Stella A. Berger

Domain/Position
Phone
+49 (0) 33082-699-41
Mobile
+49 (0) 151 40092826
Room
204B

Alte Fischerhütte 2, OT Neuglobsow, 16775 Stechlin

Profile
Expertise

Population dynamics, food web interactions, lakes and coastal oceans, multiple stressors, climate change, mixotrophy, winter limnology, biodiversity, ecological stoichiometry, network of international mesocosm facilities

CV
  • 2016 - present: Research Group Leader & Scientific Coordinator-LakeLab, Leibniz-Institute of Aquatic Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Stechlin, Germany
  • 2014 - 2015  LakeLab Manager, Leibniz-Institute of Aquatic Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Stechlin, Germany
  • 2011 - 2014  Research Professional IV, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Savannah, USA
  • 2010 - 2012  Research Scientist, University of Bergen, Norway
  • 2005 - 2010  Postdoc, Aquatic Ecology Group, Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), Munich, Germany
  • 2001  Visiting PhD Student, Max-Plank Institute of Limnology, Plön, Germany
  • 2000 - 2005  PhD Student, Aquatic Ecology Group, LMU, Munich, Germany
  • 1991 - 1999  Diploma Student (B.C., M.Sc. equiv.) in Biology, LMU, Munich, Germany
  • 1988 - 1991  Apprenticeship as Professional Photographer with certificate, Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany

CONNECT

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

AQUACOSM

The first network connecting freshwater and marine large experimental research infrastructures.
Contact person
Jens Christian Nejstgaard
Stella A. Berger
Katharina Makower
Department
(Dept. 3) Experimental Limnology
Start
01/2017
End
12/2020
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

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

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

2018

2017

Thijs Frenken; Elisabet Alacid; Stella A. Berger; Elizabeth C. Bournr; Melanie Gerphagnon; Hans-Peter Grossart; Alena S. Gsell; Bas W. Ibelings; Maiko Kagami; Frithjof C. Küpper; Peter M. Letcher; Adeline Loyau; Takeshi Miki; Jens C. Nejstgaard; Serena Rasconi; Albert Rene; Thomas Rohrlack; Keilor Rojas-Jimenez; Dirk S. Schmeller; Bettina Scholz; Kensuke Seto; Telesphore Sime-Ngando; Assaf Sukenik; Dedmer B. van de Waal; Silke van den Wyngaert; Ellen Van Donk; Justyna Wolinska; Christian Wurzbacher; Ramsy Agha

Integrating chytrid fungal parasites into plankton ecology: research gaps and needs

Environmental Microbiology. - 19(2017)10, S. 3802-3822

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

Robert Ptacnik; Ana Gomes; Sarah-Jeanne Royer; Stella A. Berger; Albert Calbet; Jens C. Nejstgaard; Josep M. Gasol; Stamatina Isari; Stefanie D. Moorthi; Radka Ptacnikova; Maren Striebel; Andrey F. Sazhin; Tatiana M. Tsagaraki; Soultana Zervoudaki; Kristi Altoja; Panagiotis D. Dimitriou; Peeter Laas; Ayse Gazihan; Rodrigo A. Martinez; Stefanie Schabhüttl; Ioulia Santi; Despoina Sousoni; Paraskevi Pitta

A light-induced shortcut in the planktonic microbial loop

Scientific Reports. - 6(2016) art. 29286

2015

2014

Further Publications

 

2014 and earlier 

Calbet A, AF Sazhin, JC Nejstgaard, SA Berger, ZS Tait, L Olmos, D Sousoni, S Isari, RA Martinez, J-M Bouquet, EM Thompson, U Båmstedt, HH Jakobsen (2014). Future climate scenarios for a coastal productive planktonic food web resulting in microplankton phenology changes and decreased trophic transfer efficiency. PLoS ONE 9(4): e94388. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0094388.

Winder M, SA Berger, A Lewandowska, N Aberle, K Lengfellner, U Sommer, S Diehl (2012). Spring phenological responses of marine and freshwater plankton to changing temperature and light conditions. Marine Biology 159: 2491-2501.

Sebastian P, H Stibor, SA Berger, S Diehl (2012) Effects of water temperature and mixed layer depth on zooplankton body size. Marine Biology 159: 2431-2440.

Calbet A, RA Martínez, S Isari, S Zervoudaki, JC Nejstgaard, P Pitta, AF Sazhin, D Sousoni, A Gomes, SA Berger, TM Tsagaraki, R Ptacnik (2012). Effects of light availability on mixotrophy and microzooplankton grazing in an oligotrophic plankton food web: Evidences from a mesocosm study in Eastern Mediterranean waters. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 424-425: 66-77.

Berger SA, S Diehl, H Stibor, G Trommer, M Ruhenstroth (2010). Water temperature and stratification depth independently shift cardinal events during plankton spring succession. Global Change Biology 16:1954-1965.

Berger SA, S Diehl, H Stibor, G Trommer, M Ruhenstroth, A Wild, A Weigert, CG Jäger, M Striebel (2007). Water temperature and mixing depth affect timing and magnitude of events during spring succession of the plankton. Oecologia 150: 643-654.

Berger SA, S Diehl, TJ Kunz, D Albrecht, AM Oucible, S Ritzer (2006). Light supply, plankton biomass, and seston stoichiometry in a gradient of lake mixing depths. Limnology and Oceanography 51:1898-1905

Diehl S, SA Berger, R Wöhrl (2005). Flexible nutrient stoichiometry mediates environmental influences on phytoplankton and its abiotic resources. Ecology 86:2931-2945

Ptacnik R, S Diehl, SA Berger (2003). Performance of sinking and nonsinking phytoplankton taxa in a gradient of mixing depths. Limnology and Oceanography 48:1903-1912

Diehl S, SA Berger, R Ptacnik, A Wild (2002) Phytoplankton, light and nutrients in a gradient of mixing depths: field experiments. Ecology 83: 399-411

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