Dr. Martin Schultze


Martin Schultze

Department Lake Research
Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Brückstraße 3a
39114 Magdeburg, Germany

phone: +49 (341) 6025 4400


Martin Schultze

Fields of research

Water quality and management of Lake Sevan (Armenia) (since 2017)

Water quality of reservoirs and its management by measures in the reservoirs and in their catchment areas (since 2011) 

Water quality in mine pit lakes (since 1984)
- Chemistry of mine pit lakes
- Influence of filling and management of pit lakes on their water quality and
sustainable use
- Prognosis of water quality of mine pit lakes
- Management of pit lakes

Influence of artificial ground water recharge on ground water quality in the region Letzlinger Heide (1984-1991)

Influence of agriculture and atmospheric deposition on ground water quality in hard rock (1984-1991)

Management of protection areas for drinking water (1984-1991)

Academic education

1979-1984 Studies in chemistry at the Dresden University of Technology
1984 Diplom (aprox. Master of Sciences) in chemistry
2012 PhD at the Braunschweig University of Technology
"The filling and remediation of pit lakes in former open cast lignite mines"

Professional career

1984-1986 scientist in the Institute of Water Management Berlin, department of Surface water protection, Magdeburg
1987-1990 scientist in the research department Surface water protection of the Wasserwirtschaftsdirektion "Untere Elbe" Magdeburg (regional water authority)
1991 scientist in the BMBF-funded project "Development of the scientific basics of design, filling, and water quality management in mine pit lakes" at the regional environmental protection agency in Magdeburg
1992-1994 scientist at the GKSS Research Centre Geesthacht, Institute for Inland Water Research Magdeburg
since 1995 scientist at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Department Lake Research


Last three years

Journals/Book chapters


Dadi T, Schultze M, Kong X, Seewald M, Rinke K, Friese K (2023) Sudden eutrophication of an aluminum sulphate treated lake due to abrupt increase of internal phosphorus loading after three decades of mesotrophy. Water Research 235:119824, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2023.119824

Dadi T, von Tümpling W, Mi C, Schultze M, Friese K. (2023) Assessment of phosphorus behavior in sediments of Lake Sevan, Armenia. Journal of Limnology 2022;81(s1):2132. https/doi.org/10.4081/jlimnol.2022.2132

Gevorgyan G, von Tuempling W, Shahnazaryan G, Friese K, Schultze M (2022) Lake-wide assessment of trace elements in surface sediments and water of Lake Sevan. Journal of Limnology 81(s1):2096, https://doi.org/10.4081/jlimnol.2022.2096

Hayrapetyan A, Gevorgyan G, Schultze M, Shikhani M, Khachikyan T, Krylov A, Rinke K. (2023) Contemporary community composition, spatial distribution patterns, and biodiversity characteristics of zooplankton in large alpine Lake Sevan, Armenia. Journal of Limnology 81(s1):2150, https.//doi.org/10.4081/jlimnol.2022.2150

Kong X, Determann M, Kuhlmann Andersen T, Cerqueira Barbosa C, Dadi T, Janssen ABG, Paule-Mercado MC, Guimarães Florencio Pujoni D, Schultze M, Rinke K (2023) Synergistic Effects of Warming and Internal Nutrient Loading Interfere with the Long-Term Stability of Lake Restoration and Induce Sudden Re-eutrophication. Environmental Science and Technology, https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.2c07181

Rinke K, Schultze M, Thober S, Mi C, Cöster D, Shatwell T (2023) Auswirkungen des Klimawandels auf Talsperren und mögliche Anpassungsstrategien. WasserWirtschaft 113(6):20-23

Shahnazaryan G, Schultze M, Rinke K, Gabrielyan B. (2022) Lake Sevan. Past, present, and future state of a unique alpine lake. Journal of Limnology 81(s1):2168, https://doi.org/10.4081/jlimnol.2022.2168 (Open Access)


Gabrielyan B, Khosrovyan A, Schultze M (2022) A review of anthropogenic stressors on Lake Sevan, Armenia. Journal of Limnology 81(s1):2061. https://doi.org/10.4081/jlimnol.2022.2061

Schultze, M.; Vandenberg, J.; McCullough, C.D.; Castendyk, D. (2022) The future direction of pit lakes: part 1, Research needs. Mine Water and the Environment 41:533–543, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10230-022-00850-1

Vandenberg, J., Schultze, M., McCullough, C.D., Castendyk, D. (2022) The future direction of pit lakes: part 2, Corporate and regulatory closure needs to improve management. Mine Water and the Environment 41:544–556, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10230-022-00868-5


Boehrer, B.; Jordan, S., Leng, P., Waldemer, C., Schwenk, C., Hupfer, M., Schultze, M. (2021) Gas Pressure
Dynamics in Small and Mid-Size Lakes. Water 13:1824; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13131824

Kong, X., Seewald, M., Dadi, T., Friese, F., Mi, C., Boehrer, B., Schultze, M., Rinke, R., Shatwell, T. (2021) Unravelling winter diatom blooms in temperate lakes using high frequency data and ecological modeling. Water Research 190:116681; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2020.116681

Rönicke, H., Frassl, M.A., Rinke, K., Tittel, J., Beyer, M., Kormann, B., Gohr, F., Schultze, M., (2021):
Suppression of bloom-forming colonial cyanobacteria by phosphate precipitation: A 30 years case study in Lake Barleber (Germany). Ecol. Eng. 162 , art. 106171; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoleng.2021.106171

Shikhani M, Mi C, Gevorgyan A, Gevorgyan G, Misakyan A, Azizyan L, Barfus K, Schulze M, Shatwell T, Rinke K (2021) Simulating thermal dynamics of the largest lake in the Caucasus region: The mountain Lake Sevan. Journal of Limnology 81(s1):2024. https://doi.org/10.4081/jlimnol.2021.202

Conference Proceedings


McCullough, C.M., Schultze, M., Vandenberg, J. (2018) Realising beneficial end uses for pit lakes. In: Drebenstedt, C., von Bismarck, F., Fourie, A., Tibbett, M. (eds) Mine Closure 2018. Australian Certre for Geomechanics, University of Western Australia, Cravley, Western Australia, pp 497-504
ISBN 978-3-86012-590-8

Schultze, M., Jolas, P., Weber, L. (2018) Filling, remediation and management of pit lakes by using mine water – an update. In: Drebenstedt, C., von Bismarck, F., Fourie, A., Tibbett, M. (eds) Mine Closure 2018. Australian Certre for Geomechanics, University of Western Australia, Cravley, Western Australia, pp 505-5112
ISBN 978-3-86012-590-8

Membership in scientific societies

Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker e.V., GDCh

Wasserchemische Gesellschaft (Fachgruppe der Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker)

Deutsche Vereinigung für Wasserwirtschaft, Abwasser und Abfall e.V., DWA

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Limnologie e.V., DGL

International Mine Water Association, IMWA

International Society of Limnology, SIL