Dipl. Biol. Katharina Brundiers

since 2017

Scientist at the German Oceanographic Museum: Acoustic detections of harbour porpoises and comparison of acoustic data loggers (TopMarine)

2014 - 2017

Freelance scientist: Scientific projects for acoustic detections of harbour porpoises, servicing of oceanographic data acquisition systems, reports, surveying of marine benthic habitats

2011 - 2014

Technical assistant at the German Oceanographic Museum: Comparison of acoustic data loggers and distribution of the harbour porpoises in the German and Proper Baltic Sea (COSAMM, SAMBAH)


Freelance scientist: Visual surveying and analysis of marine benthic habitats in the exclusive economic zone of the German North- and Baltic Sea for the Federal Agency of Conservation.

2006 - 2010

Advanced study period Biology (Diplom) at the Christian- Albrechts- University/ IFM- GEOMAR in Kiel, Topic of the diploma thesis: "Resolving the food web structure in a Zostera marina seagras bed using stable isotope analysis"

2002 - 2006

Basic study period Biology (Diplom) at the University of Hamburg


    At the German Oceanographic Museum acoustic monitoring of echolocation clicks is used to gather more information on the distribution of Baltic harbour porpoises. Large monitoring areas and long term data acquisition allow for determining the seasonal distribution of porpoises in the German Baltic Sea using presence/absence data. To determine the abundance, however, additional information is critically needed. For instance detection functions of the used data loggers (C-PODs) are determined to allow for calculating the monitored area.

Different data loggers are available nowadays. They all vary with regard to handling, performance and technical details.  Comprehensive testing is needed to determine acoustic properties of these devices. This is necessary to be able to choose the adequate logger for future Monitoring schemes, as well as to ensure comparability of data which was collected with different loggers.

Stabile Isotopes

    With the help of this relative young method (Fry 1980) it is possible to determine, among other things, food chains, food preferences and migration patterns. Carbon, nitrogen and sulfur are the three main elements, whose stable isotopes show patterns in the marine ecosystem. However these patterns can be masked by different factors. The combination of the results of the isotopic analysis with other methods such as stomach content analysis, acoustic and visual detections or behavioral observations can be used to analyse the underlying patterns.

Peer reviewed

Nuutilla, H., Brundiers, K., Dähne, M., Koblitz, M., Thomas, L., Courtene-Jones, W., Evans, P.G.H., Turner, J.R., Benell, J.D., Hiddink, J.D. (2018) Estimating effective detection area of static passive acoustic data loggers from playback experiments with cetacean vocalisations. Methods in Ecology and Evolution

Carlén, I, Thomas, L, Carlström, J, Amundin, M, Teilmann, J, Tregenza, N, Tougaard, J, Koblitz JC, Sveegaard, S, Wennerberg, D, Loisa, O, Dähne, M, Brundiers, K, Kosecka, M, Kyhn, LA, Ljungqvist, CT, Pawliczka, I, Koza, R, Arciszewski, B, Galatius, A, Jabbusch, M, Laaksonlaita, L, Niemi, J, Lyytinen, S, Gallus, A, Benke, H, Blankett, P, Skóra, K, Acevedo-Gutiérrez, A (At Press) Basin-scale description of the spatial and seasonal distribution of harbour porpoises in the Baltic Sea provides basis for effective conservation actions, Biological Conservation.


Koblitz, J. C., Tubbert Clausen, K., Gallus A., Hansen S., Brundiers, K., Kost, M., Benke, H. (2013): The German contribution of harbour porpoise registrations in the Baltic Sea east of the Darss Sill as a part of the SAMBAH-Project, Endbericht zum Forschungsprojekt SAMBAH, Deutsches Meeresmuseum

Brundiers, K., Dähne, M., Gallus, A., Jabbusch, M., Koblitz, J.C., Kost, M., Stilz, P., Benke, H. (2015): Comparison of static acoustic monitoring methods for harbour porpoises and other odontocete species (COSAMM), Endbericht zum Forschungsprojekt (Bundesministerium für Windkraft und Energie, FKZ 0325238) an das PTJ, Deutsches Meeresmuseum

Pinzone, M., Brundiers, K., Gallus, A., Dähne, M., Loïc, M.M., Sturaro, N., Andreasen, H., Siebert, U., Das, K., Benke, H. (2016): Feststellung von Nahrungsnutzung, Wanderverhalten und Kalbungsgebieten des Schweinswals anhand von stabilen Isotopen in der deutschen Ostsee, Endbericht zum Projekt 10/2013 an die Forschungsstiftung Ostsee, Deutsches Meeresmuseum


Brundiers, K., Tubbert Clausen, K., Tougaard, J., Kyhn, L.A., Sveegaard, S., Thomas, L., Teilmann, J., Benke, H., Koblitz, J.C. (2012): Acoustic detection functions of C-PODs: estimating probability of detecting harbor porpoise clicks using playback experiments; Poster präsentiert auf der 26th annual conference of the European Cetacean Society, Galway, Ireland

Brundiers, K., Schmuck, K., Kost, M., Jabbusch, M., Thomas, L., Burt, L., Benke, H., Koblitz, J.C. (2013): Which one is the best - Comparing four different static acoustic monitoring devices; Poster präsentiert auf der 27th annual conference of the European Cetacean Society, Setubal, Portugal

Brundiers, K., Kost, M., Burt, L., Thomas, L., Mac Aulay, J., Ljungqvist, C.T., Mikkelsen, L., Stilz, P., Benke, H., Koblitz, J.C. (2014): Detectionfunctions of C-PODs: determining the probability of detecting harbour porpoises using a large hydrophone array; Vortrag auf der 28th annual conference of the European Cetacean Society, Liege, Belgien


European Cetacean Society (since 2012)