Aquatic boundaries and linkages in a changing environment

General information

Aqualink is an interdisciplinary doctoral training and research programme focusing on aquatic boundaries and linkages in a changing environment. Over a 3-year period, doctoral candidates will receive training towards accomplishing an original doctoral thesis and international publications on the aforementioned topics. Two Leibniz institutes (Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, IGB, and the Leibniz Centre of Agricultural Landscape Research, ZALF) and three international partners (University of Aberdeen, Eawag, University of Southern Denmark) will provide enabling and complementary research environments, mobility schemes and support structures and assistance, all aimed at developing the doctoral candidates' skill set.


Research topics

Aqualink is structured in following complementary 8 PhD projects:

 

Boundaries between aquatic and terrestrial systems (T1)

 

1. Hydraulically and temperature controlled exchange between surface water and groundwater
2. Regime dynamics of  aquatic-terrestrial boundaries  and their changes
3. Climate change and the ecohydrology of connections between landscapes and riverscapes

 

Internal boundaries in aquatic systems Boundaries (T2)

 

4. Influences of water level fluctuations on sediment water interactions
5. Gas exchange across aquatic boundaries
6. Effects of groundwater seepage on benthic primary producers and their nutrient retention in lakes

 

Revitalisation and management (T3)

 

7. Influence of river restoration on groundwater recharge
8. Lake Management under changing water levels

Participants

 

PhD students:  
Cécile
Périllon
Groundwater seepage influences the development of benthic primary producers and their effect on nutrient retention in oligotrophic lakes
Franziska Pöschke Groundwater discharge to Lake Stechlin: Hydrology and biogeochemistry
Christian Lehr Regime dynamics of  aquatic-terrestrial boundaries and their changes
Maximillian Lau Influences of water-level fluctuations on sediment‑water‑interactions
Nina Ullrich Gas exchange across aquatic boundaries
Anna-Marie Klamt Sediment biogeochemistry and lake management under changing water levels
Anne Marie Kurth Effect of river restoration on groundwater recharge
Maria
Blumstock
Connectivity and storage in upland catchments
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Senior scientists:  
Peter Casper IGB Neuglobsow
Jörg Gelbrecht IGB Berlin
Mark O. Gessner IGB Neuglobsow
Sabine Hilt IGB Berlin
Michael Hupfer IGB Berlin
Henning S. Jensen University of Southern Denmark
Peter Kasprzak IGB Neuglobsow
Jörg Lewandowski IGB Berlin
Gunnar Lischeid Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research
Gunnar Nützmann IGB Berlin
Kasper Reitzel University of Southern Denmark
Mario Schirmer Eawag - Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology
Chris Soulsby University of Aberdeen
Doerthe Tetzlaff University of Aberdeen
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Contributed institutions



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

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag)

University of Southern Denmark
Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research

University of Aberdeen
















Qualification concept
Elements of the graduate programme:
  • Exchange of PhD students
  • Common supervision by scientist from the partner institutions
  • Annual Summer schools
  • Softskills
AQUALINK events

Kickoff-meeting of the International Leibniz Graduate School

Aquatic boundaries and linkages in a changing environment (AQUALINK)

September 17 to 20, 2012, Berlin and Gross Väter (biosphere reserve Schorfheide/Chorin)

Impressions of the kickoff-meeting