Institute of

Sea Fisheries




Herwigstraße 31

27572 Bremerhaven

Telephone: +49 471 94460 101

Fax: +49 471 94460 199

Dr. Antje Gimpel

Dr. Antje  Gimpel
Herwigstraße 31
27572 Bremerhaven
+49 471 94460 383
+49 471 94460 199

Research interests

  • Analysis and modeling of the interactions between biotic ecosystem components and anthropogenic impacts
  • Processing and analysis of spatial data (biological and economical) using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Processing and interpretation of ecosystem based data
  • Development of spatial management scenarios for sustainable exploitation in the sense of an ecosystem based marine management
  • Public relations and environmental education


  • Monitoring and evaluation of spatially managed areas (MESMA)
  • Interaction in coastal waters: A roadmap to sustainable integration of aquaculture and fisheries (COEXIST)
  • Vectors of Change in Oceans and Seas Marine Life, Impact on Economic Sectors (VECTORS)
  • Offshore Aquaculture (AWI): First offshore aquaculture project as a multifunctional use of offshore wind farms (GIS-based offshore site selection)
  • Ecosystem Approach to making Space for Sustainable Aquaculture (AquaSpace)

Educational background and employment

  • since 2015: Scientist at the Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries, Research Unit: Marine Spatial Management.
  • 2012 - 2015: PhD thesis at the Institute for Hydrobiology and Fisheries Science, University of Hamburg, in cooperation with the Thünen-Institute of Sea Fisheries, Research Unit: Marine Spatial Management. Title of PhD thesis: “Evaluation of spatial management strategies in the German Bight: How to balance sustainable use and ecosystem health?
  • 2009 - 2011: Master of Science in Marine Ecosystem- and Fishery Science at the Institute for Hydrobiology and Fisheries Science, University of Hamburg, in cooperation with the Thünen Institute of Sea Fisheries. Title of master thesis: “Spatially explicit tools to support an ecosystem-based marine spatial planning in the German EEZ"
  • 2011: Internship at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Moncton, New Brunswick, Kanada. Focus: Risk Analysis based on Ecosystem-based Risk Management Frameworks of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and GIS-analysis: Risk assessment of ecological and economical data from the German EEZ
  • 2009: BUND e.V., Nationalpark Harz, Focus: Environmental education
  • 2009: ERASMUS-exchange at Mid Sweden University, Sweden. Study focus: Nature Conservation und Landscape Ecology
  • 2006 – 2009: Bachelor of Arts in biology und politics at Hochschule Vechta. Bachelor Thesis: “Biologie und Fressverhalten von Astacus astacus”

Working Groups and Committees

Working Group - CommitteeTasks
Working Group on Marine Spatial Planning and Coastal Zone Management (WGMPCZM)The working group deals with the scientific basics (ecological, economical, socio-cultural) needed for a sustainable maritime spatial planning process.
Working Group on Offshore Wind Development and Fisheries (WGOWDF) - Co-chairThis group focuses on the interactions between fisheries and offshore wind energy.