Institute of

Baltic Sea Fisheries


Marie Austerhoff
Institut für Ostseefischerei

Alter Hafen Süd 2
18069 Rostock
Phone: +49 381 66099 102
Fax: +49 381 66099 199

Prof. Dr. habil. Cornelius Hammer

Prof. Dr. habil. Cornelius  Hammer

Retired since May 1st, 2019

Fields of activity

  • President of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
  • Teaching at Rostock University
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the German Maritime Museum (Deutsches Meeresmuseum)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Chamber of Commerce of Schwerin (Industrie- und Handelskammer zu Schwerin)

Research interests

Fishery management and alternative management approaches, recruitment of fish stocks, bioenergetics of fish, swimming physiology of fish.

Scientific Background

Retired since May 1st, 2019

10/2015 - 10/2018: ICES President  

10/2013 - 04/2016: member of the H2020 advisory group of the EU-COM (Social Challenges 2) 

01/2008 - 12/2015: Deputy Thünen President

10/2012 - 10/2015: First Vice President of ICES 

06/2002 - 10/2015: German delegate at ICES

06/2002 - 11/2013: Director of the Thünen Institute of Baltic Sea Fisheries (until 2007 Federal Research Center for Fisheries, reorganized 2008 and renamed to Thünen Institute). Associate Professor, then senior Professor for fishery biology at the University of Rostock, reviewer for numerous journals and project financing bodies. Chair of various scientific committees and working groups of ICES.

01/2006 – 12/2007: Director of the Federal Research Centre of Fisheries (Hamburg)  (Bundesforschungsanstalt für Fischerei)

1995 - 2003: Senior scientist of the Federal Research Centre of Fisheries and head of the pelagic working group of the Institute of Sea Fishery in Hamburg. Member and chair of different working groups and committees of ICES. Associate professor at the University of Hamburg, Institute for Hydrobiology and Fishery Sciences. Cruise leader of research cruises with research vessels.

1989 - 1995: Assistant Professor at der University of Hamburg, Institute for Hydrobiology and Fishery Sciences. Invited professor to Manaus/Brazil. Consultant for the GTZ und „Brot für die Welt“. Habilitation on  Boienergetics and swim physiology of fish.

1988: Project manager for GTZ

1985 - 02/1988: Dissertation (Dr. rer. nat.) at the University of Hamburg, Institute for Hydrobiology and Fishery Sciences on biochemical ageing processes in fish.

1982 - 1985: Project assistant and later senior expert for fishery biology at the GTZ at the University of the Philippines, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines.

1981 - 1982: Compulsory community service (Zivildienst)

1973 - 02/1981: Study of Biology (Diploma) at the University of Hamburg with specialisation on Hydrobiology and Fishery Sciences.




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  1. 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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  2. Dippner JW, Fründt B, Hammer C (2019) Lake or Sea? The unknown future of central Baltic Sea herring. Frontiers Ecol Evol 7:Article 143, DOI:10.3389/fevo.2019.00143
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  3. Stötera S, Degen-Smyrek AK, Krumme U, Stepputtis D, Bauer Robert, Limmer B, Hammer C (2019) Marking otoliths of Baltic cod (Gadus morhua Linnaeus, 1758) with tetracycline and strontium chloride. J Appl Ichthyol 35(2):427-435, DOI:10.1111/jai.13829
  4. Hammer C (2018) Observer and observer data - what for? : A view from an ICES perspective. In: Kennelly S, Borges L (eds) Proceedings of the 9th international fisheries observer and monitoring conference, Vigo, Spain. pp 8-10
  5. Yulianto I, Booth H, Ningtias P, Kartaqijaya T, Santos J, Sarmintohadi, Kleinertz S, Campbell SJ, Palm HW, Hammer C (2018) Practical measures for sustainable shark fisheries: Lessons learned from an Indonesian targeted shark fishery. PLoS One 13(11):e0206437, DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0206437
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  6. 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
  7. Kanstinger P, Beher J, Grenzdörffer G, Hammer C, Huebert KB, Stepputtis D, Peck M (2018) What is left? Macrophyte meadows and Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) spawning sites in the Greifswalder Bodden, Baltic Sea. Estuar Coast Shelf Sci 201:72-81, DOI:10.1016/j.ecss.2016.03.004
  8. Pierce ME, Warnke T, Krumme U, Helms T, Hammer C, Uhrmacher AM (2017) Developing and validating a multi-level ecological model of eastern Baltic cod (Gadus morhua) in the Bornholm Basin - a case for domain-specific languages. Ecol Model 361:49-65, DOI:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2017.07.012
  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. Zimmermann C, Hammer C (2017) Zum Beispiel Kabeljau und Hering : Fischerei, Überfischung und Fischereimanagement im Nordatlantik. In: Hempel G, Bischof K, Hagen W (eds) Faszination Meeresforschung : ein ökologisches Lesebuch. 2. Aufl. Berlin: Springer, pp 427-441, DOI:10.1007/978-3-662-49741-2_39

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