Marine Life

From the sunlit surface to the dark deep sea: The ocean is home to a wealth of life. Many of the animals and plants in the sea are especially adapted to an existence in a certain environment – for example on hydrothermal vents, manganese nodule fields or seamounts.

Their biodiversity supports important ocean functions such as climate regulation or the supply of food and raw or natural materials. However, climate change, plastic pollution and other human impacts affect marine life. Therefore, GEOMAR Researchers investigate key ecosystems, effects of changes and possibilities for their protection and sustainable use.



News about Marine Life

Two zooplankton species

Adapting to hypoxia: Zooplankton influence the efficiency of the biological carbon pump in the Humboldt Current off Peru

New study sheds light on the role of ecological adaptations in the marine carbon cycle

An ice edge by the sea in the sunshine

Funding for Cutting-Edge Research in Climate and Marine Sciences

ERC Consolidator Grants awarded to two scientists at GEOMAR

A red deep-sea jellyfish

Deep-sea mining and warming trigger stress in a midwater jellyfish

New study led by GEOMAR provides insight into the effects of sediment plumes

Professor Dr David Thieltges, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and University of Groningen, was awarded the 29th Petersen Excellence Professorship of the Prof. Dr. Werner Petersen Foundation. Photo: Thomas Eisenkrätzer. GEOMAR

Double faces with an important function for ocean health

Parasites in marine food webs are Professor Dr David Thieltges’ research focus who today receives the 29th Petersen Excellence Professorship

Deployment of a multi plankton net on board the ALKOR in the Baltic Sea. Photo: Sarah Kaehlert, GEOMAR

The State of the Baltic Sea 2023

Researchers from GEOMAR contribute to key report of the Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission HELCOM launched today