My Work

a diverse portfolio of experience

2004 – 2016         Head of Science Programme (P-5), International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), Copenhagen, Denmark


ICES is a regional organization that develops science and advice to support the sustainable use of the oceans. It is a network of more than 4000 scientists from over 350 marine institutes in 20 member countries in the North Atlantic. ICES work extends into the global ocean through strategic partnerships. ICES’ goal is to provide the best available science for decision-makers to make informed choices on the sustainable use of the marine environment and ecosystems. The science portfolio covered a plethora of disciplines, and included ICES publications, the Annual Science Conference and science symposia, the training programme plus the about 70 Expert Groups in the science programme, including climate change, biodiversity, ecosystem modelling and conservation.


1992 – 2004         Senior scientist and coordinator for Ecosystem Research and Monitoring at the Federal Environment Agency, Berlin, Germany, and at the National Park Office Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea, Tönning, Germany


The National Park Office managed human activities in Germany’s largest marine conservation area, the National Park Wadden Sea in the State of Schleswig-Holstein. The Ecosystem Research Wadden Sea was a large scale and successful research project with the explicit objective of generating policy advice and a proposal for a new National Park law, directly implemented in 1998.


1981 – 1991         Postdoc and junior scientist at the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven, Germany, and the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu HI, USA


The scientific research focused on producing a comprehensive identification key and catalogue of early life stages of Antarctic fishes (AWI), and the use of daily increments of larval fish otoliths and their patterns as indicators of age, growth and key events during early life history of Antarctic fishes (UH Manoa). The work was embedded in international research programmes such as the BIOMASS programme, and NSF funds under the DepPolarProgram.

Dr. Adolf Kellermann - Education and career

1974 - 1985 Christian Albrecht University Kiel

1986 - 1988 Postdoc AWI Bremerhaven

1989 - 1991 University of Hawai'i at Manoa USA

1992            Federal Environmental Agency Berlin

1992 - 2004 National Park Office Toenning

2004 - 2016 ICES Copenhagen