Fritz Hertel was born in Germany, 1969. His dedicated field of study was forestry. After finishing his education as a forestry engineer he began his studies in ecology with a focus on animal ecology, which he finalized with a Master’s degree in woodpecker foraging surveys, in 2001.
Since 2002, he has been working as a science officer for “Protection of the Antarctic” a division of the Umweltbundesamt/ German Federal Environment Agency, which already led him in the maritime of the Antarctic Peninsula while supervising a research project on environmental protection and management.
Throughout his life he has had a deep interest in nature and its conservation. Particularly, birds rule his life. Beside mountain hiking and rock climbing, watching and counting birds and guiding bird song excursions are his favorite activities.
In January/February 2010, he worked for Oceanwide Expeditions as a guide and lecturer onboard MV Plancius in the Sub-Antarctic and Antarctic.