Tel.: 0391 - 810 9350
Fax: 0391 - 810 9111
The Department of River Ecology addresses the ecology as well as the contamination of creeks, rivers and streams. The activities are focussing on the Elbe river catchment area with its tributaries and adjacent floodplains. Furthermore, other lotic systems in Europe as well as in other countries are subject of research projects.
The department is currently organized in three working groups:
- physico-chemical processes, microbial ecology of interfaces and planktonic systems,
- water analysis and chemometry.
The scientific expertise of the department is reflected in the research groups and comprises the investigation of aquatic chemical compounds (nutrients, elements and organic contaminants), suspended particulate matter (colloids and aggregates), plankton dynamics and activity (enzymes and cells), immobilised cells (biofilms and benthic communities). For analysis of bulk water, planktonic and interfacial processes a broad range of tools and advanced techniques are available including: research vessel, chemical analytical techniques (TXRF, GC-MS, HPLC-MS), isotope laboratory, flow-field flow fractionation, flow cytometry, laser scanning microscopy (1-photon and 2-photon), digital image analysis.