Dr. Saskia Knillmann

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

Phone: +49(3 41)2 35-14 96
Fax: +49(3 41)2 35-45 15 78

Saskia Knillmann

Saskia is a geoecologist and joined our working group in 2008. Her research interests are to identify toxicant effects at the population and community level under different environmental conditions including the projected climate change. Furthermore she worked in the field of applied ecotoxicology in order to integrate a novel strategy for mosquito control developed by the Department System Ecotoxicology in Kenya. For her research she conducted experiments with zooplankton communities under semi-field conditions and monitorings under field conditions. In addition she analyses large data sets related to the trait based approach SPEAR for freshwater macroinvertebrates.

Professional experience


Since 04/2012
Researcher at the department System Ecotoxicology

08/2011 - 03/2012
Administrative and scientific project coordination of the feasibility study “Combining biological and chemical measures in Kenya and Cameroon“

03/2008 - 07/2011 PhD student in the project ECOLINK in the Department System Ecotoxicology

Study of Geoecology at the Eberhard-Karls-University in Tuebingen.
Diploma thesis (realised at the University of Freiburg, Chair of Tree Physiology): Soil-analytical and molecular-biological investigations on phytoremediation of Atrazine with poplar trees.

Exchange study at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago de Chile, Chile


Beketov MA, Stampfli NC, Yurchenko YA, Belevich OE, Knillmann S, Noskov YA, and Liess M (Under revision, Plos One) Ecological community sensitivity - taming the unpredictable with a cross-Eurasia experiment.

Liess, M., Foit, K., Knillmann, S., Schäfer, R.B., Liess, H.D. (2016), Predicting the synergy of multiple stress effects, Scientific Reports, 6.

Möckel, S., Gawel, E., Kästner, M., Knillmann, S., Liess, M., Bretschneider, W. (2015), Eine Abgabe auf Pflanzenschutzmittel für Deutschland, Natur und Recht, S. 669-677.

Orlinskiy, P., Münze, R., Beketov, M., Gunold, R., Paschke, A., Knillmann, S., Liess, M. (2015), Forested headwaters mitigate pesticide effects on macroinvertebrate communities in streams: Mechanisms and quantification, Science of The Total Environment, S. 115-123.

Anthonj C, Beskow S, Dornelles F, Fushita AT, Galharte CA, Galvão P, Gatti Junior P, Gücker B, Hildebrandt A, Karthe D, Knillmann S, Kotsila P, Krauze K, Kledson Leal Silva A, Lehmann P, Moura P, Periotto NA, Rodrigues Filho JL, Lopes dos Santos DR, Selge F, Silva T, Soares RM, Strohbach M, Suhogusoff A, Wahnfried I, Zandonà E, Zasada I. (2014) Water in urban regions: building future knowledge to integrate land use, ecosystem services and human health. Deutschen Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina - Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften, Halle.

Stampfli, N., Knillmann, S., Noskov, Y., Schäfer, R., Liess, M., Beketov, M. (2014), Environmental stressors can enhance the development of community tolerance to a toxicant, Ecotoxicology, S. 1690-1700.

Knillmann S, Stampfli NC, Noskov YA, Beketov MA, 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: 1598–1609, doi: 10.1111/gcb.12151

Stampfli NC, Knillmann S, Liess M, Noskov YA, Schäfer RB, Beketov MA (2013) Two stressors and a community – Effects of hydrological disturbance and a toxicant on freshwater zooplankton. Aquatic Toxicology 127: 9–20. doi: 10.1016/j.aquatox.2012.09.003

Knillmann S, Stampfli N, Beketov M, Liess M (2012) Intraspecific competition increases toxicant effects in outdoor pond microcosms. Ecotoxicology 21 (7): 1857-1866. doi:10.1007/s10646-012-0919-y

Knillmann S, Stampfli NC, Noskov YA, Beketov MA, Liess M (2012). Interspecific competition delays recovery of Daphnia spp. populations from pesticide stress. Ecotoxicology. doi:10.1007/s10646-012-0857-8

Stampfli NC, Knillmann S, Liess M, Beketov MA (2011). Environmental context determines community sensitivity of freshwater zooplankton to a pesticide. Aquatic Toxicology 104 (1-2), 116 - 124. doi: 10.1016/j.aquatox.2011.04.004