PD Dr. Mario Brauns

Department River Ecology
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH - UFZ
Brückstr. 3a
39114 Magdeburg, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)391 - 810 9140
Fax:    +49 (0)391 - 810 9150


Thats me

Summary of qualifications

Habilitation (venia legendi) in Hydrobiology, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany


PhD (Aquatic ecology). Humboldt-University Berlin and Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries. Berlin, Germany

2003 - 2009

Dipl.-Ing. (Landscape planning). University of Applied Sciences of Bernburg. Germany

1996 - 2000

Employment history

Research group leader (tenured), Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ, Department River Ecology

Since 2017

Postdoc (Tenure track), Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH – UFZ, Department River Ecology


Postdoc, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Department of Shallow Lakes and Lowland Rivers, Berlin, Germany

2009 - 2010

PhD Student, Humboldt-University and Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries. Berlin, Germany
Thesis title: Human impacts on the structure and ecological function of littoral macroinvertebrate communities in lakes

2003 - 2009

Research Assistant, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Department of Shallow Lakes and Lowland Rivers, Berlin, Germany

2001 - 2003


Attermeyer, K., Anlanger, C., Weitere, M., Kamjunke, N. & Brauns, M. (2023): Benthic metabolism and nutrient uptake vary with geomorphology and season in a lowland river.- Freshwater Science, https://doi.org/10.1086/723895.

Wernicke, T., Rojo-Nieto, E., Paschke, A., Nogueira Tavares, C., Brauns, M. & Jahnke A. (2022): Exploring the Partitioning of Hydrophobic Organic Compounds between Water, Particulate Matter and Diverse Fish Species in a German River Ecosystem.- Environmental Sciences Europe, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12302-022-00644-w

Mehner, T., Attermeyer, K., Brauns, M., Brothers, S., Hilt, S., Scharnweber, K., van Dorst, R., Vanni, M., & Gaedke, U. (2022): Trophic transfer efficiency in lakes.- Ecosystems, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10021-022-00776-3

Nogueira Tavares, C., Weitere, M., Borcherding, J., Gerngroß, P., Krenek, S., Worischka, S., & Brauns, M. (2022): Diet composition and trophic niche differentiation of Neogobius melanostomus along an invasion gradient in a large lowland river.- Limnologica, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.limno.2022.125996

Wild, R., Gücker, B., Weitere, M. & Brauns, M. (2022): Resource supply and organismal dominance are associated with high secondary production in temperate agricultural streams.- Functional Ecology, https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.14122

Brauns, M., Allen, D.C., Boëchat, I.G., Cross, W.F., Ferreira, V., Graeber, D., Patrick, C.J., Peipoch, M., von Schiller, D. & Gücker, B. (2022): A global synthesis of human impacts on the multifunctionality of streams and rivers.- Global Change Biology 28: 4783– 4793.

Meier, L., Brauns, M., Grimm, V., Weitere, M. & Frank, K. (2022): MASTIFF: A mechanistic model for cross-scale analyses of the functioning of multiple stressed riverine ecosystems.- Ecological Modelling, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2022.110007

Schulz-Zunkel, C., Anlanger, C., Baborowski, M., Bondar-Kunze, E., Brauns, M., Gapinski, C., Gründling, R., von Haaren, C., Hein, T., Henle, K., Junge, F., Koll, K., Kasperidus, H.D., Kretz, L., Rast, G., Sendek, A., Sprößig, C., Seele-Dilbat, C., Scholz, M., Schnauder, I., Schrenner, H. Nogueira Tavares, C., Vieweg, M., von Tümpling, W., Weitere, M., Wirth, C., Wunsch, T. & Dziock, F. (2022): Effective restoration measures in river-floodplain ecosystems: lessons learned from the `Wilde Mulde` project.- International Review of Hydrobiology 107: 9– 21

Anlanger, C., Attermeyer, K., Hille, S., Koll, K., König, M., Schnauder, I., Tavares, C., Weitere, M. & Brauns, M. (2022): Large wood in river restoration: a case study on the effects on hydromorphology, biodiversity, and ecosystem functioning.- International Review of Hydrobiology 107: 34– 45.

de Guzman, I., Altieri, P., Elosegi, A., Pérez-Calpe, A.V., von Schiller, D., González, J.M., Brauns, M., Montoya, J.M. & Larrañaga, A. (2022): Water diversion and pollution interactively shape freshwater food webs through bottom-up mechanisms.- Global Change Biology 28: 859–876.

Brauns, M., Kneis, D., Brabender, M. & Weitere, M. (2022): Habitat availability determines food chain length and interaction strength in food webs of a large lowland river.- River Research and Application 38: 323–333.

Schmitz, M., Deutschmann, B., Markert, N., Backhaus, T., Brack, W., Brauns, M., Brinkmann, M., Seiler, T.B., Fink, P., Tang, S., Beitel, S., Doering, J.A., Hecker, M., Shao, Y., Schulze, T., Weitere, M., Wild, R., Velki, M. & Hollert, H. (2022): Demonstration of an aggregated biomarker response approach to assess the impact of point and diffuse contaminant sources in feral fish in a small river case study.- Science of the Total Environment 804, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.150020

Brauns, M., Berendonk, T., Berg, S., Grunicke, F., Kneis, D., Krenek, S., Schiller, T., Schneider, J., Wagner, A. & Weitere, W. (2021): Stable isotopes reveal the importance of terrestrially derived resources for the diet of the freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera).- Aquatic Conservation - Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 31: 2496–2505.

Weigelhofer, G., Brauns, M., Gilvear, D., Haidvogel, G. & Hein, T. (2021): Riverine landscapes: challenges and future trends in research and management.- River Research and Application 37: 119-122.

Reiber, L., Knillmann, S., Kaske, O., Atencio, L.C., Bittner, L., Albrecht, J., Bartonitz, A., Fahl, A.-K., Beckers, L.-M., Krauss, M., Henkelmann, B., Schramm, K.-W., Inostroza, P.A., Schinkel, L., Brauns, M., Weitere, M., Brack, W. & Liess, M. (2021): Long-term effects of a catastrophic insecticide spill on stream invertebrates.- Science of the Total Environment 768, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144456

Weitere, M., Altenburger, R., Anlanger, C., Baborowski, M., Bärlund, I., Beckers, L.-M., Borchardt, D., Brack, W., Brase, L., Busch, W., Chatzinotas, A., Deutschmann, B., Eligehausen, J., Frank, K., Graeber, D., Griebler, C., Hagemann, J., Herzsprung, P., Hollert, H., Inostroza, P.A., Jäger, C., Jahnke, A., Kalies, R., Kamjunke, N., Karrasch, B., Kaschuba, S., Kaus, A., Kurz, M., Liess, M., Marges, M., Müller, C., Muschket, M., Musolff, A., Norf, H., Pöhlein, F., Reiber, L., Risse-Buhl, U., Schramm, K.-W., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Schmitz, M., Strachauer, U., von Tümpling, W., Weber, N., Wild, R., Wolf, C., Brauns, M. (2021): Disentangling multiple chemical and non-chemical stressors in a lotic ecosystem using a longitudinal approach.- Science of the Total Environment 769: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144324

Miler, O. & Brauns, M. (2020): Hierarchical response of littoral macroinvertebrates to altered hydromorphology and eutrophication.- Science of the Total Environment 743, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140582

Nogueira Tavares, C., Brauns, M., Hille, S., Krenek, S., Borcherding. J. & Weitere, M. (2020) Tracing the colonization process of non-native gobies into a large river: the relevance of different dispersal modes.- Biological Invasions 22: 2421–2429.

Fink, P., Norf, H., Anlanger, C., Brauns, M., Kamjunke, N., Risse-Buhl, U., Schmitt-Jansen, M., Weitere, M. & Borchardt, D. Streamside mobile mesocosms (MOBICOS) (2020): A new modular research infrastructure for hydro-ecological process studies across catchment-scale gradients.- International Review of Hydrobiology 105: 63-71.

Kärcher, O., Filstrup, C.T., Brauns, M., Tasevska, O., Patcevy, P., Hellwig, N., Walz, A., Frank, K. & Markovic, D. (2020). Chlorophyll a relationships with nutrients and temperature, and predictions for lakes across perialpine and Balkan mountain regions.- Inland Waters 10: 29-41.

Kamjunke, N., Hertkorn, N., Harir, M., Schmitt-Kopplin, P., Griebler, C., Brauns, M., von Tümpling, W., Weitere, M. & Herzsprung, P. (2019): Molecular change of dissolved organic matter and patterns of bacterial activity in a stream along a land-use gradient.- Water Research 164: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2019.114919

Brauns, M., Brabender, M., Gehre, M., Rinke, K. & Weitere, M. (2019): Organic matter resources fuelling food webs in a human-modified lowland river: Importance of habitat and season.- Hydrobiologia 841: 121–131.

Graeber, D, Gücker, B, Wild, R, Wells, N.S., Anlanger, C., Kamjunke, N., Norf, H., Schmidt, C. & Brauns, M. (2019): Biofilm-specific uptake does not explain differences in whole-stream DOC tracer uptake between a forest and an agricultural stream.- Biogeochemistry 144: 85–101.

Wild, R., Gücker, B. & Brauns, M. (2019): Agricultural land use alters temporal patterns and the composition of organic matter in temperate headwater streams.- Freshwater Science 38: 566-581

Porst, G., Brauns, M., Irvine, K., Solimini, A., Sandin,L., Pusch, M. & Miler, O. (2019): Effects of shoreline alteration and habitat heterogeneity on macroinvertebrate community composition across European lakes.- Ecological Indicators 98: 285–296.

Pätzig, M., Vadeboncoeur, Y. & Brauns, M. (2018): Lakeshore modification reduces secondary production of macroinvertebrates in littoral but not deeper zones.- Freshwater Science 37: 845-856.

Brauns, M., Boëchat, I.G., de Carvalho, A.P.C., Graeber, D., Gücker, B., Mehner, T. & von Schiller, D. (2018): Consumer-resource stoichiometry as a predictor of trophic discrimination (Δ13C, Δ15N) in aquatic invertebrates.- Freshwater Biology 63:1240–1249.

Inostroza, P.A., Vera-Escalona, I., Wild, R., Norf, H & Brauns, M. (2018): Tandem action of natural and chemical stressors in stream ecosystems: insights from a population genetic perspective.- Environmental Science & Technology 52: 7962–7971.

Müller, C., Musolff, A., Strachauer, U., Brauns, M., Tarasova, L., Merz, R. & Knöller, K. (2018): Tomography of anthropogenic nitrate contribution along a mesoscale river.- Science of the Total Environment 615: 773–783.

Lischke, B., Mehner, T., Hilt, S., Attermeyer, K., Brauns, M., Brothers, S., Grossart, H.P., Köhler, J., Scharnweber, K. & Gaedke, U. (2017): Benthic carbon is inefficiently transferred in the food webs of two eutrophic shallow lakes.- Freshwater Biology 62: 1693–1706.

Reinhard, T., Brauns, M., Steinfartz, S., & Weitere, M. (2017): Effects of salamander larvae on food webs in highly subsidised ephemeral ponds.- Hydrobiologia 799: 37–48.

Wollschläger, U., Attinger, S., Borchardt, D., Brauns, M., Cuntz, M., Dietrich, P., Fleckenstein, J.H., Friese, K., Friesen, J., Hildebrandt, A., Jäckel, G., Kamjunke, N., Knöller, K., Kögler, S., Kolditz, O., Krieg, R., Kumar, R., Lausch, A., Liess, M., Marx, A., Merz, R., Mueller, C., Musolff, A., Norf, H., Rebmann, C., Reinstorf, F., Rode, M., Rink, K., Rinke, K., Samaniego, L., Vieweg, M., Vogel, H.-J., Weitere, M., Werban, U., Zink, M. & Zacharias, S. (2017): The Bode hydrological observatory: a platform for integrated, interdisciplinary hydro-ecological research within the TERENO Harz/Central German Lowland Observatory.- Environmental Earth Sciences: 76: 1-25.

Syväranta, J., Scharnweber, K., Brauns, M., Hilt, S. & Mehner, T. (2016): Assessing the utility of hydrogen, carbon and nitrogen stable isotopes in estimating consumer allochthony in two shallow eutrophic lakes.- PLOS ONE, DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0155562

Brabender, M., Weitere, W., Anlanger, C. & Brauns, M. (2016): Secondary production and richness of native and non-native macroinvertebrates are driven by human-altered shoreline morphology in a large river.- Hydrobiologia 776:51–65.

Mährlein, M., Pätzig, M., Brauns, M., & Dolman, A.M. (2015): Length-mass relationships for lake macroinvertebrates corrected for back transformation and preservation effects.- Hydrobiologia 768: 37-50.

Porst, G., Miler, O., Donohue, L., Jurca, T., Pilotta, F., Brauns, M., Solimini, A. & Pusch, M. (2015): Cost-efficient sampling methodologies for littoral invertebrates of lakes in compliance with the European Water Framework Directive.- Hydrobiologia 767: 207–220.

Mehner, T., Attermeyer, K., Brauns, M., Brothers, S., Diekmann, M., Gaedke, U., Grossart, H.-P., Köhler, J., Lischke, B., Meyer, N., Scharnweber, K., Syväranta, J., Vanni, M. & Hilt, S. (2015): Weak response of animal allochthony and production to enhanced supply of terrestrial leaf litter in nutrient-rich lakes.- Ecosystems 19: 311–325.

Peipoch, M., Brauns, M., Hauer, F.R., Weitere, M. & Valett, H.M. (2015). Ecological Simplification: Human Influences on Riverscape Complexity. BioScience 65: 1057-1065.

Miler, O., Ostendorp, W., Brauns, M., Porst, G. & Pusch, M. (2015): Ecological assessment of morphological shore degradation at whole lake level aided by aerial photo analysis.- Fundamental and Applied Limnology 186: 353 - 369.

Pätzig, M., Grüneberg, B. & Brauns, M. (2015): Water depth but not season mediates the effects of human lakeshore modification on littoral macroinvertebrates in a large lowland lake.- Fundamental and Applied Limnology 186: 311-321.

Fornero Aguiar, A.C., Gücker, B., Brauns, M., Hille, S. & Boëchat, I.G. (2015): Benthic invertebrate density, biomass and instantaneous secondary production along a fifth-order human-impacted tropical river.- Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 22:9864–9876.

Hilt, S., Wanke, T., Scharnweber, K., Brauns, M., Syväranta, J., Brothers, S., Gaedke, U., Köhler, J., Lischke, B. & Mehner, T. (2015): Contrasting response of two shallow eutrophic lakes to a partial winter-kill of fish.- Hydrobiologia 749: 31–42.

de Carvalho, A.P.C., Gücker, B., Brauns, M. & Boëchat, I.G. (2015): High variability in carbon and nitrogen isotopic discrimination of tropical freshwater invertebrates.- Aquatic Sciences 77: 307-314.

Scharnweber, K., Syväranta, J., Hilt S., Brauns, M., Vanni, M.J., Brothers, S., Köhler, J., Knežević-Jarić, J. & Mehner, T. (2014): Whole-lake experiments reveal the fate of terrestrial particulate organic carbon in benthic food webs of shallow lakes.- Ecology 95:1496–1505.

Graeber, D., Pusch, M.T., Lorenz, S. & Brauns, M. (2013): Cascading effects of flow reduction on the benthic invertebrate community in a lowland river.- Hydrobiologia 717: 147-159.

Kamjunke, N., Büttner, O., Jäger, C., Marcus, H., Von Tümpling, W., Halbedel, S., Norf, N., Brauns, M., Baborowski, M., Wild, R., Borchardt, D. & Weitere, M. (2013): Biogeochemical patterns in a river network along a land use gradient.- Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 185: 9221-9236.

Brauns, M., Von Schiller, D. & Gergs, R. (2013): Stabile Isotopentechniken und ihre Bedeutung für die gewässerökologische Forschung.- In: Hupfer, M., Calmano, W., Fischer, H. & Klap-per, H. (eds): Handbuch Angewandte Limnologie.- 30. Erg. Lfg. 12/12, 20 pp.

Brauns, M., Gücker, B., Wagner, C., Garcia, X.-F., Walz, N. & Pusch, M. (2011): Human lakeshore development alters the structure and trophic basis of littoral macroinvertebrate food webs. Journal of Applied Ecology 48: 916-925.

Gücker, B., Brauns, M., Solimini, A.G., Voss, M., Walz, N. & Pusch, M. (2011): Urban stress-ors alter the trophic basis of secondary production in an agricultural stream.- Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 68: 74-88.

Schreiber, J. & Brauns, M. (2010): How much is enough? Adequate sample size for littoral macroinvertebrates in lowland lakes.- Hydrobiologia 649: 365–373.

Brauns, M., Garcia, X.-F. & Pusch, M. (2008): Potential effects of water level fluctuations on littoral invertebrates in lowland lakes.- Hydrobiologia 613: 5-12.

Gabel, F., Garcia, X.-F., Brauns, M., Sukhodolov, A., Leszinski, M. & Pusch, M. (2008): Resistance to ship-induced waves of benthic invertebrates in various littoral habitats.- Freshwater Biology 53: 1567-1578.

Brauns, M., Garcia, X.-F., Walz, N &. Pusch, M. (2007): Effects of human shoreline development on littoral macroinvertebrates in lowland lakes.- Journal of Applied Ecology 44: 1138-1144.

Brauns, M., Garcia, X.-F., Pusch, M. & Walz, N. (2007): Eulittoral macroinvertebrate communities of lowland lakes: discrimination among trophic states.- Freshwater Biology 52: 1022-1032.

Gücker, B., Brauns, M., & Pusch, M. (2006): Effects of wastewater treatment plant discharge on ecosystem structure and function of lowland streams.- Journal of the North American Benthological Society 25: 313–329.

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