University of Bremen

Faculty 05 – Geosciences

The focus is on water movement and material transport in aquatic systems, e.g. in river and harbour sediments, in deep-sea sediments and in aquifers. The complex (bio)chemical interactions in these systems, occurring between the substances dissolved in water, rocks and organisms, control i.a. distribution and mobility of nutrients and pollutants in the environment. Within the scope of national and international projects, the geochemistry/hydrogeology discipline located in Bremen deals with a wide range of issues from climate research to post-mining damage and drinking water quality.

– Bachelor of Science Geowissenschaften

– Master of Science Geowissenschaften

Klagenfurter Straße 2-4, 28359 Bremen
Academic advice:
Dr. Ulrike Wolf-Brozio

Potential fields of work:

  • Hydrothermal systems of shallow sea and the mid-ocean ridge
  • Studies on the release of nutrients and pollutants from sediments, soils and construction products supported by adapted modeling
  • Nature of sediments in ports and estuaries
  • Utilization concepts and technologies for polluted sediments

Expertise for studying:

  • University entrance certificate (A-level)
  • Solid basics in maths, physics and chemistry
  • Basic computer skills (word processing, spreadsheet, internet research)
  • Good knowledge of English (technical literature!)
  • Deep interest in natural sciences
  • Good spatial sense

Entry requirement: unrestricted admission

Application and enrolment:

  • Winter semester: until 15th July
  • Summer semester: until the 15th of January
  • Only advanced students will be admitted to the summer semester

Hydrological courses (selection):

  • Hydrogeologie / Ingenieurgeologie I-III, (B.Sc.)
  • Beschaffenheit des Grundwassers: Schadstoffe und Isotope (M.Sc.)
  • Hydraulische Modellierung (M.Sc.)

Work Group Geochemistry and Hydrogeology

Prof. Dr. Thomas Pichler

Research foci:

The holistic approach to the role of water-rock interaction and cycling of elements within the system Earth, especially:

  • Environmental studies about water quality
  • Source, transport and fate of contaminants in natural and anthropogenic systems such as soil, groundwater, sediments, construction material and land fills
  • Hydrothermal systems