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Institute of

OF Baltic Sea Fisheries

Dr. Daniel Oesterwind

Institut für Ostseefischerei

Alter Hafen Süd 2
18069 Rostock
+49 381 66099 124
+49 381 66099 199

Fields of Activity


  • Full Member of the Cephalopod International Advisory Council (CIAC)
    Project: Cephalopod in a fisheries context
  • Co-Head of the research area Fisheries & Environment
  • Contact person on the subject of cephalopods
  • Project coordinator and leader
  • Scientific cruise leader
  • Member and leader of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea working groups
  • Member of European working groups
  • Member of national working groups
  • Education of students

Research topics:

  • Impact of fishing activities on ecosystems
  • EU-Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD)
  • Cephalopod biology in fisheries context
  • Coastal fish ecosystem
  • Implementation of electronic-monitoring systems
  • Impact of invasive species
  • Biodiversity
  • Nutrient ecology

Current and former projects:

Research interests

  • Alternative management basic approaches
  • Electronical-Monitoring Systems
  • Bycatch of marine mammals and birds
  • Invasive processes
  • Trophic interactions
  • Biology of Cephalopods

Scientific Background

Seit 2012: Senior scientist at the Thünen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries, Rostock

2010 - 2012: PostDoc at the Thünen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries, Rostock

2007 - 2010: PhD at the University of Kiel and at IFM-GEOMAR Kiel, sponsored by a scholarship of the German Federal Environmental Foundation "Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt" Member of the "Integrated School of Ocean Science" at GEOMAR, Kiel

2004 – 2008: Scientific diver for various underwater projects

2003 – 2005: Buisness Studies at Kiel University

2001 - 2007: Studies of Biology at Kiel University


Publications (peer reviewed, Thünen)

    1. 0

      Oesterwind D, Barrett CJ, Sell AF, Nuñez-Riboni I, Kloppmann MHF, Piatkowski U, Wieland K, Laptikhovsky V (2022) Climate change-related changes in cephalopod biodiversity on the North East Atlantic Shelf. Biodiv Conserv:in Press, DOI:10.1007/s10531-022-02403-y

    2. 1

      Sheerin E, Barnwall L, Abad E, Larivain A, Oesterwind D, Petroni M, Perales-Raya C, Robin J-P, Sobrino I, Valeiras J, O’Meara D, Pierce GJ, Allcock AL, Power AM (2022) Multi-method approach shows stock structure in Loligo forbesii squid. ICES J Mar Sci:in Press, DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fsac039

    3. 2

      Santos J, Stepputtis D, Oesterwind D, Herrmann B, Lichtenstein U, Hammerl C, Krumme U (2022) Reducing cod bycatch in flatfish fisheries. Ocean Coastal Manag 220:106058, DOI:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2022.106058

    4. 3

      Lishchenko F, Perales-Raya C, Barrett C, Oesterwind D, Power AM, Larivain A, Laptikhovsky V, Karatza A, Badouvas N, Lishchenko A, Pierce GJ (2021) A review of recent studies on the life history and ecology of European cephalopods with emphasis on species with the greatest commercial fishery and culture potential. Fish Res 236:105847, DOI:10.1016/j.fishres.2020.105847

    5. 4

      Laptikhovsky V, Cooke G, Barrett C, Lozach S, MacLeod E, Oesterwind D, Sheerin E, Petroni M, Barnwall L, Robin J-P, Allcock AL, Power AM (2021) Identification of benthic egg masses and spawning grounds in commercial squid in the English Channel and Celtic Sea: Loligo vulgaris vs L. forbesii. Fish Res 241:106004, DOI:10.1016/j.fishres.2021.106004

    6. 5

      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

    7. 6

      Kriegl M, Elias Ilosvay XE, Dorrien C von, Oesterwind D (2021) Marine protected areas: At the crossroads of nature conservation and fisheries management. Front Mar Sci 8:676264, DOI:10.3389/fmars.2021.676264

    8. 7

      Barrett CJ, MacLeod E, Oesterwind D, Laptikhovsky V (2021) Ommastrephid squid spawning in the North Sea: oceanography, climate change and species range expansion. Scientia Marina 85(1):49-56, DOI:10.3989/scimar.05065.005

    9. 8

      Behrens JW, Ryberg MP, Einberg H, Eschbaum R, Florin A-B, Grygie W, Herrmann JP, Huwer B, Hüssy K, Knospina E, Noomaa K, Oesterwind D, Polte P, Smolinski S, Udzups D, van Deurs M, Ojaveer H (2021) Seasonal depth distribution and thermal experience of the non-indigenous round goby Neogobius melanostomus in the Baltic Sea: implications to key trophic relations. Biol Invasions:in Press, DOI:10.1007/s10530-021-02662-w

    10. 9

      Köster F-W, Huwer B, Kraus G, Diekmann R, Eero M, Makarchouk A, Örey S, Dierking J, Margonski P, Herrmann JP, Tomkiewicz J, Oesterwind D, Kotterba P, Haslob H, Voss R, Reusch TBH (2020) Egg production methods applied to Eastern Baltic cod provide indices of spawning stock dynamics. Fish Res 227:105553, DOI:10.1016/j.fishres.2020.105553

    11. 10

      Helmond ATM van, Mortensen LO, Plet-Hansen KS, Ulrich C, Needle CL, Oesterwind D, Kindt-Larsen L, Catchpole T, Mangi S, Zimmermann C, Olesen HJ, Bailey N, Bergsson H, Dalskov J, Elson J, Hosken M, Peterson L, McElderry H, Ruiz J, Pierre JP, et al (2020) Electronic monitoring in fisheries: Lessons from global experiences and future opportunities. Fish Fisheries 21(1):162-189, DOI:10.1111/faf.12425

    12. 11

      Oesterwind D, Bobowski BTC, Brunsch A, Laptikhovsky V, Hal R van, Sell AF, Pierce GJ (2020) First evidence of a new spawning stock of Illex coindetii in the North Sea (NE-Atlantic). Fish Res 221:105384, DOI:10.1016/j.fishres.2019.105384

    13. 12

      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

    14. 13

      Oesterwind D, Schaber M (2019) First evidence of Illex coindetii (Vérany, 1839) in the Baltic Sea and the Kattegat. Thalassas 36:143-147, DOI:10.1007/s41208-019-00178-8

    15. 14

      Florin A-B, Hüssy K, Blass M, Oesterwind D, Puntila R, Udzups D, Albrecht C, Heimbrand Y, Knospina E, Koszarowski K, Odelström A (2018) How old are you - Evaluation of age reading methods for the invasive round goby (Neogobius melanosomus, Pallas 1814). J Appl Ichthyol 34(3):653-658, DOI:10.1111/jai.13596

    16. 15

      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

    17. 16

      Reusch TBH, Dierking J, Andersson H, Bonsdorff E, Carstensen J, Casini M, Czajkowski M, Hasler B, Hinsby K, Hyytiäinen K, Johannesson K, Jomaa S, Jormalainen V, Kuosa H, Kurland S, Laikre L, Oesterwind D, Schwarz G, et al (2018) The Baltic Sea as a time machine for the future coastal ocean. Sci Adv 4(5):eaar8195, DOI:10.1126/sciadv.aar8195

    18. 17

      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

    19. 18

      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

    20. 19

      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

    21. 20

      Lehtiniemi M, Bonsdorff E, Funk SC, Herlevi H, Huwer B, Jaspers C, Kotta J, Kotterba P, Lesutiene J, Margonski P, Mattern S, Niemax J, Nurske K, Oesterwind D, Ojaveer H, Puntila R, Skabeikis A, Smolinski S, Temming A, Törnroos A, et al (2017) Report assessing the effects of key NIS on ecosystem functioning. 196 p, DOI:10.3289/BIO-C3_D2.3

    22. 21

      Probst WN, Rau A, Oesterwind D (2016) A proposal for restructuring descriptor 3 of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). Mar Policy 74:128-135, DOI:10.1016/j.marpol.2016.09.026

    23. 22

      Oesterwind D, Rau A, Zaiko A (2016) Drivers and pressures - untangling the terms commonly used in marine science and policy. J Environ Manag 181:8-15, DOI:10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.05.058

    24. 23

      Köster F-W, Huwer B, Hinrichsen HH, Neumann V, Makarchouk A, Eero M, Dewitz B von, Hüssy K, Tomkiewicz J, Margonski P, Temming A, Hermann J-P, Oesterwind D, Dierking J, Kotterba P, Plikshs M (2016) Eastern Baltic cod recruitment revisited - dynamics and impacting factors. ICES J Mar Sci 74(1):3-19, DOI:10.1093/icesjms/fsw172

    25. 24

      Oesterwind D, Piatkowski U, Brendelberger H (2015) On distribution, size and maturity of shortfin squids (Cephalopoda, Ommastrephidae) in the North Sea. Mar Biol Res 11(2):188-196, DOI:10.1080/17451000.2014.894246

    26. 25

      Probst WN, Oesterwind D (2014) How good are alternative indicators for spawning-stockbiomass (SSB) and fishing mortality (F)? ICES J Mar Sci 71(5):1137-1141, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fst207

      Publications (previous)

        1. 0

          Oesterwind D, ter Hofstede R, Harley B, Brendelberger H, Piatkowski U (2010) Biology and meso-scale distribution patterns of North Sea cephalopods. Fish Res 106(2):141-150, DOI:10.1016/j.fishres.2010.06.003

        2. 1

          Guerra C, Piatkowski U, Robin J-P, Koueta N, Bloor I, Oesterwind D, Regueira M (2010) In response to ToR b : review and report on innovative cephalopod research results in the ICES area, with particular emphasis on (I) studies on paralaval (ELS,ELS) ecology and physiology and (II) experimental studies on possible effects of climate change. ICES WGCEPH Rep 2010:14-20


          Pierce, G.J., Robin, J.-P., Oesterwind, D. et al. (2021). Long-term abundance trends in European cephalopods. Biology and ecology. World Fisheries Congress, Adelaide, Australia, 20. – 24.09.2021.

          Oesterwind et al. (2021). How to bring light into the stock identification of squids. ICES annual Science Conference 2021, Kopenhagen (online) 06. - 10.09.2021.

          Shereen, E., Barnwall, L., Abad, E., Larivain, A., Oesterwind, D., Petroni, A., Perales Raya, C., Robin, J.-P., Sobrino, I., Valeiras, J., Pierce, G.J., Allcock, A.L., Power, A.M. (2021) Multi-method approach show stock structure in Loligo forbesii. ICES annual Science Conference 2021, Kopenhagen (online) 06. - 10.09.2021.

          Oesterwind, D., Laptikhovsky, V., Sell, A. (2019). Changes in North Sea Cephalopod fauna and their commercial landings. ICES Annual Science Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden. 09. – 12.09.20

          Pierce, G.J., Robin, J.-P., Oesterwind, D. et al. (2019). Status and trends of European cephalopod stocks. ICES Annual Science Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden. 09. – 12.09.2019

          Mortensen, L., van Helmond, A., Plet-Hansen, K.S., Ulrich, C., Needle, C.L., Oesterwind, D., Kindt-Larsen, L., Catchpole, T., Mangi, S., Zimmermann, C., Olesen, H.J., Bailey, N., Bergsson, H., Dalskov, J., Elson, J., Hosken, M., Poos, J.J. (2018): European experiences on the use of remote electronic monitoring (REM). ICES Annual Science Conference 2018, Hanburg, Germany. 24-27.09.2018

          Köster, F., Huwer, B., Kraus, G., Diekmann, R., Eero, M., Makarchouk, A., Orey, S., Dierking, J., Margonski, P., Herrmann, J.P., Tomkiewicz, J., Oesterwind, D., Kotterba, P., Teschner, E., Voss, R. (2018): Application of the egg production method to estimate stock trends and spawning stock biomass of Eastern Baltic cod ICES Annual Science Conference 2018, Hanburg, Germany. 24-27.09.2018

          Oesterwind, D., Rau, A., Zaiko, A. (2017): Drivers and Pressures - Untangling the terms commonly used in marine science and policy. BONUS Symposium , Kiel, Germany, 27.06.2017

          Kotterba, P., Polte, P., Moll, D., von Nordheim, L., Hammer, H., Oesterwind, D., Peck, M. A. (2017): Atlantic herring Clupea harengus within the coastal food web of shallow inshore waters. International Symposium Drivers of dynamics of small pelagic fish resources, Victoria, Kanada, 06. -11.03.2017

          Mortensen, L.O., Schreiber Plet-Hansen, K., Bailey, N., Catchpole, T., Dolder, P.J., van Helmond, E., Kempf, A., Needle, C.L., Oesterwind, D., Poos, J.J., Zimmermann, C., Ulrich, C. (2016): Does one glove fit all. A review of Remote Electronic Monitoring as a document tool. IIFET, Aberdeen, UK, 11.07. – 15.07.2016

          Oesterwind, D., Bock, C., Förster, A., Gabel, M., Henseler, C., Kotterba, P., Menge, M., Myts, D., Winkler, H., (2016): Predator and prey; the role of Neogobius melanostomus in the western Baltic. Round Goby Workshop, Tallin. 25.06.2016

          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. In: ICES Annual Science Conference 2015, 21.09. – 25.09. Copenhagen, Denmark

          Oesterwind, D., Jakobsen, K., Jakobsen, J., (2013): LULA 1000 – The new scientific eye on the Azorean deep sea. In: World Congress of Malacology 2013, 21.07. – 28.07.2013, Ponta Delgada, Azoren, Portugal

          Oesterwind, D. (2012): One question, two answers? A comparison between primary and secondary fish stock indicators to be used within the EU MSFD. In: 2nd ICES/PICES Conference for Early Career Scientists Ocean of Change 2012, 24.04. - 27.04. 2012, Mallorca, Spain.

          Oesterwind, D. & Piatkowski, U. (2011): Squid in the North Sea: a new effective top predator with potential impact on fish recruitment and ecosystem shift. In: ICES Annual Science Conference 2011, 19.-23.09.2011, Gdansk, Poland.

          Oesterwind, D. & von Dorrien, C. (2011): The application of MSFD indicators in the Baltic Sea: How good are they? Large Fish Indicator in the western Baltic. In: ICES Annual Science Conference 2011, 19.-23.09.2011, Gdansk, Poland.

          Oesterwind, D. (2010). Faszination Tintenfisch. Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg, Germany

          Oesterwind, D. (2010). Die faszinierende Welt der Tintenfische. Meeresmuseum Stralsund, Germany

          Oesterwind, D.,  Brendelberger, H., Piatkowski, U. (2009): On the distribution and feeding ecology of major North Sea squids. In: Cephalopod International Advisory Council Symposium, 08.09.2009, Vigo, Spain


          Vladimir Laptikhovsky, Gavan Cooke, Christopher Barrett, Sophie Lozach, Eleanor MacLeod, Daniel Oesterwind, Edel Sheerin, Michael Petroni, Leigh Barnwall, Jean-Paul Robin, Louise Allcock Anne Marie Power: Identification of demersal egg masses and spawning grounds in commercial squid in the Northwest European waters: Loligo vulgaris vs L. forbesii. Association for Cephalopod Research 2020 Virtual Event, September 16-21, 2020

          Pierce, G.J., Robin, J.-P., Oesterwind, D. et al., (2019) Assessment of cephalopods in European waters: state of the art and way forward. ICES Annual Science Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden. 09. – 12.09.2019

          Laptikhovsky, V., Barret, C., Oesterwind, D. (2018): Summer-spawning Loligo vulgaris in the North Sea: the story of a disappeared stock or changed reproductive patterns? Cephalopod International Advisory Council Conference, St. Petersburg, USA. 12 – 16.11.2018

          Kotterba, P., Moll., D., von Nordheim, L., Hammer, C., Peck, M.A., Oesterwind, D., Polte, P. (2016): Predator impact on inshore Baltic herring (Clupea harengus) larvae: Lions, tigers and bears – but where?  European Marine Biology Symposium  2016, 26.09. – 30.09. Rhodes, Greece

          Winkler, H., Kotterba, P. & Oesterwind, D. (2015): Round Goby: A story of invasion success in the Baltic. In: ICES Annual Science Conference 2015, 21.09. – 25.09. Copenhagen, Denmark

          Oesterwind, D., Voskamp, J., Götze, C., Michelsen, H. & Zimmermann, C. (2015): Das Anlandegebot – und nun? In: Deutscher Fischereitag 2015, 25.08. –27.08.2015, Rostock, Deutschland

          Gröger, J., Zimmermann, C., Hanel, R., Kraus, G., Cisewski, B., Dammerau, M., Götz, S., Hamann, S., Hielscher, N., Illig, B., Krau, F., Oesterwind, D., Reiser, S. (2014): AutoMat: Innnovative, nicht-invasive Monitoringsysteme und Auswerteverfahren für die Fischereiforschung. Innovationstage Bonn 2014

          Oesterwind, D. & Zimmermann, C. (2013): Big brother is sampling -  rare seabird and mammal bycatch in Baltic Sea passive fisheries – automated data acquisition to inform MSFD indicators. ICES Annual Science Conference 2013, 23.09. - 27.09.2013, Reykjavik, Island

          Oesterwind, D., & Piatkowski, U. (2012). Overlooked consumers? Long-finned squid are important predators in the North Sea. Cephalopod International Advisory Council Symposium, 27.10. - 02.11.2012, Florianópolis, Brazil

          Probst, W. N. & Oesterwind, D. (2012). The usefulness of secondary fish stock indicators regarding the MSFD descriptor 3. ICES Annual Science Conference 2012, 17.09. - 21.09.2012, Bergen, Norway

          Oesterwind, D. & Brendelberger, H. (2008). Wachstum von juvenilen Großmuscheln im Freiland und unter künstlichen Bedingungen. DGL-Symposium, Konstanz, Germany

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