Dr. Marc Schmidt
PhD MSc & CEO
Dr. Marc Schmidt studied landscape ecology at the University of Münster and received a PhD in Biology from the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity in 2006. Since 2007 he has experience in the practical use of echosounders and sonars in inland fisheries. His work with split-beam echosounders focused e. g. on spatial and temporal distribution of fish stocks, biomass estimation of pelagic fishes in lakes and reservoirs, and behavioural observations of fishes. Since 2006 his work concentrated on the practical use of multi-beam imaging sonars to investigate fish migrations and individual fish behaviour at barriers and related bypass systems.
Dr. Manuel Langkau
PhD MSc & Imaging Sonar Expert
Manuel Langkau studied Biology at the University of Cologne and got his Diploma in 2008. The thesis focused on the swimming performance of young perch in relation to foraging and growth. In 2009 he has joined LFV Hydroakustik GmbH. His work is concentrating on the practical use of imaging sonar with special respect to DIDSON and ARIS. Among the practical use of the system his work is focussing on echo characteristics of certain species, tests of new applications and enhanced data post-processing.
IT-Expert & Technical Project Manager
Marc Zeyer has joined the company in 2014. He is an IT expert and responsible for all hard- and software related project items, data handling, storage, and remote maintenance. Furthermore he is part of the field work team and has developed intensive skills in data acquisition and analysis.
Petra Steffen is joining the company since December 2016, first as a student and after finishing her studies end of 2017 she became a full team member of LFV Hydroakustik in January 2018. Petra studied Landscape Ecology at the University of Münster and holds a M.Sc. degree. She is using “R” for analysis of meta-data and has excellent English and decent French language skills. Post-processing of acoustic data by using related and third-party software packages is one of her professions.
Maike Wissing is joining the company since February 2016 and is responsible for analysis of hydroacoustic data using different software packages. Maike is studying Landscape Ecology at the University of Münster and holds a B.Sc. She has been working on the filtration of micro-plastics by Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea) in the River Lippe and got a Pro Talent grant in 2015. Her interest in sonar technology is based on first experiences in river bed-profiling. Maike is aiming for an M.Sc. degree and has good English and Dutch language skills.