Professor Hildegard Westphal

Hildegard Westphal is Director of the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology and head of its Department of Biogeochemistry and Geology, as well Professor of Geology at the University of Bremen. Her research has focused on the effects of environmental change on biotic communities in tropical shallow water areas. She works in a strongly interdisciplinary context that stretches across the natural and social sciences. Her interest in science in literature was fostered in the Junge Akademie, a joint project of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, where artists and scientists have the chance to try out new ideas together.