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The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)

The Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) is the largest limnological research institute in Germany (45 scientists, 40 PhD candidates). IGB is part of the Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V. (FVB), a central unit providing key administrative advice and support for IGB and seven other member institutions. The IGB is the leading centre for research on freshwater ecosystems in Germany. Our mission is to understand and describe the structures, processes and functions within aquatic ecosystems, their relevance for ecological states as well as their dependence on natural factors and anthropogenic stressors. Based on that knowledge we develop new concepts for the sustainable water management of our rivers and lakes. We consider it to be a fundamental responsibility to educate young scientists and to provide scientific advice to politicians, economists and the public.

Danijela Markovic

Danijela Markovic (PhD) is a scientist at IGB. During her professional career she has taken part in many interdisciplinary projects. Her primary professional interest is statistical and physically based modelling of environmental and man-made processes. Apart from working at various scientific institutes and the consulting industry, she has also worked as visiting lecturer and assistant professor for Environmental Statistics Hydromechanics, Engineering Hydrology and Econometrics.
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Michael T. Monaghan

Michael T. Monaghan (PhD) is an evolutionary biologist at IGB and an internationally recognized expert in freshwater biodiversity. He uses molecular genetics data and techniques to solve problems in biodiversity, including the analysis of DNA using speciation-coalescence models to accelerate species discovery in poorly known faunas.
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Nike Sommerwerk

Nike Sommerwerk is a PhD student at IGB responsible for the "European catchment database on freshwater biodiversity". In her thesis she uses GIS and statistical methods to analyse patterns and determinants of freshwater biodiversity distribution in Europe.
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Rita Adrian

Rita Adrian (Professor, PhD, f) is Head of the Department Ecosystem Research of the IGB and a Professor at the Freie Universität Berlin. She has special interest in long-term ecological research, ecosystem functioning, regime shifts and their predictability and the impact of climate warming on aquatic ecosystems. We try to understand system dynamics from small (minutes) to large (decades) temporal scales, the role of critical surpassed thresholds and the detection of critical time windows for ecosystem responses to abiotic forces.Our research is based on statistical and modeling approaches of decadal records of physical, chemical, and planktological variables from various lakes of the North Temperate Zone. She has been a member in a number of EU-projects (REFLECT, CLIME, BIOFRESH, REFRESH, LIMNOTIP, NETLAKE). She is actively involved in the grassroots organization GLEON -a network of limnologists, ecologists, information technology experts, and engineers who have a common goal of building a scalable, persistent network of lake ecological observatories.
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April 2013 - News

The Issue 06 of the BioFresh Newsletter is out now.

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Annual BioFresh meeting - News

The 4th annual BioFresh meeting is just around the corner! The focus of this year’s meeting will be on the interface between science and policy and making freshwater biodiversity science more politically influential.

The fourth annual meeting of the BioFresh project will be held next week from April 15-19 in the trendy Germany city of Leipzig. The slogan of this year’s meeting is “BioFresh goes political”, which captures the focus of linking BioFresh science with policy and conservation outcomes. The meeting is a chance for members from our 19 partner organisations of the BioFresh team to get together and assess the progress of the previous 3 years and discuss plans for the final phase of the BioFresh project.

July 2012 - News

The Issue 05 of the BioFresh Newsletter is out now.

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December 2012 - News

New DAET maps available. The BioFresh contingency fund serves as additional support for non-partner organisations to adapt, complete and submit databases that are of interest for BioFresh.

NATURE paper - News

NATURE paper: Cryptic biodiversity loss linked to global climate change

Climate impacts on biodiversity are usually assessed at the morphospecies level with effects at the genetic level less well studied. Now research into the distribution and mitochondrial DNA variability of nine mountain-dwelling insect species shows that range contractions will be accompanied by severe loss of genetic diversity as the climate warms, implying that conventional assessments may underestimate losses.

Read more on the Nature website

Freshwater: the essence of life - News

Scientists and photographers joined their efforts to publish a large-format illustrated book in the CEMEX conservation book series on “Freshwater: The Essence of Life”.  The book was coordinated by Conservation International and involved scientists from all over the world, including many BioFresh partners.  They contributed to the different chapters drawing a picture of the amazing richness of freshwater ecosystems, and raising awareness on why Earth’s freshwater supplies and systems are in peril. These ecosystems have proved resilient throughout millennia, but in the last few decades, human activities have drastically modified and destroyed them to the point of alarm. The book was launched on December 6th in Cancun at the UNFCCC COP 16.

Freshwater: The essence of life. (2010).Russell A. Mittermeier, Tracy A. Farrell, Ian J. Harrison, Amy J. Upgren, Thomas M. Brooks.  Series editor: Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier

For more information visit the Conservation International website.

A short animation: What is BioFresh? - News

We’re delighted to present a short animation produced by Paul Jepson and colleagues at Oxford University which outlines BioFresh’s work in helping improve the protection and management of global freshwater ecosystems.

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Water lives - News

“Water Lives…” is a new science communication animation designed to draw attention to the important (yet largely invisible) biodiversity which underpins and sustains our freshwater ecosystems. Produced by Rob St.John and Paul Jepson at the School of Geography and the Environment for BioFresh the animation brings artists and scientists together to collaborate and communicate the concept the idea that freshwater is more than an inert resource: instead a living, dynamic system inhabited by beautiful, important organisms largely unseen by the naked eye. “Water Lives…” invites viewers to engage with their freshwater environments, perhaps value them in new ways and engage with how they should be managed [...]

Read more and watch the film on the BioFresh blog

Protect the “Amazon of Europe” - News

Danube’s most valuable and best preserved floodplain system along its entire 2,850 kilometers length is threatened with destruction: the "Kopački Rit" in Croatia. A major project to regulate this unique region is currently in the final stage of decision. If the project becomes reality, the natural Danube will be transformed into a monotonous canal, with fatal consequences for its wildlife: The white-tailed eagle, the black stork and the Danube sturgeon would be in severe danger of extinction.

For more ínformation go to www.amazon-of-europe.com

Interessting blog - News

National Geographic’s Freshwater Initiative "Water Currents is part of the National Geographic Society’s freshwater initiative, a global effort to inspire and empower individuals and communities to conserve freshwater and preserve the extraordinary diversity of life that rivers, lakes, and wetlands sustain..." (from NG's website)

Read more on newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/blog/water-currents/