Aquatic Ecology

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University of Duisburg-Essen
Faculty of Biology
Aquatic Ecology
Universitätsstr. 5
45141 Essen, Germany

Head of research group
Prof. Dr. Bernd Sures
Prof. Dr. Daniel Hering

Office
Birgit Rieth
Jutta Schumacher

Current research

Read which research projects are currently being carried out by the Aquatic Ecology group or in which projects our scientists are involved.

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Current PhD projects

Find out what exciting and interesting topics our doctoral students are currently researching in their work and projects.

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Master, Bachelor & Internships

We offer doctoral, master, bachelor and examination theses as well as internships in all research areas, in a dynamic and internationally networked working group in a good atmosphere. If you are interested, please contact us or the persons mentioned in the text.

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CRC 1439 Collaborative Research Centre

RESIST investigates how water bodies and their habitats respond to multiple stresses. The project is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and runs for four years with a funding volume of 12.3 million euros.

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Development of a Diagnostic Tool for Water Bodies The River Doctor

Lack of shade? Too many nutrients from adjacent fields? Modified banks? If a river or stream is not doing well, there are many possible causes, but they are sometimes difficult to detect.

Scientists from UDE have now developed a method that evaluates biological symptoms of rivers and calculates probable causes.

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Online platfrom Water assessment tools

The platform serves to provide online calculation tools for determining the ecological quality of water bodies and is operated by Aquatic Ecology on behalf of the Federal Environment Agency.

Currently available are the methods  Phytofluss (Phytoplankton), Phylib (Phytobenthos and Makropyhten), Perlodes (Makrozoobenthos) and fiBS (Fische).

The use of all services of gewaesser-bewertung-berechnung.de is free of charge.

At the moment the platform is only avalibale in German, but other languages are possible and might come in the near future.

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Online platform European information platform for freshwater

The online platform bundles information and results from freshwater ecosystem research. It makes data freely available and is intended to stimulate new research approaches in this field. It offers a unique and comprehensive knowledge base for a sustainable and evidence-based management of our threatened freshwaters and resources. The Aquatic Ecology operates the platform together with three other European institutes.

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Latest publications from the Aquatic Ecology group

Rothe, L.E., Botha, T.L., Feld, C.K., Weyand, M., Zimmermann, S., Smit, N.J., Wepener, V. & Sures, B. (2021) Effects of conventionally-treated and ozonated wastewater on mortality, physiology, body length, and behavior of embryonic and larval zebrafish (Danio rerio). Environmental Pollution 286, 117241., link to article

Díaz-Morales, D.M., Erasmus, J.H., Bosch, S., Nachev, M., Smit, N.J., Zimmermann, S., Wepener, V. & Sures, B. (2021) Metal contamination and toxicity of soils and river sediments from the world’s largest platinum mining area. Environmental Pollution 286, 117284., link to article

Labuschagne, M., Zimmermann, S., Smit, N.J., Erasmus, J.H., Nachev, M., Sures, B. & Wepener, V. (2021) Laboratory and field studies on the use of artificial mussels as a monitoring tool of platinum exposure in the freshwater environment. Environmental Science Europe 33, 16., link to article

Honka, K.I. & Sures, B. (2021) Mutual adaptations between hosts and parasites determine stress levels in eels, link to article

Perujo, N., Brink, P.J. Van Den, Segner, H., Mantyka-Pringle, C., Sabater, S., Birk, S., Bruder, A., Romero, F. & Acuña, V. (2021) A guideline to frame stressor effects in freshwater ecosystems. Science of the Total Environment, 777, 146112, link to article

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