Institute of

Baltic Sea Fisheries

Secretariat

Katharina Wolf
Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries

Alter Hafen Süd 2
18069 Rostock
Phone: +49 381 66099 102
Fax: +49 381 66099 199
of@thuenen.de of-sekretariat@thuenen.de


Dr. Paul Kotterba

Dr. Paul  Kotterba

until December 31st, 2017

Fields of Activity

  • Recruitment research focussing the western Baltic spring spawning herring (WBSSH)
  • Predation effects on the survival of the early life stages of the so called ‘Rügenherring’
  • BONUS BIO C3

Research Interests

  • Integrated ecosystem research
  • Food webs and their importance in population dynamics
  • Recruitment of marine fish species
  • Impacts of invasive species on the functioning of marine ecosystems
  • Fish immunology and fish diseases

Scientific background

2010-2017: Scientist at the Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries, Rostock

2008-2010: Scientist at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute, Institute of Infectology, Insel Riems

2003-2008: Advanced study of fisheries science, hydrobiology, microbiology and zoology at the University of Hamburg. Certificate: Diplom-Biologe

2000-2003: Basic study of biology at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University, Greifswald

Publications

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  1. 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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  2. Dodson JJ, Daigle G, Hammer C, Polte P, Kotterba P, Winkler G, Zimmermann C (2019) Environmental determinants of larval herring (Clupea harengus) abundance and distribution in the western Baltic Sea. Limnol Oceanogr 64(1):317-329, DOI:10.1002/lno.11042
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  3. Lauerburg RAM, Temming A, Pinnegar JK, Kotterba P, Sell AF, Kempf A, Floeter J (2018) Forage fish control population dynamics of North Sea whiting Merlangius merlangus. Mar Ecol Progr Ser 594:213-230, DOI:10.3354/meps12533
  4. 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
  5. Wiegleb J, Kotterba P, Hammer C, Oesterwind D (2018) Predation of the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus Pallas, 1814) on Atlantic herring eggs in the Western Baltic Sea. Mar Biol Res 14(9-10):989–1003, DOI:10.1080/17451000.2019.1577977
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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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  9. Kotterba P, Moll D, Hammer C, Peck M, Oesterwind D, Polte P (2017) Predation on Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) eggs by the resident predator community in coastal transitional waters. Limnol Oceanogr 62(6):2616-2628, DOI:10.1002/lno.10594
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  10. 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

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Awards

  • 2014 1st  place at "Rostock's Eleven" Science-Communication Workshop, Rostock, Germany
  • 2012 Yellow Submarine Award, 47th European Marine Biology Symposium, Arendal, Norway

Selected presentations

Kotterba, P.: Atlantic herring Clupea harengus within the estuarine food web of southern Baltic lagoons. 2015. Vortrag. Disputation am Institut für Hydrobiologie und Fischereiwissenschaften der Universität Hamburg, Deutschland.  

Kotterba, P., Moll, D., Hammer, C., and P. Polte: Estuarine stickleback predation on the eggs of inshore-spawning Atlantic herring in the Baltic Sea. 2015. Vortrag. 23rd biennial CERF conference, Portland, Oregon, USA.   

Polte, P., Kotterba, P., Moll, D., and L. v. Nordheim: Drivers and stressors of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) recruitment in inshore Baltic Sea spawning areas. 2015. Vortrag. 23rd biennial CERF conference, Portland, Oregon, USA.  

Kotterba, P., Beyer, S., Heiler, S., Moll, D., and P. Polte: Habitat utilization of herring larvae in an inshore retention area in the Western Baltic Sea. 2015. Vortrag. 50th European Marine Biology Symposium, Helgoland, Deutschland.  

Moll, D., Kotterba, P., and P. Polte: Spawning bed selection of Atlantic herring in coastal waters of the Western Baltic Sea. 2015. Vortrag. 50th European Marine Biology Symposium, Helgoland, Deutschland.  

Moll, D., Kotterba, P., v. Nordheim, L., and P. Polte: Spawning bed selection of Atlantic herring in the waters of the Western Baltic Sea. 2015. Vortrag. 39th Annual Larval Fish Conference, Wien, Österreich.  

Polte, P.,Kotterba, P., Heiler, J., Beyer, S., Moll, D., and L. v. Nordheim: Loops of near-shore habitat use by early herring (Clupea harengus) life stages in the Western Baltic Sea. 2015. Vortrag. ICES Annual Science Conference, Kopenhagen, Dänemark.  

Henseler, C., Bock, C., Kotterba, P., Winkler, H., and D. Oesterwind: Biology, abundance and feeding ecology of the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) in the eastern German Baltic. 2015. Vortrag. ICES Annual Science Conference, Kopenhagen, Dänemark.  

Winkler, H., Kotterba, P., and D. Oesterwind: Round Goby: A story of invasion success in the Baltic. 2015. Poster. ICES Annual Science Conference, Kopenhagen, Dänemark.  

Kotterba, P.: Atlantic herring Clupea harengus within the estuarine food web of southern Baltic lagoons. 2015. Vortrag. Herring Recruitment workshop, Rostock, Deutschland.  

Moll, D., Kotterba, P., and P. Polte. Otolith chemistry – An opportunity to estimate the importance of single spawning grounds to the overall population of the WBSSH. 2015. Vortrag. Herring Recruitment workshop, Rostock, Deutschland.  

Moll, D., Kotterba, P., v. Nordheim, L., and P. Polte. Spawning bed selection of Atlantic herring in the waters of the Western Baltic Sea. 2015. Vortrag. Herring Recruitment workshop, Rostock, Deutschland.  

Polte, P., Beyer, S., Heiler, J., and P. Kotterba. Loops of near shore habitat use by early herring (Clupea harengus) life stages in the Western Baltic Sea. 2015. Vortrag. Herring Recruitment workshop, Rostock, Deutschland.  

Kotterba, P.: Atlantic herring Clupea harengus within the estuarine food web of southern Baltic lagoons. 2014. Vortrag. Zoologisches Kolloquium der Universität Rostock, Deutschland  

Kotterba, P., C. Hammer, P. Polte and C. Kühn: The effect of predation of threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) on the eggs of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) in a Baltic spawning site. 2014. Vortrag. 38th Annual Larval fish conference, Québec, Canada.  

Kotterba, P. Kaviar fürs Fisch-Volk: Der Stichling ist ein unterschätzer Räuber! 2014. Vortrag. 6th Rostock’s Eleven Science-Communication Workshop, Rostock, Deutschland

Kotterba, P., D. Moll, P. Paulsen and P. Polte: Atlantic herring Clupea harengus within the estuarine food web of southern Baltic lagoons. 2013. Vortrag. Herring early life stages seminar, Hamburg, Deutschland  

Kotterba, P., M. Paulsen, and P. Polte: A wolf in sheep’s clothing – Western Baltic herring as an intense predator of estuarine demersal fish. 2013. Vortrag. 48th European Marine Biology Symposium, Galway, Irland  

Moll, D., P. Kotterba, P. Polte: Impact of storm induced hydrodynamics on egg mortality of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) in the Western Baltic Sea. 2013. Poster. 48th European Marine Biology Symposium, Galway, Irland  

Kotterba, P., D. Moll, M. Paulsen, S. Beyer, J. Heiler, and P. Polte: Recruitment ecology Research at the Thuenen-Institute of Baltic Sea fisheries. 2013. Vortrag. Transnational HERRING Meeting, Rostock, Deutschland  

Moll, D., P. Kotterba, P. Polte: Impacts of storm induced hydrodynamics on herring egg mortality. 2013. Vortrag. Transnational HERRING Meeting, Rostock, Deutschland  

Lauerburg RAM, F. Keyl, P. Kotterba, J. Floeter and A. Temming: Sex-specific food intake in North Sea Whiting (Merlangius merlangus). 2013. Poster. ICES/NAFO Symposium Gadoid Fisheries, St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada.  

Polte P., J. Heiler, D. Moll, S. Beyer and P. Kotterba: Horizontal and vertical distribution of early herring (Clupea harengus, L.) life stages in a shallow western Baltic lagoon. 2013. Vortrag. 37th  Annual Larval fish Conference, Miami, Florida, USA  

Polte, P., C. Hammer, P. Kotterba and C. Zimmermann: Survival bottlenecks in the early ontogenesis of Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus,L.)  in coastal lagoon spawning areas of the western Baltic sea. 2012. Vortrag. 36th  Annual Larval fish Conference, Bergen, Norwegen.  

Kotterba, P., S. Beyer, C. Hammer, P. Polte: Survival bottlenecks in early herring (Clupea harengus, L.) life history in coastal lagoons of the Western Baltic Sea. 2012. Vortrag. 50th ECSA Conference, Venedig, Italien 

Kotterba, P., C. Hammer, C. Kühn, and P. Polte: Trophic interactions between oceanic and resident estuarine fish species - Atlantic herring and the three-spined stickleback. 2012. Vortrag. 47th European Marine Biology Symposium, Arendal, Norwegen  

Kotterba, P., S. Beyer, C. Hammer, and P. Polte: Stickleback predation on early life stages of herring (Clupea harengus, L.) in a shallow western Baltic retention area. 2011. Vortrag. ICES Annual Science Conference, Danzig, Polen    

Polte, P., S. Beyer, P. Kotterba, C. Hammer, R. Oeberst, and C. Zimmermann: Identification  of  recruitment  bottlenecks  in  the  early  life  history  of  western Baltic  herring (Clupea harengus L.). 2011. Poster. ICES Annual Science Conference, Danzig, Polen  

Beyer, S., C. Hammer, C. Zimmermann, O. Goni, P. Polte, and P. Kotterba: Herring Recruitment ecology: looking at the youngest. 2011. Poster. ICES Annual Science Conference, Danzig, Polen  

Kotterba, P., S. Sczodroc, F. Takizawa, B. Köllner, N. Lorenzen, M. Ototake, and U. Fischer: Cell-mediated cytotoxicity, immune gene regulation and protein expression after DNA vaccination in rainbow trout. 2009. Vortrag. 14th International EAFP Conference, Prag, Tschechien  

Kotterba, P., G. Kotterba und A. Tautenhahn: Untersuchung der immunstimulierenden Wirkung einer Chlorella vulgaris – Extraktfütterung auf Forellen. 2004. Poster. X. Gemeinschaftstagung der Deutschen und Österreichischen und Schweizer Sektion der EAFP, Stralsund, Deutschland.