Klement Tockner

Klement Tockner

IGB-Abteilung: Direktorat
Funktion: Direktor
Telefonnummer: +49 (0)30 64181 601
Standort: Müggelseedamm 310, 12587 Berlin
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2007 Professor for Aquatic Ecology at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
2005 Titulary Professor at ETH Zurich, Switzerland
1993 Ph.D. at University of Vienna, Austria
Career/employment history  
2007- present Director of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) in Berlin
2007- present Professor for Aquatic Ecology at the Freie Universität of Berlin
2007- present Adjunct Scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology (Eawag)
2004/ 2005 Guest Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY, USA (11 months)
2002 JSPS Fellow at the Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan (2 months)
1999- 2007 Group leader at EAWAG, Dübendorf, Switzerland
1996- 1999 Assistant professor (‘Oberassistent’) at ETH, Zürich, Zurich
1994- 1996 Postdoctoral fellow at University of Vienna, Austria
1993- 1994 Freshwater consultant in Rwanda and Uganda, Africa

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Honours/ awards/ grants/ fellowships

Elected member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (elected in 2012)


Fenner Lecture (UNC, Capel Hill; March 2013)


Margalef Lecture at Iberian Limnological Society Conference (Guimares, Portugal; July 2012)


Liepolt-Prize for Danube Research


Most cited freshwater ecologist in D,CH,A (1998-2002)


Prizes for highly cited papers (e.g. Wiley-Publisher Prize)


ISI selection of emerging research fields and ISI highly cited paper


Fellowship: Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (2002)


Various PhD awards: S. Langhans, M. Doering, L. Perkin, D. Tonolla and A. Paetzold: Peterson Fund Award (4x), NABS award for best student presentation (1x), Silver Medal of ETH for best PhD thesis (1x), best poster presentation at ISRS-conference, best doctoral thesis awarded by the Federation of European Freshwater Scientists


Main fields: Ecohydrology, freshwater biology, biodiversity, ecosystem ecology Other fields: Ecosystem management and restoration, landscape ecology Current research interest: Ecology-hydrology linkages, human-ecosystem interactions, freshwater biodiversity, novel ecosystems, urban ecology and light pollution

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  • Döring,Michael; Uehlinger,Urs; Tockner,Klement; (2013)
    Vertical hydrological exchange, and ecosystem properties and processes at two spatial scales along a floodplain river (Tagliamento, Italy)
    Freshwater Science, vol.: 32 (1): 12-25.
  • Ostojic,Ana; Rosado,Joana; Milisa,Marko; Morais,Manuela; Tockner,Klement; (2013)
    Release of nutrients and organic matter from river floodplain habitats: simulating seasonal inundation dynamics
    Wetlands, vol.: 33 (5): 847-859.
  • Langhans,Simone; Richard,Urs; Rueegg,Janine; Uehlinger,Urs; Edwards,Peter; Döring,Michael; Tockner,Klement; (2013)
    Environmental heterogeneity affects input, storage, and transformation of coarse particulate organic matter in a floodplain mosaic
    Aquatic Sciences, vol.: 75 (3): 335-348.
  • Pahl-Wostl,Claudia; Arthington,Angela; Bogardi,Janos; Bunn,Stuart E.; Hoff,Holger; Lebel,Louis; Nikitina,Elena; Palmer,Margaret; Poff,LeRoy N.; Richards,Keith; Schlüter,Maja; Schulze,Roland; St.-Hilaire, Andre; Tharme, Rebecca; Tockner, Klement; Tsegai, Daniel(2013)
    Environmental flows and water governance: managing sustainable water uses
    Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, vol.: 5 (3-4): 341-351.
  • Karaus,Ute; Larsen,Stefano; Guillong,Helene; Tockner,Klement; (2013)
    The contribution of lateral aquatic habitats to insect diversity along river corridors in the Alps
    Landscape Ecology, vol.: 28 (9): 1755-1767.
  • Hanafiah,Marlia M.; Leuven,Rob S. E. W.; Sommerwerk,Nike; Tockner,Klement; Huijbregts,Mark A. J.; (2013)
    Including the introduction of exotic species in life cycle impact assessment : the case of inland shipping
    Environmental Science and Technology, vol.: 47 (24): 13934-13940.
  • 2012

  • Beniston,Martin; Stoffel,Markus; Harding,Richard; Kernan,Martin; Ludwig,Ralf; Moors,Eddy; Samuels,Paul; Tockner,Klement; (2012)
    Obstacles to data access for research related to climate and water: Implications for science and EU policy-making
    Environmental Science & Policy, vol.: 17: 41-48.
  • Steward,Alisha L.; Von Schiller,Daniel; Tockner,Klement; Marshall,Jonathan C.; Bunn,Stewart E.; (2012)
    When the river runs dry: human and ecological values of dry riverbeds
    Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, vol.: 10 (4): 202-209.
  • Tockner,Klement; (2012)
    Vom struktur- zum funktionsbasierten Gewässermanagement
    Natur und Mensch, vol.: 54 (2): 18-21.
  • Peter,Simone; Rechsteiner,Romana; Lehmann,Moritz F.; Brankatschk, R.; Vogt,Tobias; Diem,S.; Wehrli,Bernhard; Tockner,Klement; Durisch-Kaiser,Edith; (2012)
    Nitrate removal in a restored riparian groundwater system: functioning and importance of individual riparian zones
    Biogeosciences, vol.: 9 (11): 4295-4307.
  • Ricaurte,Luisa Fernanda; Boesch,Sarah; Jokela,Jukka; Tockner,Klement; (2012)
    The distribution and environmental state of vegetated islands within human-impacted European rivers
    Freshwater Biology, vol.: 57 (12): 2539-2549.
  • Tonolla,Diego; Wolter,Christian; Ruhtz,Thomas; Tockner,Klement; (2012)
    Linking fish assemblages and spatiotemporal thermal heterogeneity in a river-floodplain landscape using high-resolution airborne thermal infrared remote sensing and in-situ measurements
    Remote Sensing of Environment, vol.: 125: 134-146.
  • De Wever,Aaike ; Schmidt-Kloiber,Astrid; Gessner,Mark O.; Tockner,Klement; (2012)
    Freshwater journals unite to boost primary biodiversity data publication
    Bioscience, vol.: 62 (6): 529-530.
  • Diener,Stefan; Studt Solano,Nandayure M. ; Gutierrez,Floria Roa; Zurbrügg,Christian; Tockner,Klement; (2012)
    Biological treatment of municipal organic waste using black soldier fly larvae
    Waste and Biomass Valorization, vol.: 2 (4): 357-363.
  • Tockner,Klement; Pusch,Martin; Gessner,Jörn; Wolter,Christian; (2012)
    Domesticated ecosystems and novel communities: challenges for the management of large rivers
    Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology, vol.: 11 (3-4): 167-174.
  • 2011

  • Pahl-Wostl, Claudia; Nilsson,Christer; Gupta,Joyeeta; Tockner,Klement; (2011)
    Societal learning needed to face the water challenge
    Ambio, vol.: 40 (5): 549-553.
  • Harner,Mary J.; Opitz,Nora; Geluso,Keith; Tockner,Klement; Rillig,Matthias C.; (2011)
    Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on developing islands within a dynamic river floodplain : an investigation across successional gradients and soil depth
    Aquatic Sciences, vol.: 73 (1): 35-42.
  • Steward,Alisha L.; ; Marshall,Jonathan C. ; Sheldon,Fran ; Harch,Bronwyn ; Choy,Satish ; Bunn,Stuart E.; Tockner,Klement; (2011)
    Terrestrial invertebrates of dry river beds are not simply subsets of riparian assemblages.
    Aquatic Sciences, vol.: 73 (4): 551-566.
  • Döring,Michael; Uehlinger,Urs; Ackermann,Thekla; Woodtli, Michael ; Tockner,Klement; (2011)
    Spatiotemporal heterogeneity of soil and sediment respiration in a river-floodplain mosaic (Tagliamento, NE Italy).
    Freshwater Biology, vol.: 56 (7): 1297-1311.
  • Samaritani, E. ; Shrestha, J. ; Fournier, B. ; Frossard, E. ; Gillet, F. ; Guenat,C.; Niklaus,P. A. ; Pasquale,N.; Tockner,Klement; Mitchell,E.A.D. ; Luster,Jörg; (2011)
    Heterogeneity of soil carbon pools and fluxes in a channelized and a restored floodplain section.
    Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, vol.: 15 (6): 1757-1769.
  • Tockner,Klement; (2011)
    Obituary : Horst Behrendt 1950-2008
    International Review of Hydrobiology, vol.: 96 (5): 427-434.
  • Wiggering,Hubert; Tockner,Klement; Lischeid,Gunnar; Podhora,Aranka; (2011)
    Wasser: Achtung!: Klimawandel, schwindende Seen und warum Moskitos Weltenbummler werden
    Zwischenruf, vol.: 2011 (1): 4-7.
  • Perkin,Elizabeth; Hölker,Franz; Richardson,John S.; Sadler,Jon P.; Wolter,Christian; Tockner,Klement; (2011)
    The influence of artificial light on freshwater and riparian ecosystems: Questions, challenges, and perspectives
    Ecosphere, vol.: 2 (11): art122-.url: http://www.esajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1890/ES11-00241.1
  • Tonolla,Diego; Lorang,Mark S.; Heutschi,Kurt ; Gotschalk,Chris C.; Tockner,Klement; (2011)
    Characterization of spatial heterogenety in underwater soundscapes at the river segment scale
    Limnology and Oceanography, vol.: 56 (6): 2319-2333.
  • 2010

  • Tonolla D; Acuña V; Uehlinger U; Frank T; Tockner K; (2010)
    Thermal Heterogeneity in River Floodplains
    Ecosystems, vol.: 13 (5): 727-740.
  • Tonolla D; Acuña V; Lorang MS; Heutschi K; Tockner K; (2010)
    A field-based investigation to examine underwater soundscapes of five common river habitats
    Hydrological Processes, vol.: 24: 3146-3156.
  • Larned ST; Datry T; Arscott DB; Tockner K; (2010)
    Emerging concepts in temporary-river ecology
    Freshwater Biology, vol.: 55 (4): 717-738.
  • Indermaur L; Schmidt BR; Tockner K; Schaub M; (2010)
    Spatial variation in abiotic and biotic factors in a floodplain determine anuran body size and growth rate at metamorphosis
    Oecologia, vol.: 163 (3): 637-649.
  • Yoshimura C; Fujii M; Omura T; Tockner K; (2010)
    Instream release of dissolved organic matter from coarse and fine particulate organic matter of different origins
    Biogeochemistry, vol.: 100: 151-165.
  • Acuña V; Tockner K; (2010)
    The effects of alterations in temperature and flow regime on organic carbon dynamics in Mediterranean river networks
    Global Change Biology, vol.: 16 (9): 2638-2650.
  • Hölker F; Wolter C; Perkin E; Tockner K; (2010)
    Light pollution as a biodiversity threat
    Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol.: 25: 681-682.
  • Hölker F; Moss T; Griefahn B; Kloas W; Voigt C; Henckel D; Hänel A; Kappeler P; Völker S; Schwope A; Franke S; Uhrlandt D; Fischer J; Klenke R; Wolter C; Tockner K; (2010)
    The dark side of light: a transdisciplinary research agenda for light pollution policy
    Ecology and Society, vol.: 15 (4): 1-11.url: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol15/iss4/art13/
  • Indermaur L; Schaub M; Jokela J; Tockner K; Schmidt BR; (2010)
    Differential response to abiotic conditions and predation risk, rather than competition avoidance, determine breeding site selection by anurans
    Ecography, vol.: 33 (5): 887-895.
  • Milner AM; Tockner K; (2010)
    River Science - what has it contributed to general ecological theory?
    River Research and Applications, vol.: 26 (1): 1-4.
  • Sommerwerk N; Bloesch J; Paunovic M; Baumgartner C; Venohr M; Schneider-Jacoby M; Hein T; Tockner K; (2010)
    Managing the world's most international river basin : the Danube River basin
    Marine and Freshwater Research, vol.: 61 (7): 736-748.
  • Tockner K; Pusch MT; Borchardt D; Lorang MS; (2010)
    Multiple stressors in coupled river-floodplain ecosystems
    Freshwater Biology, vol.: 55 (Suppl. 1): 135-151.
  • Tockner K; Lorang MS; Stanford JA; (2010)
    River flood plains are model ecosystems to test general hydrogeomorphic and ecological concepts
    River Research and Applications, vol.: 26 (1): 76-86.
  • 2009

  • Gurnell A; Tubino M; Tockner K; (2009)
    Linkages and feedbacks in highly dynamic alpine fluvial systems
    Aquatic Sciences, vol.: 71 (3): 251-252.
  • Tonolla D; Lorang MS; Heutschi K; Tockner K; (2009)
    A flume experiment to examine underwater sound generation by flowing water
    Aquatic Sciences, vol.: 71: 449-462.
  • Diener S; Zurbrügg C; Tockner K; (2009)
    Conversion of organic material by black soldier fly larvae: establishing optimal feeeding rates
    Waste Management & Research, vol.: 27: 603-610.
  • Indermaur L; Winzeler T; Schmidt BR; Tockner K; Schaub M; (2009)
    Differential resource selection within shared habitat types across spatial scales in sympatric toads
    Ecology, vol.: 12: 3430-3444.
  • Tockner K; Wüest A; Findlay S; (2009)
    Aquatic Sciences celebrates its 20th anniversary
    Aquatic Sciences, vol.: 71: 1-2.
  • Acuña V; Tockner K; (2009)
    Surface-subsurface water exchange rates along alluvial river reaches control the thermal patterns in an Alpine river network
    Freshwater Biology, vol.: 54: 306-320.
  • Bertoldi W; Gurnell A; Surian N; Tockner K; Zanoni L; Ziliani L; Zolezzi G; (2009)
    Understanding reference processes: Linkages between river, flows, sediment dynamics and vegetated landforms along the Tagliamento River, Italy
    River Research and Applications, vol.: 25: 501-516.
  • Indermaur L; Gehring M; Wehrle W; Tockner K; Naef-Daenzer B; (2009)
    Behaviour-Based Scale Definitions for Determining Individual Space Use: Requirements of Two Amphibians
    American Naturalist, vol.: 173: 60-71.
  • Hölker F; Voigt C; Wolter C; Perkin E; Tockner K; (2009)
    Der Verlust der Nacht ist auch ein ökologisches Problem
    Zwischenruf, vol.: 2: 18-21.
  • Tockner K; Tonolla D; Junker B; Heutschi K; (2009)
    Der Klang der Flüsse
    Nationalpark, vol.: 143 (1/2009): 20-21.
  • 2008

  • Acuña V; Wolf A; Uehlinger U; Tockner K; (2008)
    Temperature dependence of stream benthic respiration in an Alpine river network under global warming
    Freshwater Biology, vol.: 53: 2076-2088.
  • Yoshimura C; Gessner MO; Tockner K; (2008)
    Chemical properties, microbial respiration, and decomposition of coarse and fine particulate organic matter
    Journal of the North American Benthological Society, vol.: 27 (3): 664-673.
  • Langhans S; Tiegs S; Gessner MO; Tockner K; (2008)
    Leaf-decomposition heterogeneity across a riverine floodplain mosaic
    Aquatic Sciences, vol.: 70: 337-346.