Institute of

Baltic Sea Fisheries


Katharina Wolf
Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries

Alter Hafen Süd 2
18069 Rostock
Phone: +49 381 66099 102
Fax: +49 381 66099 199

Dr. Lena von Nordheim

+49 381 66099 139
+49 381 66099 199

Fields of Activity

  • Evaluation of a commercial herring data time series collected during fish processing in the Euro-Baltic factory in Neu-Mukran, Isle of Ruegen, Germany
  • Recruitment research focusing the western Baltic spring spawning herring
  • PhD study on the effects of coastal habitat characteristics on the reproduction of Baltic herring

Research Interests

  • Ecology of fish, reproduction biology
  • Fisheries science
  • Biodiversity, Ecosystem Approach

Scientific background

2019-Dec 2020: Scientist at the Thuenen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries, Rostock

2016-2019: PhD study at the University of Hamburg and the Thuenen-Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries, Rostock, sponsored by a scholarship of the environmental foundation ‘Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt’

2015: Scientist at the Thuenen-Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries, Rostock

2012-2014: Master studies ‘Marine Biology’ at the University of Rostock, Master’s thesis: ‘Effect of spawning substrates on hatching success of Western Baltic herring (Clupea harengus)’

2009-2012: Bachelor studies ‘Biology‘ at the University of Rostock


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  1. 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:in Press, DOI:10.1002/aqc.3329
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  2. 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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  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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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  7. 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
  8. Andersson H, Almroth Rosell E, Hordoir R, Kotta J, Kotterba P, MacKenzie BR, Nordheim L von, Oesterwind D, Siaulys A, Skov H, Wahlströhm I, Zaiko A (2017) Report on dynamics of benthic and pelagic habitats in space and time under different driver forcing, including identification of vulnerable habitats. 30 p, DOI:10.3289/BIO-C3_D3.4
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  9. Kraak SBM, Dorrien C von, Krumme U, Nordheim L von, Oeberst R, Strehlow HV, Zimmermann C (2016) The discard ban and its impact on the MSY objective - The Baltic Sea. In: Research for PECH Committee - The discard ban and its impact on the maximum sustainable yield objective on fisheries : workshop. Brussels: European Union, pp 137-194
  10. Zimmermann C, Kraak SBM, Krumme U, Santos J, Stötera S, Nordheim L von (2015) Research for PECH Committee - Options of handling choke species in the view of the EU Landing Obligation – The Baltic plaice example : study. Brussels: European Union, 100 p, DOI:10.2861/808965