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.