Laurenz Thomsen completed his doctorate in Kiel, Germany on biological oceanography. After his post-doctoral qualification on the theme of Particle and Fluid dynamics at Continental Margins and research stays in Norway and the Netherlands, he was a guest professor in Seattle, USA as Heisenberg fellow of DFG. Subjects of his research are animal-water interactions, particle behavior and fluid dynamics, organo-mineral aggregation, sediment /water interface fluxes, gas hydrates and cold seeps, CO2 mitigation, algae-mariculture, risk assessments of anthropogenic environmental impact. In 2001 he was appointed Professor of Geosciences at Jacobs University Bremen. Since 2002, he is Adjunct Professor of Biological Oceanography at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Laurenz has carried out more than 30 research expeditions in the North Atlantic and Pacific and has published more than 90 papers in international journals. He is a regular reviewer for international science journals and various research councils such as DFG, NSF, NERC, EU. From 2012 – 2017 he was a member of the Senate Commission on Oceanography of DFG