Welcome to the webpages of the HGF-MPG Research Group on Deep-Sea Ecology and Technology !
Our mission is to study the biogeochemistry, biodiversity and functioning deep-sea ecosystems in a changing world.
A main focus is to carry out multidisciplinary field studies and experimental work in the polar deep sea.
In December 2008 a Joint Research Group for Deep-Sea Ecology and Technology of the Helmholtz Association and the Max Planck Society was established to foster the co-operation between the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (MPI-MM) in deep-sea research, and to set up a new research focus on the deep Arctic Ocean. The Joint Research Group comprises the expertise of the MPI-MM in the area of marine microbiology, the development of new molecular-biological methodologies and in situ sensors together with the capacity of AWI to conduct research in polar environments and to carry out long-term observation in the deep-sea. This combination enables us to contribute significantly to the study of Global Change effects on deep-sea ecosystems and the exploration of extreme and unknown deep-sea habitats.