Dr. Mikhail A. Beketov

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

Phone: +49-341-235-1498
Fax: +49-341-235-1785


Mikhail A. Beketov

I am a quantitative aquatic ecologist. My aim is to improve the analysis and prediction of effects of chemical contaminants and other anthropogenic and natural factors on biological communities at large spatial scales. I believe that this can only be achieved by the coherent development of (i) statistics and modelling, (ii) community- and macroecology, and (iii) environmental toxicology and risk assessment. Therefore, my work is interdisciplinary across these three areas of research. It is intended that the results of my work should provide a scientific background for landscape management and environmental risk assessment.

Professional experience

Since 2005

Researcher at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Department System Ecotoxicology, Leipzig, Germany.

2002 - 2005

Hydrobiologist at the Western-Siberian Centre for Environmental Monitoring, Novosibirsk, Russia.

2004 - 2005

Entomologist at the Institute of Systematics and Ecology of Animals, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Science, Novosibirsk, Russia.

2000 - 2003

PhD student at the Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University, Novosibirsk, Russia. PhD in Ecology; the thesis was focused on the use of mayflies and dragonflies in bioassessment and environmental toxicology.

Invited lectures

Macroecology and ecotoxicology – Time for integration. University of Lorraine, Metz, France, 5 June, 2012.
Macroecology and Ecotoxicology. University Koblenz-Landau, Landau, Germany, 12 July, 2012.
Challenges and advances in system ecotoxicology. Invited lecture in the international lectureship programme INNOLEC, Masaryk University, 26 – 27 November 2009, Brno, Czech Republic.
Risk assessment of toxicants and ecosystems: The challenge to understand reality. Invited lecture in international workshop “REP-LECOTOX 2nd Workshop, Trends in Ecological Risk assessment” (funded by EU), 21 – 23 September 2009, Novi Sad, Serbia.


33 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals covered by ISI (23 as a first author, 5 as a last author, journal impact factor up to 9.7, ISI citation number: 401, H-index: 14)

9 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals not covered by ISI

1 book chapter

7 articles in popular science periodicals

7 technical scientific reports

1 database

84 conference abstracts

Articles (ISI)


33. Beketov M.A., Kefford B.J., Schäfer R.B., Liess M., 2013. Pesticides reduce regional biodiversity of stream invertebrates. PNAS, 110(27): 11039-11043.

32. Beketov M.A., Kattwinkel M., Liess M., 2013. Statistics matter: Data aggregation improves identification of community-level effects compared to a commonly used multivariate method. Ecotoxicology, in press.

31. Beketov M.A., Cedergreen N., Wick L.Y., Kattwinkel M., Duquesne S., Liess M., 2013. Sediment toxicity testing for prospective risk assessment – A new framework and how to establish it. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, 19: 98-117.

30. Stampfli N.C., Knillmann S., Liess M., Noskov Yu.A., Schäfer R.B., Beketov M.A., 2013. Two stressors and a community – Effects of hydrological disturbance and a toxicant on freshwater zooplankton. Aquatic Toxicology, 127: 9-20.

29. Schäfer R.B., Gerner N., Kefford B.J., Rasmussen J., Beketov M.A., de Zwart D., Liess M., von der Ohe P.C., 2013. How to characterize chemical exposure to predict ecologic effects on aquatic communities? Environmental Science and Technology, 47: 7996-8004.

28. Knillmann S., Stampfli N.C., Noskov Yu.A., Beketov M.A., Liess M., 2013. Elevated temperature prolongs long-term effects of a pesticide on Daphnia spp. due to altered competition in zooplankton communities. Global Change Biology, 19(5): 1598-1609.


27. Beketov M.A., Liess M., 2012. Ecotoxicology and macroecology - Time for integration. Environmental Pollution, 162: 247-254. (this article was included in the top 2% of published articles in biology and medicine in 2012 by F1000, and included in the key articles by the Earth Emphasis)

26. Liess M., Beketov M.A., 2012. Rebuttal related to ‘‘Traits and Stress: Keys to identify community effects of low levels of toxicants in test systems’’ by Liess and Beketov (2011). Ecotoxicology, 21: 300-303.

25. Schäfer R.B., von der Ohe P.C., Rasmussen J., Kefford B.J., Beketov M.A., Schulz R., Liess M., 2012. Thresholds for the effects of pesticides on invertebrate communities and leaf breakdown in stream ecosystems. Environmental Science and Technology, 46: 5134-5142.

24. Knillmann S., Stampfli N.C., Noskov Yu.A., Beketov M.A., Liess M., 2012. Interspecific competition delays recovery of Daphnia spp. populations from pesticide stress. Ecotoxicology, 21: 1039-1049.

23. Knillmann S., Stampfli N.C., Beketov M.A., Liess M., 2012. Intraspecific competition increases toxicant effects in outdoor pond microcosms. Ecotoxicology, 21: 1857-1866.


22. Liess M., Beketov M.A., 2011. Traits and stress - keys to identify community effects of low levels of toxicants in test systems. Ecotoxicology, 20(6): 1328-1340.

21. Beketov M.A., Speranza A., Liess M., 2011. Ultraviolet radiation increases sensitivity to pesticides – synergistic effects on population growth rate of Daphnia magna at low concentrations. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 87(3): 231-237.

20. Stampfli N.C., Knillmann S., Liess M., Beketov M.A., 2011. Environmental context determines community sensitivity of freshwater zooplankton to a pesticide. Aquatic Toxicology, 104(1-2): 116-124.


19. Schletterer M., Füreder L., Kuzovlev V.V., Beketov M.A., 2010. Testing the coherence of several macroinvertebrate indices and environmental factors in a large lowland river system, Ecological Indicators, 10(6): 1083-1092.

18. Beketov M.A., Yurchenko Yu.A., Belevich O.E., Liess M., 2010. What environmental factors are important determinants of structure, species richness, and abundance of mosquito assemblages? Journal of Medical Entomology, 47(2): 129-139.


17. Beketov M.A., 2009. Rapoport effect is detected in a river system and based on nested organization. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 18(4): 498-506.

16. Beketov M.A., 2009. SPEARpesticides pinpoints pollution in minutes. TrAC - Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 28(10): III-IV.

15. Beketov M.A., Foit K., Schäfer R.B., Schriever C.A., Sacchi A., Capri E., Biggs J., Wells C., Liess, M., 2009. SPEAR indicates pesticide effects in streams – comparative use of species- and family-level biomonitoring data. Environmental Pollution, 157(6): 1841-1848.

14. Beketov M.A., 2009. Cross-Eurasian and altitudinal distribution of lotic mayflies – Species with wider altitudinal ranges have narrower geographical distribution. Annales de Limnologie - International Journal of Limnology, 45(4): 209-218.


13. Beketov M.A., Liess M., 2008. Variability of pesticide exposure in a stream mesocosm system: Macrophyte-dominated vs. non-vegetated sections. Environmental Pollution, 156(3): 1364-1367.

12. Beketov M.A., Liess M., 2008. An indicator for effects of organic toxicants on lotic invertebrate communities: Independence of confounding environmental factors over an extensive river continuum. Environmental Pollution, 156(3): 980-987.

11. Beketov M.A., Schäfer R.B., Marwitz A., Paschke A., Liess M., 2008. Long-term stream invertebrate community alterations induced by the insecticide thiacloprid: Effect concentrations and recovery dynamics. Science of the Total Environment, 405(1-3): 96-108.

10. Beketov M.A., 2008. Community structure of Ephemeroptera in Siberian streams. Entomological Science, 11(3): 289-299.

9. Beketov M.A., 2008. First data on caddisflies (Trichoptera) of streams of northern middle Siberia, Russia. Entomological News, 119(3): 299-302.

8. Beketov M.A., Liess M., 2008. Potential of 11 pesticides to initiate downstream drift of stream macroinvertebrates. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 55(2): 247-253.

7. Beketov M.A., Liess M., 2008. Acute and delayed effects of the neonicotinoid insecticide thiacloprid on seven freshwater arthropods. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 27(2): 461-470.


6. Beketov M.A., Liess M., 2007. Predation risk perception and food scarcity induce alterations of life cycle traits of the mosquito Culex pipiens. Ecological Entomology, 32(4): 405-410.

5. Beketov M.A., Liess M., 2006. The influence of predation on the chronic response of Artemia sp. populations to a toxicant. Journal of Applied Ecology, 43(6): 1069-1074.


4. Beketov M.A., Liess M., 2005. Acute contamination with esfenvalerate and food limitation: chronic effects on the mayfly Cloeon dipterum. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 24(5): 1281-1286.


3. Beketov M.A., 2004. Different sensitivity of mayflies (Insecta, Ephemeroptera) to ammonia, nitrite and nitrate: linkage between experimental and observational data. Hydrobiologia, 528(1-3): 209-216.

2. Beketov M.A., 2004. Comparative sensitivity to insecticides deltamethrin and esfenvalerate of several aquatic insects (Ephemeroptera and Odonata) and Daphnia magna. Russian Journal of Ecology, 35(3):  200-204.


1. Beketov M.A., 2002. Ammonia toxicity to larvae of Erythromma najas (Hansemann), Lestes sponsa (Hansemann) and Sympetrum flaveolum (Linnaeus). Odonatologica, 31(3): 297-304.

Articles (peer-reviewed, not ISI)

9. Beketov M.A., 2007. New records of mayflies and stoneflies (Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera) in South-West Siberia. Euroasian Entomological Journal, 6(4): 387-388.

8. Beketov M.A. 2006. Caddisflies (Trichoptera) of south-western Siberia: new zoogeographical records, aquatic habitat preferences and flight periods. Braueria, 33: 13-16.

7. Beketov M.A., Godunko R.J., 2005. Baetis khakassikus n. sp., a new species of the subgenus Rhodobaetis Jacob, 2003 from Middle Siberia, Russian Federation (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae: Baetis). Genus, 16(1): 7-12.

6. Beketov M.A., 2005. Species composition of stream insects of northeastern Altai: mayflies, caddisflies, and stoneflies (Ephemeroptera, Trichoptera, Plecoptera). Euroasian Entomological Journal, 4(2): 101-105. – [Russian, with English abstract]

5. Beketov M.A., Kryukov V.Yu., 2004. Caddisflies (Trichoptera) of Southern Trans–Ural region. Euroasian Entomological Journal, 3(3): 213-215. – [Russian, with English abstract]

4. Beketov M.A., 2004. New data on mayflies (Ephemeroptera) of South-West Siberia. Euroasian Entomological Journal, 3(1): 25-27 – [Russian, with English abstract]

3. Beketov M.A., Ivanov V.D., 2004. New data on the caddisflies (Trichoptera) of south-western Siberia. Braueria, 31: 26-28.

2. Beketov M.A., 2004. Stoneflies of southwestern Siberia, Russia, with description of the larva of Isoperla kozlovi Zhiltzova, 1972 (Plecoptera). Opuscula zoologica fluminensia, 218: 1-8.

1. Beketov M.A., Kluge N.Yu., 2003. Mayflies of Southwestern Siberia, Russia (Ephemeroptera). Opuscula zoologica fluminensia, 211: 1-6.