Our mission is to study the biogeochemistry, biodiversity and functioning of deep-sea ecosystems in a changing world. A main focus is to carry out multidisciplinary field studies and experimental work in the deep Arctic Ocean.


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 Helmholtz-Centre 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 observations 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.


Please visit the different sections of our working group:

Section Head:

Dr. Thomas Soltwedel


Lead MPI-MM branch:

Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius

Assistance / Website:

Annabel Ledrich


Further links:


Fact Sheet Arctic