marine Science

Natural clean-up

A study of 29 European lakes has found that some naturally-occurring lake bacteria grow faster and more efficiently on the remains of plastic bags…

For the first time since the whaling ban began, researchers and filmmakers have observed larger aggregations of southern fin whales in Antarctica. Photo: Dan Beecham
Marine Science

Fin whales back in Antarctica

For the first time since whaling was banned, a team of researchers and filmmakers has documented large groups of fin whales in the Southern Ocean. The…



News from DAM

Pilot missions of the DAM to study impact of bottom trawling on marine protected areas in the North Sea and Baltic Sea


ICBM Time Series Station

(Changed: 30 May 2022)