The Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology investigates microbial processes and the involved bacteria and archaea in the marine environment and other aquatic habitats. Considering the relevance of the ocean in the functioning and fate of Earth, our knowledge about its biological components is still very limited. These have evolved over eons to produce the atmosphere and redox state of our planet today. Hence, the focus is on the role of microorganisms in the global biogeochemical cycles.
Biogeochemists, molecular ecologists and microbiologists work in teams together with environmental chemists and bioinformaticians to characterize the processes, the organisms and the functions of the individual populations. Tools involve cultivation, comparative sequence analysis, fluorescence in situ hybridization, flow cytometry and nanoSIMS.
Members of the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology have adjunct professorships at the Jacobs University Bremen or at the University Bremen.
The Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology contributes to the education of young scientists.
Annually, nearly thirty bachelor and master theses are completed and twenty doctoral theses are promoted by the Jacobs University Bremen or the University Bremen. The institute has been a member of the FB 6 network of excellence “Marine Genomics” and “Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning”. It contributed active to the EMBC curriculum with courses at the Unversity Bremen and has supervised several master theses. In the EMBC+ project, the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology wishes to contribute to the studies on microbes and the ecology of marine habitats.