Environmental Change

Lakes and rivers react extremely sensitively to climate change and environmental changes. As such, they act as an early warning system for global ecological change. Our long-term programmes at Lake Stechlin and the lake Müggelsee, as well as on the River Spree and the River Tagliamento in Italy document the consequences of this change. Data spanning several decades enables us to forecast how freshwaters will develop under certain scenarios. In the LakeLab, our globally unique experimental facility in Lake Stechlin, we simulate the impact that changing environmental conditions (e.g. extreme weather events or the increasing use of artificial lighting) have on lakes and aquatic organisms.

Vice versa, freshwaters also have an impact on climate change. They have the ability to store or release large quantities of greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide. We investigate which conditions influence these processes and what role is played by rivers, lakes and wetlands in the global carbon cycle.

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IGB Acting Director Mark Gessner Receives Honorary Doctorate

The Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier has awarded an honorary doctorate to Professor Dr. Mark Gessner for his scientific achievements in limnology. He has undertaken pioneering work on leaf litter breakdown in freshwater ecosystems. Congratulations!
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Measuring buoys on 18 lakes

The IGB-researchers Stella Berger and Sabine Wollrab have a lot to do in the coming weeks. As part of the CONNECT project, their team is installing measuring buoys on 18 lakes in the North German lowlands.

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ANTIRES

Impact of antibiotics on aquatic microbial community and related ecosystem function such as carbon turn-over.
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AlienScenarios

AlienScenarios will evaluate the range of plausible futures of biological invasions for the 21st century at different spatial scales and for a range of taxonomic groups.
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InvasiBES aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the multi-faceted impacts of IAS on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
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Experts at IGB

Rita Adrian

Head of Department
Working group
Long-term and Climate Impact Research of Lake Ecosystems

Stella A. Berger

Research Group Leader
Working group
Experimental Phytoplankton Ecology

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