Diploma in Biology, University Goettingen, 1982. Doctor of Philosophy in Biology, University Osnabrueck, 1987.
Lecturer in biology University Brunswick, Lower Saxony, 1989-1991. Scientific officer Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, Germany, since 1992, head section marine and coastal nature conservation Germany. Chair marine nature conservation group Helsinki Commission, 1993-1999, vice chair HELCOM enivron. committee, 1996-1999.
Chair German Marine Nature Conservation Working Group, since 1998. Chair HELCOM nature conservation and coastal zone management group, 2000-2004. Chair OSPAR working group Marine Areas Species and Habitats, since 2003.
Vice chair OSPAR Biodiversity Committee.
Married Petra von Nordheim. 1 child, Lena.