Professor in theoretical marine ecology at AQUA, DTU. Deputy chair in the Centre for Ocean Life.
My mission is to simulate global ecosystems for understanding the past and present, and to inform policy and management about our future
I combine theoretical physics with ecology to make quantitative predictions of ecosystems' structure and function, from bacteria to whales, and use evolutionary theory to understand the diversity of life history strategies
My aspiration is to inspire and educate the next generation of quantitative Earth System ecologists
August 2022: New introduction to the theory behind size-based fish community models as used in the Mizer R package: https://vimeo.com/743363459.
June 2021: Talk given at ASLO 2021 about how to scale from simple "first principles" of chemistry, diffusion physics, and geometry to the entire global unicellular plankton ecosystem. Includes discussions on biodiversity at different scales, metabolic modelling of a cell, and emergent temperature scaling. See also the online simulator:
August 2019: Finally out on Princeton University Press: "Fish Ecology, Evolution, and Exploitation". Three introductory videos here: https://vimeo.com/360485996, https://vimeo.com/360485974, and https://vimeo.com/360486042.
See archive for older news.
I am currently involved in the courses:
25303 Mathematical biology
25304 Differential equations in biology
25314 Computational Marine Ecological Modelling
25803 Ocean Life Meeting Series
Send me a mail if you are interested in any of these courses.
I want to understand how life in the ocean is organised, why marine organisms look and act the way they do, and how marine ecosystems react to perturbations like fishing, species removals/invasions or climate change. More specifically I work on:
Trait-based models of life in the ocean. See http://www.oceanlifecentre.dk
Size-structured models of marine ecosystems. See the community calculator and the single-species calculator and the plankton simulator.
Fisheries induced evolution. See the evolutionary calculator.
Previously I have worked with sand ripples under surface waves and barchan dunes in deserts.
I have a number of possible student projects available for students related to the impact of fishing and climate change on marine and fresh water ecosystems. The projects ranges from applied projects on specific ecosystems to abstract theoretical topics. Send me an email if you are interested in learning more.
Students and post docs:
Daniel Ottmann (post doc)
Amalia Papapostolou (PhD student)
Berthe Vastenhoud (PhD student; co-supervisor)
Daniel van Denderen (post doc)
Rémy Denechere (PhD student)
Camila Maria Serra Pompei (PhD student)
Trondúr Kragesteen (PhD student)
Subhendu Chakraborty (post doc)
Mathilde Cadier (post doc)
Rob van Gemert (PhD student)
Kasia Kenitz (post doc)
Nis Sand Jacobsen, Ph.D. student. With Henrik Gislason.
Alexandros Kokkalis, Ph.D. student. With Uffe Thygesen and Anders Nielsen.
Julie Sainmont, Ph.D. student. Main supervisor: Andy Visser.
Karin Olsson, Ph.D. student. Main supervisor: Henrik Gislason
Christina Frisk, Ph.D. student. Co-supervised by Gerd Kraus.
Nuria Calduch Verdiel, Ph.D. student. With James Vaupel, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock; and Brian MacKenzie. Thesis: Protecting the larger fish: an ecological, economical and evolutionary analysis using a demographic model.
Lai Zhang, Ph.D. student. Thesis: Mathematical model of ecology and evolution
Martin Hartvig (aka Martin Pedersen), Ph.D. student. Main supervisor: Per Lundberg, Lund University. Thesis: Food web ecology.
Matthieu Gerard, under-graduate student: "Turing structure in a size-structured ecosystem model". Together with Uffe H. Thygesen and Michael Pedersen (MAT, DTU).
Ken Haste Andersen - email@example.com - +45 35 883399
National Institute of Aquatic Resources, AQUA
Technical University of Denmark
DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby