PD Dr. Patrick Fink

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PD Dr. Patrick Fink

Department River Ecology and Department Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis
Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research - UFZ
Brückstr. 3a, 39114 Magdeburg, Germany

phone +49 (0) 341 6025 4988

PD Dr. Patrick Fink

Summary of qualifications


Habilitation (venia legendi) in Zoology, University of Cologne, Germany


PhD (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Konstanz, Germany


Diploma (MSc equivalent) in Biology, University of Konstanz, Germany


Pre-Diploma (BSc equivalent) in Biology, University of Tübingen, Germany

Employment history

Since 2018

Research group leader (tenured), Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Departments River Ecology and Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis

2017 - 2018

Research group leader (non-tenured), Institute for Zoology, University of Cologne, Germany

2015 - 2017

Substitute for a chair in Zoology and interim head of the Institute for Zoology and Cell Biology, University of Düsseldorf, Germany

2006 - 2015

Junior group leader, Institute for Zoology, University of Cologne, Germany

2005 - 2006

PostDoc, Department Physiological Ecology, Max-Planck-Institute for Limnology, Plön, Germany

2001 - 2005

PhD Student within the DFG collaborative research centre SFB 454 (Littoral of Lake Constance), Limnological Institute, University of Konstanz, Germany
Thesis title: Food quality and food choice in freshwater gastropods: Field and laboratory investigations on a key component of littoral food webs.



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Global warming: testing for direct and indirect effects of temperature at the interface of primary producers and herbivores is required
Eric von Elert and Patrick Fink (2018) Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6: 87.

doi: 10.3389/fevo.2018.00087.

The essential omega-3 fatty acid EPA affects expression of genes involved in the metabolism of omega-6 derived eicosanoids in Daphnia magna
Patrick Fink and Heidrun S. Windisch (2018) Hydrobiologia: (in press).
doi: 10.1007/s10750-018-3675-z.

Cast away: Drift as the main determinant for larval survival in western fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra) in headwater streams
Timm Reinhardt, Louisa Baldauf, Maja Ilic and Patrick Fink (2018) Journal of Zoology 306 (3): 171-179.
doi: 10.1111/jzo.12581.

Microbial community composition and trophic role along a marked salinity gradient in Laguna Piular, Salar de Atacama, Chile
Cristina Dorador, Patrick Fink, Martha Hengst, Gonzalo Icaza, Alvaro Villalobos, Drina Vejar, Daniela Meneses, Vinko Zadjelovic, Lisa Burmann, Jana Moelzner and Chris Harrod (2018) Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 111 1361-1374.
doi: 10.1007/s10482-018-1091-z.

The molecular basis of essential fatty acid limitation in Daphnia magna - a transcriptomic approach
Heidrun S. Windisch and Patrick Fink (2018) Molecular Ecology 27 (4): 871-885.
doi: 10.1111/mec.14498.

Gene expression and activity of digestive enzymes of Daphnia pulex in response to food quality differences
Anke Schwarzenberger and Patrick Fink (2018) Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B 218: 23-29.
doi: 10.1016/j.cbpb.2018.01.009.

No effect of insect repellents on the behaviour of Lymnaea stagnalis at environmentally relevant concentrations
Patrick Fink and Eric von Elert (2017) Environmental Science and Pollution Research 24 (33): 26120-26124.
doi: 10.1007/s11356-017-0205-x.

High dietary quality of non-toxic cyanobacteria for a benthic grazer and its implications for the controk of cyanobacterial biofilms
Sophie Groendahl and Patrick Fink (2017) BMC Ecology 17: 20.
doi: 10.1186/s12898-017-0130-3.

Consumer species richness and nutrients interact in determining producer diversity
Sophie Groendahl and Patrick Fink (2017) Scientific Reports 7: 44869.
doi: 10.1038/srep44869.

The best of both worlds: A combined approach for analyzing microalgal diversity via metabarcoding and morphology-based methods
Sophie Groendahl, Maria Kahlert and Patrick Fink (2017) PloS One 12 (2): e0172808.
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0172808.

Long-term effects of fungicides on leaf-associated microorganisms and shredder populations—an artificial stream study
Jochen P. Zubrod, Dominic Englert, Jakob Wolfram, Ricki R. Rosenfeldt, Alexander Feckler, Rebecca Bundschuh, Frank Seitz, Marco Konschak, Patrick Baudy, Simon Lüderwald, Patrick Fink, Andreas Lorke, Ralf Schulz, and Mirco Bundschuh (2017) Environmental Science and Technology 36 (8): 2178-2189.
doi: 10.1002/etc.3756.

Do insect repellents induce drift behaviour in aquatic non-target organisms?
Patrick Fink, Jana Moelzner, Ruediger Berghahn and Eric Von Elert (2017) Water Research 108: 32-38.
doi: j.watres.2016.10.083.

Effect of ocean acidification on the communications among invertebrates mediated by plant-produced volatile organic compounds
Valerio Zupo, Mirko Mutalipassi, Patrick Fink and Marco Di Natale (2016) Global Journal of Ecology 1 (1): 12-18.
doi: pdf.

The effect of diet mixing on a nonselective herbivore
Sophie Groendahl and Patrick Fink (2016) PloS One 11 (7): e0158924.
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0158924.

Phenotypic plasticity in three Daphnia genotypes in response to predator kairomone: evidence for an involvement of chitin deacetylases
Mark Christjani, Patrick Fink and Eric Von Elert (2016) Journal of Experimental Biology 219: 1679-1704.
doi: 10.1242/jeb.133504.

Infodisruption of inducible anti-predator defenses through commercial insect repellents?
Eric Von Elert, Katja Preuss and Patrick Fink (2016) Environmental Pollution 210: 18-26.
doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2015.11.032.

Gastropod grazing on a benthic alga leads to liberation of food-finding infochemicals
Jana Moelzner and Patrick Fink (2015) Oikos 124 (12): 1603-1608.
doi: 10.1111/oik.02069.

Effects of temperature on the mutual interaction between phytoplankton communities and benthic filter feeders
Paulin Hardenbicker, Markus Weitere, Patrick Fink and Helmut Hillebrand (2015) Fundamental and Applied Limnology 187 (2): 87-100.
doi: 10.1127/fal/2015/0752.

Nutritional responses of round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) caught from Rhine River (Germany) as a wild species to different fish oils
Mohamad Reza Ghomi, Eric Von Elert, Andreas Uhde and Patrick Fink (2015) Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology 15 (3): 375-384.
doi: 10.5958/0974-181X.2015.00038.4.

Chemoreception of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica by benthic invertebrates is altered by seawater acidification
Valerio Zupo, Chingoleima Maibam, Maria Cristina Buia, Maria Cristina Gambi, Francesco Paolo Patti, Maria Beatrice Scipione, Maurizio Laurenti and Patrick Fink (2015) Journal of Chemical Ecology 41 (8): 766-779.
doi: 10.1007/s10886-015-0610-x.

Consumer patchiness explained by volatile infochemicals in a freshwater ecosystem
Jana Moelzner and Patrick Fink (2015) Ecosphere 6 (3): Article 35.
doi: 10.1890/ES14-00246.1.

Centropages typicus (Crustacea, Copepoda) reacts to volatile compounds produced by planktonic algae
Chingoleima Maibam, Patrick Fink, Giovanna Romano, Maria Cristina Buia, Emanuela Butera and Valerio Zupo (2015) Marine Ecology 36 (6): 819-834.
doi: 10.1111/maec.12254.

Effect of storage on the fatty acid content of foods for post-larvae of the crustacean decapod Hippolyte inermis
Valerio Zupo, Chingoleima Maibam, Patrick Fink and Eric Von Elert (2015) Invertebrate Reproduction and Development 59 (2): 45-54.
doi: 10.1080/07924259.2014.1001498.

The smell of good food: volatile infochemicals as resource quality indicators
Jana Moelzner & Patrick Fink (2014) Journal of Animal Ecology 83 (5): 1007-1014.
doi: 10.1111/1365-2656.12220.

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Relevance of wound-activated compounds produced by diatoms as toxins and infochemicals for benthic invertebrates
Chingoleima Maibam, Patrick Fink, Giovanna Romano, Maria Cristina Buia, Maria Cristina Gambi, Maria Beatrice Scipione, Francesco Paolo Patti, Maurizio Lorenti, Emanuela Butera & Valerio Zupo (2014) Marine Biology 161 (7): 1639-1652.
doi: 10.1007/s00227-014-2448-0.

Correlation between body size and fatty acid and essential amino acid composition of round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) and monkey goby (Neogobius fluviatilis), from Rhine River (Germany)
Mohammad Reza Ghomi, Eric von Elert, Jost Borcherding, Andreas Uhde & Patrick Fink (2014) Biologia 69 (6): 799-805.
doi: 10.2478/s11756-014-0374-8.

Fatty acid composition and content of round goby (Neogobius melanostomus Pallas 1814) and monkey goby (Neogobius fluviatilis Pallas 1814), two invasive gobiid species in the lower Rhine River (Germany)
Mohammad Reza Ghomi, Eric von Elert, Jost Borcherding & Patrick Fink (2014) Journal of Applied Ichthyology 30 (3): 527-531.
doi: 10.1111/jai.12312.

For a complete list of my publications (including those prior to 2019),
please refer to my ORCID profile 0000-0002-5927-8977