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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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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21 million EU funding for renaturation Finding natural solutions

MERLINMainstreaming Ecological Restoration of freshwater-related ecosystems in a Landscape context: INnovation, upscaling and transformation

MERLIN seeks new, widely applicable solutions for restoring the functions of freshwater ecosystems, for example to improve flood retention and store carbon dioxide.

The project involves 44 partners from across Europe, including universities, research institutes, nature conservation organizations, and stakeholders from business, government, and municipalities.


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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

Zajicek, P., Welti, E.A.R., Baker, N.J., Januschke, K., Brauner, O. & P. Haase (2021) Long?term data reveal unimodal responses of ground beetle abundance to precipitation and land use but no changes in taxonomic and functional diversity. Scientific reports 11: 17468., link to article

Januschke, K., Brunzel, S., Hering, D., Rumm, A., Scholz, M. & B. Stammel (2021) Digitaler Workshop zum For­schungs- und Entwicklungsvorhaben „Biozönotische Auenzustandsbewer­tung“. Auenmagazin 20/2021, 54-55. , link to article

Januschke, K., Hering, D., Stammel, B., Brunzel, S., Scholz, M., Rumm, A., Sattler, J., Foeckler, F., Fischer-Bedtke, C., Makiej, A. & T. Ehlert (2021) Biozönotische Auenzustandsbewertung zur Erfolgskontrolle. Auenmagazin, Heft 20: 20-28. Magazin des Auenzentrums Neuburg a. d. Donau. ISSN 2190-7234., link to article

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

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