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Lectures and tutorials

Lecture series "Marine Microbiology"
The lecture series on marine microbiology provides a theoretical background for the students of the IMPRS. Advanced (i.e. Hauptstudiengang) students from the University of Bremen may also attend. The lectures cover the following topics:

I. General introduction to marine microbiology
Chemical and physical features of marine microbial environments
Principles of the marine sulfur, nitrogen, and carbon cycle
Pelagic and benthic environments
Microbial associations: mats, biofilms, symbioses microbial life in extreme environments: deep-sea, sea-ice, etc.

II. Biogeochemistry of marine microorganisms
General principles of marine biogeochemistry
Transport processes in marine sediments
Biogeochemistry of the carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur cycles
Modeling in marine biogeochemistry

III. Biology of marine prokaryotic organisms
General biology of marine prokaryotes
Ecology and physiology of marine prokaryotes
Prokaryotes of the marine sulfur, nitrogen, and carbon cycles
Aerobic and anaerobic environments
Symbiotic interactions between bacteria and eukaryotes

IV. Biology of marine eukaryotic organisms
General biology of benthic and planktonic marine eukaryotes
Ecology and physiology of benthic eukaryotes
Principles of plankton ecology and evolution
Role of phytoplankton in the global carbon cycle and climate change

V. Molecular ecology of marine microorganisms
General principles of molecular microbial ecology
Molecular techniques and methods
Phylogeny / genomics of marine microorganisms
Molecular ecology of planktonic, benthic, and symbiotic marine microorganisms

Tutorials for the lecture series "Marine Microbiology"

The lecture series on marine microbiology are accompanied by tutorials in which the students can work on questions raised in the lecture series in more depth and detail. Relevant publications and textbooks will be discussed. The tutorials only are open to the students of the IMPRS to ensure small class sizes and a low student to tutor ratio. Partially these tutorials are taught by senior students of the IMPRS. This allows senior students to strengthen and broaden their own knowledge and actively participate in the training of more junior students.