Prof. Dr. Markus Weitere

Contact / Address

Prof. Dr. Markus Weitere
Head of Department

Department of River Ecology
for Environmental Research - UFZ
Brückstraße 3a
39114 Magdeburg

Tel: 0391 810 9600
Fax: 0391 810 9111

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Curriculum vitae

since 2010

Head of department River Ecology at Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research - UFZ and Professor for Applied River Ecology at the Technical University of Dresden


Habilitation at the Faculty for Maths and  Natural Sciences of the University of Cologne


Member of academic staff at Zoological Institute of the University of Cologne

2003/ 04

Post-Doc at University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australien (Research Group Kjelleberg)


Post-Doc at Free University of Berlin (Research Group Hausmann) and Alfred-Wegener-Institute in Bremerhaven (Research Group Berninger)


Doctoral thesis at University of Cologne (Research Group Arndt)


Student of Biology (Emphasis: Aquatic Ecology) at University of Cologne

Research fields

  • Procressorientated river ecology
  • Effects of stressors on the ecosystem functioning  in running waters
  • Structure and function of multi-trophic Biofilms
  • Experimential analysis of cause and effects in running waters

Selected activities in the scientific community

2006 – 2008

Selection committee for post-doc scholarships of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Since 2011

Editor-in-chief for International Review of Hydrobiology

Since 2011

Selection committee for PhD-scholarships of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU)

Since 2014

Spokesman of the integrated project (IP) „Healthy Aquatic Ecosystems“ within POF III/ Topic 3

Since 2014

Spokesman of the integrated project (IP) „Healthy Aquatic Ecosystems“ within POF III/ Topic 3

Since 2015

Review Board “Water Research” of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)

Current Research Projects

  • Integrated Project „Healthy Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Interactions between flow hydrodynamics and biofilm attributes and functioning (BIOFLOW). Funded by the German Science Foundation – DFG
  • “Trait variability and defense costs in coupled bi-trophic plankton - biofilm systems: effects on predator-prey dynamics and coexistence”. Within the Priority Program “Flexibility matters: Interplay between trait diversity and ecological dynamics using aquatic communities as model systems (DynaTrait)”. Funded by the German Science Foundation – DFG
  • Grazer control of benthic algal biomass: The role of food quality on different levels of spatial organization. (Funded by the German Science Foundation – DFG)
  • Wilde Mulde: Revitalisierung einer Wildflusslandschaft in Mitteldeutschland. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Implementation of regional protective measures and development of a new national conservation program for the priority species: Freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera) and Painter‘s mussel (Unio pictorum) – ArKoNaVera. Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

List of Publications


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Publications before 2010


Caspers, B., Junge, C., Weitere, M. & Steinfartz, S. (2009): Habitat adaptation rather than genetic distance correlates with female preference in fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra). Frontiers in Zoology 6(13), DOI: 1186/1742-9994-6-13.
Kathol, M., Norf, H., Arndt, H. & Weitere, M. (2009): Effects of temperature increase on the grazing of planktonic bacteria by biofilm-dwelling consumers. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 55: 65-79.
Norf, H., Arndt, H. & Weitere, M. (2009): Effects of resource supplements on mature ciliate biofilms: An empirical test using a novel type of flow cells. Biofouling 25: 769-778.
Norf, H., Arndt, H. & Weitere, M. (2009): Responses of biofilm-dwelling ciliate communities to planktonic and benthic resource enrichment. Microbial Ecology 57: 687-700.
Vohmann, A., Mutz, M., Arndt, H. & Weitere, M. (2009): Grazing impact and phenology of the freshwater sponge Ephydatia muelleri and the bryozoans Plumatella emarginata and Fredericella sultana under experimental warming. Freshwater Biology 54: 1078-1092.
Weitere, M., Vohmann, A., Schulz, N., Linn, C., Dietrich, D. & Arndt, H. (2009): Linking environmental warming to the fitness of the invasive clam Corbicula fluminea. Global Change Biology 15: 2838-2851.
Wey, J., Norf, H., Arndt, H. & Weitere, M. (2009): Role of dispersal in shaping communities of ciliates and heterotrophic flagellates within riverine biofilms. Limnology and Oceanography 54: 1615-1626.


Weitere, M., Dahlmann, J., Viergutz, C. and Arndt, H. (2008): Differential grazer-mediated effects of high summer temperatures on pico- and nanoplankton communities. Limnology and Oceanography 53(2), 477-486.
Wey, J., Scherwass, A., Norf, H., Arndt, H. and Weitere, M. (2008): Effects of protozoan grazing within river biofilms under semi-natural conditions. Aquatic Micorbial Ecology 52, 283-296.


Steinfartz, S., Weitere, M. and Tautz, D. (2007): Tracing the first step to speciation - ecological and genetic differentiation of a salamander population in a small forest. Molecular Ecology 16(21), 4550-4561.
Nitsche, F., Weitere, M., Scheckenbach, F., Hausmann, K., Wylezich, C. and Arndt, H. (2007): Deep sea records of choanoflagellates with a description of two new species. Acta Protozoologica 46(2), 99-106.
Norf, H., Arndt, H. and Weitere, M. (2007): Impact of local temperature increase on the early development of biofilm-associated ciliate communities. Oecologia 151(2), 341-350.
Viergutz, C., Kathol, M., Norf, H., Arndt, H. and Weitere, M. (2007): Control of microbial communities by the macrofauna: A sensitive interaction in the context of extreme summer temperatures? Oecologia 151(1), 115-124.
Wylezich, C., Mylnikov, A.P., Weitere, M. and Arndt, H. (2007): Freshwater thaumatomonads as common amoeboid heterotrophic flagellates: Distribution, phylogenetic relationships and description of a new species. Journal of Eucaryotic Microbiology 54(4), 347-357.


Hausmann, K., Selchow, P., Scheckenbach, F., Weitere, M. and Arndt, H. (2006): Cryptic species in a morphospecies complex of heterotrophic flagellates: The case study of Caecitellus spp. Acta Protozoologica 45: 415-431.
Queck, S.Y., Weitere, M., Moreno, A.M., Rice, S.A. and Kjelleberg, S. (2006): The role of the quorum sensing mediated developmental traits in the resistance of Serratia marcescens biofilms against protozoan grazing. Environmental Microbiology 8(6), 1017-1025.
Scheckenbach, F., Wylezich, C., Mylnikov, A.P., Weitere, M. and Arndt, H. (2006): Molecular comparisons of freshwater and marine isolates of the same morphospecies of heterotrophic flagellates. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 72: 6638-6643.
Scheckenbach, F., Wylezich, C., Weitere, M., Hausmann, K. and Arndt, H. (2005): Molecular identity of strains of heterotrophic flagellates isolated from surface waters and deep-sea sediments of the South Atlantic based on SSU rDNA. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 38: 239-247.
Weitere, M., Bergfeld, T., Matz, C., Rice, S.A. and Kjelleberg, S. (2005): Grazing resistance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms depends on type of protective mechanism, developmental stage and protozoan feeding mode. Environmental Microbiology 7: 1593-1601.
Weitere, M., Scherwass, A., Sieben, K.-T. and Arndt, H. (2005): Planktonic food web structure and potential carbon flow in the lower River Rhine with a focus on the role of the protozoans. River Research and Applications 21: 535-549.
Budéus, G., Cisewski, B., Ronski S., Dietrich, D. and Weitere, M. (2004): Structure and effects of a long lived vortex in the Greenland Sea. Geophysical Research Letters 31(5): Art. No. L05304.
Weitere, M., Tautz, D., Neumann, D. and Steinfartz, S. (2004): Adaptive divergence vs. environmental plasticity: tracing local genetic adaptation of metamorphosis traits in salamanders. Molecular Ecology 13(6): 1665-1677.
Arndt, H., Schmidt-Denter, K., Auer, B. and Weitere, M. (2003): Biofilms and protozoans. In: Krumbein, W.E., Paterson, D.M. und Zavarzin, G.A. (eds.): Fossil and recent biofilms, mats and networks, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht: 173-189.
Weitere, M. and Arndt, H. (2003): Structure of the heterotrophic flagellate community in the water column of the River Rhine (Germany). European Journal of Protistology 39(3): 287-300.
Weitere, M., Schmidt-Denter, K. and Arndt, H. (2003): Laboratory experiments on the impact of biofilms on the plankton of a large river. Freshwater Biology 48, 1983-1992.
Hausmann, K., Hülsmann, N., Polianski, I., Schade, S. and Weitere, M. (2002): Benthic protozoans along a transect at different depths (156 to 4,617 meters) in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Deep Sea Research Part I 49: 1959-1970.
Hausmann, K., Weitere, M., Wolf, M. and Arndt, H. (2002): Meteora sporadica gen. nov. et sp. nov. (Protista incertae sedis) - an extraordinary free-living protist from the Mediterranean deep sea. European Journal of Protistology 38: 171-177.
Weitere, M. and Arndt, H. (2002): Top-down effects on pelagic heterotrophic nanoflagellates (HNF) in a large river (River Rhine): Do losses to the benthos play a role? Freshwater Biology 47: 1437-1450.
Weitere, M. and Arndt, H. (2002): Water discharge-regulated bacteria/ heterotrophic nanoflagellates (HNF) interactions in the water column of the River Rhine. Microbial Ecology 44: 19-29.
Arndt, H., Dietrich, D., Auer, B., Cleven, E.J., Gräfenhan, T., Weitere, M. and Mylnikov, A.P. (2000): Functional diversity of heterotrophic flagellates in aquatic ecosystems. In: Leadbeater, B.S.C. and Green, J.C. (eds.): The flagellates. Taylor & Francis, London, New York: 240-268.