Mark Gessner

Position
Acting Director
Phone
+49 33082 699 0
Fax
+49 33082 699 17

Alte Fischerhütte 2, 16775 Stechlin, Germany

Profile
Working group
Expertise

limnology, ecosystems, global change, aquatic ecology, microbial ecology

CV
  • Since 2016: Acting Director of the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) Berlin, Germany
  • 2011–present: Professor, Department of Ecology, Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin), Berlin, Germany
  • 2011–present: Department Head, Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Stechlin, Germany
  • 2006–2007: Visiting Scholar, Department of Biology, Stanford University, and Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Stanford, CA, USA
  • 2005–2012: Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2002–2005: Acting Department Head, Eawag, Switzerland
  • 1998–2014: Docent, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1998: Habilitation in Limnology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1996–2010: Research Scientist, Eawag, Switzerland
  • 1996–1997: Docent, University of Kiel, Germany
  • 1996: Habilitation in Limnology, University of Kiel, Germany
  • 1991: PhD, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 1988-1991: Doctoral student, CNRS, Toulouse, France

Bridging in Biodiversity Science (BIBS)

BIBS is a BMBF project for biodiversity data collection and synthesis in Germany
Contact person
Mark Gessner
Hans-Peter Grossart
Department
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem Research
(Dept. 3) Experimental Limnology
Start
12/2016
End
11/2019
Topic

AQUALINK

International graduate school on aquatic boundaries and linkages in a changing environment
Contact person
Gunnar Nützmann
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
Start
01/2012
End
01/2016
Topic

MARS

Our surface and groundwaters struggle with a variety of different pressures, like water shortage, flow regulation, straightening or sediment and nutrient loading. The project MARS analyses how the combination of these stressors impacts aquatic ecosystems and their functions.
Contact person
Markus Venohr
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
(Dept. 3) Experimental Limnology
(Dept. 4) Biology and Ecology of Fishes
Start
03/2014
End
02/2018
Topic

ILES

Skyglow, the diffuse illumination of the night sky by artificial light, has never before been experienced during evolutionary history. Together with another feature of global change – the brownification of lakes caused by humic substances – skyglow disrupts the current light conditions in lake ecosystems. We will elucidate the ecological consequences of these phenomena and the mechanisms underlying them.
Contact person
Mark Gessner
Franz Hölker
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem Research
(Dept. 3) Experimental Limnology
(Dept. 4) Biology and Ecology of Fishes
(Dept. 5) Ecophysiology and Aquaculture
Start
07/2015
End
06/2018
Topic

Urban Water Interfaces

DFG Research training group  
Contact person
Gunnar Nützmann
Mark Gessner
Sabine Hilt
Department
(Dept. 1) Ecohydrology
(Dept. 2) Ecosystem Research
(Dept. 3) Experimental Limnology
(Dept. 6) Chemical Analytics and Biogeochemistry
Start
07/2015
End
12/2019
Topic

2019

Oleksandra Shumilova; Dominik Zak; Thibault Datry; Daniel von Schiller; Roland Corti; Arnaud Foulquier; Biel Obrador; Klement Tockner; Daniel C. Allan; Florian Altermatt; Maria Isabel Arce; Shai Arnon; Damien Banas; Andy Banegas-Medina; Erin Beller; Melanie L. Blanchette; Juan F. Blanco-Libreros ... Anna Maria de Girolamo; Ruben del Campo; Fiona Dyer ... Brian Four; Mark O. Gessner; Pierre Gnohossou ... Annamaria Zoppini; Christiane Zarfl

Simulating rewetting events in intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams: a global analysis of leached nutrients and organic matter

Global Change Biology. - 25(2019)5, S. 1591-1611

Scott D. Tiegs; David M. Costello; Mark W. Isken; Guy Woodward; Peter B. McIntyre; Mark O. Gessner; Eric Chauvet; Natalie A. Griffiths; Alex S. Flecker; Vicenc Acuna; Ricardo Albarino; Daniel C. Allen; Cecilia Alonso; Patricio Andino; Clay Arango; Jukka Aroviita; Marcus V. M. Barbosa ... Darren P. Giling; Alan Gilmer; Jose Francisco Goncalves Jr.; Rosario Karina Gonzales; Manuel A. S. Graca; Mike Grace; Hans-Peter Grossart ... Jacob A. Zwart

Global patterns and drivers of ecosystem functioning in rivers and riparian zones

Science Advances. - 5(2019)1, eaav0486

2018

T. Datry; A. Foulquier; R. Corti; D. von Schiller; K. Tockner; C. Mendoza-Lera; J. C. Clement; M. O. Gessner ... S. D. Langhans ... P. Rodriguez-Lozano; R. J. Rolls; M. M. Sanchez-Montoya; A. Savic; O. Shumilova; K. R. Sridhar; A. L. Steward; R. Storey; A. Taleb; A. Uzan; Ross Vander Vorste; N. J. Waltham; C. Woelfle-Erskine; D. Zak; C. Zarfl; A. Zoppini

A global analysis of terrestrial plant litter dynamics in non-perennial waterways

Nature Geoscience. - 11(2018)7, S. 497-503

Franz Hölker; Andreas Jechow; Sibylle Schroer; Mark O. Gessner

Nächtliches Licht und Lichtverschmutzung in und um Gewässer

Handbuch angewandte Limnologie / hrsg. von Michael Hupfer ; Helmut Fischer. - Weinheim : Wiley, 2018. - 34. Erg.-Lfg. 1/18. - Kapitel V-6.2. - S. 1-26

Wiliam Darwall; Vanessa Bremerich; Aaike De Wever; Anthony I. Dell; Jörg Freyhof; Mark O. Gessner; Hans-Peter Grossart; Ian Harrison; Ken Irvine; Sonja C. Jähnig; Jonathan M. Jeschke; Jessica J. Lee; Cai Lu; Aleksandra M. Lewandowska; Michael T. Monaghan; Jens C. Nejstgaard; Harmony Patricio; Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber; Simon N. Stuart; Michele Thieme; Klement Tockner; Eren Turak; Olaf Weyl

The Alliance for Freshwater Life: a global call to unite efforts for freshwater biodiversity science and conservation

Aquatic Conservation. - 28(2018)4, S. 1015-1022

Dirk Schulze-Makuch; Dirk Wagner; Samuel P. Kounaves; Kai Mangelsdorf; Kevin G. Devine;Jean-Pierre de Vera; Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin; Hans-Peter Grossart; Victor Parro; Martin Kaupenjohann; Albert Galy; Beate Schneider; Alessandro Airo; Jan Frösler; Alfonso F. Davila; Felix L. Arens; Luis Caceres; Francisco Solis Cornejo; Daniel Carrizo; Lewis Dartnell; Jocelyne DiRuggiero; Markus Flury; Lars Ganzert; Mark O. Gessner; Peter Grathwohl; Lisa Guan; Jacob Heinz; Matthias Hess; Frank Keppler; Deborah Maus; Christopher P. McKay; Rainer U. Meckenstock; Wren Montgomery; Elizabeth A. Oberlin; Alexander J. Probst; Johan S. Saenz; Tobias Sattler; Janosch Schirmack; Mark A. Sephton; Michael Schloter; Jenny Uhl; Bernardita Valenzuela; Gisle Vestergaard; Lars Wörmer; Pedro Zamorano

Transitory microbial habitat in the hyperarid Atacama Desert

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. - 115(2018)11, S. 2670-2675

Andreas Schäffer; Juliane Filser; Tobias Frische; Mark Gessner; Wolfgang Köck; Werner Kratz; Matthias Liess; Ernst-August Nuppenau; Martina Roß-Nickoll; Ralf Schäfer; Martin Scheringer

Der stumme Frühling - zur Notwendigkeit eines umweltverträglichen Pflanzenschutzes

Halle (Saale) : Leopoldina, 2018. - 65 S. - (Diskussion / Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina - Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften ; 16)

2017

Luz Boyero; Manuel A. S. Graca; Alan M. Tonin; Javier Perez; Andrew J. Swafford; Veronica Ferreira; Andrea Landeira-Dabarca; Markos A. Alexandrou; Mark O. Gessner; Brendan G. McKie; Ricardo J. Albarino; Leon A. Barmuta; Marcos Callisto; Julian Chara; Eric Chauvet; Checo Colon-Gaud; David Dudgeon; Andrea C. Encalada; Ricardo Figueroa; Alexander S. Flecker; Tadeusz Fleituch; Andre Frainer; Jose F. Goncalves Jr.; Julie E. Helson ... Richard G. Pearson

Riparian plant litter quality increases with latitude

Scientific Reports. - 7(2017) art. 10562

Darren P. Giling; Jens C. Nejstgaard; Stella A. Berger; Hans-Peter Grossart; Georgiy Kirillin; Armin Penske; Maren Lentz; Peter Casper; Jörg Sareyka; Mark O. Gessner

Thermocline deepening boosts ecosystem metabolism

Global Change Biology. - 23(2017)4, S. 1448-1462

2016

The Quintessence Consortium: David A. Bohan; Dries Landuyt; Athen Ma; Sarina Macfadyen; Vincent Martinet; Francois Massol; Greg McInerny; Jose M. Montoya; Christian Mulder; Unai Pascual; Michael J. O. Pocock; Piran White; Sandrine Blanchemanche; Michael Bonkowski; Vincent Bretagnolle; Christer Brönmark; Lynn Dicks; Alex Dumbrell; Nico Eisenhauer; Nikolai Friberg; Mark O. Gessner; Richard J. Gill; Clare Gray; Alison Haughton; Sebastien Ibanez; John Jensen; Erik Jeppesen; Jukka Jokela; Gerard Lacroix; Christian Lannou; Sandra Lavorel; Jean-Francois Le Galliard; Francoise Lescourret; Shanlin Liu; Nicolas Loeuille; Orla McLaughlin; Stephen Muggleton; Josep Penuelas; Theodora Petanidou; Sandrine Petit; Francesco Pomati; Dave Raffaelli; Jes Rasmussen; Alan Raybould; Xavier Reboud; Guy Richard; Christoph Scherber; Stefan Scheu; William J. Sutherland; Alireza Tamaddoni-Nezhad; Cajo ter Braak; Mette Termansen; Murray S. A. Thompson; Teja Tscharntke; Corinne Vacher; Harm van der Geest; Winfried Voigt; J. Arie Vonk; Xin Zhou; Guy Woodward

Networking our way to better ecosystem service provision

Trends in Ecology and Evolution. - 31(2016)2, S. 105-115

E. Chauvet; V. Ferreira; P. S. Giller; B. G. McKie; S. D. Tiegs; G. Woodward; A. Elosegi; M. Dobson; T. Fleituch; M. A. S. Graca; V. Gulis; S. Hladyz; J. O. Lacoursiere; A. Lecerf; J. Pozo; E. Preda; M. Riipinen; G. Risnoveanu; A. Vadineanu; L. B.-M. Vought; M. O. Gessner

Litter decomposition as an indicator of stream ecosystem functioning at local-to-continental scales: insights from the European RivFunction Project

Large-scale ecology : model systems to global perspectives / ed. by Alex J. Dumbrell ... - Amsterdam : Elsevier, 2016. - ch. 3, S. 99-182. - (Advances in ecological research ; 55)

Luz Boyero; Richard G. Pearson; Cang Hui; Mark O. Gessner; Javier Perez; Markos A. Alexandrou; Manuel A. S. Graca; Bradley J. Cardinale; Ricardo J. Albarino; Muthukumarasamy Arunachalam; Leon A. Barmuta; Andrew J. Boulton; Andreas Bruder; Marcos Callisto; Eric Chauvet; Russell G. Death; David Dudgeon; Andrea C. Encalada; Veronica Ferreira; Ricardo Figueroa; Alexander S. Flecker; Jose F. Goncalves; Julie Helson; Tomoya Iwata; Tajang Jinggut; Jude Mathooko; Catherine Mathuriau; Charles M'Erimba; Marcelo S. Moretti; Catherine M. Pringle; Alonso Ramirez; Lavenia Ratnarajah; Jose Rincon; Catherine M. Yule

Biotic and abiotic variables influencing plant litter breakdown in streams

Proceedings of the Royal Society of London : Ser. B, Biological Sciences. - 283(2016)1829, art. 2015.2664

2015

Luz Boyero; Richard G. Pearson; Christopher M. Swan; Cang Hui; Ricardo J. Albarino; Muthukumarasamy Arunachalam; Marcos Callisto; Julian Chara; Ana M. Chara-Serna; Eric Chauvet; Aydee Cornejo; David Dudgeon; Andrea C. Encalada; Veronica Ferreira; Mark O. Gessner; Jose F. Goncalves; Manuel A. S. Graca; Julie E. Helson; Jude M. Mathooko; Brendan G. McKie; Marcelo S. Moretti; Catherine M. Yule

Latitudinal gradient of nestedness and its potential drivers in stream detritivores

Ecography. - 38(2015)9, S. 949-955

Luz Boyero; Richard G. Pearson; Mark O. Gessner; David Dudgeon; Alonso Ramirez; Catherine M. Yule; Marcos Callisto; Catherine M. Pringle; Andrea C. Encalada; Muthukumarasamy Arunachalam; Jude Mathooko; Julie E. Helson; Jose Rincon; Andreas Bruder; Aydee Cornejo; Alexander S. Flecker; Catherine Mathuriau; Charles M'Erimba; Jose F. Goncalves Jr.; Marcelo Moretti; Tajang Jinggut

Leaf-litter breakdown in tropical streams

Freshwater Science. - 34(2015)2, S. 759-769

2014

M. O. Gessner; R. Hinkelmann; G. Nützmann; M. Jekel; G. Singer; J. Lewandowski; T. Nehls; M. Barjenbruch

Urban water interfaces

Journal of Hydrology. - 514(2014), S. 226-232

I. Tanya Handa; Rien Aerts; Frank Berendse; Matty P. Berg; Andreas Bruder; Olaf Butenschoen; Eric Chauvet; Mark O. Gessner; Jérémy Jabiol; Marika Makkonen; Brendan G. McKie; Björn Malmqvist; Edwin T. H. M. Peeters; Stefan Scheu; Bernhard Schmid; Jasper van Ruijven; Veronique C. A. Vos; Stephan Hättenschwiler

Consequences of biodiversity loss for litter decomposition across biomes

Nature. - 509(2014)7499, S. 218-221

2013

2012

Luz Boyero; Richard G. Pearson; David Dudgeon; Verónica Ferreira; Manuel A. S. Graca; Mark O. Gessner; Andrew J. Boulton; Eric Chauvet; Catherine M. Yule; Ricardo J. Albarino; Alonso Ramirez; Julie E. Helson; Callisto, Marcos; Muthukumarasamy Arunachalam; Julián Chará; Ricardo Figueroa; Jude M. Mathooko; José F. Goncalves; Marcelo S. Moretti; Ana Marcela Chará-Serna; Judy N. Davies; Andrea Encalada; Sylvain Lamothe; Leonardo M. Buria; José Castela; Aydeé Cornejo; Aggie O. Y. Li; Charles M'Erimba; Verónica Diaz Villanueva; María del Carmen Zúniga; Christopher M. Swan; Leon A. Barmuta

Global patterns of stream detritivore distribution

Global Ecology and Biogeography. - 21(2012)2, S. 134-141

Guy Woodward; Mark O. Gessner; Paul S. Giller; Vladislav Gulis; Sally Hladyz; Antoine Lecerf; Björn Malmqvist; Brendan G. McKie; Scott D. Tiegs; Helen Cariss; Mike Dobson; Arturo Elosegi; Verónica Ferreira; Manuel A. S. Graça; Tadeusz Fleituch; Jean O. Lacoursière; Marius Nistorescu; Jesús Pozo; Geta Risnoveanu; Markus Schindler; Angheluta Vadineanu; Lena B.-M. Vought; Eric Chauvet

Continental-scale effects of nutrient pollution on stream ecosystem functioning

Science. - 336(2012)6087, S. 1438-1440

2011

Luz Boyero; Richard G. Pearson; Mark O. Gessner; Leon A. Barmuta; Verónica Ferreira; Manuel A. S. Graça; David Dudgeon; Andrew J. Boulton; Marcos Callisto; Eric Chauvet; Julie E. Helson; Andreas Bruder; Ricardo J. Albariño; Catherine M. Yule; Muthukumarasamy Arunachalam; Judy N. Davies; Ricardo Figueroa; Alexander S. Flecker; Alonso Ramirez; Russell G. Death; Tomoya Iwata; Jude M. Mathooko; CatherineMathuriau; José F. Gonçalves; Marcelo S. Moretti; Tajang Jinggut; Sylvain Lamothe; Charles M'Erimba; Lavenia Ratnarajah; Markus H. Schindler; José Castela; Leonardo M. Buria; Aydeé Cornejo; Verónica D. Villanueva; Derek C. West

A global experiment suggests climate warming will not accelerate litter decomposition in streams but might reduce carbon sequestration

Ecology letters. - 14(2011)3, S. 289-294

Luz Boyero; Richard G. Pearson; David Dudgeon; Manuel A. S. Graça; Mark O. Gessner; Ricardo J. Albariño; Veronica Ferreira; Catherine M. Yule; Andrew J. Boulton; Muthukumarasamy Arunachalam; Marcos Callisto; Eric Chauvet; Alonso Ramirez; Julian Chara; Marcelo S. Moretti; José F. Gonçalves; Julie E. Helson; Ana M. Chara-Serna; Andrea C. Encalada; Judy N. Davies; Sylvain Lamothe; Aydee Cornejo; Aggie O. Y. Li; Leonardo M. Buria; Veronica D. Villanueva; Maria C. Zuñiga; Catherine M. Pringle

Global distribution of a key trophic guild contrasts with common latitudinal diversity patterns

Ecology. - 92(2011)9, S. 1839-1848

Sally Hladyz; Kajsa Äbjörnsson; Eric Chauvet; Michael Dobson; Arturo Elosegi; Veronica Ferreira; Tadeusz Fleituch; Mark O. Gessner; Paul S. Giller; Vladislav Gulis; Stephen A. Hutton; Jean O. Lacoursière; Sylvain Lamothe; Antoine Lecerf; Björn Malmqvist; Brendan G. McKie; Marius Nistorescu; Elena Preda; Miira P. Riipinen; Geta Risnoveanu; Markus Schindler; Scott D. Tiegs; Lena B.-M. Vought; Guy Woodward

Stream ecosystem functioning in an agricultural landscape

Ecosystems in a human-modified landscape / ed. by Guy Woodward. - Amsterdam : Elsevier, 2011. - S. 211-276. - Advances in ecological research ; 44)

2010

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