Institute of

Sea Fisheries




Herwigstraße 31

27572 Bremerhaven

Telephone: +49 471 94460 101

Fax: +49 471 94460 199

Dr. Vanessa Stelzenmüller

Dr. Vanessa  Stelzenmüller
Herwigstraße 31
27572 Bremerhaven
+49 471 94460 381
+49 471 94460 199

Research interests

  • Ecosystem based fisheries and marine management with emphasis on marine spatial planning and conflicts between fisheries and other uses and the marine ecosystems of the North Sea
  • Development of integrated modelling approaches and decision support tools to both assess spatial management options and to support the implementation of an ecosystem based fisheries and marine management
  • Development of spatial distribution models of marine resources and fisheries activities among others with the help of geostatistical methods and GIS
  • Evaluation of marine spatial planning scenarios concerning fisheries and marine living resources


  • Offshore Site Selection for a sustainable and multi-functional use of marine areas in heavily utilized seas with the North Sea as an example (OSS)
  • EU project: Preparatory Action on Maritime Spatial Planning in the North East Atlantic/North Sea/Channel Area (MASPNOSE)
  • EU project: Interaction in coastal waters: A roadmap to sustainable integration of aquaculture and fisheries (COEXIST)
  • EU project: Monitoring and evaluation of spatially managed areas (MESMA)
  • MSFD - Implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework directive – Definition and validation of indicators and initial assessment

Educational background and employment

  • since 2010: Marine Scientist at the Institute of Sea Fisheries, Hamburg
  • 2007 – 2009: Marine Scientist at the Centre of Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), Lowestoft, UK
  • 2005 – 2007: Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Marine Science (ICM), Barcelona, Spain funded by a postdoctoral grant of the DFG
  • 2005: Doctoral thesis at the Institute of Chemistry and Biology of the marine Environment, Oldenburg, (Germany) in cooperation with the Federal Institute of Sea fisheries, Hamburg (Germany) funded by a doctoral grant of the DBU
  • 2001: Diplom (MSc) Marine Environmental Science, Oldenburg University, Germany.