Research for the Environment

Prof. Dr. Matthias Liess

Department System Ecotoxicology
UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

phone: +49(3 41)2 35 1578
fax: +49(3 41)2 35-45 1578

Matthias Liess

I am an ecologist assessing and forecasting effects of toxicants and environmental stressors in aquatic ecosystems.

My interest is the understanding of mechanisms determining the behaviour of biological systems.
The results obtained are used to provide advice for the risk assessment and management of toxicants. This includes the assessment of long-term effects of low toxicants doses, the development of the SPEAR indicator system and the sustainable control of mosquitos.

I published my results in 106 ISI listed publications cited 2300 times h-index 27 (November 2013). Detail list see at


Online applications


Plankton beats insecticides at mosquito control

Recent publication

- Bunzel, K., Liess, M., Kattwinkel, M. (2014): Landscape parameters driving aquatic pesticide exposure and effects. Environmental Pollution 186, S. 90-97.

- Liess, M.; Foit, K.; Becker, A.; Hassold, E.; Dolciotti, I.; Kattwinkel, M.; Duquesne, S. (2013): Culmination of Low-Dose Pesticide Effects. Environ. Sci. Technol., 47 (15), S. 8862-8868.


Dep. of System Ecotoxicology
Building 6.0
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig

Prof. Dr. Matthias Liess
Tel: +49 341 235-1578

Tel: +49 341 235-1263
Fax: +49 341 235-1785