I am interested in biodiversity education and especially in new approaches to improve the science-society-policy interactions in the field of environmental research.
In my PhD thesis, I investigate the potential of Citizen Science for ecological und ecotoxicological freshwater monitoring. I am building up a Citizen Science programme to assess the aquatic insect- and invertebrate diversity as indicators for the ecological status and pesticide contamination of streams in the three german federal states Saxony, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt. The citizen scientists will also examine the hydromorphological and structural quality of their stream monitoring sites.
The Citizen Science stream monitoring programme will complement the german national stream monitoring programme (“Kleingewässermonitoring”) of the Federal Environmental Agency (Umweltbundesamt) and of Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ). I am also working in close cooperation with the environment buses of the Saxonian Foundation for Nature und Environment.
My aim is to assess the structure and quality of the obtained ecotoxicological Citizen Science data and to identify adequate methods for an integrated evaluation of Citizen Science data and monitoring data generated by freshwater experts. I will also evaluate the quality of ecological and transformative learning processes of the volunteers set off by the Citizen Science programme.