Anna Rindorf

Anna Rindorf

Professor, Head of section

National Institute of Aquatic Resources

Section for Ecosystem based Marine Management

Technical University of Denmark


Building 201, room 050

2800 Kgs. Lyngby

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1991 - 1998
Can. Scient in Biology, University of Copenhagen
1997 - 1999
Courses in generalised linear modelling and time series analyses, Technical University of Denmark
1999 - 2003
Ph. D. in Modelling food selection of whiting in the North Sea, University of Copenhagen
2008 - 2013
Bachelor in Business Administration - Organisation change and innovation (HD-O), Copenhagen Business School

Academic degrees

Ph. D.


1998 - 1999
Danish Institute for Fisheries Research, Research assistant
1999 - 2003
Danish Institute for Fisheries Research, Ph. D. Student
2004 - 2009
Danish Institute for Fisheries Research/DTU AQUA, Research scientist
2009 - 2012
Technical University of Denmark, Institute of Aquatic Research, Section for population biology and genetics, Senior research scientist
2011 - 2014
Journal of Fish Biology, Assistant Editor
2013 -
Technical University of Denmark, Head of Section of Ecosystem Based Marine Management
2020 -
Fish and Fisheries, Member of Editorial Board

Language skills

Danish, English

Areas of expertise

My research combines biological processes, advanced statistics and the interface between natural, social and economic science to solve pressing research questions. I enjoy the process of unraveling challenges to understanding and managing ecosystems through quantifying ecosystem processes and subsequently considering how to adapt human activities to achieve stated objectives. I focus my work in four areas: 

  • Linking changes in ecosystems to natural variation, population dynamics and human impacts
  • Developing and using indicators for food webs and pelagic ecosystems, predator and prey growth and condition indicators, species distribution indicators, measures of natural mortality and indicators of sensitive fish species
  • Defining management objectives and advice to achieve strategic and tactical objectives robust to ecosystem changes by developing and analysing indicators in a full ecosystem context and developing and using ways to address trade-offs between management objectives
  • Ensuring that ecosystem based advice is scientifically justifiable, reflects wider societal objectives and is feasible in a cooperative management setting.

International experience

Invited expert to CAMEO workshops on predator–prey interactions and surplus production modelling (2010, 2011); Invited expert to Development of Technical Guidelines for the Provision of Scientific Advice on the Various Elements of Fisheries and Oceans Canada Precautionary Approach Framework (2012); Keynote speaker at ICES/NAFO Gadoid Fisheries Symposium (2013); Invited expert to meetings on ecosystem based management in the European Commision Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (2015, 2019), Directorate-General for Environment (2016) and the European Parliament (2016); Invited expert to Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance workshops (2018, 2019); Invited expert to NOAA workshop to explore multispecies models in support of fisheries management (2020).

Working groups and workshops using biological knowledge in advice for small pelagic fish: Working group on demersal stocks in the North Sea and Skagerrak (1998-1999, 2010-2012), Herring Assessment Working Group (2013-2020), benchmarks on sandeel (2010, 2016) and sprat (2013, 2018) and Workshop to review the ICES advisory framework for short lived species (2019).

Working groups and workshops incorporating multispecies interactions in fisheries advice: ICES Working Group on Multispecies Assessment (2008-2020, co-chair 2009-2012), Workshop on North Sea and Baltic Sea Multispecies Trade-offs (2012, chair), ICES Benchmark Workshop on Baltic Multispecies Assessments (2014, chair) and joint ICES-MYFISH Workshop to consider the basis for FMSY ranges for all stocks (2015, chair).

Working groups providing advice on ecological impacts of fishing: ICES Working Group on Ecosystem Effects of Fisheries (1999, 2012-2020, chair 2014-2016), ICES workshop to review the 2010 Commission Decision on criteria and methodological standards on good environmental status (GES) of marine waters; Descriptor 4 Foodwebs I and II (2014-2015, chair), Workshop on providing a method to aggregate species within species groups for the assessment of GES for MSFD D1 (2016, chair), Advice drafting group on Fisheries Benthic Trade-Offs (2017), OSPAR Fish Group (2019-2020).

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