Prof. Dr. Christian Möllmann
Head of Research Unit
Abteilungsleiter "Marine Ökosystemdynamik und Management"
I work on climate and fisheries effects on the structure and function of marine ecosystems as a basis for the development of ecosystem-based management strategies.
The research of our group addresses changes in structure and functioning of marine ecosystems under anthropogenic pressure such as climate change and fisheries exploitation. The ultimate goal of our work is to contribute to a sustainable, ecosystem-based management that explicitely considers the needs, world views and potentials of resource users and stakeholders involved in fisheries systems. While based in the natural science, our approach is increasingly transdiciplinary, involving direct interaction and knowledge creation with non-scientific individuals and groups.
1989-1990: Training in Basic Biology, University of Giessen.
1990-1996: Training in Biology with focus on Fisheries Biology, Marine Zoology and Physical Oceanography, University of Kiel.
1996: Diploma (equiv. M.Sc.). Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Kiel. Thesis topic: “Consumption of zooplankton by the populations of herring and sprat in the Central Baltic Sea.” Supervisors: Profs. D. Schnack and H. Rosenthal, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Kiel.
2002: Dr. rer. nat. (equiv. Ph.D.). Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Kiel. Thesis topic: “The influence of hydrography and predation by herring (Clupea harengus) and sprat (Sprattus sprattus) on mesozooplankton long-term dynamics in the Central Baltic Sea”. Supervisors: Profs. D. Schnack and J. Lenz, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Kiel.
1996–2003: Project Scientist at the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Kiel.
2003-2004: Project Scientist at the Danish Institute for Fisheries Research, Charlottenlund, Denmark.
2004-2006: Research Scientist at the Danish Institute for Fisheries Research, Charlottenlund, Denmark.
2006: Senior Scientist at the Danish Institute for Fisheries Research, Charlottenlund, Denmark
July 2006- April 2008: Senior Scientist at the Institute of Hydrobiology and Fishery Science, University of Hamburg, Germany
since May 2008: Professor at the Institute for Hydrobiology and Fishery Science, University of Hamburg, Germany
BMBF-funded Research project: SpaCeParti– Coastal Fishery, Biodiversity, Spatial Use and Climate Change: A Participative Approach to navigate the Western Baltic Sea into a Sustainable Future
BMBF-funded Research project: balt_ADAPT – Adaptation of the Western Baltic Coastal Fishery to Climate Change
BMBF-funded Research project: SeaUseTip – Tipping points in the social-ecological system of the North Sea
BMBF-funded Research project: marEEshift – Marine ecological-economic systems in the Western Baltic Sea and beyond: Shifting the baseline to a regime of sustainability
BMBF-funded Research project: HUMBOLDT TIPPING – Social-Ecological Tipping Points of the Northern Humboldt Current Upwelling System, Economic Repercussions and Governance Strategies
Research project funded by the City of Hamburg: AuTagBeoFisch– Autonome Tauchroboter-gestützte Beobachtung von Fischschwärmen
EU-funded (Horizon 2020) Research project: COMFORT– Our common future ocean in the earth system – quantifying coupled cycles of carbon, oxygen, and nutrients for determining and achieving safe operating Spaces with respect to tipping points
EU-funded (Horizon 2020) Research project: MISSION ATLANTIC– Towards the Sustainable Development of the Atlantic Ocean
DFG-funded Research Training Group: RTG 2530– RTG2530 Biota-mediated effects on Carbon cycling in Estuaries
Möllmann C, Voss R (2022) Ökosystembasiertes Management für den Dorsch der Westlichen Ostsee. Zeitschrift für Fischerei 2: Artikel 3: 1-10.
Schwermer H, Blöcker AM, Möllmann C, Döring M (2021) The ‘Cod-Multiple’: Modes of Existence of Fish, Science and People. Sustainability, 13, 12229.
Möllmann C, Cormon X, Funk S, Otto SA, Schmidt JO, Schwermer H, Sguotti C, Voss R, Quaas M (2021) Tipping point realized in cod fishery. Scientific Reports 11:14259.
Funk S, Frelat R, Möllmann C, Temming A, Krumme U (2021) The forgotten feeding ground: patterns in seasonal and depth-specific food intake of adult cod Gadus morhua in the western Baltic Sea. Journal of fish Biology 98: 707-722.
Blenckner T, Möllmann C, Stewart Lowndes J, et al. The Baltic Health Index (BHI): Assessing the social–ecological status of the Baltic Sea. People and Nature 3: 359–375
Sguotti C, Otto SA, Frelat R, Langbehn TJ, Ryberg MP, Lindegren M, Durant JM, Chr. Stenseth N, Möllmann C (2019) Catastrophic dynamics limit Atlantic cod recovery. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 286: 20182877.