Maria Magdalena Warter

+49 (0)30 64181 531
Raum 403

Müggelseedamm 310, 12587 Berlin

Research group

Research Interests:

Applications in Isotope Hydrology (Dating, Residence Times, Water Sources & Flowpaths etc.)

Ecohydrological Modeling in drought prone and urban environments across the Soil-Water-Atmosphere Continuum

Water and Resource Management (Groundwater and Surface Water Management, Drinking water abstraction and agricultural usage)

Freshwater Ecohydrology & Biodiversity (Water Requirements of vegetation, impact of climate & urbanization on terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity)

Nature-Based Solutions in uraban areas (Cooling, Flood management, Biodiversity)


environmental DNA (eDNA) in urban aquatic habitats

Stable water isotopes (Precipitation, Surface water, Groundwater)

Analysis of major ions and water quality 

Data Assimilation and Long-term analysis (Climate, Remote Sensing, Streamflow, Groundwater etc.)

Vegetation and Water Balance Modeling (Soil moisture balance models, Dryland Water Partitioning (DRYP), Phenology Models) 



2009-2015: BSc in Environmental Engineering (University of Natural Resources and Applied Sciences, Vienna, Austria)

2015-2017: MSc in International Land and Water Management (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)

  • Major: Irrigation Water Management
    • Thesis: Influence of water stress on the water use efficiency and biological nitrogen fixation of soybean by means of stable isotopes (in cooperation with Joint IAEA/FAO Programme)
  • Minor: Catchment Hydrology
    • Thesis: Influence of moss, litter and soil on forest evaporation by means of stable water isotopes (in cooperation with TU Delft)

2018-2022: PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences (Cardiff University, UK)

Dissertation: Detection of forest water stress and future climate change in drought-prone ecosystems of the Southwestern United States

Funded by the Stratetic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) 





  • American Geophysical Union (AGU) 
  • European Geosciences Union (EGU)
  • Deutsche Hydrologische Gesellschaft
  • German Hydrological Society (DHG)
  • International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)




EGU General Assembly, Vienna 2017 (Poster)

Warter, M.M., Kuppen E., Peeters, M., Blok, K., Dilly L. (2017). Estimating soil erosion on hiking trails in the Serra Mariola Natural Park in Southern Spain

Warter. M.M., Jimenez-Rodriguez, C., Coenders-Gerrits, M., Teuling, A.J.R (2017). Ground cover influence on evaporation and stable water isotopes in soil water

AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco 2019 (Oral Presentation)

Warter, M.M., Singer, M.B., Sabathier, R., Stella, J.C, Cuthbert, M.O, Roberts, D., Caylor, K. (2020). Onset and propagation of the 2012-2016 drought in Southern California

AGU Fall Meeting, New Orleans  2021 (Oral Presentation) 

Warter, M.M., Singer, M.B., Sabathier, R., Stella, J.C., Roberts, D., Caylor, K. (2021). Hydroclimatic controls on phenology of functional plant types in drylands of the Southwest US. 

EGU General Assembly, Vienna 2023 (Oral Presentation) 

Warter, M.M., Tetzlaff, D., Ring, A-M., Christopher, J., Funke, E., Kissener, H.L., Soulsby, C., Monaghan M.T. (2023). Spatio-temporal variations in environmental DNA within heavily urbanized streams in Berlin, Germany. 

Tag der Hydrologie, Bochum 2023 (Poster Presentation)

Warter, M.M., Tetzlaff, D., Ring, A-M., Christopher, J., Funke, E., Kissener, H.L., Sparmann, S., Monaghan, M.T. (2023). Spatio-temporal dynamics of eDNA inform ecohydrolgy of urban streams in Berlin 

International Symposium on Isotope Hydrology at the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna  2023 (Poster Presentation)

M.M. Warter, A-M. Ring, M.T. Monaghan, C. Soulsby, D. Tetzlaff (2023). Spatio-temporal variations in stable water isotopes reveal how hydrological connectivity affects the ecology of urban water bodies

Additional Publications

Warter, M.M., Singer, M.B., Cuthbert, M.O., Roberts D., Caylor, K.K., Sabathier, R., Stella, J.C.(2023). Modeling seasonal vegetation phenology from hydroclimatic drivers for contrasting plant functional groups within drylands of the Southwestern USA. Environmental Research: Ecology, 2 025001. https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/2752-664X/acb9a0/meta 

Warter, M.M., Singer, M.B., Cuthbert, M.O., Roberts D., Caylor, K.K., Sabathier, R., Stella, J.C. (2021). Drought onset and propagation into soil moisture and grassland vegetation responses during the 2012-2019 major drought in Southern California. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 25,3713-3729https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-3713-2021  

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