Institute of

Sea Fisheries




Herwigstraße 31

27572 Bremerhaven

Telephone: +49 471 94460 101

Fax: +49 471 94460 199

Dr. Henrike Andresen

Dr. Henrike  Andresen
Herwigstraße 31
27572 Bremerhaven
+49 471 94460 330

Research Interests

  • Functional biogeography
  • Size-dependent processes
  • Trait-based approaches
  • Trophic interactions
  • Mesopelagic fish


  • Spatial analysis of mesopelagic fish size spectra and diversity in the Atlantic based on historical data
  • Investigation of trophic relations of mesopelagic fish using morphometric feeding traits

Educational background and employment

  • Since 2019: Scientist at the Thünen Institute for Sea Fisheries, working group Marine Ecosystems.
  • 2016-2019: PostDoc at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Bremerhaven, Germany, department Functional Ecology, working group Ecosystem Functions. Topic: Spatial dynamics of benthic functional diversity in the North Sea.
  • 2014-2015: PostDoc at the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Hamilton, New Zealand, working group Marine Ecology.
  • 2012-2013: Guest scientist at NIWA, Hamilton, New Zealand, working group Marine Ecology.
  • 2005-2011: PhD-student at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), Texel, the Netherlands, department Marine Ecology. Topic: Size-dependent predation risk for young bivalves.
  • 2004: Freelance biologist (Benthic surveys).
  • 2002-2003: Master thesis at NIOZ, Texel, The Netherlands.
  • 1996-2003: Study of Biology at the Universities of Rostock and Bremen, Germany. Major subjects Marine Biology, Ecology, and Geology.