Heike Schwermer works in the project balt_ADAPT and organizes the cooperation with actors of the Western Baltic system. She studied geography as well as marine biology at the University of Hamburg, where she graduated in 2015 with a master's degree in marine ecosystem and fisheries science. Before she started her PhD at the University of Hamburg in 2017, she was able to gain a lot of experience outside of science, e.g. the assessment of fish stocks in the context of the WWF Fish Guide. Heike Schwermer received a scholarship from the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) to complete her doctoral thesis. In her work she focused on the socio-ecological system of the western Baltic cod. The focus was on the interaction of stakeholders with the system: What is their assessment and perception of the system's problems, conflicts and future developments. In addition to these activities, Heike Schwermer has been coordinating a project of NABU Greifswald (Change of Perspective - Protection and Sustainable Use of the Greifswald Bodden) since the beginning of 2020, which deals with conflicts and future perspectives of herring fishing in the Greifswald Bodden.