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Institute of

OF Baltic Sea Fisheries

Dr. Dorothee Moll

Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries

Alter Hafen Süd 2
18069 Rostock
+49 381 66099 171
+49 381 66099 199

Fields of activity

  • European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)-pilot study: „Quantitative contribution of inshore coastal waters to population dynamics of Atlantic herring in the Western Baltic Sea”

Research interests

  • Ecology of spawning habitat and recruitment ecology of western Baltic herring
  • Anthropogenic Factors: Impact on reproduction success

Scientific Background

since May 2019: Scientist at the Thünen-Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries, Rostock

November 2018: PhD at the University of Hamburg. Thesis: „Contribution of coastal nursery areas to the spring-spawning population of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) in the Western Baltic Sea“

2013-2018: PhD at the Thünen-Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries, Rostock:

EU-BONUS Project INSPIRE: Integrating spatial processes into ecosystem models for sustainable utilization of fish resources

EU-Project Interreg HERRING – Joint cross-border action for the sustainable management of a natural resource

2010-2012: Master studies  „Marine Biology“ at the University of Rostock

2007-2010: Bachelor studies  „Biology“ at the University of Hamburg


Involved in

ongoing projects

completed projects


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    Moyano M, Illing B, Akimova A, Alter K, Bartolino V, Börner G, Clemmesen C, Finke A, Gröhsler T, Kotterba P, Livdane L, Mittermayer F, Moll D, Nordheim L von, Peck M, Schaber M, Polte P (2023) Caught in the middle: bottom-up and top-down processes impacting recruitment in a small pelagic fish. Rev Fish Biol Fisheries 33(1):55-84, DOI:10.1007/s11160-022-09739-2

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    Polte P, Gröhsler T, Kotterba P, Nordheim L von, Moll D, Santos J, Rodriguez-Tress P, Zablotski Y, Zimmermann C (2021) Reduced reproductive success of Western Baltic herring (Clupea harengus) as a response to warming winters. Front Mar Sci 8:589242, DOI:10.3389/fmars.2021.589242

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    Nordheim L von, Kotterba P, Moll D, Polte P (2020) Lethal effect of filamentous algal blooms on Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) eggs in the Baltic Sea. Aquatic Conserv 30(7):1362-1372, DOI:10.1002/aqc.3329

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    Moll D, Kotterba P, Jochum KP, Nordheim L von, Polte P (2019) Elemental inventory in fish otoliths reflects natal origin of atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) from Baltic Sea juvenile areas. Front Mar Sci 6:191, DOI:10.3389/fmars.2019.00191

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    Nordheim L von, Kotterba P, Moll D, Polte P (2018) Impact of spawning substrate complexity on egg survival of Atlantic Herring (Clupea harengus, L.) in the Baltic Sea. Estuaries Coasts 41(2):549-559, DOI:10.1007/s12237-017-0283-5

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    Moll D, Kotterba P, Nordheim L von, Polte P (2018) Storm-induced Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) egg mortality in Baltic Sea inshore spawning areas. Estuaries Coasts 41(1):1-12, DOI:10.1007/s12237-017-0259-5

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    Polte P, Kotterba P, Moll D, Gröhsler T, Nordheim L von (2018) Time series of the Ruegen Larval Herring N20 Index and potential reasons for a declining larval production. In: ICES benchmark workshop on pelagic stocks (WKPELA 2018) : 12.-16.02.2018, Copenhagen. Copenhagen: ICES, pp 1-10

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    Polte P, Kotterba P, Moll D, Nordheim L von (2017) Ontogenetic loops in habitat use highlight the importance of littoral habitats for early life-stages of oceanic fishes in temperate waters. Sci Rep 7:42709, DOI:10.1038/srep42709

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    Kotterba P, Moll D, Hammer C, Peck M, Oesterwind D, Polte P (2017) Predation on Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) eggs by the resident predator community in coastal transitional waters. Limnol Oceanogr 62(6):2616-2628, DOI:10.1002/lno.10594

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    Kotterba P, Moll D, Nordheim L von, Peck M, Oesterwind D, Polte P (2017) Predation on larval Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) in inshore waters of the Baltic Sea. Estuar Coast Shelf Sci 198:1-11, DOI:10.1016/j.ecss.2017.08.017

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    Fey DP, Lejk AM, Margonski P, Szymanek L, Psuty I, Nermer T, Lempe F, Strehlow HV, Polte P, Moll D, Stybel N, Hiller A, Laak M van (2014) Herring : an analysis of spawning ground management, ecological conditions and human impacts in Greifswald Bay, Vistula Lagoon and Hanö Bight [online]. Malmö: Andersson, 184 p, zu finden in <> [zitiert am 22.10.2015]

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