Fabian Zimmermann

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Telephone: 47771829
Department: Benthic resources

My research focuses on the study of population dynamics in marine shellfish and fish, and their assessment to provide fisheries advice. I am particularly interested in the ecological and environmental processes that drive changes in population size and structure and the consequences of these dynamics for stock assessment estimates and fisheries management. In my current projects, I work on a better understanding and predictability of recruitment variability, explore the impact of unaccounted fishing mortality and variation in natural mortality on stock estimates and uncertainty, and investigate optimal harvest regulations for stocks with cyclical dynamics. As researcher in the benthic resources unit at IMR I am responsible for the stocks of edible crab and common whelk, and I am involved in the assessment of Northern shrimp in the Barents Sea and along the Norwegian coast, as well as coastal nephrops and Iceland scallops. 

Curriculum Vitae

Academic degrees 


PhD in Biology at the Department of Biology, University of Bergen (UiB), Norway
Thesis: “The value of size – bioeconomic consequences of size-dependent pricing and fishing-induced evolution”.


MSc in Biology at the Zoological Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland

Thesis: “Impact of alternative splicing on recent human genome evolution


2019 – Present

Researcher (1110) in the Benthic Resources Unit at the IMR, Norway

2015 – 2019

Postdoctoral position in the Pelagic Fish Unit at the IMR, Norway.

2017 – 2018

Research associate at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), USA.

2013 – 2015

Postdoctoral position in the Evolutionary ecology group at UiB, Norway.

2012 – 2013

Postdoctoral position in the Ecology and Models applied to Fisheries (EMH) unit at IFREMER Nantes, France.

2011 – 2011

Researcher position at the UiB, Norway.

2008 – 2011

Research fellow / PhD student at the UiB, Norway.


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