Christian Hecht

M.Sc. Geoecology


Room 340b
Helmholtz Centre for
Environmental Research - UFZ
Department of Conservation Biology
Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig

Tel: 0341 235 1645

Christian Hecht

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Main research interests:

  • Floodplain ecology, mire ecology
  • Monitoring and Vegetation Ecology analyses
  • Vegetation dynamics
  • Plant traits and their relation to site conditions
  • Role of plants on ecosystem functions
  • Interaction Soil-Water-Plant


2023 (1)

  • Hecht, C., Hering, D., Horchler, P., Hoyer, M., Januschke, K., Kaden, U.S., Rieland, G., Rumm, A., Struller, F., Weber, A., Scholz, M. (2023):
    Influence of lateral connectivity on floodplain vegetation along the Elbe River
    Ergebnisse der Jahrestagung 2022 der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Limnologie (DGL) und der deutschen und österreichischen Sektion der Societas Internationalis Limnologiae (SIL) an der Universität Konstanz vom 19.–23. September 2022, Konstanz
    Deutsche Gesellschaft für Limnologie, Essen, S. 82 - 84

2020 (1)

2017 (1)

  • Hecht C., Messinger F., Assan E., Wiche O. (2017): Effect of vegetation cover on concentrations of toxic trace elements, germanium and lanthanum in pore waters of the Davidschacht mine tailings in Freiberg. Freiberg Ecology online 2, 113–137. full text

Posters / Presentations

  • Hecht C., Knapp S., Hensen I., Kühn I. (2023): Successional development of vegetation on glacier forefields of the Northern Limestone Alps. 52nd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Germany (GfÖ), Leipzig. Poster.
  • Hecht C., Hering D., Hoyer M., Januschke K., Kaden U. S., Rieland G., Rumm A., Scholz M., Struller F., Weber A., Horchler P. (2022): Influence of lateral connectivity on floodplain vegetation along the Elbe river. 37. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Limnologie (DGL), Konstanz. Presentation.
  • Hecht C., Löffler F., Kaden U. S., Schulz-Zunkel C., Rupp H., Fuchs E., Horchler P., Symmank L., Scholz M. (2018): Vegetationsökologische und standortkundliche Untersuchungen an den Flussauen von Elbe, Rhein, Main und Weser im Rahmen des AZOTE-Projektes. 8. Auenökologischer Workshop, Gießen. Poster.

Academic education

10/15 - 10/19

Master of Science in Geoecology and Landscape Ecology at Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg and University of Greifswald

Master thesis: Comparative analyses of vegetation and site characteristics at selected floodplain sections of the rivers Elbe, Rhine, Main and Weser

10/08 - 12/2012

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Monitoring and Analysis at HTW Dresden

Bachelor thesis: "Measurement of water potential in roots and leaves of selected
european beech provenances within the framework of an international provenance trial"

Professional activities

since 2023

Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig

Department of Community Ecology, WG Macroecology & Vegetation Science

  • PhD-Project: » Successional development of vegetation and related ecosystem services on glacier forefields of the Northern Limestone Alps «

since 05/2017

Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig

Department of Nature Conservation Biology, WG Floodplain Ecology

  • Working in AZOTE-Project, MediAN-Project, Lebendige Luppe, ElBiota, Research Green Roof, Vegetation Survey in Glacier forefields ...

04- 07/2017

TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Research Assistant 

04 - 10/2015

Michael Succow Foundation, Greifswald

Research Assistant 

09 - 10/2014

Ökotop GbR, Halle (Saale)

Technical Employee

03 - 08/2014

Ökotop GbR, Halle (Saale)


03 - 08/2014

Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research, Halle (Saale)

Research Assistant for the project "Carbowert" at Department of Soil Ecology

04 - 10/2013

SLU Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet / Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences / Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment Uppsala / Umeå (Schweden)

Participating in Leonardo da Vinci for vocational education and training

  • Working on different research projects: - Hydrological connectivity in boreal region; - Evasion of mercury from boreal mires; - Quantifying mercury level in fish from lakes in Northern Sweden; - CO2-Evasion from streams and soils, - Riparian soils influence on water quality, - Stream and wetland mapping

04 - 10/2013

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department Soil and Water Science

Practice project

  • Contributing in a research on formation of biological and chemical fouling in irrigation systems

Further qualifications

  • Centre for university continuing education at University of Koblenz-Landau: Water protection, qualification for water protection commissioner according to §§ 64 - 65 WHG
  • Apprenticeship for perennial gardener