Based on our follow-up proposal, the German Research Foundation (DFG) decided in November 2019 to extend the funding for the DFG Research Training Group Baltic TRANSCOAST of the University of Rostock (funding reference: GRK 2000) until 31.12.2024. Thus, the DFG Research Training Group Baltic TRANSCOAST (Spokesperson: Prof. Bernd Lennartz) will be funded for a total of 9 years, which corresponds to the maximum funding period for DFG Research Training Groups. Accordingly, up to three cohorts of RTG Baltic TRANSCOAST doctoral candidates (at least thirteen doctoral candidates per cohort) can do their doctorates.
The research of RTG Baltic TRANSCOAST is supported by the existing high-quality infrastructure of the two institutions University of Rostock and Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Rostock-Warnemünde (IOW).
The University of Rostock together with the Leibniz-Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW) are seeking 13 highly motivated PhD candidates for the DFG Research Training Group ‘Baltic TRANSCOAST’. The program will start on January 1st, 2019 (2nd cohort). The salary ranges from 75% to 100% of a TV-L E13 position for 3 years, depending on the working group.
The Research Training Group ‘Baltic TRANSCOAST’ investigates hydrological, biogeochemical and biological processes at the interface of a coastal peatland and the Baltic Sea at a site near Rostock. It is expected that the intensive exchange processes are modulated by sea level changes and occur above ground and below in sediments.. Water fluxes and solute transport through the coastal ecotone and along the coast, microbial processes, and the interaction of benthic animals and plants with their environment are the major topics of research.
PhD candidates will gain profound knowledge on specific processes combined with an overall, inter-disciplinary knowledge of coastal processes. Moreover, they will receive intensive training in soft skills and attend courses provided by the Baltic TRANSCOAST education scheme and the Graduate Academy of the University of Rostock.
For more information see the PhD topics
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The General Assembly 2018 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria, from 8–13 April 2018. The assembly is open to the scientists of all nations. Visit Baltic TRANSCOAST booth X2D04 in hall X2.
The DFG Research Training Group Baltic TRANSCOAST presents itself at a booth in the X2 hall. If you would like to learn more about our interdisciplinary research, our goals, our team and our search for 13 excellent and passionate doctoral candidates (starting 2019) then come and visit us at booth X2D04 in hall X2.
Photo: Baltic TRANSCOAST booth at EGU 2018: Dr. Janßen and Dr. Brede (Photo: B. Lennartz)
We are seeking 13 excellent, passionate PhD students (for the 2nd cohort, starting 2019) that enjoy working in a diverse scientific team bridging terrestrial and marine sciennces in coastal research.
Interested young scientists can get in direct and personal contact with our colleagues from Baltic TRANSCOAST DFG Research Training Group (Prof. Lennartz, Dr. Jurasinsky, Dr. Janßen, Dr. Brede, etc.) and receive further information at the booth X2D04 in the X2 hall.
Further information about the EGU conference and the exhibitors represented next to Baltic TRANSCOAST can be found here.
University of Rostock
DFG Research Training Goup
Baltic TRANSCOAST GRK 2000
11 PhD students of DFG-Research Training Group Baltic TRANSCOAST (GRK 2000) from the University of Rostock and Leibnitz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Warnemünde (IOW), Germany, go there (OSM 2018, Portland, USA) as part of qualification programme in order to present their work and research results in form of posters and presentations (Sessions), accompanied by Dr. Lennartz (Spokesperson), Dr. Voß (Vice Spokesperson) and Dr. Stefan Forster (PI) from the DFG- Research Training Group Baltic TRANSCOAST of the University of Rostock. We are pleased that our DFG-Mercator Fellow Dr. Fereidoun Rezanezhad from the University of Waterloo and his colleagues (Dr. Philippe Van Cappellen, et al.) also presenting joint research results in posters there.
Photo: M. Kreuzburg, Baltic TRANSCOAST Team at OSM 2018, Portland, USA.
Baltic TRANSCOAST Sessions:
(here in reverse chronological order, 16.02. -12.02.)
CD53A Land-Ocean Linkages Along Shallow Coastlines Under Human Impact II – (Orals)
Oregon Convention Center- Oregon Ballroom 202, 2:00-4:00 pm
Matthias Kreuzburg: CD53A-02 Potential relationship between runoff from a coastal peat land on methane and nitrous oxide fluxes in shallow waters of the Baltic Sea
Viktoria Unger: CD53A-05 Production High, Consumption Low - Microbial Evidence for Heightened Methane Emissions in Rewetted Fens
Lennart Gosch: CD53A-06 Hydraulic properties of coastal fen peat as subjected to seawater impact
Hanna Schade: CD53A-08 In situ investigation on advective influence in permeable sand
CD44B: Land-Ocean Linkages Along Shallow Coastlines Under Human Impact I - Posters
Oregon Convention Center – Poster Hall 4:00-6:00 pm
Fouzia Haider: CD44B-0169: Combined effects
of salinity and sediment reworking on burrowing behavior and bioenergetics of a
marine bioturbator, the soft shell clam- Mya arenaria
Miriam Ibenthal: CD44B-0170
Calibration of a groundwater flow model to determine governing processes that
drive groundwater flow between a coastal peatland and the Baltic Sea
Julia Westphal: CD44B-0171 Sulfur
Isotope Biogeochemistry of Sediments and Soils from a temperate Coastal-Wetland
Transition Zone, Southern Baltic Sea
Nils Karow: CD44B-0172 PIV-LIF
Experiments on the Ground Water Discharge in Oceanic Bottom Boundary Layers
Katharina Romoth: CD44B-0180 Peat in
Shallow Waters of the Baltic Sea as a Unique Substrate for Macrophytes
Fereidoun Rezanezhad1, Philippe Van Cappellen1 and Bernd Lenartz2, (1)University of Waterloo, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Waterloo, ON, Canada, (2)University of Rostock, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Rostock, Germany: CD44B-0173 Flow and Transport Processes and Biogeochemical Reactivity of Coastal Peatland Soils
Stefan Forster: CD44B-0178 The Potential of Bioirrigation – an Approach to capture Macrofauna Induced Solute Transport at the Sediment-Water Interface with an Index
CD44B: Land-Ocean Linkages Along Shallow Coastlines Under Human Impact I - Poster Lightning
Oregon Convention Center – Poster Hall Lightning Area 04:00 PM - 04:25 PM
Further Sessions with participation of Baltic TRANSCOAST members:
E33A The Dynamics of Estuaries and CoastalBuoyancy-Driven Flows II
Oregon Convention Center - Oregon Ballroom 201, 2:00-4:00 (Orals) 3:00 pm
Xaver Lange: E33A-05 Wind-induced preconditioning of river
plumes in non-tidal estuaries
BN11A: Biogeochemical Processes Across Oxic-AnoxicTransitions I
Oregon Convention Center - D135-D136 (Orals) 08:45 am
Simon Langer: BN11A-04 Redox Sensitive Polyphosphates in
Filamentous Sulfur Bacteria Visualized by NanoSIMS
More information regarding OSM 2018 program:
Scientific Program OSM 2018
More information about Baltic TRANSCOAST Project can be found here:
Part 2 - Video Bubble Shuttle: vimeo.com/249796836
(by Sebastian Jordan - an associated PhD Student of DFG-Research Training Group Baltic TRANSCOAST GRK 2000)
Impression of our fieldwork in front of Santa Barbara and an interview with Ira Leifer about the bubble shuttle project and its hypothetical influence on shallow seep ecosystems.
Eindrücke unserer Forschungsarbeiten vor Santa Barbara und ein Interview mit Ira Leifer über das Bubble Shuttle Projekt und den mögliche Einfluss auf Flachwasserseep-Gebiete.
Video: Sebastian JordanProject: Bubble Shuttle - Transport of methane oxidizing microbes from the sediment into the water column through gas bubbles, DFG SCHM 2530/7-1
PI: Oliver Schmale (https://www.io-warnemuende.de/bubble-shuttle-ii.html)
PhD student: Sebastian Jordan
Part 1, by Jens Müller, IOW: vimeo.com/229619743
Baltic TRANSCOAST PhD student Matthias Kreuzburg is visiting Mercator Fellow Fereidoun Rezanezhad at University
of Waterloo in Canada from September to December 2017. Matthias and Fereidoun are conducting a
multi- component/interdisciplinary column experiment to advance the fundamental, process-based understanding of the biogeochemical
processes governing carbon and nutrient transformations and exchange of trace gases in shallow waters impacted by terrestrial nutrient
input from a coastal peatland.
Baltic TRANSCOAST researchers and IOW researchers (Cruise leader Prof. Dr. Gregor Rehder) on research vessel FS "Elisabeth Mann Borgese" (EMB) in action on the Baltic Sea near our study site "NSG Hütelmoor und Heiligensee". More information follow shortly...
Marine Traffic EMB tracking Link
Picture: Lutz Graupeter, MarineTraffic.com
Baltic TRANSCOAST research goes public!
Baltic TRANSCOAST (Research Training Group, financed by DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) took part in the Science Night 2017 (Lange Nacht der
Wissenschaften), which took place on Thursday 27 April, 06:00 pm - 10:00
pm, in Rostock. Our booth was located in hall of Faculty for Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Justus von Liebig Weg 6b, 18059
Rostock, access Satower Straße (Foyer) - Campus Südstadt. We wish to
convey our thanks and appreciation to all Baltic TRANSCAOST colleagues
and friends as well as the organization team for their commitment and successful work at the Science
Night 2017. We would like to extend our thanks to all of the people
involved with the Science Night event who gave the visitors (rush)
in-depth and very exciting insights into their work, in particluar:
Manon, Stefan, Julia, Xaver, Paul, Fouzia, Julia, Lara, Nora, Veronika,
Matthias, Johannes (at Baltic TRANSCOAST booth) and Nils (fluid
mechanics booth) and Katharina (scientific diving booth).
Young participants displayed great interest in influx model
(Einstrommodell Ostsee) explained by a PhD Student. (Picture: N. Greve,
Baltic TRANSCOAST, 2017)
Typical salinity distribution along Baltic Sea track
(click for a YouTube video demo of the model)
Youngsters are highly interested in the colorful model demonstrating the
transport of oxygen from worm burrows (Picture: N.Greve/Baltic
Go on a treasure hunt. What can be discovered in the sea sand? (Picture: N.Greve, Baltic TRANSCOAST, 2017)
Children and families study the hidden world of the Baltic Sea - study
microscopically diatoms (Diatomeen-Kieselalgen) beauties of algae (Picture:
N.Greve/Baltic TRANSCOAST, 2017)
The audience was very interested in our interdisciplinary project and
the opportunity to "feel and touch" science (Picture: N.Greve/Baltic
Website of Baltic TRANSCOAST
In the beginning of February 2017 another cooperation started with the University of Kiel in which geophysical methods such as Seismics, Geoelectrics and Ground-penetrating radar where used to gain knowledge about the subterranean coastal zones.
Shallow coastal peatlands are characterized by intense hydrological interactions between land and sea, comprising e.g. submarine groundwater discharge (SGD), inundations of the peatland with seawater as well as surface water runoff through channel constructions. Properties of water within coastal fens highly impacts comprising ecosystems and future sea level rise may alter biogeochemical processes in coastal peatland considerably. The coastlines constitute the converging interface between fresh- and saltwater environments but most of the dilution processes happening in the sediments and are therefore "invisible".
Geophysical surveys applied by the team of Ercan Erkul from the University of Kiel allow an indirect imaging of the sub-bottom characteristics, which are influenced by at least two water components: seawater from the Baltic Sea and freshwater from the Hütelmoor.
Author: Matthias Kreuzburg / Baltic TRANSCOAST
„Researchers from Kiel University apply geophysical methods (Seismics, Geoelectrics and Ground-penetrating radar) to investigate the sub-surface at the interface of the peatland and the coast. Picture: M. Naumann, Professur für Geodäsie und Geoinformatik, Uni Rostock, 01.02.2017
Left: Observation of the seismic signals, right: deployment of the cable for the geoelectric survey. Pictures: Miriam Ibenthal, University of Rostock, 01.02.2017