Institute of

Sea Fisheries




Herwigstraße 31

27572 Bremerhaven

Telephone: +49 471 94460 101

Fax: +49 471 94460 199

Dr. Matthias Schaber

Dr. Matthias  Schaber
Herwigstraße 31
27572 Bremerhaven
+49 471 94460 452
+49 471 94460 199

Research interests

  • Identification of distribution patterns and habitat associations of fishes with hydroacoustic methods
  • Assessment of fish stock parameters with hydroacoustic methods
  • Development of behavioral and habitat models for the implementation of the ecosystem approach to fisheries management
  • Feeding ecology of fishes
  • Fish ecology, fish species communities
  • Invasive species and their impact on marine ecosystems
  • Effects of climate change on distribution, habitat use and ecology of fishes


  • Enhancing Prediction of Tropical Atlantic Climate and its impacts (PREFACE)
  • Ecosystem Approach to the management of fisheries and the marine environment in West African waters (AWA)
  • Hydroacoustic monitoring of fish stock for the determination of stock sizes and allowable catch quantities
  • Adaptation and further development of methods for hydroacoustic estimation of fish stocks

Educational background and employment

  • since 2010: Scientist at the Institute of Sea Fisheries in Hamburg.
  • since 2005: Elaboration of PhD-Thesis: "Small to meso-scale distribution of Baltic cod (Gadus morhua L.) as resolved by hydroacoustics: Habitat preferences and limits"
  • 2004 – 2010: Scientist at Leibniz-Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR), Kiel
  • 2001 – 2004: Fisheries Biologist at MariLim Aquatic Research and Inverstigations, Kiel
  • 2001: Diplom at the Institute for Marine Sciences at Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel. Thesis title: "Spatial variability in the food composition of selected fish species in the Bornholm Basin"
  • 1995 – 2001: Studies in biology at Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel. Major subject: Fishery biology. Subsidiary subjects: Zoology, oceanography.