Dr. Carole Durussel

Project Scientist
+49 331 28822-394


IASS Project

  • Ocean Governance

Research Interests

Global and Regional Ocean Governance, Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction, Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biodiversity, International Marine Environmental Law, Marine Policy, Biological Oceanography, Marine Mammal Science

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2015-current     Project Scientist (Ocean Governance) at IASS Potsdam, Germany
  • 2011-2015    PhD in Marine Environmental Law, University of Wollongong, Australia. Thesis entitled ‘Challenges in the Conservation of High Seas Biodiversity in the Southeast Pacific’
  • 2013-2014    Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • 2009 – 2010 Project Officer, GIS for the Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI) at IUCN
  • 2009     Research Assistant for the Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel at IUCN
  • 2007   Exchange Student at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour, Australia
  • 2004-2009     Diploma in Marine Environmental Sciences, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany. Thesis entitled ‘Characteristics of Humpback Whale Habitat in the Scotia Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula’

Selected Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Durussel, C.C. (2015). ‘Challenges in the Conservation of High Seas Biodiversity in the Southeast Pacific’. Doctor of Philosophy thesis. Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, University of Wollongong. 485 p.
  • Durussel, C., Warner, R and Currie, D. ‘An International Instrument on Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in Marine Areas beyond National Jurisdiction: Exploring Different Elements to Consider. Paper IX: Technology Transfer and Capacity Building’ (2014). German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation
  • Von Nordheim, H., Packeiser, T., Durussel, C. (2011). Auf dem Weg zu einem weltweiten Netzwerk von Meeresschutzgebieten – Towards a global network of marine protected areas, Natur und Landschaft, vol. 86, no. 9/10, pp. 382-387
  • Gjerde K. M., Von Nordheim H., Durussel C. (2011). Progress towards the development of a global network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). In: Henning von Nordheim, Jochen C. Krause and Katharina Maschner (Eds.). Progress in Marine Conservation in Europe 2009: Proceedings of the Symposium Stralsund, Germany, 2nd - 6th November 2009. BfN-Skripten 287. ISBN 978-3-89624-022-4 
  • Durussel, C. (2009). Characteristics of humpback whale habitat in the Scotia Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula. Diploma thesis. Carl von Ossietzky Universität, Oldenburg, Germany. 86 p.

Selected Lectures and Speeches

  • Durussel, C. ‘Challenges in High Seas Biodiversity Conservation in the Southeast Pacific’. Presenting author at the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity in Qingdao, China (October 2014)
  • Durussel, C. ‘Connecting High Seas Biodiversity Conservation’. Presenting author at the Marine Science Forum of the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre in Eden, Australia (March 2012)
  • Durussel, C. ‘Review of Progress in the Establishment of Protective Spatial Measures on the High Seas’. Presenting author at the CBD Central and Eastern Europe Regional Workshop on the Review of Progress and Capacity-Building for the Implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas under the Convention on Biological Diversity on the Isle of Vilm, Germany (November 2009)
  • Durussel, C. C., Moore, S. E., Friday, N., Zerbini, A., Hedley, S. ‘Characteristics of Humpback Whale Habitat in the Scotia Sea and the Antarctic Peninsula’. Presenting author at the 24th European Cetacean Society Conference in Stralsund, Germany (March 2010)

Honors and Awards

  • Examiners’ Commendation for Outstanding PhD Thesis (2015), University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Outstanding Academic Achievement Award (2014), University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Floyd and Lili Biava Stiftung (2007), Oldenburg, Germany