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Dr. Kristina Lehnert

Kristina Lehnert

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 2013: Research associate at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover at the Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research 
  • 2009-2013: Postdoc at Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht at the Institute for Coastal Research; working group: pollutant-induced protein expression
  • 2008-2009: Effect monitoring in offshore windpark testfield „alpha-ventus“ – marine mammals. BMU FKZ 0327689A /FTZ1
  • 2002-2007: MINOS; MINOSplus: Distribution and abundance of harbour porpoises in the German North- and Baltic Sea. BMU FKZ 0329946B
  • 2003: Research in and supervision of molecular lab at RTC and ITAW
  • 2001: Health monitoring of cetaceans and pinnipeds; funded by e.g. MLUR, BMU & LKN
  • 2001-2009: Project scientist at Research- and Technology Centre, Christian-Albrechts- University of Kiel  

 Academic qualifications and training  

  • May 2009  PhD in zoology, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany. Title: ”Prevalence, impact and molecular characterisation of parasites in harbour porpoises and seals”
  • August 2001  Diploma in zoology at Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel
  • 2000-2001 Research-and Technology Centre, University of Kiel. Diploma thesis: “Parasitological investigations on harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) from German and Norwegian waters and harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) from the North Sea”
  • 1994-2000: Studies at Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (main subjects: zoology, biological oceanography and marine chemistry)

Field experience abroad

  • Dec 2011/Jan 2012: ANT XXVIII 2 expedition RV Polarstern (Cape town - Neumayer Station II – Cape town) BLE Project FK 2811HS002
  • January 2010: Nuuk, Greenland, post mortem investigations on porpoises hunted by innuit in cooperation with Greenland Institute of Natural Resources
  • Dec 2008/Jan 2009: ANT-XXV/2 expedition RV Polarstern (Cape town - Neumayer Station III – Cape town) funded by BMVEL  & BMU
  • Juli 2005: Scotland, Ireland, UK, cruiseleader in aerial survey of SCANS II in the frame of EU LIFE-Nature Project (LIFE04 NAT/GB/000245)
  • Nov 2002–Feb 2003:  València, Spain,  DAAD stipend, molecular methods in parasitology at Institut Cavanilles de Biodiversitat i Biologia Evolutiva, Unitat de Zoologia Marina, València


  •  2008: Merit Award: Best New Scientist. 2008 ICES Annual Science Conference, September 2008, Halifax, Canada.
  • 2010: Best Poster:  “From Seals to cells: Protein biomarkers to reveal effects of persistent pollutants on primary hepatocytes of Phoca vitulina”. Vera Korff, Annika Behr, Antonia Wargel, Kristina Lehnert, Ursula Siebert, Veronika Hellwig. ICES ASC Handbook of the Annual Science Conference Nantes 2010, France.
  • 2016: Best Poster: “First record of the nasal mite Halarachne halichoeri in a grey seal from the German Wadden Sea”. Anja Reckendorf, Ursula Siebert, Peter Wohlsein, Kristina Lehnert. Abstracts of the 30th ECS conference in Madeira 2016, Portugal.


  • 2004-2008: Geomar - Helmholtz Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel: Lecture „Parasitism in marine mammals“ as part of the lecture series “Marine Ecology” in the graduate course for coastal geosciences and engineering. Direction: Prof. Dr. F. Colijn(WS 2003/2004, WS 2004/2005, WS 2005/2006)
  • International summer course “Observation of Marine Coastal Systems: From Measuring to Modeling” Direction: GKSS, AWI and FTZ (30 August - 10 September 2004)
  • Lecture and practical training „Marine Mammal Ecology“ Direction: Prof. Dr. P. Reijnders, PD Dr. U. Siebert) (WS 2005/2006, WS 2006/2007)
  • 2015-2016 University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover in lecture series “Wildlife biology, diseases and Zoonoses” ;„Tropical Parasitoses and Zoonoses
  • PhD committee (external member), University of Valencia (ES) 2015


Scientific panels

  • European Cetacean Society (ECS)
  • Society for Marine Mammology (SMM)
  • HELCOM adhoc seal expert group


Complete list available here

Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover
Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research
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