Courses offered in Marine Biology and Oceanography

Current courses offered (Summer semester 2021):

We have a leading roll in organizing the Bachelor's lecture and excursion "Introduction to Marine Biology" and the lecture "Advanced Studies in Biological Oceanography" and several members of OEB staff are involved in a number of courses offered during this summer semester:

MNF-bioc-201 Advanced Studies in Biological Oceanography - Lecture

Lecturers
Prof. Dr. Alexandra Z. Worden, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ulf Riebesell, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thorsten B.H. Reusch, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ute Hentschel Humeida, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Martin Wahl, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Anja Engel, Priv.-Doz. Dr. Florian Weinberger, Dr. Elizabeta Briski, Dr. rer. nat. Birte Matthiessen, Priv.-Doz. Dr. Frank Melzner

Details
Lecture, 3 cred.h, ECTS studies, ECTS credits: 5
suitable for ERASMUS-/exchange students, language of lecture is English, Summer semester 2021 - possibly still contact teaching restrictions due to Corona pandemic
Time and place: Tue, Wed, Thu 12:15 - 13:00, Online lecture
from 18.4.2021 to 9.7.2021

MNF-bioc-202 Advanced Practical Course in Biological Oceanography

Lecturers
Dr. Marco Scotti, Prof. Dr. Anja Engel, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thorsten B.H. Reusch, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ute Hentschel Humeida, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ulf Riebesell, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Martin Wahl, Prof. Dr. Alexandra Z. Worden

Details
Practical course, language of lecture is English, Time and place: n.V. from 14.5.2021 to 16.7.2021
Comments on time and place: Practical parts: 1. Period 14.05 - 04.06 (Whit Monday on 24.05) - 2. Period 07.06 - 25.06 - 3. Period 28.06 - 16.07. - detailed information within the corresponding UnivIS entry

MNF-bioc-232 Current Topics in Marine Ecology I - Lecture

Lecturers
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Frank Melzner, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Martin Wahl, Dr. rer. nat. Birte Matthiessen, Priv.-Doz. Dr. Florian Weinberger, Dr. rer. nat. Helena Hauss, Dr. rer. nat. Jan Dierking, Dr. rer. nat. Mark Lenz, Dr. Elizabeta Briski, Dr. Marco Scotti, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ute Hentschel Humeida

Details
Seminar, 2 cred.h
language of lecture is English, Summer semester 2021 - possibly still contact teaching restrictions due to Corona pandemic.
Time and place: Thu 14:15 - 16:00, from 6.5.2021 to 15.7.2021.

Prerequisites / Organisational information
Summer semester 2021 - possibly still contact teaching restrictions due to Corona pandemic.
Will be taught online.

biol-105 Introduction to Marine Biology Lecture and Excursion

Completed Courses 2019-2020

MNF-bioc-202 Advanced Practical Course in Biological Oceanography - Practical Part B1 (Plankton Ecology) (MNF-bioc-201 - Practical B1) (500074)

Course Details: This field course will take place in Curacao from 27.4.2019 to 6.5.2019

Instructors: Prof. Dr. Alexandra Z. Worden, Dr. Kenneth D. Hoadley, Maria Hamilton

Participants in this Practical Course will be involved in a multiyear study underway in the Ocean EcoSystems Biology Unit of GEOMAR's RD3 (Marine Ecology) focused on characterizing the microbial and phytoplankton communities found within the various marine ecosystems around the Island. The short graduate level course offered this spring will focus on field methods utilized to study the microbial/phytoplankton communities. Through this course, students will gain experience in designing field sampling efforts, carrying out coral sampling and clearance rates studies, measuring chlorophyll fluorescence and algal productivity and collecting samples for enumerating cells and characterizing their molecular diversity. Students will learn the basics of coral reef ecology and what techniques are utilized to study the microbial life (bacteria, archaea and unicellular eukaryotes) that supports them. Samples collected during this course have the potential to be utilized in one of two Master's theses.

 

MNF-bioc-201: Advanced Studies in Biological Oceanography – Lecture (MNF-bioc-201) (500076)

Course Details: Tue, Wed, Thu 12:15 - 13:00, DW20 - R.B54 [Hörsaal (Westufer)] (außer Thu 25.4.2019)

Instructors: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Martin Wahl, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ulf Riebesell, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Thorsten B.H. Reusch, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Ute Hentschel Humeida, -N.N.-, Dr. rer. nat. Birte Matthiessen, Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Anja Engel, Priv.-Doz. Dr. Florian Weinberger, Dr. Elizabeta Briski, Prof. Dr. Alexandra Z. Worden, Dr. Kristin Bergauer, Dr. Elisabeth Hehenberger.

Course Description: Assorted topics in biological oceanography including marine microbes, ocean modeling, genetics, symbioses, deep sea biology, etc. 

 

Joining OEB

There are several mechanisms by which you can join us in our quest to understand the natural world and microbial responses to the perturbations imposed by we humans. Fostering the next generation in developing robust science skills, discovery and leadership is very important to the scientists that lead the newly formed OEB research team. Multiple former members from the Worden Lab have established successful careers (see here). We are always looking for talented folks to join whether undergraduates, Masters, PhD or postdoctoral fellows. We support diversity and welcome individuals of all backgrounds and all genders.


Although we do not currently list each specific project in OEB you can get a good sense of what we are up to by going here and by looking at recent publications – there is always a gap in what we are doing and when it appears in print – but you get a sense of the various directions this way.

For a Masters, please look at the website for the program. All OEB research theme leads also teach in the GEOMAR Biological Oceanography Master’s Program. This program requires a thesis and we encourage you to take a look at our research and papers and contact leads directly to see if they have a project that would work for you both.
 
For a PhD, make sure that you have at least some lab experience, that you reach out to the individual who leads the research area you are interested in, and that you can provide two or more letters of reference. PhDs require funding, so if you do not have a fellowship of your own make sure you reach out well in advance so that we can see what funding is available! Please find more information about this here.

For Postdoctoral research please send a letter of interest to the prospective mentor explaining your experience and why you would be a good team member and scientific contributor to OEB. You should be first author on at least one publication in an international journal with others on the way.

For undergraduates, diploma or interns, please send your application 4-6 months before you would like to start in the lab. We cannot currently take on many interns at once so this restricts numbers.


Before you reach out, please think through these questions:

  • What do you find most exciting about our work?
  • Why are you interested in this area of science, and the specific theme you are applying to?
  • We have ongoing projects but are always happy to entertain new ideas. Do you have a new project you would like to bring to OEB? If so does it bring new skills for you or is it a continuation of something you are comfortable with (the former is where you want to be!)
  • Postdocs: How you would complement expertise we have in OEB, and what makes us the right place for this next important step for you?
  • What about you, or your background, makes you a strong candidate?
  • Are you a team-spirited and self-motivated person?
  • PhD and Postdocs: Life brings lots of curve balls, but from where you stand now what are your longer term goals?

Finally, we are passionate deeply engaged scientists and several of us also have families – so it is always a good idea to cc OEB’s Team Assistant Kristin Voss on your inquiries in case we’ve missed it.