Marie Tharp

Marie Tharp (1920-2006), the eponym of the lecture series, was a pioneer of modern oceanography. Tharp was the first to map details of the ocean floor on a global scale (1977, Heezen-Tharp map). Her observations became crucial to the acceptance of the theories of plate tectonic and continental drift in Earth sciences. She was one of the first women in the academic world of geology, although she received official recognition only at the end of her career.

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Marie Tharp Lecture Series for Ocean Research

The Marie Tharp Lecture Series aims at presenting high-profile female scientists in Marine Sciences as role-models for young scientists. In combination with a public lecture, there is a get-together exclusively for women to discuss career pathes and exchange experiences.



Current Talks


Dr. Anke Kremp, Leibniz-Institut für Ostseeforschung (IOW), Rostock, Germany.  (21.February 2024)


More to come...

Previous talks


Prof. Dr. Marina Piria, University of Zagreb, Croatia, "The eastern Adriatic Sea and its Coastal Karst Ecosystems under the Threat of Biodiversity Loss" (08. November 2023)

Prof. Dr. Heide Schulz-Vogt, Leibniz-Institut für Ostseeforschung (IOW), Rostock, Germany. "Influence of polyphosphate accumulating microorganisms on benthic and pelagic phosphorous cycling" (18.September 2023)

Dr. ir. Veerle A.I. Huvenne, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK. “Habitat mapping in the deep ocean using the latest technologies to chart the Earth's last frontier” East shore Lecture Hall (10.March 2023)

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Hegerl, Climate System Sciences, School of Geosciences, The University of Edinburgh, UK "Climate change over the instrumental period – causes, questions, extremes, and the safe landing lighthouse" (05 April 2023)


Prof. Dr. Robin Teigland, Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. “From Ocean Data Factory to Peniche Ocean Watch: Research and Engaged Scholarship within Data Science” - In cooperation with MARDATA (24.02.2022)

Prof. Dr. Rachael James, Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, University of Southampton, UK. “Negative Emissions: Removing Carbon Dioxide from the Atmosphere” (13.05.2022)

Prof. Dr. Maureen Raymo, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University. “What can past warm periods tell us about the stability of polar ice sheets?" (21.06.2022)

Prof. Dr. Nicole Dubilier, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, “The Art of Harnessing Dark Energy: Symbioses between Chemosynthetic Bacteria and Marine Invertebrates” (14.09.2022)


Prof. Dr. Arlene M. Fiore, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University, USA. "Linking air pollution and climate from the anthroposphere to the biosphere" (15 Uhr. 21.05.2021)

Prof. Dr. Estella A. Atekwana, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, University of Delaware, USA. "Biogeophysics: Microbial Mediated Geophysical Signatures and the Search for Life in Extreme Environments" (18.06.2021)

Dr. Kelly Benoit-Bird, Monterey Bay Aquarium research Institute, USA (16.09.2021)

Prof. Dr. Ursula Gaedke, Department of Ecology/Ecosystem Modelling, University of Potsdam, Germany. "The role of biodiversity and trait adaptation for ecosystem functioning" (09.11.2021)

Prof. Dr. Nicole Dubilier, Director of Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen (postponed to 2022)


(due to the COVID-19 pandemic only online!)

Prof. Dr. Marina Levy, Sorbonne Université, Paris, Frankreich, Titel: "Do small-scale physical processes matter for marine biogeochemistry responses to anthropogenic climate change?" (16.12.2020); Webinar!

Prof. Dr. Nicole Dubilier, Direktorin des Max Planck Instituts für Marine Mikrobiologie, Bremen, Titel: “The Art of Harnessing Dark Energy: Symbioses between Chemosynthetic Bacteria and Marine Invertebrates” (16.11.2020); Hörsaal GEOMAR Ostufer - *** postponed to 2021 ***

Prof. Dr. Maja Göpel, Generalsekretärin des Wissenschaftlichen Beirats der Bundesregierung Globale Umweltveränderungen (WBGU), Berlin, Titel: "Navigating Transformation: The Role and Responsibility of Science" (17.08.2020); Webinar!

Prof. Dr. Linda Amaral-Zettler, Utrecht University, Niederlande, Titel: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Plastisphere  (21.02.2020)


Prof. Dr. Karen Helen Wiltshire (Alfred Wegener Institute, List/Sylt, Germany): Warmer waters: new habitats, new species. Resilience and Adaptations (29.11.2019)

Prof. Dr. Angelika Brandt (Research Institute and Natural History Museum, Frankfurt, Germany): Research in the largest ecosystem of the world - the deep sea (02.10.2019)

Prof. Dr. Lisa Beal (University of Miami, Miami, USA): Western Boundary Currents in a changing climate: A case study of the Agulhas Current (03.09.2019)

Prof. Dr. Lucy Carpenter (University of York, Heslington, UK): Halogens impacting atmospheric chemistry: An old story with a new twist (06.06.2019)

Prof. Dr. Susan E. Humphris (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, USA):  Interplay Between Magmatic, Tectonic and Hydrothermal Processes at Oceanic Plate Margins (24.04.2019)

Prof. Dr. Sabrina Speich (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France) : The societal needs for observing and understanding ocean processes at different scales under global warming (21.02.2019)


Prof. Dr. Katja Fennel (Dalhousie University): Biogeochemical trends and their ecosystem impacts in Atlantic Canada (21.11.2018)

Prof. Dr. Hildegard Westphal (University of Bremen): Tropical coastlines - crossing the divide (25.09.2018)

Prof. Dr. Anya Waite (Alfred-Wegener-Institut): Polar nitrogen budgets - new nitrogen and regional dynamics (24.05.2018)

Prof. Dr. Bärbel Hönisch (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University): Reconstructing marine carbonate chemistry in Earth history (22.03.2018)


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Karin Lochte (Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Germany): Climate Change in the Polar Regions (14.11.2017)

Prof. Dr. Katherine Richardson (Natural History Museum of Denmark, Denmark): An ecophysiological approach to improving global primary production estimates (21.09.2017)

Prof. Dr. Susan Lozier (Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University, USA): A 21st century look at the global conveyor belt (06.07.2017)

Prof. Donna Blackman (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, USA): Seafloor mapping- the key to discovery, characterization, and extending local groundtruth for regional understanding of oceanic core complexes (22.05.2017)

Prof. Dr. Terry Plank (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory): Volatiles and Volcanic Vigor (20.02.2017)


Prof. Dr. Susanne Neuer (Arizona State University, School of Life Sciences, USA): Biology in the Biological Carbon Pump (28.10.2016)

Prof. Dr. Bess Ward (Princeton University, Department of Geosciences, USA): Nitrification in the Ocean (22.09.2016)

Prof. Dr. Elena Litchman ( Michigan State University, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, USA): Trait-based approaches to microbial ecology and evolution (29.06.2016)

Prof. Dr. Anne-Marie Treguier ( CNRS, Laboratoire de Physique des Océans, France): Ocean eddies and climate: a new challenge for earth system models (13.04.2016)

Dr. Cécile Guieu (CNRS, Laboratoire d´Océanographie de Villefranche-sur-mer, France): Atmospheric deposition: impact on ocean biogeochemistry (02.02.2016)


Priv. Doz. Dr. habil Veronika Eyring (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt): Earth System Model Evaluation with Observations to Constrain Future Climate Projections (03.12.2015)

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gerlach (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg): Speciation in the sea: coral reef fish diversity is driven by ecological speciation (02.06.2015)

Prof. Dr. Catherine Boyen (Laboratoire de Biologie Intégrative des Modèles marins): Host-microbe interactions as a Driver of Brown algal acclimation to environmental changes (23.04.2015)

Prof. Dr. Susan Trumbore (Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry): Timescales and Rates of Ocean Organic Carbon Cycling: What we can Learn from Radiocarbon (26.03.2015)

Prof. Dr. Ulrike Lohmann (ETH Zurich): Uncertainties in Climate Prediction: The influence of Clouds and Aerosols on Climate (03.02.2015)


Prof. Dr. Monika Rhein (University of Bremen): The Bremen Observing System in the Subpolar North Atlantic (09.12.2014)

Prof. Dr. Jeanine L. Olsen (University of Groningen): Genetics and genomics for seagrass ecosystems: towards linking process and function (10.10.2014) 

Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius (AWI, Bremerhaven): The Changing Arctic Ocean: Ecological Effects of Warming and Sea Ice Melt (28.05.2014)

Prof. Dr. Véronique C. Garçon (LEGOS, Toulouse): Space and species: Ocean dynamics and navigational behavior – A multi-scale and multi-sensors approach (19.02.2014)


Prof. Heike Lotze, Dalhousie University: Lessons from the past: How historical changes in the sea affect marine ecosystems today (29.11.2013)

Prof. Dr. Cindy Lee, Stony Brook University: Particles in the Sea: What, Where, When & Why? (21.10.2013)


  • Chairwoman

    Prof. Dr. Mirjam Perner
    Women's Executive Board
    GEOMAR Helmholtz-Zentrum
    für Ozeanforschung Kiel
    Wischhofstr. 1-3
    24148 Kiel
    Tel: +49 431 600-2837

    Please contact Mirjam Perner ( directly in confidential inquiries.