Dr. Kristina Raab

UFZ Science Policy Expert Group

People and Culture

Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Graduate School for Environmental Research HIGRADE

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

Tel: +49 (0) 341 235 1856

Kristina Raab

Academic education

2008-2013 PhD, Wageningen University and the Institute for Marine Resources and Ecosystem Studies IMARES (The Netherlands)
2006-2007 PhD candidate, Hólar University College and University of Iceland (Iceland)
Visiting researcher at Theoretical Ecology Department, University of Lund (Sweden)
2004-2005 MRes, Ecology and Environmental Management, University of York (England)
2000-2003 BSc Marine and Environmental Biology, St Andrews University (Scotland) and University of Trieste (Italy) for ERASMUS year

Professional experience

2019 Teamlead Helmholtz Interdisciplinary Graduate School for Environmental Research HIGRADE of the UFZ
2019 Coordination at UFZ of International Climate Initiative project : Supporting decision making and building capacity to support IPBES through national ecosystem assessments
2018-2019 Co-coordination of INTERNAS - Scientific transfer of the results of INTERNational ASsessments on Earth and environment into the German political context
2018-2019 Co-coordination of the Network Forum for Biodiversity Research Germany with Dr Marquard (UFZ) and Dr Vohland (MfN)
Since 2016 Science-Policy Advisor at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
Responsible for international policy processes: Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services-IPBES, Convention on Biological Diversity-CBD, Sustainable Development Goals-SDGs.
Knowledge transfer and various stakeholder dialogue processes.
2014-2015 Project manager, Wageningen UR in balance
Wageningen University & Research Centre, Wageningen, NL
Coordinating implementation of the action plan for gender balance: organising gender awareness trainings for senior managers & academics; setting up a mentoring programme for women; working with selection committees for transparent and equitable recruitment; increasing the visibility and diversity of role models.
2006 Policy Intern, Marine Conservation Biology Institute, now Marine Conservation Institute, Washington DC, USA
Policy and research synthesis on topics related to marine protected areas in the USA exclusive economic zone and the high seas.
Organisation of and participation in lobbying events in collaboration with other conservation NGOs, including one-on-one meetings with congressional staff.
Liaising with NGO and other partners and providing support to the vice-president for government affairs of the institute (Bill Chandler).

2004 Whale-watching guide
Whalesafari, AS, Andenes Norway
Guiding tourist groups of ca 20-30 people in four languages (English, German, French, Italian) through a whale biology museum and onboard two whalewatching vessels (capacity: 80 and 100 people).



Science management - leadership of interdisciplinary graduate school; coordination and creation of science-policy projects and networks
Interdisciplinary experience - active in various science-policy interfaces, involved in interdisciplinary fora, critical thinking and self-reflection
Networking, facilitation and communication - contacts at the European and International level, working experience in several countries, fluency in several languages, participatory approaches
Science & policy writing - able to review, synthesise and contextualise information, write clear, accurate and concise text, produce representative figures, publish peer-reviewed literature
Ecological research - natural resource management, trophic interactions, climate-induced range changes, evolutionary ecology, conservation policy/protected areas

Cooperations / Projects

2019 National Ecosystem Assessment project by the German International Climate Initiative

2018-2019 INTERNAS

2016-2019 Network-Forum for Biodiversity Research Germany (NeFo)

2017-current West African Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (WABES) - Board Member

2014-2015 Wageningen UR in balance

2008-2011 PhD work for EU projects Understanding the Mechanisms for Stock Recovery (UNCOVER, FP6) and Forage Fish Interactions (FACTS, FP7).

2006-2007 Marie Curie Research Training Network on Fisheries-Induced Adaptive Change in Exploited Stocks (FishACE).

Research projects

2008-2013 (PhD):

The range and abundance increase of European anchovy in the North Sea, with a focus on trophic interactions and climate impacts. Methods used included diet analysis, multidisciplinary approaches, spatio-temporal generalised additive modelling, dynamic energy budget and population dynamic modelling. With Dr. M. Dickey-Collas, Dr. L.A.J. Nagelkerke and Prof. A.D. Rijnsdorp


Biodiversity of Arctic charr in Icelandic lakes from an evolutionary ecology perspective. Using multivariate data analysis, I investigated possible causes of polymorphisms and began to model fisheries effects on these. With Dr. S. Skúlason

2004-2005 (MRes):

-Predicting marine species' responses to protection in temperate areas based on species’ abundance/density changes, life history and fishery information (Prof. C.M. Roberts)
- A functional group approach to benthic biodiversity surrounding oil platforms in the North Sea (Prof. D. Raffaelli)
- Trophic ecology of jellyfish in Washington State, USA, based on field data and feeding experiments (Dr. J.E. Purcell)

2004 (BSc): Larval settlement responses of a Bryozoan by natural or artificial cues (Prof. C.D. Todd)


Knowledge Transfer (non-peer-reviewed)

Raab, K., Schliep, R., Geschke, J., Heink, U., Darbi, M., Vohland, K. Neßhöver, C. Die Biodiversitätsforschung im Kontext der UN-Ziele zur nachhaltigen Entwicklung (SDGs) – Bericht zum NeFo - ‚Think Tank‘-workshop (2017) Netzwerk-Forum Biodiversitätsforschung Deutschland. LINK

• Schliep, R., Geschke, J., Vohland, K., Darbi, M., Raab, K., Neßhöver, C., Tilch, S. (2017) Die 5. IPBES-Vollversammlung - Ergebnisbericht zum 5. Plenum im März 2017 in Bonn. Netzwerk-Forum Biodiversitätsforschung Deutschland. LINK

• Die Vertragsstaatenkonferenz der UN-Biodiversitätskonvention CBD im Dezember 2016 in Cancun/Mexiko Netzwerk-Forum Biodiversitätsforschung Deutschland. LINK

Raab, K. & Tilch, S. (2016) Marine Biodiversity & Protected Areas. Fact sheet in preparation of COP13 . Netzwerk-Forum Biodiversitätsforschung Deutschland. LINK

• The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) - A brief introduction for scientists, policy makers, and practitioners. (2017) Netzwerk-Forum Biodiversitätsforschung Deutschland and GIZ ValuES. LINK

• Timpte, M., Mitlacher, G., Perianin, L., Skorin, T., Krug, C., Gracey, K., Raab, K. (2017) A guide to IPBES plenary meetings for new observers. Open-ended Network of IPBES Stakeholders. LINK

Peer reviewed research

• Licandro P, Blackett M, Fischer A, Hosia A, Kennedy J, Kirby R, Raab K, Stern R, Tranter P Biogeography of jellyfish in the North Atlantic, by traditional and genomic methods. (2015) Earth System Science Data, 7, 173-191.

• Dickey-Collas M, Engelhard G, Rindorf A, Raab K, Smout S, Aarts G, van Deurs M, Brunel T, Hoff A, R. L, Garthe S, Haste Andersen K, Scott F, van Kooten T, Beare D, Peck MA (2014) Ecosystem-based management objectives for the North Sea: riding the forage fish rollercoaster. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 71: 128-142.

• Engelhard G, Peck MA, Rindorf A, Smout S, van Deurs M, Raab K, Haste Andersen K, Garthe S, R. L, Scott F, Brunel T, Aarts G, van Kooten T, Dickey-Collas M (2014) Forage fish, their fisheries, and their predators: who drives whom? ICES Journal of Marine Science, 71: 90-104.

Raab K, Llope M, Nagelkerke LAJ, Rijnsdorp AD, Teal LR, Licandro P, Ruardij P, Dickey-Collas M (2013) Impact of temperature and food availability on juvenile European anchovy at its northern boundary. Marine Ecology Progress Series 488: 233-245.

Raab K, Nagelkerke LAJ, Boerée C, Rijnsdorp AD, Temming A, Dickey-Collas M (2012) Dietary overlap between the potential competitors herring, sprat and anchovy in the North Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series 470:101-111.

• Petitgas P, Alheit J, Peck M, Raab K, Irigoien X, Huret M, van der Kooij J, Pohlmann T, Wagner C, Zarraonaindia I, Dickey-Collas M (2012) Anchovy population expansion in the North Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series 444:1-13.

Raab K, Nagelkerke LAJ, Boerée C, Rijnsdorp AD, Temming A, Dickey-Collas M (2011) Anchovy Engraulis encrasicolus diet in the North and Baltic Seas. Journal of Sea Research 65:131-140.

• Jørgensen C, Enberg K, Dunlop ES, Arlinghaus R, Boukal DS, Brander K, Ernande B, Gårdmark A, Johnston F, Matsumura S, Pardoe H, Raab KE, Silva A, Vainikka A, Dieckmann U, Heino M, Rijnsdorp AD (2008) Letter to the editor: The Role of Fisheries-Induced Evolution. Science 320:48-49.

• Jørgensen C, Enberg K, Dunlop ES, Arlinghaus R, Boukal DS, Brander K, Ernande B, Gårdmark A, Johnston F, Matsumura S, Pardoe H, Raab K, Silva A, Vainikka A, Dieckmann U, Heino M, Rijnsdorp AD (2007) Policy Forum: Ecology: Managing Evolving Fish Stocks. Science 318:1247-1248.