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Institute of

OF Baltic Sea Fisheries

Dr. Maria E. Pierce

Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries

Alter Hafen Süd 2
18069 Rostock
+49 381 66099 118
+49 381 66099 199

Fields of Activity

  • Development of the work area Individual-Based Modelling
  • Participation in expert groups of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
  • Methods transfer from computer science 

Research Interests

  • Use of individual-based modelling to capture and research complex adaptive systems
  • Documentation of modelling and simulation studies, with a special focus on communication
  • Connecting computer science methods with questions of fisheries biology and fisheries management
  • Modelling of ecological systems
  • Modelling and simulation workflows 

Scientific Background

  • 2022: PhD at the University of Rostock. Dissertation: „Integrating Knowledge about Complex Adaptive Systems - Insights from Modelling the Eastern Baltic Cod.
  • Since 2016: Scientist at the Thünen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries, Rostock 
  • Since 2015: External scientist at the Modelling and Simulation Group at the Institute for Visual and Analytic Computing of the University Rostock 
  • 2013 – 2015: Master course „Aquaculture and Sea Ranching“ (M.Sc.) at the University Rostock. Master thesis: „Modelling Baltic Cod behavioural responses to hypoxia: towards an agent-based model“ 
  • 2009 – 2013: Bachelor course in Physics (B.Sc.) at the University Rostock. Bachelor thesis: „Characterization of the spotsize of focused light beams“


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    Pierce ME (2023) Integrating knowledge about complex adaptive systems - insights from modelling the Eastern Baltic cod. Rostock: Univ Rostock, 151 p, Rostock, Univ, Fak f Informatik und Elektrotechnik, Diss, 2022, DOI:10.18453/rosdok_id00004121

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    Moesgaard Albertsen C, Amosova V, Andersen M, Behrens JW, Willestofte Berg C, Bergenius M, Brander K, Cardinale M, Carlshamre S, Casini M, Cormon X, Eero M, Gertseva V, Haase S, Krumme U, McQueen K, Pierce ME, Schade FM, Strehlow HV, Weltersbach MS, et al (2019) Benchmark workshop on Baltic cod stocks (WKBALTCOD2). Copenhagen: ICES, 310 p, ICES Sci Rep 1(9), DOI:10.17895/

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    Wilsdorf P, Pierce ME, Hillston J, Uhrmacher AM (2019) Round-based Super-individuals - balancing speed and accuracy. In: ACM SIGSIM Conference on Principles of Advanced Discrete Simulation (PADS 2019), 03-05 June 2019, Chicago, IL, USA. pp 95-98, DOI:10.1145/3316480.3322894

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    Pierce ME, Krumme U, Uhrmacher AM (2018) Building simulation models of complex ecological systems by successive composition and reusing simulation experiments. In: Rabe M, Juan AA, Mustafee N, Skoogh A, Jain S, Johansson B (eds) Proceedings of the 2018 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC 2018), 9-12 Dec 2018, Göteborg, Sweden. pp 2363-2374, DOI:10.1109/WSC.2018.8632262

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    Pierce ME, Warnke T, Krumme U, Helms T, Hammer C, Uhrmacher AM (2017) Developing and validating a multi-level ecological model of eastern Baltic cod (Gadus morhua) in the Bornholm Basin - a case for domain-specific languages. Ecol Model 361:49-65, DOI:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2017.07.012

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    Pierce ME, Warnke T, Helms T, Uhrmacher AM, Krumme U, Hammer C (2015) Individual-based cod simulation with ML-Rules. In: Yilmaz L (ed) Proceedings of the 2015 Winter Simulation Conference, December 6 - 9, 2015, Huntington Beach, CA. Piscataway, NJ: Omnipress, p 2

    Presentations and Posters

    Pierce ME (2018) Methods, Modellers and Fisheries Scientists – Building Bridges. In: Winter Simulation Conference (WSC 2018), 09-12 Dec 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden. (Poster)

    Pierce ME (2017) Wir bauen uns einen Dorsch. Kommunikationswettbewerb – Rostock‘s ELEVEN. (Presentation)

    Pierce ME, Warnke T, Helms T, Uhrmacher AM, Krumme U, Hammer C (2015) Individual-based cod simulation with ML-Rules. In: Winter Simulation Conference (WSC 2015), 6-9 Dec 2015, Huntington Beach, CA, USA. Proceedings, published by IEEE, Electronic ISSN: 1558-4305, pp. 3192-3193. (Poster)

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