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Prof. Prof. h.c. Dr. Ursula Siebert

Prof. Prof. h. c. Dr. Ursula Siebert

Major Career Accomplishment

  • 1986-1992 Study of Veterinary Medicine at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen,Germany

    at the Ecole Vétérinaire de Nantes,France (funded by the DAAD and EU-Erasmus-Program)

  • 1992-1995 Doctoral thesis at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium (funded by the European Science Foundation) and at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany

  • 2007 Habilitation in Zoology at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel
  • since July 2011 Director of the Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research (ITAW) of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Germany
  • 2012 Diplomate of European College of Zoological Medicine (Wildlife Populations Health)
  • 2014 Certified Specialist in Wild Animals
  • 2014 Honory professorship of the University of Aarhus, Denmark

Scientific Awards

Alexander von Humboldt Prize 2013/2014 of the FNRS (Fonds da la Recherche Scientifique): 19.500 Euro


Poster prize

22st CONFERENCE OF THE EUROPEAN CETACEAN SOCIETY, 2008 Poster ”Influences of methyl-, phenyl-, ethylmercury and mercurychlorid on lymphocyte proliferation and cytokine expression in harbour seals” Kakuschke, A., Valentine-Thon, E., Fonfara, S., Kramer, K., Siebert, U., Prange, A.


Poster prize


“North Sea vs Baltic sea- comparison of immune system parameters in harbour seals” Kramer, K., Fonfara, S., Kakuschke, A., Siebert, U., Dietz, R., Prange, A.


Best Poster

International Council of the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)

 “From Seals to cells: Protein biomarkers to reveal effects of persistent pollutants on primary hepatocytes of Phoca vitulina”
Vera Korff
Co-authors: Annika Behr, Antonia Wargel, Kristinia Lehnert, Ursula Siebert, Veronika Hellwig. 2010 Nantes, France.


Best Poster

International Council of the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)

 “Isolation of primary liver cell cultures of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) for identification of novel biomarkers of pollutant influence” Veronika Hellwig Co-authors: Antonia Wargel, Annika Behr, and Ursula Siebert. 2007 Helsinki, Finland.


1.     Board member of the European Cetacean Society (ECS) 1994-1998

2.     International Expert Panel for Offshore-Windmeelparks in Denmark (IAPEME)


3.     Pollution 2000+ Steering Group of the Internationalen  Walfangkommission (IWC)


4.     Nationale Contactperson for the European Cetacean Society (ECS)

5.     Member of the Trilateral Seal Expert Group of the Common Wadden Sea

        Secretariat (TSEG)

6.     Member of ICES Working Group on Marine Mammals (ICES)

7.     European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians (EAZWV)

8.     European Association for Aquatic Mammals (EAAM)

9.     Society for Marine Mammology (SMM)

10.   Advisory Committee of the Nature Commissioner of Schleswig-Holsteins

11.   Nationalpark Curatoriums Dithmarschen

12.   Advisory Committee for the Federal Research Agency for Fishery

13.   Steering Group for Res. on Marine Mam. of the Dolphinarium (Harderwijk des Alpes“), Holland

14.   Member of the Reviewing Panel for the Portugese Research Ministry

15.   Member of the Advisory Board of the FNRS, Belgium

Referee For The Following Journals (Examples)

1.   Marine Biology (Associated Editor)

2.   Journal of Wildlife Diseases (Associated Editor)

3.   Archive of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

4.   Environmental Science and Technology

5.   Marine Pollution Bulletin

6.   Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals

7.   Science of the Total Environment

8.   Aquatic Mammals

9.   Marine Biology Research

10. Journal of Applied Ecology

11. European Science Foundation

12. Marine Mammal Research and Conservation

13. NAMMCO Scientific Publications

14. Mammalia

15. European Journal of Wildlife Research

16. Marine Mammal Science

17. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology

18. Veterinary Pathology

19. Journal of Veterinary Research


Complete List of publications here..

Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover
Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research
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