Geobiology of Coral Reefs

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Bunaken, Indonesia (Wörheide, 2017)
Field trip type field exercise
Field trip location Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia (Pacific)
Responsible Prof. Dr. Gert Wörheide, Paleontology & Geobiology
Date March
Information and current date see Studiengangskoordination
see Molecular Geo- and Palaeobiology Lab
Days in the field 14
Offered 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Aim of the field trip

Familiarize with the geobiology of coral reefs, especially getting to know the main reef-building organisms (corals), other invertebrates, and fish. Ecology of the reef system, species interactions, reef geomorphology and zonation, life on a tropical island.


Coral reef, tropical beaches, islands, atolls

Field methods

  • visual inspection and mapping of coral reefs (by snorkelling)
  • underwater writing and sketching on dive-slates
  • line- and intercept transects under water (handling measuring tape underwater for transects)
  • underwater photography


Snorkelling equipment absolute requirement: Mask, Snorkel, dive-fins (open back), dive booties, full-body wet-suit (3mm maximal thickness).
Course will be held in English.
Participants must be physically fit and able to swim well, and have no fear of the open ocean and coral reef environments.


Maldivian Marine Biodiversity Wiki