Martin Gschwind

Graduated (Master of Animal Biology) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Walter Salzburger (University of Basel, Switzerland), Dr. Thomas Lang and Nicolai Fricke (vTI – Institute of Fisheries Ecology, Cuxhaven, Germany)

Current research

Human activities strongly influence the marine ecosystem. An approved tool for the assessment of pollution in this ecosystem is environmental monitoring and the use of indicators of contaminant effects. One of these indicators is liver histopathology. In my master thesis I assessed the applicability of histopathological liver lesions in Baltic Sea herring (Clupea harengus) as indicators in environmental monitoring of the Baltic Sea

And else?

I am interested in the variety of life and their coherence in ecosystems. I like to travel the world in a considerate manner to get to know the peoples’ culture and explore the nature.

Curriculum vitae


Born in Therwil, Switzerland

2009 - 2012

MSc in Animal Biology, University of Basel, Switzerland, in collaboration with the vTI-Institute of Fisheries Ecology, Cuxhaven, Germany supported by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme under grantagreement BEAST made with the joint Baltic Sea research and development programme BONUS.
Titel of the Master thesis: “Liver histopathology in Baltic Sea herring (Clupea harengus L.) as an indicator of environmental stress”


Internship at the AWI-Alfred Wegener institute for polar and marine research, Bremerhaven, Germany under supervision of Dr. Katja Broeg.

2006 - 2009

BSc in Biology with Major in Plant and Animal Biology, University of Basel, Switzerland

1994 - 1998

Apprenticeship as carpenter, Schreinerei Rust AG, in Therwil