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Institute of

OF Baltic Sea Fisheries

Dr. Christina Henseler

Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries

Alter Hafen Süd 2
18069 Rostock
+49 381 66099 139
+49 381 66099 199

Fields of Activity

  • Post-doc in the project „Coastal fish monitoring in Schleswig-Holstein (KüFi2)
  • Coordination of coastal fish sampling
  • Analysis of the coastal fish fauna (biodiversity, habitats, food web positioning) and development of adequate indicators to evaluate the fish community

Research Interests

  • Coastal habitats and biological communities (fish and macroinvertebrates)
  • Species interactions
  • Non-native organisms and their impact on native communities
  • Biological traits
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning

Scientific Background

Since 2020: Post-doctoral researcher, Thünen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries, Rostock, Germany. Project: Coastal fish monitoring in Schleswig-Holstein (KüFi2)

2016-2020: Doctoral Student in Environmental and Marine Biology, Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Dissertation: “Coastal Habitats and their Importance for the Biodiversity of Faunal Communities”
Project: “Marine Management and Ecosystem Dynamics under Climate Change” (MARmaED), Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, Innovative Training Network (ITN), funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme
FunMarBio (Functional Marine Biology) doctoral student network at Åbo Akademi University

2012-2015: Master of Science in Marine Biology, University of Rostock, Germany. Master thesis: “Habitat specific feeding ecology of the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) in the Greifswalder Bodden“

2009-2012: Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences, University of Rostock, Germany. Bachelor thesis: “Investigations on the breeding behaviour of cormorants“


Involved in

ongoing projects

completed projects

    Publications (peer reviewed, Thünen)

    1. 0

      Lewin W-C, Dorow M, Henseler C, Oesterwind D, Weltersbach MS, Strehlow HV (2023) Temporal development of fish communities in brackish lagoons of the Baltic Sea considering the invasion of the non-indigenous round goby (Neogobius melanostomus). Reg Studies Mar Sci 62:102953, DOI:10.1016/j.rsma.2023.102953

    2. 1

      Henseler C, Oesterwind D, Kotterba P, Nordström MC, Snickars M, Törnroos A, Bonsdorff E (2021) Impact of round goby on native invertebrate communities - An experimental field study. J Exp Mar Biol Ecol 541:151571, DOI:10.1016/j.jembe.2021.151571

    3. 2

      Henseler C, Kotterba P, Bonsdorff E, Nordström MC, Oesterwind D (2020) Habitat utilization and feeding ecology of small round goby in a shallow brackish lagoon. Mar Biodiv 50:Art. 88, DOI:10.1007/s12526-020-01098-0

    4. 3

      Oesterwind D, Bock C, Förster A, Gabel M, Henseler C, Kotterba P, Menge M, Myts D, Winkler HM (2017) Predator and prey: the role of the round goby Neogobius melanostomus in the western Baltic. Mar Biol Res 13(2):188-197, DOI:10.1080/17451000.2016.1241412

    Publications (peer reviewed, previous)

    1. 0

      Henseler C, Nordström MC, Törnroos A, Snickars M, Bonsdorff E (2020) Predation risk and competition affect habitat use of adult perch, Perca fluviatilis. J Fish Biol 96(3):669-680, DOI:10.1111/jfb.14258

    2. 1

      Henseler C, Nordström MC, Törnroos A, Snickars M, Pecuchet L, Lindegren M, Bonsdorff E (2019) Coastal habitats and their importance for the diversity of benthic communities: A species- and trait-based approach. Estuar Coast Shelf Sci 226:106272, DOI:10.1016/j.ecss.2019.106272

    3. 2

      Salvanes AGV, Christiansen H, Taha Y, Henseler C, Seivag ML, Kjesbu OS, Folkvord A, Utne-Palm AC, Currie B, Ekau W, Plas AK van der, Gibbons MJ (2018) Variation in growth, morphology and reproduction of the bearded goby (Sufflogobius bibarbatus) in varying oxygen environments of northern Benguela. J Mar Syst 188:81-97, DOI:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2018.04.003

    More Publications (Thünen)

    1. 0

      Henseler C, Oesterwind D (2022) CM 296: Coastal fish communities - a comparison of fishing methods. In: ICES 2022 Theme session R - Scientific advances under ICES Science Plan. ICES Annual Science Conference 2022, Dublin, Ireland [book of abstracts]. Copenhagen: ICES, p 38

    2. 1

      Behrens JW, Oesterwind D, Bergström U, Borcherding J, Carruel G, Florin A-B, Green L, Henseler C, Jusufovski D, Lilja J, Moran NP, Mosegaard H, Naddafi R, Noomaa K, Ojaveer H, Olsson J, Pedersen EM, Puntila-Dood R, Putnis I, Rozenfelde L, et al (2022) Workshop on stickleback and round goby in the Baltic Sea (WKSTARGATE). Copenhagen: ICES, 56 p, ICES Sci Rep 4(77), DOI:10.17895/

    3. 2

      Henseler C, Bock C, Kotterba P, Winkler H, Oesterwind D (2015) Biology, abundance and feeding ecology of the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) in the eastern German Baltic. Book of Extended Abstracts: ICES Annual Science Conference 2015, 21.09. – 25.09. Copenhagen, Denmark. Copenhagen: ICES, 2 p

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