Dr. Susanne Schmidt


Susanne Schmidt

Department Lake Research
Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Brückstraße 3a
39114 Magdeburg, Germany

phone: ++49 (0) 341 6025 - 4127

Susanne Schmidt

Fields of research

  • Using remote sensing data for the evaluation and prognosis of water quality
  • Nutrient cycling in aqueous systems and their impacts on organisms
  • Surface water/ groundwater interactions: Biogeography of sediment fauna

Academic education

28.8.2015 Postgraduate professional training: GIS Akademie Hamburg/Dortmund; Dortmund, Germany - Certificate: GIS and geodata specialist
25.4.2005 PhD in Biology at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau, Landau, Germany.
2000 - 2003 PhD studies at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau, Landau, Germany, with field and laboratory work (2000 – 2002) at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) Floreat, Perth, Western Australia
20.1.2000 “Diplom”, eq. to MSc, in Biology at the Technical University of Dresden

Professional career

since Nov. 2021 Scientist, Department of Lake Research, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
2018 - 2021 Senior scientist, Institute of Hydrobiology, Czech Academy of Sciences - CAS, Budweis, Czechia
2015 - 2018 Scientist, Institute of Environmental Research, University of Koblenz-Landau, Campus Landau, Landau, Germany
2011 - 2014 Consultant, Dr Knoell consult GmbH, Leverkusen, Germany
2009 - 2011 Marie Curie International European Fellow, Centre for Systems Biology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
2006 - 2009 PostDoc, Institute of Groundwater Ecology, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Munich, Germany
2005 - 2006 Researcher, Group Animal Ecology, Federal Institute for Hydrology (BfG), Koblenz, Germany
2004 - 2005 Scientist, Department Evertebrata varia, SNSD Federal Natural History Museum, Department Crustacea; Research Fellow; Dresden, Germany
2004 6-month guest stay, Cooperative Research Centre for Freshwater Ecology, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia



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2024 (2)

  • Saccò, M., Mammola, S., Altermatt, F., Alther, R., Bolpagni, R., Brancelj, A., Brankovits, D., Fišer, C., Gerovasileiou, V., Griebler, C., Guareschi, S., Hose, G.C., Korbel, K., Lictevout, E., Malard, F., Martínez, A., Niemiller, M.L., Robertson, A., Tanalgo, K.C., Bichuette, M.E., Borko, S., Brad, T., Campbell, M.A., Cardoso, P., Celico, F., Cooper, S.J.B., Culver, D., Di Lorenzo, T., Galassi, D.M.P., Guzik, M.T., Hartland, A., Humphreys, W.F., Ferreira, R.L., Lunghi, E., Nizzoli, D., Perina, G., Raghavan, R., Richards, Z., Reboleira, A.S.P.S., Rohde, M.M., Sánchez Fernández, D., Schmidt, S.I., van der Heyde, M., Weaver, L., White, N.E., Zagmajster, M., Hogg, I., Ruhi, A., Gagnon, M.M., Allentoft, M.E., Reinecke, R. (2024):
    Groundwater is a hidden global keystone ecosystem
    Glob. Change Biol. 30 (1), e17066 10.1111/gcb.17066
  • Schmidt, S.I., Fluksová, H., Grill, S., Kopáček, J. (2024):
    The significance of tree height as a predictor of tree mortality during bark beetle outbreaks in a small catchment
    Forests 15 (5), art. 803 10.3390/f15050803
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2023 (2)

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2022 (7)

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Mammola, S., E. Lunghi, H. Bilandžija, P. Cardoso, V. Grimm, S.I. Schmidt, T. Hesselber, A. Martínez (2021): Collecting eco-evolutionary data in the dark: Impediments to subterranean research and how to overcome them. Ecology and Evolution 11: 5911–5926. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.7556

Marxen, J., N.K. Rütz, S.I. Schmidt (2021): Organic carbon and nutrients drive prokaryote and metazoan communities in a floodplain aquifer. Basic and Applied Ecology 51: 43-58. DOI: 10.1016/j.baae.2020.12.006

Schmidt, S.I., J. Hejzlar, J. Kopáček, M. Paule-Mercado, P. Porcal, Y. Vystavna (2021): Relationships between a catchment-scale forest disturbance index, time delays, and chemical properties of surface water. Ecological Indicators 125: 107558. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2021.107558

Schmidt, S.I., V. Kodeš, M. Svatáková, P. Blabolil (2021): Ekologie podzemních vod, po stopách Františka Vejdovského. [Groundwater ecology, on Franz Vejdovský´s tracks.] Vodní hospodářství 2: 13-19.

Vystavna, Y., M. Mercado, R. Juras, S.I. Schmidt, J. Kopáček, J. Hejzlar, F. Huneau (2021): Effect of snowmelt on the dynamics, isotopic and chemical composition of runoff in mature and regenerated forested catchments. Journal of Hydrology 598 : 126437. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2021.126437

Vystavna, Y., S.I. Schmidt, O.E. Klimenko, Y.V. Plugatar, N.I. Klimenko, N.N. Klimenko (2020): Species-dependent effect of cover cropping on trace elements and nutrients in vineyard soil and Vitis Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 100 : 885–890. DOI: 10.1002/jsfa.10006

Vystavna, Y., S.I. Schmidt, J. Kopáček, J. Hejzlar, L. Holko, I. Matiatos, L. Wassenaar, A. Persoiu, C.A. Badaluta, F. Huneau (2020): Small-scale chemical and isotopic variability of hydrological pathways in a mountain lake catchment Journal of Hydrology 585 : 124834. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.124834

Di Lorenzo, T., W.D. Di Marzio, B. Fiasca, D.M.P. Galassi, K. Korbel, S. Iepure, J.L. Pereira, A.S.P.S. Reboleira, S.I. Schmidt, G.C. Hose (2019): Recommendations for ecotoxicity testing with stygobiotic species in the framework of groundwater environmental risk assessment Science of the Total Environment 681 : 292-304. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.05.030

Vystavna Y., S.I. Schmidt, D. Diadin, P.M. Rossi, Y. Vergeles, M. Erostate, I. Yermakovych, V. Yakovlev, K. Knöller, I. Vadillo (2019): Multi-tracing of recharge seasonality and contamination in groundwater: A tool for urban water resource management Water Research 161 : 413-422. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2019.06.028

Dormann, C. F., M. Bobrowski, D. M. Dehling, D. J. Harris, F. Hartig, H. Lischke, M. D. Moretti, J. Pagel, S. Pinkert, M. Schleuning, S.I. Schmidt, C. S. Sheppard, M. J. Steinbauer, D. Zeuss, C. Kraan (2018): Biotic interactions in species distribution modelling: ten questions to guide interpretation and avoid false conclusions. - Global Ecology and Biogeography 27, 9, 1004-1016. - DOI:10.1111/geb.12759

Schmidt, S.I., J.U. Kreft, C. Picioreanu, R. Mackay, M. Thullner (2018): Elucidating the impact of micro-scale heterogeneous bacterial distribution on biodegradation. Advances in Water Resources 116, 67-76. DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2018.01.013.

Theissinger, K., A. Kästel, V. Elbrecht, J. Makkonen, S. Michiels, S.I. Schmidt, S. Allgeier, F. Leese, C. Brühl (2018): Using DNA metabarcoding for assessing chironomid diversity and community change regarding mosquito control actions in temporary wetlands. Metabarcoding and Metagenomics – DOI: 10.3897/mbmg.1.21060

Herzyk, A., L. Fillinger, M. Larentis, S. Qiu, P. Maloszewski, M. Hünniger, S.I. Schmidt, C. Stumpp, S. Marozavaa, P.S.K. Knappett, Martin Elsner, R. Meckenstock, T. Lueders, C. Griebler (2017): Response and recovery of a pristine groundwater ecosystem impacted by toluene contamination – A meso-scale indoor aquifer experiment. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 207, 17-30.

Schmidt, S.I., M.O. Cuthbert, M. Schwientek (2017): Towards an integrated understanding of how micro scale processes shape groundwater ecosystem functions. Science of the Total Environment 592, 215-227. - DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.03.047

Langer, Julia A. F. R. Sharma, S.I. Schmidt, S. Bahrdt, H. G. Horn, M. Algueró-Muñiz, B. Nam, E. P. Achterberg, Ulf Riebesell, M. Boersma, M. Thines, K. Schwenk (2017): Community barcoding reveals little effect of ocean acidification on the composition of coastal plankton communities: Evidence from a long-term mesocosm study in the Gullmar Fjord, Skagerrak. Plos ONE 12 (4). - DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0175808

Meckenstock, R.U., J. Aamand, S. Agathos, H.J. Albrechtsen, L. Bastiaens, P.L. Bjerg, N. Boon, W. Dejonghe, M. Elsner, P. Grathwohl, C. Griebler, T. Held, W. Huang, F. Löffler, T. Lueders, P. Maloszewski, S.I. Schmidt, E. Smolders, S.R. Sørensen, D. Springael, C. Stumpp, B. van Breukelen, P. van Cappellen (2015): Bioremediation: Applying nature’s tricks of the trade to environmental cleanup. Environmental Science and Technology 49 (12), 7073-7081. - DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b00715

Worischka, S., S.I. Schmidt, C. Hellmann, J. Benndorf & C. Winkelmann (2015): Selective predation by non-visually foraging fish on benthic stream invertebrates: the role of prey traits. Limnologica 52, 41-50. - DOI: 10.1016/j.limno.2015.03.004

Winkelmann, C., J. Schneider, D. Mewes, S.I. Schmidt, S. Worischka, C. Hellmann, J. Benndorf (2014): Top-down and bottom-up control of periphyton by benthivorous fish and light supply in two streams. Freshwater Biology 59 (4), 803-818. - DOI: 10.1111/fwb.12305

Avramov, M., T. Rock, G. Pfister, K.-W. Schramm, S.I. Schmidt, C. Griebler (2013): Catecholamine levels in groundwater and stream amphipods and their response to temperature stress. General and Comparative Endocrinology 194, 110-117. - DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2013.09.004

Avramov, M., S.I. Schmidt & C. Griebler (2013). A new bioassay for the ecotoxicological testing of VOCs on groundwater invertebrates and the effects of toluene on Niphargus inopinatus. Aquatic Toxicology 130-131, 1-8. - DOI: 10.1016/j.aquatox.2012.12.023

Schmidt, S.I. & H.J. Hahn (2012): What is groundwater and what does this mean to fauna? – An opinion. Limnologica 42 (1), 1-6. - DOI:10.1016/j.limno.2011.08.002.

Gutjahr, S., J. Bork, S.I. Schmidt & H.J. Hahn (2013): Efficiency of sampling invertebrates in groundwater habitats. Limnologica 43, 43-48. - DOI: 10.1016/j.limno.2012.08.001

Hünniger, M., P. Maloszewski, S.I. Schmidt, N. Peuckmann (2010): Experimental and mathematical methods to quantify the water flux and the transport processes in heterogeneous aquifer model systems. IAHS Publ. 342, 180-183.

Griebler, C., C. Kellermann, H. Stein, H. Brielmann, S.I. Schmidt, D. Selesi, C. Steube, S. Berkhoff, A. Fuchs, H.J. Hahn (2010): Ecological assessment of groundwater ecosystems – vision or illusion? Environmental Engineering 36, 1174–1190. - DOI:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2010.01.010

Stein, H., C. Kellermann, S.I. Schmidt, H. Brielmann, C. Steube, A. Fuchs, H. J. Hahn, S. E. Berkhoff, B. Thulin & C. Griebler (2010): The potential use of fauna and bacteria as ecological indicators for the assessment of groundwater ecosystems. Journal of Environmental Monitoring 12, 242-254. - DOI: 10.1039/B913484K.

Brielmann, H., C. Griebler, S.I. Schmidt, T. Lueders (2009): Effects of thermal energy discharge on shallow groundwater ecosystems. FEMS Microbial Ecology 68 (3), 273-286. - DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-6941.2009.00674.x

Schmidt, S.I., M. König-Rinke; K. Kornek, C. Winkelmann, M.A. Wetzel, J.H.E. Koop & J. Benndorf (2008): Finding appropriate reference sites in large-scale aquatic field experiments. Aquatic Ecology 43 (1), 169-179. – DOI: 10.1007/s10452-007-9155-6.

Schmidt, S.I., H.J. Hahn, T.J. Hatton & W.F. Humphreys (2007): Do faunal assemblages reflect the exchange intensity in groundwater zones? Hydrobiologia 583 (1), 1-17. – DOI 10.1007/s10750-006-0405-8.

Schmidt, S.I., J. Hellweg, H.J. Hahn, T.J. Hatton & W.F. Humphreys (2007): Does groundwater influence the sediment fauna beneath a small, sandy stream? Limnologica 37, 208-225. – DOI 10.1016/j.limno.2006.12.002.

Schmidt, S.I., H.J. Hahn, G.D. Watson, R.J. Woodbury & T.J. Hatton (2004): Sampling fauna in stream sediments as well as groundwater using one net sampler. Acta hydrochimica et hydrobiologica 32 (2), 131-137.