Freshwater is essential for life. Multiple anthropogenic stressors have contributed to declines of aquatic biodiversity and associated ecosystem functions and services. A mechanistic understanding of the water cycle and the ecology of freshwater systems is essential for deducing recommendations for their conservation and restoration.
The aim of the research area “Freshwater Ecosystems” is to tackle global challenges in water science across disciplines, to advance the fundamental understanding of the driving forces which govern the functioning of aquatic ecosystems and their spatio-temporal patterns of biodiversity, and to translate such knowledge into strategies for sustainable environmental management.
To learn more about this research focus within the TUM School of Life Sciences within the Department of Life Science Systems, please contact: aquasys[at]tum.de
Dive in for a deeper understanding and get to know selected projects on freshwater ecosystems.
More collaborative projects
- CYTOXKLIMA+ – Climate change promotes toxic cyanobacteria - Detection of cyanotoxins in water bodies (Dr. Räder / Prof. Geist)
- ENL Alte Saale / VANT – Investigation of the functionality of a gravel filter and newly created spawning grounds of the Alte Saale near Orlamünde (Prof. Geist)
- Inn Project / VERBUND – Improving grassland management on river dikes – Effects on vegetation and arthropods (Prof. Kollmann)
- Inn Project (Habitat) / VERBUND – Evaluation of habitat enhancement measures to protect fish populations (Prof. Geist)
- Inn Project (Pit-Tag) / VERBUND – Investigation of longitudinal and lateral connectivity of fish habitats at the Bavarian Inn river using pit tag technology (Prof. Geist)
- MARA – Margaritifera Restoration Alliance (Prof. Geist)
- Shell sensor – Innovative technology for an integrative biological early warning system for Water Quality Monitoring (Prof. Geist)
Ecostreams for LIFE
A river restoration project in northern of Sweden (Prof. Geist)
A species conservation project in Thuringia (Dr. Pander / Prof. Geist)
Evaluation of microplastics using ecotoxicological test systems (Dr. Beggel / Prof. Geist)