Dr. Vanessa Stelzenmüller is Research Unit Leader – Marine Spatial Management- and Research Director at Thünen-Institute of Sea Fisheries (Germany). Vanessa studied marine environmental science at the University of Oldenburg, Germany and obtained a PhD in aquatic ecology in 2005. As a postdoc she worked on fisheries effects of marine protected areas at the ICM CSIC, Barcelona and as a research scientist at CEFAS, UK focusing on cumulative impact assessments and marine spatial planning (MSP). Since 2010 she is heading the research unit on marine spatial management at the Thünen-Institute of Sea Fisheries, Bremerhaven, Germany. Her main research interests comprise the development of: i) trade-off analysis of spatial management options in the context of fisheries socio-ecological systems, ii) practical approaches and tools for MSP accounting for aquaculture and fisheries, and iii) risk-based assessment of cumulative effects of human pressures and climate change on ecosystem components and functions. She coordinated various national projects and international tasks in relation to risk assessment and MSP and co-chairs the ICES expert group on cumulative effects assessment for management (WGCEAM). Further, she is a member of the advisory board of the German MSP process and national and international MSP related projects.
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