Aquatic Ecology


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

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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Film Cooperation UDE & NWU, South Africa

A short film about the cooperation and scientific exchange between the working group Aquatic Ecology and the Water Research Group of the North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa

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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 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

Mack, L., Attila, J., Aylagas, E., Beermann, A., Borja, A., Hering, D., Kahlert, M., Leese, F., Lenz, R., Lehtiniemi, M., Liess, A., Lips, U., Mattila, O.-P., Meissner, K., Pyhälahti, T., Setälä, O., Strehse, J. S., Uusitalo, L., Willstrand Wranne, A. & Birk, S. (2020) A synthesis of marine monitoring methods with the potential to enhance the status assessment of the Baltic Sea. Frontiers in Marine Science , link to article

Kaiser, N.N., Feld, C.K. & Stoll, S. (2020) Does river restoration increase ecosystem services? Ecosystem Services 46, 101206., link to article

Born-Torrijos, A., Paterson, R.A., van Beest, G.S., Schwelm, J., Vyhlídalová, T., Henriksen, E.H., Knudsen, R., Kristoffersen, R., Amundsen, P.A. & Soldánová, M. (2020) Temperature does not influence functional response of amphipods consuming different trematode prey, link to article

Erasmus, J.H., Wepener, V., Nachev, M., Zimmermann, S., Malherbe, W., Sures, B. & Smit, N.J. (2020) The role of fish helminth parasites in monitoring metal pollution in aquatic ecosystems: a case study in the world’s most productive platinum mining region. Parasitology Research 119, 2783-2798, link to article

Gericke, A., Nguyen, H.H., Fischer, P., Kail, J. & Venohr M. (2020) Deriving a Bayesian Network to assess the retention efficacy of riparian buffer zones. Water 12, 617, link to article

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