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Institute of

SF Sea Fisheries

Dr. Anne Sell

Institute of Sea Fisheries

Herwigstraße 31
27572 Bremerhaven
+49 471 94460 365
+49 471 94460 199

Research interests

  • Climate change effects, biodiversity and ecological interactions within North Sea groundfish communities
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries management: Development of indicators for ecosystem state and ecological functions
  • Planning of fisheries research surveys; cruise leader


  • Towards a Joint Monitoring Programme for the North Sea and Celtic Sea (JMP NS/CS)
  • EU-Project: Preparatory Action on Maritime Spatial Planning in the North East Atlantic/North Sea/Channel Area (MASPNOSE)
  • Natura 2000 - Proposals for fisheries management measures in Natura 2000 sites in the German EEZ in the North Sea and Baltic Sea
  • Oceanography & climate: Monitoring of physical oceanographic parameters for the assessment of climatic influences on fish stocks in the North Sea Atlantic and North Atlantic
  • Population dynamics and assessment of demersal fish stocks in the North Sea and North Atlantic
  • Contributions to Advisory Committees of the European Union (STECF) and ICES committees
  • Biological investigations on biodiversity, species protection and the rational use of living marine resources
  • Investigations on fish assemblages in small defined areas in the North Sea to assess the anthropogenic influence on marine ecosystems (e.g. offshore windfarms)
  • MSFD - Implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework directive – Definition and validation of indicators and initial assessment

Educational background and employment

  • since 2005: Scientist at the Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries
  • 2002 – 2005: Scientist at the Institute of Hydrobiology and Fisheries, Hamburg University.Zooplankton ecology. Method development: „Video Plankton Recorder“ for in situ analyses of plankton distributions
  • 2001 – 2002: Oceanography Faculty and Chief Scientist for a ‘Semester at Sea’ at the Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, USA (
  • 1999, 2000 – 2001: PostDoc, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA.U.S. GLOBEC N.W. Atlantic/Georges Bank Program. Zooplankon ecology: Shipboard and laboratory experiments on predation; functional responses of feeding rates
  • 1999 – 2000: PostDoc, Kristineberg Marine Research Station (Gothenburg University and Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences), Sweden. Zooplankton feeding ecology and behaviour
  • 1996 – 1999: PostDoc, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA. Fellowships through the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD and the Seaver Foundation. Zooplankton behavior and physiology; adaptation to extreme environments in deep-sea copepods
  • 1992 – 1996: PhD research at the University of Technology Dresden; PhD thesis. Zooplankton predator-prey interactions; population dynamics; vertical migration behaviour; morphological defences against predation; physiological adaptation to low-oxygen environments
  • 1990 – 1992: Scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute (MPI) for Limnology in Plön
  • 1989 – 1990:  Masters thesis (Diplomarbeit) at the MPI in Plön, funded through the Max-Planck-Society
  • 1984 – 1989:  Studies at the University of Kaiserslautern and the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel.

Working Groups and Committees

Working Group - CommitteeTasks
International Bottom Trawl Working Group (IBTSWG)This group plans, coordinates and optimizes fishery-independent multispecies bottom-trawl surveys within the ICES area.
Working Group on Improving use of Survey Data for Assessment and Advice (WGISDAA)The group provides a forum where survey practitioners, statisticians and stock assessment scientists can share expertise and knowledge to advance the science of fisheries surveys.
National Committees
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF), Runder Tisch „Internationalisierung von Bildung, Wissenschaft und Forschung“. Themenzyklus „Meere und Ozeane“. The Internationalization strategy of the Federal government of Germany helps in further developing the international cooperation in order to contribute to solving global challenges. 
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