Kegelrobben, Seehunde, Schweinswal und Kegelrobbe
Standort Büsum
Prof. Prof. h. c. Dr. Ursula Siebert
Prof. Prof. h. c. Dr. Ursula Siebert


  • 2018: Certified Specialist in Zoo and Wild Animals 
             (Fachtierarzt für Zoo- und Wildtiere)
  • 2017: Certified Specialist in Wild Animals and Species Protection
              (Fachtierarzt für Wildtiere und Artenschutz)
  • 2015: Diplomate of European College of Aquatic Animal Health
  • 2014: Honory professorship of the University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • 2014: Certified Specialist in Wild Animals
              (Fachtierarzt für Wildtiere)
  • 2012: Diplomate of European College of Zoological Medicin
              (Wildlife Populations Health)
  • 2011: Habilitation approved by the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover,
               Foundation, Germany
  • 2007: Habilitation in Zoology “The Health Status of Marine Mammals as an
               Indicator of Effects of Anthropogenic Activities on the Marin Ecosystem”
               at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel,Germany

  • 1992-1995: Doctoral thesis “Analyse des Quecksilbergehaltes in Organen von
                        Kleinwalen aus deutschen Gewässern der Nord- und Ostsee
                        und seine möglichen Beziehungen zu Erkrankungs- und
                        Todesursachen” at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium
                        (funded by the  European Science Foundation)
                        and at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany

  • 1992-1996: Training in
                       1.) Aquaculture
                       2.) Wild Animal Medicine
                       3.) Veterinary Pathology
                       Practical courses
                       Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Galveston
                       At the Institute for Pathology at University of Montreal,
                       Canada, Beluga Pathology
                       University of Delft Image Processing
                       Ultrasound: Dolphinarium, Paris, France,
                       Dolphinarium Brugge, Belgium
                       IFREMER Nantes and Rennes for Aquaculture

  • 1986-1992: Study of Veterinary Medicine at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen,
                        Germany, at the Ecole Vétérinaire de Nantes,
                        France (funded by the DAAD and EU-Erasmus-Programs)
  • 1985/86:     Voluntary Social Year in a home for the elderly
  • 1985:          University-Entrance Diploma at Lessing-Gymnasium, Frankfurt am
                        Main, Germany


  • since July 2011: Director of the Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife
                               Research (ITAW) of the University of Veterinary Medicine
                               Hannover, Foundation, Germany


  • May 1996-June 2011: Leader of the section “Ecology of marine mammals and
                                         birds” at the Forschungs- and Technologiezentrum
                                         Westküste, Büsum, University of Kiel, Germany

  • 1997-2004:                  Veterinarian in charge of porpoises and seals
                                         at the Fjord & Belt Center, Kerteminde, Denmark

  • 1992-1994:                  Research associate at the Institute of Veterinary Pathology
                                          at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany,
                                          in the research project
                                         “Investigations on the abundance, health status
                                          and migration of small cetacean populations
                                          in German Waters,” funded by the
                                          German Federal Ministry for the Environment,
                                          Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

  • 1994-1996:                  Research associate at the Institute for
                                          Veterinary Pathology at the
                                          Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany,
                                          in the research project
                                         “Investigation on small cetaceans as a basis of monitoring,”
                                          funded by the German Federal Ministry
                                          for Research and Technology


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

 Best of Biology (public relation price) 2014: 10.000 Euro, together with Christian Jung (journalist) and Anne Gallus (German Oceanographic Museum)  

Poster prize
22nd CONFERENCE OF THE EUROPEAN CETACEAN SOCIETY, 2008 poster “Influences of methyl-, phenyl-, ethylmercury and mercury chloride on lymphocyte proliferation and cytokine expression in harbour seals,” Antje Kakuschke, Elizabeth Valentine-Thon, Sonja Fonfara, Katharina Kramer, Ursula Siebert, Andreas Prange

Best poster
International Council of the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), 2007 Helsinki, Finland.
“Isolation of primary liver cell cultures of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) for identification of novel biomarkers of pollutant influence,” Veronika Hellwig, Antonia Wargel, Annika Behr, Ursula Siebert

Poster prize
European Cetacean Society (ECS), 2008, Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands.
“North Sea vs Baltic sea- comparison of immune system parameters in harbour seals,” Katharina Kramer, Sonja Fonfara, Anja Kakuschke, Ursula Siebert, Rune Dietz, Andreas Prange

Best poster
International Council of the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), 2010 Nantes, France.
“From seals to cells: Protein biomarkers to reveal effects of persistent pollutants on primary hepatocytes of Phoca vitulina,” Vera Korff, Annika Behr, Antonia Wargel, Kristinia Lehnert, Ursula Siebert, Veronika Hellwig

Best poster
European Cetacean Society (ECS), 2016, Madeira, Portugal
“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

Best student presentation
European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarian (EAZWV), 2017, Berlin, Germany
“Post-mortem findings of 12 sperm whales (Physeter Macrocephalus) stranded on the coast of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, in early 2016,” Anja Reckendorf, Bianca Unger, Uwe Piatkowski, Kristina Lehnert, Vanessa Herder, Peter Wohlsein, Ursula Siebert

Best poster
European Cetacean Society (ECS), 2018, La Spezia, Italy
“Interseasonal changes in body conditions and predictions of health status for harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) by using UVA footage,” Emilie Nicoline Stepien, Morten Tange Olsen, Kirstin Anderson Hansen, Jakob Kristensen, Marie-Anne Blanchet, Sabrina Brando, Genevieve Desportes, Christina Lockyer, Anders Galatius, Ursula Siebert, Magnus Wahlberg

Best talk
European Cetacean Society (ECS), 2018, La Spezia, Italy
“Origin and spread of Phocine Distemper Virus in 1988 and 2002, ”Iben Stokholm, Tero Härkonen, Karin Harding, Ursula Siebert, Kristina Lehnert, Rune Dietz, Jonas Teilmann, Anders Galatius, Linnea Worsøe Havmøller, Emma Carroll, Ailsa Hall, and Morten Tange Olsen

1.     Board member of the European Cetacean Society (ECS) 1994-1998
2.     International Expert Panel for Offshore-Windfarms in Denmark (IAPEME)
3.     Pollution 2000+ Steering Group of the International Whaling Commission
        (IWC) 2000-2006
4.     National contact person for the European Cetacean Society (ECS)
5.     Chair of the Trilateral Seal Expert Group of the Common Wadden Sea
        Secretariat (TSEG)
6.     Member of ICES Working Group on Marine Mammals (ICES)
7.     Wildlife and Marine Mammal Societies (ECS, EAZWV, EAAM, IAAAM, EWDA,
        WDA, SMM)
8.     Advisory Committee of the Nature Commissioner of Schleswig-Holstein,
9.     Nationalpark Curatoriums Dithmarschen, Germany
10.   Advisory Committee for the German Research Agency for Fishery
11.  Steering Group for Research on Marine Mammals of the Dolphinarium
       Harderwijk (“des  Alpes”), Holland
12.  Member of the Reviewing Panel for the Portuguese Research Ministry
13.  Member of the Advisory Board of the Fonds National de la Recherche
       Scientifique (FNRS), Belgium
14.  Chair of the specilisation of Wildlife Population Health / European College of
       Zoological Medicine (WPH-ECZM, 2014-2016)
15.  Vice-chair and representative for research of the Wolf Working Group of Lower
16.  Chair of the Marine Mammal Health Group of HELCOM
17.  Member of the IWC Expert Panel for Strandings (“Emergency Committee”),
       representative for Europe
18.  Member of the Commission for Safety of Pesticides and Biozid products of the
       German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (2018-2025)


Marine Biology (Associated Editor)
Journal of Wildlife Diseases (Associated Editor)
Frontiers in Veterinary Medicine – Zoological Medicine (Associated Editor)
Archive of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Environmental Science and Technology
Marine Pollution Bulletin
Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals
Science of the Total Environment
Aquatic Mammals
Journal of Fish Diseases
Environmental Research
Marine Biology Research
Journal of Applied Ecology
Emerging Microbes & Infections
International Journal of Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife
Marine Mammal Research and Conservation
Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
NAMMCO Scientific Publications
Royal Society Open Science
The Journal of Acoustical Society of America
Arctic Science
Journal of Fish Pathology
Diseases of Aquatic Organism
PLoS One
European Journal of Wildlife Research
Marine Mammal Science
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology
Veterinary Pathology
Journal of Veterinary Research


  • Wildlife infectious diseases including viral, parasitological and microbiological agents
  • Wildlife zoonotic agents, related risk assessment and development of hygiene strategies
  • Antibiotic resistency in wildlife species (e.g. marine and terrestrial wildlife food chain)
  • Wildlife ecology including habitat use, abundance and distribution
  • Investigations on the effects of anthropogenic activities on wildlife, e.g.
    -offshore construction, fishery and military activities;
    -chemical and noise pollution, marine litter;
    -agriculture, road construction, tourism; and
    -climate changes
  • Investigations on the immune, endocrine, reproductive and auditory systems
  • Risk assessment of anthropogenic activities and influence on infectious diseases (epidemiology)
  • Biodiversity and research concepts for management of wildlife populations
  • Outreach and training activities including school and stakeholder programs


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