M.Sc. (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
Ph.D. (University of British Columbia, 2004)
Kristin Kaschner’s main research interest is the application and development of large-scale habitat suitability modelling approaches to investigate potential impacts of anthropogenic activities on marine mammals. She became a team member of the ‘Sea Around Us’ Project in late 1999, when she began her PhD research under the joint supervision of Daniel Pauly and Andrew Trites. For her PhD she investigated spatially-explicit first order prey overlap between marine mammals and fisheries on a global scale using an ecological niche modelling approach that she developed. Global predictions for 115 marine mammal species distributions generated by this model can be viewed through the Sea Around Us pages and, in the near future, will be made available through the OBIS-SEAMAP portal, the marine mammal, sea birds and turtle data-node of the Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS). Kristin is currently employed as a post-doc at the Research and Technology Centre Westcoast (Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel), but continues to work with researchers from the Fisheries Centre on a number of different projects. In addition, she is collaborating with FishBase to modify her niche modelling approach for other species groups. In 2006, she will be working with researchers from CREEM, University of St.Andrews and the FMAP team at Dalhousie University to further test and improve her global niche modelling approach to investigate potential hotspots of marine mammal biodiversity in the context of large-scale marine protected area design.
Kaschner et al, 2004, Poster presentation at
Informatics conference, Hamburg, Germany 29/11 – 1/12/2004