AQUEIS e.V. encourages participation in further education events in the field of aquatic sciences. Thus, a course scholarship is awarded, which enables motivated students, students or general interested parties to take part in continuing education courses as a supplement to school and university.
Likewise, motivated students are supported in their studies or theses, both in the form of travel and material costs, as well as for publication in scientific journals.
Further information about the scholarship options can be found under the following links:
* Course grant *
Maximilian Loimer completed his training as a European Scientific Diver in May 2019 at the HYDRA Institute for Marine Sciences on the Italian island of Elba. With this support, he could carry out his practical field work at the Alfred Wegener Institute on Helgoland. In January he presented his experience during a seminar lecture at the University of Vienna, where he is studying applied limnology. He explained to his auditorium how research diving can be used, what the advantages and disadvantages are and what a research diving operation looks like. Max seems to have enjoyed working under water and is eager to get involved in follow-up projects.
* Course grant *
During her 3-month internship at the Sea Watch Foundation, Hannah Schartmann was involved in photo-identification, land-based and boat-based surveys as well as data management to monitor whales and dolphins.
Sea Watch Foundation is based in New Quay, Wales (UK) and follows its mission to improve the conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises in British and Irish waters.
Hannah holds a Master of Science in Marine Biology from the University of Rostock. You can read more about her experiences on the following blog: Marine Madness
* Research grant *
Julia Giebel spent 6 months in Sulawesi, studying the amount and composition of waste in the largest city in the province and a small island town.
In both places she has looked at households, public places, a river and a beach.
She has also conducted an indicator analysis to assess people’s attitude of waste and how well they are doing economically.
Finally, she worked out a scenario for both places how to organize the waste so that less of it ends up in the sea.
* Research grant *
Elsa Girard studies geobiology and paleobiology at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. As part of her Master’s thesis, Elsa deals with the uptake and accumulation of microplastics in tropical sponges. She traveled to Manado in Sulawesi, Indonesia, in spring 2019 to collect samples, a corner of the world renowned for its high biodiversity. Back in Germany, the samples are analyzed, the results written down and a master thesis submitted. For us, Elsa has put together a short film about her work in Manado.
Have fun watching.
Here you can read the abstract of Elsa’s thesis: Exploring the diversity of foreign particles in Indonesian marine sponges: potential bioindicators for microplastic pollution?
Felix Meyer (to be seen in minute 1:27) visits the IGS Osterholz-Scharmbeck and experiments in his free time on how to resolve the global problem of plastic waste in the sea. In several projects he has dealt with the detection and sorting of plastics by means of reflection spectra. After successfully presenting his projects at the regional competition of Jugend Forscht, the comparison at the state level followed. AQUEIS is pleased to be able to support Felix in his participation and congratulates on the successful research assignment!
The following posters show Felix’s work (in German only):
Plastic parts in the sediment
Sorting of different plastic types
Jonas Letschert could present his work about invasive benthic species in the Galapagos archipelago during the worlds biggest conference on marine bioinvasion, the International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions (ICMB). We gratulate to his scientific contribution and his next step as marine scientist!
Following the links below you get to read the abstract of his talk as well as an essay (German only) about his experiences:
Is conventional and biodegradable plastic different in relation to the marine community of growth and degradation of plastic in the sea? Nora Pauli has dealt with this question in her bachelor thesis. She discussed this issue at YOUMARES 2017, a conference for young marine scientists, and won first place in the Best Speaker category. With the support of Aqueis, Nora was also able to publish an article in the scientific journal “Royal Society Open Science”.
Macrofouling communities and the degradation of plastic bags in the sea: an insitu experiment
The Galapagos Islands are a fragile area whose marine ecosystem is threatened by, among others, invasive species. Jonas Letschert traveled there to study the problem. For his master’s thesis at the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology and the University of Bremen, he and the researchers from the Charles Darwin Research Station applied so-called colonization plates, which were examined in the laboratory after 3 months. Aqueis supported Jonas in his research.
Here is the introduction to his work:
The Effect of tourism on benthic introduced species in the Galapagos Marine Reserve
Anna Lena Klein wants to make a contribution to tackling a fundamental environmental problem: plastic pollution in the sea. Therefore, she writes her Matura thesis on “algae-based bioplastic”. Her self-manufactured plastic, based on alginate (algae starch), she has been testing for its degradability since March. In 2016, 8 samples were buried in the forest floor and three samples were exposed by researchers from the HYDRA Institute on Elba in the Mediterranean (duration of the degradation test: 12 weeks).
The abstract on Anna Lena’s work and other photos is available at the following link (German only):
Forschungsarbeit zu algenbasiertem Biokunststoff
Friederike Peiffer traveled to the capital of Panama in November 2015 with the AQUEIS research scholarship. There she presented her master thesis at the 68th International Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Conference. Friederike, in collaboration with the University of Bremen, the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology and the local non-governmental organization Roatan Marine Park (RMP) in Honduras, had been researching lionfish. These invasive fish have developed into a plague in the Caribbean in many places and must now be fought. The young researcher showed that a larger and more species-rich population of native fish can be found when the stock of lionfish has been reduced.
In Panama, Friederike has presented her data as a poster in order to discuss the results with the local scientists and stakeholders and to network even better in the area.
Under the following link her poster is stored as PDF:
Effects of lionfish removal on coral reef fish communities at Roatan, Honduras
Ideally, the publication of scientific data is freely accessible. Due to the costs of the publication process, a scientific journal raises eventually fees. To make the publication of the data from the final papers of Andreas Eich and Tobias Mildenberger free of charge, they have received a publication scholarship from AQUEIS e.V., which financed about half of the “open access” fees. The results on the extremely hot topic of “plastic garbage in the sea” are thus accessible to anyone interested.
The following link leads to the publication
Biofilm and Diatom Succession on Polyethylene (PE) and Biodegradable Plastic Bags in Two Marine Habitats: Early Signs of Degradation in the Pelagic and Benthic Zone?
*2 Course grants*
The two students Ulrike Schwarz and Stephanie Reimer organized a marine biology evening in Greifswald, Germany, at the end of November. The Lamarckzirkel, a scientific student circle, has welcomed the two lectures on the excursions to Elba, Italy, to the HYDRA Institute of Marine Sciences in the premises of the Zoological Institute.
The reports on the scope and content of the lectures can be found here (German only):
Ulrike Schwarz: Habitate von Fetovaia
Stephanie Reimer: Meeresschnecken
Hier werden Sie zu den Webseiten des Lamarckzirkels und des HYDRA Instituts für Meereswissenschaften geführt.
Nora-Charlotte Pauli (FU Berlin) was supported by AQUEIS through a travel scholarship. For her bachelor thesis within the SUPLA II project, she is researching the colonization of plastic sheeting that will be exposed to the seabed and water column for a full year. This work is carried out in cooperation with the manufacturer of innovative bioplastics, NOVAMONT SPA and the HYDRA Institute of Marine Sciences.
There is a summary here.
*2 Research grants*
In 2013, AQUEIS supported the two students Andreas Eich (University of Bremen) and Tobias Mildenberger (University of Bayreuth) in their bachelor theses in cooperation with the HYDRA Institute of Marine Sciences. In a one-month lab and field study, they explored the colonization and degradation of biodegradable and conventional plastic in the ocean. Within the project SUPLA I, Tobias and Andreas also stood in front of the camera for a video blog (German only):