Dr. Mira Kattwinkel


Mira is a geoecologist with specialization in ecological and statistical modelling as well as ecological chemistry and ecotoxicology. She (1) investigated the combined effect of pesticides and biotic interactions on population and communities by means of ecological modelling based on laboratory experiments, and (2) worked on ecological risk assessment using GIS and statistical approaches. 

She is also interested in species occurrence and persistence in dynamic landscapes and uses statistical models (species distribution models) and dynamic models (metapopulation models).

Professional experiences

03/2009 - 05/2012
Researcher at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Department System Ecotoxicology, Leipzig, Germany


2005 – 2009
PhD student, Landscape Ecology Group; Carl v. Ossietzky University, Oldenburg; Thesis “Biodiversity of urban brownfields - Modelling species occurrence and persistence in dynamic habitats”

08 - 11 2003
Intership at the Freshwater Group, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), Edinburg, UK

1998 – 2004
Studies of Geoecology at the Technical University of Braunschweig;
Thesis “Estimating phosphorus export to surface waters: Data series analysis, export coefficient and AnnAGNPS modelling for the River Swale catchment” in cooperation with the CEH, Edinburgh, UK


Lautenbach, S., Maes, J., Kattwinkel, M., Seppelt, R., Strauch, M., Scholz, M., Schulz-Zunkel, C., Volk, M., Weinert, J., Dormann, C.F. (2012):     Mapping water quality-related ecosystem services: concepts and applications for nitrogen and pesticides. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystems Services and Management, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21513732.2011.631940.

Beketov M.A., Cedergreen N., Wick L.Y., Kattwinkel M., Duquesne S., Liess M., 2012. Sediment toxicity testing for prospective risk assessment – A new framework and how to establish it. Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, accepted.

Kattwinkel, M., Kühne, J.-V., Foit, K. & Liess, M., 2011. Climate change, agricultural insecticide exposure, and risk for freshwater communities. Ecological Applications 21: 2068–2081. [doi: 10.1890/10-1993.1]

Kattwinkel, M., Biedermann, R., Kleyer, M.; 2011. Temporary conservation for urban biodiversity. Biological Conservation 144 (9): 2335-2343.

Burgert, S., Schäfer, R., Foit, K., Kattwinkel, M., Metzeling, M., MacEwand, R., Kefford, B.J., Liess, M., 2011. Modelling aquatic exposure and effects of insecticides - application to South-Eastern Australia. Science of the Total Environment 409 (14): 2807-2814.

Kattwinkel, M., Strauss, B., Biedermann, R. & Kleyer, M., 2009. Modelling multi-species response to landscape dynamics: Mosaic cycles support urban biodiversity. Landscape Ecology 24: 929-941

Kattwinkel, M., Draeger, S., Schadek, U., Strauss, B., Biedermann, R. & Kleyer, M., 2008. Management und Modellierung der Biodiversität urbaner Brachen. Naturschutz und Biologische Vielfalt 60: 55-60.

Kattwinkel, M., 2009. Biodiversity of urban brown fields: Modelling species occurrence and persistence in dynamic habitats. PhD thesis, University of Oldenburg, Oldenburg.