Partner 1: Denmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU Aqua)
The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is a modern self-governed university that operates at a high international level in a wide array of research areas within science and technology, and is ranked in the top 20 technical institutes internationally. The National Institute of Aquatic Resources, formerly known as the Danish Institute for Fisheries Research (DIFRES), performs fisheries research in order to advise the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, public authorities, international organisations, the industry and trade of fisheries and other organisations. More commonly known by its short name, DTU-AQUA, the institute deals with the chain of considerations from water to table. This includes interactions between the aquatic environment, productivity and variation in fish stocks, methods for fish stock assessment, development of methods for sustainable fisheries management, stock enhancement, processing and improvement of fish products and quality assurance in the fish industry.
Contribution to the project: Besides the project co-ordination, DTU-AQUA will be task leader of work tasks 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 and 4.4 and contribute to all work packages, with the main body of its work focusing on the development of new ecosystem models.
The scientific team:
Dr. Stefan Neuenfeldt, project coordinator, has more than 15 years experience within multispecies fisheries modelling. His research focuses on predator-prey spatial overlap and its impact on species interactions and ecosystem functioning. 20+ publications, hereof 12 in peer-reviewed journals. Active member of ICES multispecies WG, and reviewer for major fisheries and marine ecology related journals, and WP leader in national and international EU funded projects.
Dr. Kirsten Thomsen, Research Secreatariat, 16 years of experience with research and management of natural ressources, international research coordination and project management.
Dr. Ken H. Andersen is a theoretical ecologist specializing in problems related to fisheries. His recent research focuses on developing a community ecological approach for marine ecosystems from size-based principles. He is the author of 25+ journal papers. Participant in ICES working groups and advice drafting work and reviewer for fisheries and ecological related journals.
Dr. Anna Rindorf has investigated predator-prey interactions, spatial distribution and growth of commercially exploited fish stocks in the North Sea. She has primarily worked with sandeel, cod and whiting, three species which represent an important prey, a fish predator and a species which is both prey and predator, respectively. She is the author of 12 peer-reviewed publications and an active member of the ICES WG on Multispecies Assessment Methods.
Dr. Henrik Mosegaard has 22 years of experience in fish life cycle modelling and eco-physiological implications of otolith formation. 40+ refereed publications and a referee for a dozen scientific journals. National and EU- coordinator for a number of international projects. Regular provider of advice to the Danish ministry of food, EC STECF, RACs and to other international clients as a member of ICES ACOM and a large number of ICES WGs/SGs/WKs.
Andersen KH and Beyer JE (2006) Asymptotic size determines species abundance in the marine size spectrum. American Naturalist (168) 54-61 (2006)
Neuenfeldt S and Beyer JE (2006) Environmentally driven predator–prey overlaps determine the aggregate diet of the cod Gadus morhua in the Baltic Sea. MEPS 310: 151–163.
Rindorf A, Wanless S, Harris MP (2000) Effects of changes in sandeel availability on the reproductive output of seabirds. Marine Ecology Progress Series 202: 241-252.