Personal Research Topics

Prof. Thomas Berendonk

  • Ecology and evolution in freshwater systems:
  • Abiotic stressors affecting the genetic diversity of freshwater populations,
  • Genetic basis of local adaption and phenotypic changes,
  • Host-parasite co-evolution of freshwater microbes,
  • Evolution of antibiotic resistances in anthropogenic influenced aquatic systems,
  • Ecological and anthropogenic factors influencing water quality in running and stagnant water systems.
  • more ...

Dr. Dirk Jungmann

  • Aquatic ecotoxicology:
  • Lectures and practical courses in ecotoxicology and biological water quality.
  • Education within a post graduated advanced training in ecotoxicology (PGS courses of the SETAC-GLB).
  • Research:
  • Exposure and effect monitoring in aquatic ecosystems,
  • Effect analyses of chemicals on the level of cells, individuals, populations and communities,
  • Mesocosm studies with artificial indoor streams in a green house,
  • Development of concepts for an ecotoxicological risk assessment.

Dr. Sascha Krenek

  • Postdoctoral researcher in project ArKoNaVera with expertise in molecular ecology and evolution.
  • Current research topics include Population Genetics and Genomics of eukaryotic microbes and fish species; thermal adaptation during Experimental Evolution of Paramecium; and development of molecular tools for Bioindication and Monitoring of freshwater pearl mussels.
  • Lectures and courses in ecological und molecular biodiversity.
  • More on my homepage ...

Dr. Thomas Petzoldt

  • Member of scientific staff, responsible for selected topics in limnology and ecological modeling
  • Teaching: Ecological systems analysis and modeling, statistics and scientific computing, ecology of water organisms, limnological field courses
  • Research: Ecological modeling from the process level ("toy models") up to the ecosystem scale ("complex dynamic models")
  • Services: Statistical consulting, development of modeling tools, computer network
  • More on my homepage ....

Dr. Jana Schneider

  • Stream ecology
  • Top-down and bottom-up effects in stream food webs (PhD thesis)
  • Coordination of the project ArKoNaVera
  • Protection and resettlement of endangered river mussels
  • Identification of suitable mussel habitats
  • Development of methods for bioindication and stock monitoring
  • Development of a new conservation program for priority species
  • Field and laboratory work

Dipl.-Hydrol. Angela Schwiebus

  • secretary
  • office management
  • KOPRA User - administration of budget and third-party funds

TA Thomas Brethfeld

  • construction of scientific equipment

TA Steffen Kunze

  • laboratory assistance and organization
  • cell culture,
  • molecular analysis
  • project support for the DFG project DynaTrait (part of the DFG Priority Programme 1704)

TA Ulrike Mogck

  • laboratory assistance and organization
  • cell culture
  • molecular analysis
  • project support

CTA Christiane Zschornack

  • laboratory assistance and organisation
  • cell culture
  • molecular analysis
  • project support

Dr. Stefanie Heß

  • Detection and characterization of environmental hotspots for the dissemination of antibiotic resistance
  • Characterization of the microbiome and the resistome of aquatic ecosystems (using bioinformatic tools)
  • Analysis of the evolution of antibiotic resistance genes and mechanisms involved in their spread

Dr. David Kneis

  • Research interests:
  • Generic tools for environmental modeling
  • Simulation and forecasting of eco-hydrological processes
  • Sensitivity and uncertainty analysis
  • Current projects:
  • Modeling of bacteria dynamics including horizontal gene transfer
  • Reactive transport simulation with a focus on lake sediments

MSc. Sina Ostermann

  • Research Assistent in the project MikroModell - Development of a material flow model and a strategy paper to reduce emission rates of aquatic micropollutants
  • Assessment of cytotoxicity, genotoxicity and endocrine activity of municipal wastewater by diverse in vitro bioassays (AMES, Micronucleus, Yeast reporter gene assays)
  • Effects of wastewater exposure on organism level (Daphnia, Gammaridae)

Dr. Marcus Rybicki

  • Aquatic ecology, ecotoxicology and biomonitoring
  • Function: research Associate in the project "Managing Water Resources for Urban Catchments in China", Sino-German-Relations of the institute, network administration
  • Teaching: practical course ecotoxicology, biology & ecology of aquatic insects
  • Research: effects analysis and assessment of environmental chemicals on aquatic ecosystems, dynamical/technical biomonitoring, micro/mesocosm experiments
  • Services: consultancy for the establishment of biological monitoring stations, web & database design, data processing and statistics
  • More on my homepage ...

Dipl.-Biol. Thomas Schiller

  • Topics:
  • Ecology of freshwater fish and mussels
  • Population genetics and dynamics of endangered aquatic species
  • Effects of climate change on aquatic food webs
  • Projects:
  • Researcher in the project ArKoNaVera
  • Identification and assessment of genetic variability of barbel (Barbus barbus) populations in Germany
  • PhD-Thesis: Effects of climate warming on the life history of perch (Perca fluviatilis)

Dipl.-Biol. Sara Schubert

  • Research Assistent in the project MikroModell - Entwicklung eines Stoffflussmodells und Leitfadens zur Emissionsminderung von Mikroschadstoffen im Hinblick auf die Wasserqualität
  • (Development of a material flow model and a strategy paper to reduce emission rates of aquatic micropollutants)
  • Assessment of cytotoxicity, genotoxicity and reproduction toxicity of municipal wastewater by diverse in vitro bioassays (Ames, Micronucleus, YES, YAES, YAS, YAAS, Dioxin like) and effects of wastewater exposure on organism level (Daphnia, Gammaridae)
  • Further Expertise: stream ecology, endocrine disruptors and their effects on different developmental stages of salmonids, pharmaceuticals in the aquatic environment, analytic of pharmaceuticals (esp. antibiotics) in wastewater, sediments, sewage sludge, surface water as well as biomatrices, secondary-data based analysis of ambulatory and hospital prescription or use of pharmaceuticals
  • More on my ResearchGate profile ...

Dr. Veiko Voolaid

  • Antibiotic resistance in environmental bacteria
  • Horizontal gene transfer and its impact to the spread of antibiotic resistance
  • Bacterial population variance in WWTP using bioinformatic tools

Dr. Annekatrin Wagner

  • Analysis of mechanistic food web approaches
  • Conservation and ecology of endangered freshwater mussels (Margaritifera margaritifera and Unio pictorum) (ArKoNaVera)
  • Field studies to determine climate warming-induced changes in seasonal timing and rates of trophic interactions in dimictic aquatic systems (AQUASHIFT)
  • Develop a phenomenological approach to analyse coherence of warming patterns in dimictic aquatic systems across latitude
  • Benthic-pelagic coupling: the key role of chironomid pupae and perch
  • Factors controlling the population dynamics of Daphnia: importance of predation by fish and invertebrates, non-consumptive mortality and recruitment in the biomanipulated Bautzen reservoir
  • Develop an interoperable data base infrastructure (LakeBase) for long-term records of German lakes and reservoirs
  • Excercises: Ecology of freshwater organisms (zooplankton, mussels), limnological field courses

Dr. Susanne Worischka

  • benthic communities and food webs, top-down control in streams
  • mechanisms and consequences of biotic invasion in large European rivers - model organism: Dikerogammarus villosus (a project of Uni Uni Koblenz-Landau)
  • biodiversity, functional redundancy and ecosystem function along longitudinal gradients in streams and rivers
  • habitat preferences of stream benthic organisms and restoration ecology
  • behavioural ecology and food consumption of fish and benthic macroinvertebrates
  • Exercises: courses in stream ecology; taxonomy and ecology of trichoptera

MSc. Damiano Cacace

  • Mechanisms involved in the spread of antibiotic resistance in microbial populations within urban and natural ecosystems
  • Propagation of antibiotic resistance genes in urban and natural ecosystems
  • Characterization of wastewater treatment plants as hotspots for evolution of antibiotic resistance

MSc. Serena Caucci

  • Bacterial diversity in soil and aquatic environments
  • Characterization of environmental hot spots for antimicrobial resistances emergence and spread
  • Stressors (Metals and Biocides) affecting the development and selection of resistant genes and bacterial phenotypes
  • Mechanisms involved in the genesis and dispersal and evolution of resistance genetic determinants in microbial populations within semi-/natural ecosystems

MSc. Stephanie Graumnitz

  • investigation on methodology for phytobenthos measurements
  • aquatic macrophytes
  • benthic invertebrate communities in running waters
  • field measurements and data processing

Dipl.-Geogr. Ulrike Haase

  • Project "In_StroeHmunG"
  • Research and Interests
  • Efficiency Control of River Revitalisation on Quality Components of EG WRRL
  • Benthic Communities in Running Waters
  • Impact of Multiple Stressors on Invertebrates

Dipl.-Biol. Kathrin Jäschke

  • impact of climate change on the water quality of drinking water reservoirs (mixing patterns, phytoplankton development) dependent on altitude and region within Germany
  • Why is Planktothrix rubescens so successful in some reservoirs?
  • further interests: phytoplankton-zooplankton interactions, defence mechanism of phyto- and zooplankton (especially Daphnia), formation of a deep chlorophyll maxima (DCM)

MSc. Ioannis Kampouris

  • Marie Curie Fellow of ANSWER-ITN project.
  • Main topic: "Effect of wastewater irrigation in the passage of ARB and ARG toward to groundwater and surface water".
  • Evaluation of the impact of wastewater irrigation to the dissemination of antibiotic resistance bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes towards to surface water and groundwater.
  • Dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes in aquatic and soil ecosystems.
  • Mechanisms involved in the spread and the expression of antibiotic resistance phenotype in microbial populations within natural ecosystems.
  • Impact of physicochemical factors that influence the evolution and the dissemination of antibiotic resistance in microbial populations.

MSc. Christoph Köbsch

  • genetic diversity of Tench (Tinca tinca) and Grayling (Thymallus thymallus) in Germany
  • aquatic community ecology

MSc. Sulagna Mishra

  • PhD researcher on topic Model aided design of a monitoring network for antibiotic resistant bacteria.
  • The research is a part of CAWR and International Research and Training Group (IRTG)s, Resilient complex water network project.
  • Focus topics includes - Study and analysis of fate of ARB in various kinds of aquatic environment with focus on river systems and E. coli bacteria through mechanistic modelling.

MSc. Luise Richter

  • research assistant (WHK)
  • field measurements and data processing
  • food consumption of Dikerogammarus villosus
  • mechanisms and consequences of biotic invasion in large European rivers
  • effects of structural changes in streams due to ecological engineering measures for flood protection on macroinvertebrate and fish communities
  • organisation of excursions

Dipl.-Biol. Claudia Seiler

  • Research: microbial foodweb interactions, trait dynamics in plankton-biofilm systems, Evolution of antibiotic resistance in aquatic ecosystems (PhD-thesis)
  • Teaching: aquatic microbiology, trait based ecology
  • Current project: DFG Priority Programme 1704 - DynaTrait

Dipl.-Biol. Franziska Szokoli

  • global biodiversity of paramecia,
  • molecular characterization of paramecia and their endosymbionts.

MSc. Katrin Weise

  • Research assistent (PhD) in the project - Transfer of carbon based manufactured nanomaterials in the aquatic environment
  • Accumulation, fate and behavior of carbon nanomaterials in biofilms and organisms
  • Impacts on interactions in the food web

BSc. Julia Kuhr

  • Impact of outlet of sewage plants on food quality of Gammarus fossarum
  • Establishment and modelling of a bioreactor for the cultivation of Pseudomonas putida

BSc. Jessica Rosolowski

  • aquatic ecotoxicology
  • impact of wastewater and treated wastewater on the reproduction of Daphnia magna

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