Institute of

Sea Fisheries




Herwigstraße 31

27572 Bremerhaven

Telephone: +49 471 94460 101

Fax: +49 471 94460 199

Dr. Anne Sell

Dr. Anne  Sell
Herwigstraße 31
27572 Bremerhaven
+49 471 94460 365
+49 471 94460 199

Research interests

  • Climate change effects, biodiversity and ecological interactions within North Sea groundfish communities
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries management: Development of indicators for ecosystem state and ecological functions
  • Planning of fisheries research surveys; cruise leader


  • Towards a Joint Monitoring Programme for the North Sea and Celtic Sea (JMP NS/CS)
  • EU-Project: Preparatory Action on Maritime Spatial Planning in the North East Atlantic/North Sea/Channel Area (MASPNOSE)
  • Natura 2000 - Proposals for fisheries management measures in Natura 2000 sites in the German EEZ in the North Sea and Baltic Sea
  • Oceanography & climate: Monitoring of physical oceanographic parameters for the assessment of climatic influences on fish stocks in the North Sea Atlantic and North Atlantic
  • Population dynamics and assessment of demersal fish stocks in the North Sea and North Atlantic
  • Contributions to Advisory Committees of the European Union (STECF) and ICES committees
  • Biological investigations on biodiversity, species protection and the rational use of living marine resources
  • Investigations on fish assemblages in small defined areas in the North Sea to assess the anthropogenic influence on marine ecosystems (e.g. offshore windfarms)
  • MSFD - Implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework directive – Definition and validation of indicators and initial assessment

Educational background and employment

  • since 2005: Scientist at the Thünen-Institute of Sea Fisheries (TI)
  • 2002 – 2005: Scientist at the Institute of Hydrobiology and Fisheries, Hamburg University.Zooplankton ecology. Method development: „Video Plankton Recorder“ for in situ analyses of plankton distributions
  • 2001 – 2002: Oceanography Faculty and Chief Scientist for a ‘Semester at Sea’ at the Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, USA (
  • 1999, 2000 – 2001: PostDoc, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA.U.S. GLOBEC N.W. Atlantic/Georges Bank Program. Zooplankon ecology: Shipboard and laboratory experiments on predation; functional responses of feeding rates
  • 1999 – 2000: PostDoc, Kristineberg Marine Research Station (Gothenburg University and Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences), Sweden. Zooplankton feeding ecology and behaviour
  • 1996 – 1999: PostDoc, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA. Fellowships through the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD and the Seaver Foundation. Zooplankton behavior and physiology; adaptation to extreme environments in deep-sea copepods
  • 1992 – 1996: PhD research at the University of Technology Dresden; PhD thesis. Zooplankton predator-prey interactions; population dynamics; vertical migration behaviour; morphological defences against predation; physiological adaptation to low-oxygen environments
  • 1990 – 1992: Scientist at the Max-Planck-Institute (MPI) for Limnology in Plön
  • 1989 – 1990:  Masters thesis (Diplomarbeit) at the MPI in Plön, funded through the Max-Planck-Society
  • 1984 – 1989:  Studies at the University of Kaiserslautern and the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel.