Fengzhi He

+49 (0) 30 6392 4086
+49 (0)30 6392 4099

Justus-von-Liebig-Str. 7, 12489 Berlin


My research focuses on biodiversity pattern and conservation of freshwater megafauna, anthropogenic impact on river ecosystems.


Oct 2015 – Jun 2019        Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Programme in Science for Management of Rivers

                                              and Their Tidal Systems (SMART)

                                              Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries & Freie Universität Berlin &

                                              Queen Mary University of London

Sep 2012 – Jul 2015         Master of Science in Hydrobiology

                                              Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences &

                                              University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Sep 2008 – Jun 2012      Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology

                                              Central China Normal University


The SMART Joint Doctorate focuses on the core areas of natural and engineering sciences relevant to the sustainable management of river systems from their headwaters to estuaries. SMART aims to provide education and research at PhD level by offering a 3-year programme within the Erasmus Mundus action. It adopts a multidisciplinary, multi-scale approach that integrates relevant aspects of the physical, chemical and biological sciences, including relevant theory, monitoring and modelling.
Contact person
Ina Severin
Franz Hölker
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem Research
(Dept. 5) Ecophysiology and Aquaculture
(Dept. 6) Chemical Analytics and Biogeochemistry


Fengzhi He; Christiane Zarfl; Vanessa Bremerich; Jonathan N. W. David; Zeb Hogan; Gregor Kalinkat; Klemet Tockner; Sonja C. Jähnig

The global decline of freshwater megafauna

Global Change Biology. - 25(2019)11, S. 3883-3892




He F., Zarfl C., Bremerich V., David J.N.W., Hogan Z., Kalinkat G., Tockner K. & Jahnig S.C. (2019) The global decline of freshwater megafauna. Global Change Biology. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14753.

He F. & Jähnig S.C. (2019) Put freshwater megafauna on the table before they are eaten to extinction. Conservation Letters: e12662. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12662

He F., Sun X., Dong X., Cai Q. & Jähnig S.C. (2019) Benthic Macroinvertebrates as Indicators for River Health in Changjiang Basin. In: Yue T. et al. (eds) Chinese Water Systems. Springer, Cham

He, F., Bremerich, V., Zarfl, C., Geldmann, J., Langhans, S.D., David, J.N., Darwall, W., Tockner, K. & Jähnig, S.C. (2018) Freshwater megafauna diversity: Patterns, status and threats. Diversity and Distributions, 24(10), 1395-1404.

He, F., Zarfl, C., Bremerich, V., Henshaw, A., Darwall, W., Tockner, K. & Jähnig, S. C. (2017) Disappearing giants: a review of threats to freshwater megafauna. WIREs Water, e1208.

Carrizo, S.F., Jähnig, S.C., Bremerich, V., Freyhof, J., Harrison, I., He, F., Langhans, S.D., Tockner, K., Zarfl, C. & Darwall, W. (2017) Freshwater Megafauna: Flagships for Freshwater Biodiversity under Threat. BioScience, 67(10), 919–927

Dong, X., Li, B.,  He, F., Gu, Y., Sun, M., Zhang, H., Tan, L., Xiao, W., Liu, S. & Cai, Q. (2016) Flow directionality, mountain barriers and functional traits deterministic mine diatom metacommunity structuring of high mountain streams. Scientific Reports, 6, 24711

He, F., Dong, X., Sun, M., & Cai, Q. (2015) Altitudinal pattern of stream periphyton biomass in tributaries of the Lancang–Mekong River: An indicator of anthropogenic impact?. Quaternary International, 380, 282-287.

He, F., Jiang, W., Tang, T., & Cai, Q. (2015) Assessing impact of acid mine drainage on benthic macroinvertebrates: can functional diversity metrics be used as indicators?. Journal of Freshwater Ecology, 30(4), 513-524.

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