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Institute of

OF Baltic Sea Fisheries

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 an agent-based ecological model of Baltic cod populations

Research Interests

  • Modelling of ecological systems
  • Bioenergetics of aquatic organisms
  • Abiotic habitat structures

Scientific Background

Since Aug. 2016: Scientist at the Thünen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries, Rostock

Since 2015: External scientist at the Modelling and Simulation Group at the Faculty of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering of the University Rostock

2013 – 2015: Master course „Aquaculture and Sea Ranching“ (M.Sc.) at the University Rostock. Masters 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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    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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