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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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