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Dr. Nico Stelljes

Dr. Nico Stelljes

Doctor of Natural Sciences
Environmental Scientist (Diplom-Umweltwissenschaftler)
Co-coordinator Coastal and Marine Studies
Fellow

Dr. Nico Stelljes is a Fellow at Ecologic Institute and co-coordinates its work in coastal and marine studies. His research interests include regional adaptation to climate change, integrated coastal zone management (ICZM), sustainability, transdisciplinarity, perceptions of climate change, and the dissemination of scientific knowledge. He works in German and in English.

Dr. Nico Stelljes is a member of the project team "Innovation in the provision of climate services" (INNOVA). The project is part of the ERA-NET consortium "European Research Area for Climate Services" (ERA4CS) and develops climate services for four case study regions in Europe. The case study in the Bay of Kiel is led by Dr. Nico Stelljes.

Dr. Nico Stelljes was involved in the Regional Adaptation Strategies for the German Baltic Sea Coast (RADOST) project team, which was coordinated by Ecologic Institute Berlin. RADOST was one of seven model regions in Germany that were supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) through the funding initiative KLIMZUG (Managing Climate Change in the Regions for the Future). Dr. Nico Stelljes was also member of the project "Reducing nutrient loadings from agricultural soils to the Baltic Sea via groundwater and streams" (Soils2Sea). Within the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7), he was part of a project on Bottom-Up Climate Adaptation Strategies for a Sustainable Europe (BASE). In the project RISC-KIT, he focused on the development and analysis of resilience-increasing strategies for coasts.

The transfer of knowledge and cooperation with different actors is an important field of activity for Dr. Nico Stelljes. In addition to his scientific work, he is active in organising and moderating workshops. He was part of the Programme Committee of the second Conference on Climate Adaptation (ECCA2015) and the third BONUS Symposium (2018). As part of the RISC-KIT project, he was significantly involved in the development of a website for risk communication on European coasts. Further information on his projects and publications can be found at researchgate.

Before joining Ecologic Institute, Dr. Nico Stelljes worked at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, where he participated in various projects, such as Zukunft Küste – Coastal Futures. Within this project, he began writing his doctoral thesis, entitled "The Impact of Demography Change on Sustainability Aspects in a Coastal Region" [pdf, 4.9 MB, German]. He completed his doctoral degree at the Geographical Institute of the University of Hamburg (Germany) in 2012.

Dr. Nico Stelljes studied environmental science at Leuphana University Lüneburg in Germany with a focus on ecology and landscape planning. His thesis focused on sand replenishment as a coastal protection strategy on the island of Sylt.