Jeremias Becker

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

Phone: +49(341) 235 - 14 95
Fax: +49(341) 235 - 45 14 95

Jeremias Becker Portrait

Jeremias received his diploma in Biology the Philipps University Marburg and specialised in Ecology. In his diploma-thesis he investigated the susceptibility of central and marginal populations within a species´ range to inbreeding and outbreeding depression according to the ‘abundant centre’ model.

In 2009 he joined our working group to improve strategies for integrated mosquito control, focusing on the role of biological interactions in population recovery and in the development of resistance to insecticides.

Professional experiences


since 04/2017
Project management of the DFG funded project "SENTINEL" on the association of freshwater pollution and the risk of schistosomiasis transmission in Western Kenya in cooperation with icipe, KEMRI and RWTH Aachen.

10/2012 - 11/2013
Project management of the feasibility study "Mocc-a: Mosquito Control by Combining chemical and biological measures in Western Kenya, Africa" in cooperation with icipe.

since 10/2012
Scientist at the Dept. System Ecotoxicology of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH - UFZ.

since 10/2009
PhD student at the Dept. System Ecotoxicology of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ.

2003 - 2009
Study of Biology at the Philipps University Marburg.


05/2009 - 07/2009
Research assistant at the Philipps University Marburg, Department of Conservation Biology: Development of allelic ladders for DNA-microsatellites of European Quercus species.

07/2002 - 04/2003
Civil service at the Naturschutzbund (NABU), Darmstadt: Conservation of calcareous neglected grass lands by grazing and removal of shrubs.


Shahid N, Becker JM, Krauss M, Brack W, Liess M (2018): Pesticide body burden of the crustacean Gammarus pulex as a measure of toxic pressure in agricultural streams. Environmental Science & Technology 52 (14), pp. 7823-7832.

Russo R, Haange S-V, Rolle-Kampczyk U, von Bergen M, Becker JM, Liess M (2018). Identification of pesticide exposure-induced metabolic changes in mosquito larvae. Science of The Total Environment 643, pp. 1533 - 1541.

Shahid N, Becker JM, Krauss M, Brack W, Liess M (2018): Adaptation of Gammarus pulex to agricultural insecticide contamination in streams. Science of The Total Environment 621, pp. 479-485.

Russo R, Becker JM, Liess M (2018): Sequential exposure to low levels of pesticides and temperature stress increase toxicological sensitivity of crustaceans. Science of The Total Environment 610-611, pp. 563-569.

Becker JM, Liess M (2017): Species diversity hinders adaptation to toxicants. Environmental Science & Technology 51 (17), pp. 10195–10202.

Münze R, Hannemann C, Orlinskiy P, Gunold R, Paschke A, Foit K, Becker JM, Kaske O, Peterson M, Jernstedt H, Kreuger J, Schüürmann G, Liess M (2017): Pesticides from wastewater treatment plant effluents affect invertebrate communities. Science of The Total Environment 599-600, pp. 387-399.

Becker JM, Liess M (2015): Biotic intercations govern genetic adaptation to toxicants. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282 (1806).