Dr. Gerd Schriever

BIOLAB, Research Institute, Germany
Dr. Gerd Schriever graduated as Diplom-Biologe from the University of Kiel in zoology, fishery biology and botany in 1973.

From Kiel he moved to the Biologische Anstalt Helgoland for his PhD studies on the island of Helgoland. After finishing his PhD at Kiel in 1976 he became curator of crustaceans at the Zoological Institute and Museum of the University of Kiel. His main focus was on taxonomy and ecology of deep-sea benthic crustaceans. He was working in close cooperation with the Department of Biological Oceanography under the supervision of Prof. H. Thiel at the University of Hamburg.

During this time he gained professional experience within international marine projects from marine mining tests in the central Red Sea (1981 - 1983) to monitoring of low radio active waste to the deep sea of the North East Atlantic (1980). In 1988 he joined Prof. Thiel’s working group to develop and execute the German manganese nodule mining impact experiment DISCOL (Disturbance and Re-colonization of a manganese nodule area in the Deep South East Pacific from 1987 – 1997).

In 1993 he founded the private company BIOLAB Forschungsinstitut at Hohenwestedt and became its director. Besides these deep-sea projects he acted as consultant on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Science and Technology to Indian, Chinese, Korean and Japanese governmental organizations to establish inter-disciplinary working groups for environmental studies on environmental aspects on future manganese nodule mining. He is also consultant of the International Seabed Authority, Kingston Jamaica, in aspects of deep-sea environmental guidelines for future manganese nodule mining. He has published more than 40 scientific papers about environmental monitoring of industrial intrusions in the deep sea, possible impacts and recommendations to minimize these impacts. He was a founder member of the former German TUSCH Group (Tiefsee-Umwelt-Schutz) and belongs today to the German working group Marine Mineral Resources of the German Gesellschaft für Maritime Technik e.V. (GMT).