the research group Marine Sedimentology ("AG Hebbeln") performs its research and teaching activities at the University of Bremen in the framework of the MARUM (Center for Marine Environmental Sciences) and in close cooperation with the Department of Geosciences. Our studies focus on various aspects of Marine Geology and Sedimentology, namely Palaeoceanography & Climate, Cold-Water Coral Ecosystems, and Sediment Dynamics.
In times of a rapidly changing global environment it will be increasingly difficult to assess how the Earth will develop in the future. A prerequisite for such assessments is an understanding of the dynamics of climate and environmental change, for example, about the temporal development, regional differences, and relevant cause-and-effect relations.
With a focus on individual ocean regions and on specific marine ecosystems our research intends to constantly improve our knowledge in this field. In this context, our studies follow two guiding principles: (1) "The past is the window into the future" - as only for the past we can study the processes that will shape our future environment, and (2) "The present is the key to the past" – as only a thorough understanding of present processes allows us to interpret archives recording the Earth's history.
October 2018 - RV Meteor expedition M151 (Athena) aimed to study seamounts south of the Azores and their colonization with cold-water corals. The cruise was led by the University of Heidelberg, and Dierk, Claudia and Leonardo joined the cruise. Find out what we discovered during the cruise...