Dr. Sandra Hille

Contact / Address

Department People & Culture
(PACE) / Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis (ASAM)
Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research - UFZ
Brückstr. 3a, 39114 Magdeburg, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)391 - 810 9674


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Curriculum vitae

Coordinator of the Helmholtz International Research School TRACER at Helmholtz-Centre of Environmental Research – UFZ – Department People & Culture

Since September 2019

Scientist at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ – Department River Ecology

2018 - 2019

PhD project, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark
Title of thesis: ‘Optimization of ecosystem services provided by buffer strips: spatial and temporal planning of buffer strips for nutrient uptake/removal and biodiversity’

2014 - 2018

Research assistant at Aarhus University, within the projects:
‘Development of a prioritization tool for stream amendments’ and

‘Development of a stream quality index based on fish for Danish streams’

2012 - 2013

Scholarship from Aarhus University for potential PhD students


Master of Science in Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Title of thesis: ‘The effect of altered stream hydrology on macroinvertebrate communities in two small, Danish streams’

2009 - 2012

Bachelor of Science in Biology at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Title of thesis: ‘DNA analysis in molecular ecology – changes in community composition in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi due to collembolan grazing’

2006 - 2009

Research interests and working focus

  • Management of research groups
  • Development of PhD projects
  • Applied research with a strong focus on ecology, mainly stream ecology
  • The study of anthropogenic impacts on the environment
  • Management, mitigation and conservation options for stream ecosystems



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An assessment of the multifunctionality of integrated buffer zones in Northwest Europe (Zak, D., Stutter, M., Jensen, H.S., Egemose, S., Carstensen, M.V., Audet, J., Strand, J.A., Feuerbach, P., Hoffmann, C.C., Christen, B., Hille, S., Knudsen, M., Stockan, J., Watson, H., Heckrath, G. & Kronvang, B., 2019, Journal of Environmental Quality, 10.2134/jeq2018.05.0216)

Indicators of biomass and methane yields in vegetated buffer strips (Moset, V., Hille, S., Rubæk, G. H., Møller, H. B., Wahid, R. & Baattrup-Pedersen, A., 2019, Journal of Cleaner Production 210, p. 907 - 915, 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.10.337)

Does Regular Harvesting Increase Plant Diversity in Buffer Strips Separating Agricultural Land and Surface Waters? (Hille, S., Rubæk, G.H., Larsen, S.E., Kronvang, B. & Baattrup-Pedersen, A., 2018, Frontiers of Environmental Sciences 6, 10.3389/fenvs.2018.00058)

Management options to reduce phosphorus leaching from riparian buffer zones (Hille, S., Graeber, D., Kronvang, B., Rubæk, G.H., Onnen, N., Molina-Navarro, E., Baattrup-Pedersen, A., Heckrath, G. & Stutter, M., 2018, Journal of Environmental Quality, 10.2134/jeq2018.01.0042)

Structural and functional characteristics of buffer zone vegetation in an agricultural landscape – high potential for nutrient removal but low potential for plant biodiversity (Hille, S., Andersen, D.K., Kronvang, B. & Baattrup-Pedersen, A., 2018, Science of the Total Environment 628-629, p. 805-814)

Benthic invertebrate density, biomass, and instantaneous secondary production along a fifth-order human-impacted tropical river (Aguiar, A. C. F., Gücker, B., Brauns, M., Hille, S. & Boëchat, I. G., 2015, Environmental Science and Pollution Research 22, 13, p. 9864-9876)

Fast reaction of macroinvertebrate communities to stagnation and drought in streams with contrasting nutrient availability (Hille, S., Kristensen, E. A., Graeber, D., Riis, T., Jørgensen, N. K. & Baattrup-Pedersen, A., 2014, Freshwater Science 33, 3, p. 847-859)

Efeitos do uso do solo sobre a qualidade de habitat e a granulometria do sedimento ao longo de um rio tropical de 4 ordem: Land-use effects on river habitat quality and sediment granulometry along a 4th-order tropical river (Boëchat, I. G., de Paiva, A. B. M., Hille, S. & Gücker, B., 2013, Revista Ambiente e Agua 8, 3, p. 54-64)

Selected presentations / posters at conferences

Consequences of river bank stabilization on the abundance and secondary production of invasive macroinvertebrates in a large river (Hille S., Seichter J., Otte M., Weitere M. & Brauns M., SEFS 11, Zagreb, Croatia, 2019)

Novel scaling concept to evaluate the effect of abiotic diversity on fluvial biodiversity (Anlanger C., Noss C., Hille, S., Schnauder I., Brauns M., Weitere M., Koll K., Lorke A., ISRS, Vienna, Austria, 2019)

Invasion dynamics of non-native gobies along the Elbe River in Germany (Nogueira Tavares C., Brauns M., Hille S., Krenek S., Borcherding J., Weitere M., ISRS, Vienna Austria, 2019)

Soil phosphorus storage in riparian landscapes depends on local landform (Zak, D. H., Hille, S., Rubæk, G. H., Kronvang, B., Hinger, J. & Heckrath, G. J., Land Use and Water Quality, Den Haag, The Netherlands 2017)

Harvesting effects on buffer strip plant communities depend on vegetation type (Hille, S., Rubæk, G.H., Larsen, S., Kronvang, B. & Baattrup-Pedersen, A., Land Use and Water Quality, Den Haag, The Netherlands 2017)

The storage of P in riparian buffer zone soils related to the shape of the buffer zone and the adjacent Is storage of phosphorus in buffer zones and soils close to water courses related to the local landscape shape? (Hille, S., Heckrath, G. J. & Rubæk, G. H., Society of Wetland Scientists European Chapter Meeting, Potsdam, Germany 2016)

Topsoil removal and seed addition as a management tool to improve biodiversity in buffer strips (Krogsgaard, M., Hille, S. & Baattrup-Pedersen, A., Society of Wetland Scientists European Chapter Meeting, Potsdam, Germany 2016)

Experiences gained from implementing mandatory buffer strips in Denmark: how can we enhance their ecosystem services? (Kronvang, B., Hoffmann, C. C., Baattrup-Pedersen, A., Hille, S., Rubæk, G. H., Heckrath, G. J., Gertz, F., Jensen, H., Feuerbach, P., Strand, J. & Stutter, M., EGU, Vienna, Austria 2015)

Optimization of ecosystem services provided by buffer strips: spatial and temporal planning of buffer strips for nutrient uptake/removal and biodiversity (Hille, S., Baattrup-Pedersen, A. & Rubæk, G. H., Innovation Fund Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark 2014)