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Aquatic ecology, Universität Duisburg-Essen (UDE)

The workgroup Aquatic Ecology at the University of Duisburg/Essen (UDE) is part of the Water Science research cluster (covering water chemistry, hydraulic engineering, hydrology and ecology) at the UDE and employs around 25 scientists (full professor, post-docs, PhD students, scientists).

The group around Prof. Daniel Hering covers expertise including river assessment and restoration, ecotoxicology, climate change impacts on freshwater ecosystems and aquatic parasitology. It has played a key role in the Europe-wide development of WFD-compliant assessment systems for rivers, particularly in the projects AQEM and STAR, and in their national implementation. Recently, the group established a research focus on river restoration and its impacts on hydromorphology and biota.

Prof. D. Hering and his team have participated in several projects on biodiversity (e.g. RUBICODE, leading the workpackage on indicators) and on climate change impact (EURO-LIMPACS, co-leading the workpackage on climate-hydromorphology interactions and leading the workpackage on indicators).
The workgroup was coordinating the EU funded project WISER on WFD implementation.

Several national projects on river typology, restoration, and assessment systems for rivers with various BQEs are coordinated by team of Prof. D. Hering. Finally, the trait database www.freshwaterecology.info was developed together with BOKU.

Daniel Hering

Daniel Hering
Daniel Hering (Professor, PhD) is Professor at UDE and coordinator of several national and international projects on WFD implementation and river restoration. He has expertise in aquatic-land interactions, assessment systems, and river restoration. He was responsible for the development of the AQEM assessment system, which assesses the ecological status of rivers by their invertebrate fauna and for several national adaptations of the system.
As a member of the Executive Committee of EURO-LIMPACS he organized the development of a Europe-wide trait database for macroinvertebrates, diatoms and fish (www.freshwaterecology.info). Together with Dr. Christian Feld he has coordinated the EU-funded project WISER.
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Christian K. Feld

Christian K. Feld (PhD) has expertise in river assessment, multivariate statistics, hydromorphology, and the analysis of biodiversity patterns. He was coordinator of several national and INTERREG projects and workpackage leader in the FP6 Coordination Action RUBICODE. Together with Daniel Hering, he was coordinating the EU-funded project WISER.
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Sebastian Birk

 

Sebastian Birk (PhD)is environmental scientist and was mainly working on the intercalibration of assessment systems, the assessment and management of Heavily Modified Waterbodies and on aquatic macrophytes. Within BioFresh, he is mainly working in WP6 (multiple stressors), in particular on how multiple stressors affect the fauna and vegetation of ponds.
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Jörg Strackbein

Joerg Strackbein
Jörg Strackbein (scientist) has expertise in multiple IT fields. He is involved in several research projects of the working group and responsible for technical aspects of databases, websites, intranet management and also for publication of dissemination materials, graphics and layout aspects.
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