Marine Ecology

About GAME

GAME is in an international programme that combines applied research with the academic training of young scientists. Every year, parallel research projects on current ecological issues are organised at different locations around the world. The research work is carried out by students who work together in bi-national pairs and who are supervised by scientists from GAME’s partner institutes. The unique GAME approach provides generalizable insights into urgent ecological issues. At the same time GAME connects GEOMAR to numerous partner institutes worldwide and creates a global network for the sustainable exchange of scientific knowledge.

GAME currently cooperates with 35 marine research institutes in 26 countries.

This network is growing.

Fields of Interest and Scientific Aims

GAME focuses on the coastal regions of our planet, as they are of paramount importance for humanity: They store major food resources, provide carbon dioxide sinks and stabilise coastal lines. Already, more than 50% of the world’s population live close to the sea and this percentage is increasing continually. For this reason, coastal seas are most affected by the effects of global change such as climate warming, sea level rise, species invasions and intense human use. This can have far-reaching consequences for the ways in which these ecosystems function.

GAME studies the effects of global change on coastal seas. Several projects, for example, have studied factors influencing their biodiversity. GAME is also focusing on issues in invasion ecology and studies the ways in which environmental changes affect the interaction between species.

Student training in GAME: Teamwork and International Experience

GAME offers students of the life sciences the opportunity to do their MSc projects in the frame of a global study.The practical part of each project takes place at one of the GAME partner insitutes and these experiments are conducted by bi-national teams that consist of the German participant and a student of the hosting institute. Project preparation and the analysis of the global data sets both take place at GEOMAR in Kiel. The first includes the development of the experimental design, literature research on the current topic and an introduction to biostatistics. The second course expands the latter to more complex statistical modelling and adds a comprehensive teaching module on communicating science - including how to develop oral presentations and how to write a scientific paper.

Concept and Funding

GAME was conceived by Prof. Dr. Martin Wahl (GEOMAR). From 2002 to 2008 the programme was funded by the Stiftung Mercator, while from 2008 to 2010 the Universitäts-Stiftung Kiel and GEOMAR financed the programme. Currently, several private foundations and maritime companies and funding institutions support GAME. For future projects, GAME invites further partners who want to promote marine ecological research, the international education of students and the networking of marine scientists.

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downloads: GAME-Broschüre (German) (pdf), GAME info brochure (English), GAME-Info-Presentation (pdf)

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Coordinator: Dr. Mark Lenz, e-mail: mlenz@geomar.de

Head: Prof. Dr. Martin Wahl, e-mail: mwahl@geomar.de