Dr. Kathrin Januschke


Faculty of Biology
Aquatic Ecology
Universitätsstrasse 5
D-45141 Essen

Room S05T03B04
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My research activities address the effects of river restoration measures on aquatic and terrestrial organism groups. Since 2013, I hold a PhD in biology about this topic granted by the University of Duisburg-Essen. During my time as a PhD I have been involved in the organisation and realisation of intensive fieldwork in the context of several European, e.g. REFORM and national projects. Thereby, I focus on morphological surveys, macroinvertebrate and ground beetle sampling followed by species identification, data management and analyses. Moreover, I got profound knowledge about biomonitoring methods and assessment systems following the European Water Framework Directive.

As a post doc I am focussing on the biological assessment of restoration success of river and floodplain measures as well as monitoring of ground beetles. Currently, I am working together with external partners on a nationwide biological assessment system to assess restoration success on the basis of (1) aquatic organism groups, funded by the Länderarbeitsgemeinschaft Wasser (LAWA) and (2) riparian organism groups, funded by the Federal Nature Conservation Agency (BfN). Moreover, I support together with my colleagues the work of the European Topic Centre on Inland, Coastal, and Marine waters (ETC/ICM) which advises the European Environment Agency (EEA) concerning several aspects of European floodplains.

I am teaching ecology and zoology for biology students and teacher trainees (Bachelor and Master of Education). This includes lectures about basics of ecology, river and lake training courses, zoological identification courses and special seminars, e.g. dealing with biotopes and environmental problems.