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This project investigates the impact of predicted changes in water-temperature and oxygen-content resulting from global warming on benthic invertebrates. A metadata-analysis is used to determine the relevance of these two factors for central-European streams. Laboratory experiments and field studies on selected model-organisms are also being conducted. The primary aim of the project is to predict the impact of water-temperature and oxygen-content on macroinvertebrates in Central-European streams.


• Compilation of geocoding data on water-temperature, oxygen-content and other important abiotic parameters including macroinvertebrate-data

• Performance of laboratory experiments to obtain information on the effects of temperature and oxygen on model-species
• Performance of vivo experiments on temperature and oxygen-content in variously impacted streams
• Predict on of the impact of changing stream-temperatures and oxygen-content on macroinvertebrates
• Development of a risk analysis for selected model-organisms

• Projection of the obtained results to other benthic invertebrates


Dr. Andrea Sundermann, Researcher


Bowler, D.E., Yano, S. & H. Amano (2013) : The non-consumptive effects of a predator on spider mites depend on predator density. - Journal of Zoology 289: 52-59.

Gerhardt, M., Sundermann, A. & P. Haase : Welche Parameter bieten den größten Erklärungsgrad für das Vorkommen benthischer Invertebraten? - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Limnologie (DGL) - Tagungsbericht 2009: 235-239.

Gerhardt, M., Sundermann, A. & P. Haase (2010) : Welche Parameter bieten den größten Erklärungsgrad für das Vorkommen benthischer Invertebraten? - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Limnologie (DGL) - Tagungsbericht 2009, 235-239. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Limnologie (DGL).

Haase, P., Hering, D., Jähnig, S.C., Lorenz, A.W. & A. Sundermann (2013) : The impact of hydromorphological restoration on river ecological status: a comparison of fish, benthic invertebrates, and macrophytes. - Hydrobiologia 704: 475-488.

Jähnig, S.C., Brunzel, S., Gacek, S., Lorenz, A.W. & D. Hering (2009) : Effects of re-braiding measures on hydromorphology, floodplain vegetation, ground beetles and benthic invertebrates in mountain rivers. - Journal of Applied Ecology 46(2): 406–416.

Jähnig, S.C., Lorenz, A.W. & D. Hering (2009) : Restoration effort, habitat mosaics, and macroinvertebrates - does channel form determine community composition? - Aquatic Conservation: Mar. Freshw. Ecosyst. 19(2): 157–169.

Kappes, H., Sundermann, A. & P. Haase (2010) : High spatial variability biases the space-for-time approach in environmental monitoring. - Ecological Indicators 10: 1202–1205.

Kappes, H., Sundermann, A. & P. Haase (2011) : Distant land use affects terrestrial and aquatic habitats of high naturalness. - Biodiversity and Conservation 20: 2297-2309.

Link to Publication

Kappes, H., Tackenberg, O. & P. Haase (2013) : Differences in dispersal- and colonization-related traits between taxa from the freshwater and the terrestrial realm. - Aquatic Ecology 48: 73-83.

Kappes, H. & P. Haase (2012) : Slow, but steady: Dispersal velocity and strategies of freshwater mollusks. - Aquatic Sciences 74: 1–14.

Kobialka, H., Schwer, H. & H. Kappes : Rote Liste der gefährdeten Schnecken und Muscheln (Mollusca: Gastropoda et Bivalvia) in Nordrhein-Westfalen. 3. Fassung 2009. - Mitteilungen der Deutschen Malakozoologischen Gesellschaft 82: 3-30.

Lorenz, A., Korte, T., Sundermann, A., Januschke, K. & P. Haase (2012) : Macrophytes respond to reach-scale river restorations. - Journal of Applied Ecology 49: 202-212.

Michl, T., Huck, S., Schmitt, T., Liebrich, A., Haase, P. & B. Büdel (2010) : The molecular population structure of the tall forb Cicerbita alpina (Asteraceae) supports the idea of cryptic glacial refugia in Central Europe. - Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 164, 142–154.

Seebens, H., Blackburn, T.M., Dyer, E.E., Genovesi, P., Hulme, P.E., Jeschke, J.M., Pagad, S., Pyšek, P., Winter, M., Arianoutsou, M., Bacher, S., Blasius, B., Brundu, G., Capinha, C., Celesti-Grapow, L., Dawson, W., Dullinger, S., Fuentes, N., Jäger, H., (...) (2017) : No saturation in the accumulation of alien species worldwide. - Nature Communications 8:14435.

Seebens, H., Essl, F & B. Blasius (2017) : The intermediate distance hypothesis of biological invasions. - Ecology Letters 20:158–165.

Sundermann, A., Gerhardt, M., Kappes, H. & P. Haase (2013) : Stressor prioritisation in riverine ecosystems: Which environmental factors shape benthic invertebrate assemblage metrics? - Ecological Indicators 27: 83-96.

Sundermann, A., Antons, C., Cron, N., Lorenz, A., Hering, D. & P. Haase (2011) : Hydromorphological restoration of running waters: effects on benthic invertebrate assemblages. - Freshwater Biology 56: 1689-1702.