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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Projects | IRI THESys | People | Prof. Dr. Robert Arlinghaus

Prof. Dr. Robert Arlinghaus

Fish, fishing and the meaning of life


  • Social-ecological dynamics in fisheries
  • Behavioral dimensions of fish and fishers
  • Ethics and Animal Welfare in Fisheries


„Inter- and transdisciplinary research is the basis for development of sustainable solutions, and I am happy to push such research forward with a bunch of nice people in THESys.” Robert Arlinghaus

Prof. Dr. rer. agr. Robert Arlinghaus is Professor (W-2) for Integrative Fisheries Management at the Faculty of Life Sciences in joint professorship with the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries. Robert did his doctoral dissertation on the human dimensions of fisheries in 2003 and since then works as interdisciplinary fisheries scientist on social-ecological dynamics of recreational fisheries. He is particularly fascinating by the behavioural dimensions of fisheries and how to integrate social, economic and ecological data. Robert Arlinghaus uses a range of methods from psychology, human dimensions, economics ecology and modelling and applies them to emerging questions of capture fisheries science, particularly on recreational fisheriers, and has also published work on the ethics of recreational fishing. Robert has run two research programs on the social-ecology of fisheries over the past couple of years, most notably the Besatzfisch project funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research until the end of 2014. For his interdisciplinary accomplishments Robert and his team have received several awards, including the Award of Excellence by the American Fisheries Society or the UNESCO award for an outstanding project on "education for sustainable development". Robert has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers and several books since he started his PhD project in September 2000.

Within IRI THESys Robert is mainly interested in consolidating his inter- and transdisciplinary research as it relates to the management of fisheries systems and contributes interdisciplinary understanding of human-environment interactions as relates to freshwater ecosytems.

Selected Publications

Arlinghaus, R.; Alós, J.; Beardmore, B.; Daedlow, K.; Dorow, M.; Fujitani, M.; Hühn, D.; Haider, W.; Hunt, L.M.; Johnson, B.M.; Johnston, F.; Klefoth, T.; Matsumura, S.; Monk, C.; Pagel, T.; Post, J.R.; Rapp, T.; Riepe, C.; Ward, H.; Wolter, C. (2017): Understanding and Managing Freshwater Recreational Fisheries as Complex Adaptive Social-Ecological Systems, Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture, 25, 1-41. doi: 10.1080/23308249.2016.1209160. 

Fujitani, M.L.; McFall, A.; Randler, C.; Arlinghaus, R. (2016): Efficacy of lecture-based environmental education for biodiversity conservation: a robust controlled field experiment with recreational anglers engaged in self-organized fish stocking, Journal of Applied Ecology, 53, 25-33. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12560.

Johnston, F.D.; Beardmore, B.; Arlinghaus, R. (2015): Optimal management of recreational fisheries in the presence of hooking mortality and noncompliance – predictions from a bioeconomic model incorporating a mechanistic model of angler behavior, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 72, 37-53. doi: 10.1139/cjfas-2013-0650.

Uusi-Heikkilä, S.; Whiteley, A.R.; Kuparinen, A.; Matsumura, S.; Venturelli, P.A.; Wolter, C.; Slate, J.; Primmer, C.R.; Meinelt, T.; Killen, S.S.; Bierbach, D.; Polverino, G.; Ludwig, A.; Arlinghaus, R. (2015): The evolutionary legacy of size-selective harvesting extends from genes to populations, Evolutionary Applications, 8, 597-620. doi: 10.1111/eva.12268.

Sutter, D.A.H.; Suski, C.D.; Philipp, D.P.; Klefoth, T.; Wahl, D.H.; Kersten, P.; Cooke, S.J.; Arlinghaus, R. (2012): Recreational fishing selectively captures individuals with the highest fitness potential, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 20960-20965. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1212536109.

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