Martin Gschwind

Universität Basel,
Zoologisches Institut
Vesalgasse 1
CH-4051 Basel


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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

Curriculum vitae

Born in 1978 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”
2010 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

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.


  • Dittmann M.T., Roesti M., Indermaur A., Colombo M., Gschwind M., Keller I., Kovac R., Barluenga M., Muschick M., Salzburger W. (2012). Depth-dependent abundance of Midas Cichlid fish (Amphilophus spp.) in two Nicaraguan crater lakes. Hydrobiologia, 686: 277-285. (pdf)


  • Gschwind M., Fricke N., Lang T., Salzburger W., (2014). Liver histopathology in Baltic Sea herring (Clupea harengus L.) as an indicator of environmental stress. Biology 14: The Swiss conference on organismal biology, Geneva, Switzerland (pdf)
  • Lehtonen K.K., Broeg K., Gschwind M., Lang T. (2011). Large and medium scale spatial variability in biomarker responses in herring (Clupea harengus membras), a commercially and ecologically important fish species in the Baltic Sea. 21th annual meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Europe, Milan, Italy (pdf)
  • Broeg K., Gschwind M., Lang L., Bahns S., Schatz S. (2011). Lysosomal membrane stability (LMS) in various fish species of the Baltic Sea – Species differences and potential causes. 30th annual International Symposium on Pollutant Responses in Marine Organisms (PRIMO 16), Long Beach, California, USA (pdf)