Freshwater Ecosystems

Freshwater ecosystems offer an especially rich diversity of habitat conditions, plants and animal species. Whether forest ponds, mountain rivers or large lakes – the role of interactions between organisms that live there differ according to the type of water body involved. We explore these complex processes and interactions, including primary production, evolution, food webs, and interactions between parasites and their host.

However, ecosystems are not only habitats – humans also use them for resources, and they are being influenced and shaped by us to an ever-greater extent. For this reason, we consider humans and ecosystems within an integrated approach, rather than in isolation. For which services do we use ecosystems, and how can these be quantified? We hope that answers to questions such as these will give us a deeper understanding of ecosystems and what they signify to humans.

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Blooms of green

Lakes as the Müggelsee near Berlin are currently covered with an unusually thick carpet of algae. This algal bloom is primarily a result of the warm summer months, but there are also other reasons...    
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Of Colour and Light: When Art meets Science

Six tanks filled with water of River Spree and exposed to differently-colored artificial light: this is the core element of an art installation shown from July 5th to September 2nd 2018 in Berlin-Charlottenburg.
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Research in the river

11 scientists and 300 kilometers of river: impressions of three weeks of sampling in the entire river network of the Vjosa in Albania.

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CONNECT

Connectivity and synchronisation of lake ecosystems in space and time
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Stella A. Berger
Sabine Wollrab
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
(Dept. 3) Experimental Limnology
Start
05/2018
End
04/2021
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FungiTrait

Food web dynamics and energy transport from phyto- to zooplankton under the influence of parasitic fungi.
Contact person
Hans-Peter Grossart
Sabine Wollrab
Department
(Dept. 3) Experimental Limnology
Start
03/2018
End
02/2021
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Loss of the Night

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Stella A. Berger

Research Group Leader
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Experimental Phytoplankton Ecology

Sabine Hilt

Research Group Leader
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Aquatic-Terrestrial Coupling and Regime Shifts

Sonja Jähnig

Research Group Leader
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Global Change Effects on River Ecosystems

Jan Köhler

Research Group Leader
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Photosynthesis and Growth of Phytoplankton and Macrophytes

Thomas Mehner

Deputy Director a. i.
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Food Web Ecology and Fish Communities

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