Yvette Heimbrand

Yvette Heimbrand


 I have worked within age and growth related fisheries research in the Baltic Sea since 2006. I started my PhD studies in November 2016 at the Department of Aquatic Resources. My research focuses on interpreting trace elemental signals in fish otoliths (ear bones). The lifelong production of otolith material creates annual growth zones like tree rings. The chemical composition of otoliths can be used for age determination of difficult-to-age species, such as the eastern Baltic cod, and for assessing growth, metabolic activity, migration behaviour and hypoxia exposure. Chemical analyses of otoliths from archives provide current and historical insights of environmental and biological changes over time. My PhD studies have been funded by the Swedish Research Council Formas and by the Department of Aquatic Resources at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.


 Distinguished Professor Karin Limburg, Department of Environmental Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse, NY USA and Department of Aquatic Resources, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, e-mail: or

 Dr. Karin Hüssy, National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark, Kemitorvet, Building 201, 2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark, email:

 Professor Michele Casini, Department of Aquatic Resources, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Turistgatan 5, Lysekil 453 30, Sweden, email:


Publikationer i urval

 Heimbrand, Y, Limburg, KE, Hüssy, K, et al. Seeking the true time: Exploring otolith chemistry as an age-determination tool. J Fish Biol. 2020; 97: 552– 565.

 Karin E. Limburg, Mark J. Wuenschel, Karin Hüssy, Yvette Heimbrand & Melvin Samson (2018) Making the Otolith Magnesium Chemical Calendar-Clock Tick: Plausible Mechanism and Empirical Evidence, Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture, 26:4, 479-493, DOI: 10.1080/23308249.2018.1458817

 Karin Hüssy, Karin E. Limburg, Hélène de Pontual, Oliver R. B. Thomas, Philip K. Cook, Yvette Heimbrand, Martina Blass & Anna M. Sturrock (2020) Trace Element Patterns in Otoliths: The Role of Biomineralization, Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture, DOI: 10.1080/23308249.2020.1760204

 Karin Hüssy, Maria Krüger-Johnsen, Tonny Bernt Thomsen, Benjamin Dominguez Heredia, Tomas Næraa, Karin E. Limburg, Yvette Heimbrand, Kate McQueen, Stefanie Haase, Uwe Krumme, Michele Casini, Monica Mion, and Krzysztof Radtke. It’s elemental, my dear Watson: validating seasonal patterns in otolith chemical chronologies. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 78(5): 551-566.




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