Dr. Sabine Christiansen

+49 331 28822-430


IASS Project

  • In the cluster Global Contract for Sustainability, Oceans Governance: Blue Growth and Sustainability - Deep seabed minerals mining between economic development and environmental protection

Research Interests

  • Marine environmental conservation, incl. tools such as marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries and governance mechnisms
  • Marine ecology

Curriculum Vitae

  • Self-employed. Consultancy work for NGOs (mainly WWF) on marine conservation issues with a particular focus on the North East Atlantic and high seas (since 1999).
  • Training course in information management and research (1998-1999)
  • Freelance research and consulting for several German research projects and international organisations (1990-1998)
  • Post-doc at Norwegian Fisheries Highschool, University of Tromsø, Norway (1989)
  • Dr. rer. nat. at University of Kiel, biological and physical oceanography, zoology. Thesis: „On the life history of dominant copepod species  (Calanus finmarchicus, C. glacialis, C. hyperboreus, Metridia longa) in the Fram Strait)“ (1989)
  • Scientist at Institute for Polar Ecology, CAU Kiel,  and Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany (1985-1988)
  • Dipl. Biol., University of Braunschweig, Thesis: Wachstum und Entwicklung von Calanus finmarchicus (Copepoda) im Fladengrund, nördliche Nordsee (1984)
  • 12 months grant of DAAD and Dutch Ministry of Science to work at Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Diplomarbeit (1983-1984
  • Foreign language Correspondent (1978-79)

Selected Publications prior to joining the IASS

Most of my work is advisory work and not published, or not under my name. Here a selection of accessible documents:

  • Christiansen, B., Vieira, R., Christiansen, S., Denda, A., Oliveira, F., Gonçalves, J.S., 2014. The fish fauna of Ampère Seamount (NE Atlantic) and the adjacent abyssal plain. Helgoland Marine Research, 1-11.
  • Christiansen, S., 2011. Schutz den Schutzgebieten. Anforderungen an ein ökosystemgerechtes Fischereimanagement in den Natura 2000-Gebieten in der Nord- und Ostsee (German, English Summary). WWF Germany, Hamburg, pp. 1-148. http://www.wwf.de/fileadmin/fm-wwf/pdf_neu/WWF_Fischereireport_Web.pdf
  • Christiansen, S., 2010. Background document for the High seas MPAs regional approaches and experiences side event at the 12th UNEP Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, 20th September 2010. WWF, pp. 1-37. http://www.unep.org/regionalseas/globalmeetings/12/inf.06-high-seas-side-event.pdf
  • Christiansen, S., 2009. Towards Good Environmental Status - A Network of Marine Protected Areas for the North Sea. WWF Germany, Hamburg, pp. 1-104.http://www.wwf.de/fileadmin/fm-wwf/Publikationen-PDF/WWF_North_Sea_MPA_short.pdf
  • Cripps, S. J., Christiansen, S., 2001. A strategic approach to protecting areas on the high seas. In: Thiel, H., Koslow, J.A. (Eds.), Managing Risks to Biodiversity and the Environment on the High Sea, Including Tools such as Marine Protected Areas - Scientific Requirements and Legal Apects,. Bundesamt für Naturschutz, Bonn, pp. 113-122. 
  • Hall-Spencer, J., Tasker, M., Soffker, M., Christiansen, S., Rogers, S., Campbell, M., Hoydal, K., 2009. The design of Marine Protected Areas on High Seas and territorial waters of Rockall. Marine Ecology Progress Series 397, 305-208.
  • OSPAR Commission, 2010. Background Document on Charlie Gibbs. OSPAR Biodiversity Series, London, p. 51 pp. http://www.ospar.org/v_publications/download.asp?v1=p00560
  • OSPAR Commission, 2010. Background Documents for deep-sea sponge aggregations, coral gardens and orange roughy Hoplostethus atlanticus. OSPAR Biodiversity Series, London. see www.ospar.org
  • Probert, P. K. , S. Christiansen, K. M. Gjerde,  S. Gubbay and  R. S. Santos, 2007. Management and conservation of seamounts, In: Seamounts: Ecology, Conservation and Management Eds. Pitcher, T. , T. Morato, P. J. B. Hart, M. R. R. Clark,  N. Haggan and R. S. Santos. Fish and Aquatic Resources Series, Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 442-475.
  • Santos, R.S., Colaço, A., Christiansen, S., 2003. Management of deep-sea hydrothermal vent fields MPA in the Azores Triple Junction. Proceedings of the workshop. Arquipélago - Life and Marine Science Supplement 4, 1-84
  • Santos, R. S., Christiansen, S., Christiansen, B., Gubbay, S., 2009. Towards the Conservation and Management of the Sedlo Seamount: a case study. Deep-Sea Research II 56 (25), 2720-2730.
  • Schmidt, S., Christiansen, S., 2004. “The Offshore MPA Toolbox. Implementing Marine Protected Areas in the North-East Atlantic Offshore: Seamounts – A Case Study.” OASIS and WWF Germany, Hamburg, Bremen. http://cordis.europa.eu/result/rcn/41230_de.html