National Institute of Aquatic Resources

CV: Andre William Visser



Date of Birth: August 8, 1957

Place of Birth: Wellington, New Zealand


Citizenship: New Zealand and Netherlands

Civil Status: Married
Address : National Institute for Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark, Kavalergaarden 6, DK–2920 Charlottenlund, Denmark.
Present Position: Professor of Physical Oceanography, Technical University of Denmark, National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Section for Ocean Ecology and Climate, Charlottenlund, Denmark.


  1979 B.Sc., Physics, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. 
  1980 B.Sc.(hon, 1st), Physics, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
  1983 M.Sc., Physics, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
1989 Ph.D., Coastal Oceanography, State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA.
2011 Doctor Technices, DTU, Denmark.

Positions Held:

2003–04 Guest Researcher (sabbatical), National Institute of Water and Atmosphere, New Zealand.
1995-2008 Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for Fisheries Research, Charlottenlund, Denmark.
1991–95 Research Associate, Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
1989–91 Professor (Titular), Instituto de Investigaciones Oceanológicas, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Ensenada, México.
1989 Post-Doctoral Fellow, Waste Management Institute, MSRC, SUNY, Stony Brook, New York.
1989 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Marine Operations and Research, Long Island University, Southampton, New York.
1987-89 Research Assistant, MSRC, SUNY, Stony Brook, New York.
1986 Research Assistant, Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University, Palisades, New York.
1985 Visiting Graduate Student, Department of Oceanography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver , Canada
1985 Technical Collaborator, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York.
1983-85 Research Assistant, MSRC, SUNY, Stony Brook, New York.
1980-81 Research Assistant, Joint Appointment: Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand Department of Energy and New Zealand Motor Corporation.


  • 1980 First Class Honours in Physics, Victoria University of Wellington.
  • 1983 Master of Science with Distinction in Physics, Victoria University of Wellington.
  • 1984 New York Sea Grant Scholar, MSRC, SUNY, Stony Brook, New York.

Teaching Experience:

  • 1989: Oceanography (undergraduate summer school), Long Island Unuversity, Southampton.
  • 1991: Physical Oceanography for biological scientists (graduate), UABC
  • 1993, 1998, 2003: EC/MAST summer school: Processes in Coastal Seas and Estuaries, Renesse, Netherlands.
  • 1994: Netherlands Centre for Coastal Research, lecture series, Shallow Water Physics, IMAU.
  • 1995: Long Waves and Tides and Coastal Oceanography, IMAU.
  • 1997-2000: Oceanography I, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen University.
  • 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011: Nordic Marine Academy: summer schools in Norway, Denmark and Iceland.
  • 2008-present: Oceanography, bachelors summer programme DTU Aqua
  • 2009-present: Ocean Physics, Aquatic Science and Technology, Masters DTU/KU joint programme.
  • 2010-present: Biological Oceanography, Aquatic Science and Technology, Masters DTU/KU joint programme.
  • 2010: Oceanography at Sea; on board the research vessel DANA, DTU, Tromsø-Nuuk.
  • 2010: Advanced School on Complexity, Adaptation and Emergence in Marine Ecosystems, International Centre for Theoretical Physics.
  • 2011: From Bloom to Gloom; primary production, food web processes and vertical flux in changing oceans. NordForsk. Summer School, Olafsvik Iceland.
  • 2012: Oceanography at Sea; PhD/MSc course on board DANA, DTU, Hirtshals-Reykjavik.
  • 2013: From Bloom to Gloom, food web processes and vertical flux in changing oceans. EurOceans. Summer School, Hólar Iceland.
  • 2014 - present.  Aquatic Ecosystems and Climate Change. Aquatic Science and Technology, Masters DTU/KU joint programme
  • 2015 - present.  An Introduction to Ocean Science and Technology

International Commissions of Trust :

  • Editorial Board: Limnology and Oceanography: Fluids and Environment
  • Diversity Committee, ASLO
  • External examiner (opponent) on PhDs at University of Liége, University of Bergen, University of Southampton, University of Western Australia
  • International reviewer for research programmes including NSF (USA), NERC (UK), NWO (Netherlands), Marsden Fund (New Zealand)

Research Planning, Administration and Project management

  • Work package leader on EU projects PROFILE (1993-98), PROVESS (1998-01). Principal Investigator on EUROceans (2003-08). Danish National Projects DECO (1997-00) and CONWOY (2001-05) and several smaller Danish Research Council projects
  • Chief scientist on over 10 research cruises onboard RV Dana, RV Holland and RV Mitra.
  • Membership of Danish national committees EuroGOOS (1998-04), Polar dialog forum (2009-).
  • 2010 - present: Pedagogical Coordinator, DTU-Aqua
  • Chairman of search- and evaluation committees

Recent and Current funding:

  • Coordinator & Principal Investigator, Physical Oceanography in Greenland waters under climate change, Greenland Climate Research Centre (2010-2013, KVUG).
  • Principal Investigator, Euro-Basins: Basin-scale Analysis, Synthesis and Integration (2011-2014, FP7)
  • Coordinator & Principal Investigator, North Atlantic - Arctic coupling in a changing climate: impacts on ocean circulation, carbon cycling and sea-ice (NAACOS).Danish Council for Strategic Research (2011-2014)
  • Participating Scientist, Climate Change Effects on Marine Ecosystems and Resource Economics, Nordic Centre of Excellence, (2011-2015)
  • Principal Investigator, Centre for Ocean Life, Villum Kann Rasmussen Centre of Excellence, (2012 -2017)
  • Work package leader, UTOFIA. Underwater Time Of Flight Image Acquisition system H2020 (2015-2018)

Recent and Current PhD students:

Julie Sainmont. Project title: Modelling the competition between two closely-related Arctic copepod species under climate change. Funding: GCRC and Centre for Ocean Life. Graduation April 2014.

Ana Sofia Ferreira. Project title: Phytoplankton spring bloom influence on larval and juvenile fish survival in the North Atlantic. Funding NorMER, Nordic Council of Ministers. Graduation: June 2015.

Stavroula Tsoukali. Project title: Fisheries Oceanography of Northern Pelagic Fish Populations. Funding: Centre for Macroecology. Graduation: July 2015.



Arief Rullyanto. Project title: Entrainment Process in The Faroe Bank Channel deep water overflow – ocean modelling and observation. Funding: NAACOS, Dansih Council for Strategic Research. Expected graduation: September 2015.

Agnethe Nøhr Hansen. Project title:Trait ecology of plankton in a changing marine environment. Funding: VKR Centre for Ocean Life. Expected Graduation: March 2018.


Marina Pančić,  Project title: Benefits, cost, and tradeoffs of defense mechanisms in marine phytoplankton, Funding: VKR Centre for Ocean Life. Expected Graduation: January 2019.

Last updated 29.01.2016