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


Pasqualini, J., Majdi, N. & Brauns, M. (2023): Effects of incomplete sampling on macroinvertebrate secondary production in a forested headwater stream.- Hydrobiologia: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-023-05238-y

Vos, M., Hering, D., Gessner, M.O., Leese, F., Schäfer, R.B., Tollrian, R., Boenigk, J., Haase, P., Meckenstock, R., Baikova, D., Bayat, H., Beermann, A., Beißer, D., Beszteri, B., Birk, S., Boden, L., Brauer, V., Brauns, M., Buchner, D., Burfeid-Castellanos, A., David, G., Deep, A., Doliwa, A., Dunthorn, M., Enß, J., Escobar-Sierra, C., Feld, C.K., Fohrer, N., Grabner, D., Hadziomerovic, U., Jähnig, S.C., Jochmann, M., Khaliq, S., Kiesel, J., Kuppels, A., Lampert, K.P., Yen Le, T.T., Lorenz, A.W., Madariaga, G.M., Meyer, B., Pantel, J.T., Pimentel, I.M., Mayombo, N.S., Nguyen, H.H., Peters, K., Pfeifer, S.M., Prati, S., Probst, A., Reiner, D., Rolauffs, P., Schlenker, A., Schmidt, T. , Shah, M., Sieber, G.. Stach, T.L., Tielke, A., Vermiert, A., Weiss, M., Weitere, M. & Sures, B. (2023): The Asymmetric Response Concept explains ecological consequences of multiple stressor exposure and release.- Science of the Total Environment 872: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.162196

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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