Research Group

General Geology – Marine Geology

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Bohrmann

1984 Diploma in Geology-Paleontology, Technische Hochschule Darmstadt
1988 Promotion (Dr. rer. nat.) at University Kiel

1988-91 Alfred-Wegener Institut in Bremerhaven
1991-2002 GEOMAR- Research Centre in Kiel

Professor in Bremen since 2002

Research Areas:
Marine Geology, Sedimentology, Geochemics, Petrology, Structural Geology

Large amounts of methane, either as free gas or dissolved in porewater, are present in sediment deposits along continental margins. Under condition of high pressure and cold temperature, methane and other gases form ice-like gas hydrates. A focus of our research is to understand the formation, structure and dynamics of gas hydrates in natural systems and their influences on the marine environment. Like groundwater springs on land, fluids and gas circulate through the upper sediment sequences of the seafloor and escape at so-called cold vents or cold seeps. Study objects are precipitates (carbonates, gas hydrates, and barites), as well as chemo-autotrophic communities that are present at those seeps when methane is oxidized in the sediments.

Working Area

Cold seeps and gas hydrate deposits at active and passive continental margins: South-China Sea, Hydrate Ridge off Oregon, Gulf of Mexico, Black Sea, and Mediterranean.


Seafloor mapping at various spatial scales, deployment of TV-guided equipment, seafloor observation and sampling with submarines and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), petrological, geochemical and mineralogical investigations on rocks and sediments obtained by conventional coring or drilling, use of pressurized coring devices.


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