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Master’s/Bachelor Project (Biology/Zoology): Primary succession of Sub-Antarctic hard bottom communities

Faculty: Bachelor/Master Thesis
Job type: Full time
Location: Bremerhaven

Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research offers the

Master’s/Bachelor Project (Biology/Zoology):
Primary succession of Sub-Antarctic hard bottom communities

Research Devision: Bioscience

Location: AWI-Bremerhaven


Knowledge of the long-term establishment of macroepibenthic hard-bottom communities is scarce in Sub-Antarctic waters. Nevertheless, this is crucial for the understanding of the synecology of the benthic cold-water sub-ecosystem in the course of its maturation after disturbances or when substrate becomes newly available. The substrate inclination and/or the level of exposure to sedimentation may modulate the community structure. Thus, the aim of the offered thesis subject is to describe changes of the species inventory, abundance, and structure including ecological indices of a hard bottom community in relation to time taking substrate inclination/sediment exposure into consideration. The results will support estimations of carbon and nitrogen cycles of hard bottom communities of the Chilean Fjord Region.


- Description of succession of hard bottom communities from the Chilean Fjord Region
- Description of biodiversity of maturing hard bottom communities from the Chilean Fjord
  Region (time series)


-Participation in field work in Chile (15th Mar-30th April 2016)
- Photo documentation and sampling of establishing hard bottom communities
- Image analyses of pictures taken during the last years
- Species identification
- Multivariate statistics of community establishment


It is obligatory that you hold a certificate as European Scientific Diver/Forschungstaucher.

Application deadline
Until a qualified person is found or 15.01.16

If you are interested or if you have any further questions, please contact:

Dr. Jürgen Laudien,; 0471/4831-1315
Alfred-Wegener-Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Am Alten Hafen 26, 27568 Bremerhaven

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The Alfred Wegener Institute pursues research in the polar regions and the oceans of mid and high latitudes. As of the 18 Centres of the Hemlholtz Association it coordinates polar research in Germany and provides ships like the research icebreaker Polarstern and stations for the international scientific community.

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