Institute of Geosystems and Bioindication

left to right: Britta Sülzbrück, Kathrin Marx, Rodrigo Martinez-Abarca, Petra Steffen, Dr. Anja Schwarz, Deepak Chinnaswamy, Siran Liang, Dr. Katrin Naumann, Dr. Paula Echeverria Galindo, Thupten Wodzer, Dr. Katharina Dulias, Dr. Nicole Börner, Sonja Rigterink, Prof. Dr. Antje Schwalb, Mauricio Bonilla Flores

The "IGeo" represents an interface between basic and applied research. We are interested in natural climate variability as well as climate and human impact on aquatic ecosystems in both urban and remote, near-natural regions.

Our core areas in research and teaching are based on geoscientific, limnological, ecological and sediment-geological methods, GIS-based landscape reconstructions, and bioindication, the analysis and application of organisms as environmental and climate indicators. We use sediments as environmental archives for long-term monitoring of aquatic ecosystem dynamics.

We train our students in geo-ecosystem understanding so that they are well prepared to assess interdependencies and feedbacks within and outside the geo-ecosystem. Students are qualified for employments in the fields of landscape management, water quality assessment, conservation, (paleo-) climate research and able to develop concepts for environmental protection, especially under the aspects of future climate development and landuse, or to collaborate in international and interdisciplinary research programs.


Introduction to the Environmental Science studies.


Final Meeting Bad Waldsee project

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On November 10, 2023 the final meeting of our Bad Waldsee project: "Effects of medieval to early modern urban development on water bodies using the example of Bad Waldsee" will be held.


Doctoral Researcher position available at IGeo

Project 1: Impact of contaminations on aquatic thermokarst ecosystems
Project ThinIce: Thawing industrial legacies in the Arctic – a threat to permafrost ecosystems 

Application deadline: 30 September 2023
Start of positions: 01 January 2024

La Marmotta

Das Forschungsprojekt im Rahmen des Programms „Frenzen-Forschungsgeist!“ - Paläoökologie und menschlicher Einfluss auf den Bracciano See, mit speziellem Fokus auf die frühneolithische Siedlung La Marmotta startet. 


Forschungsprojekt Klimawandel und früher Mensch startet. VolkswagenStiftung fördert Forschungsverbund mit 1,6 Mio. Euro.