Institute of Geosystems and Bioindication

Photo credit: IGeo/IGeo
from left to right: Alexandra Müller, Prof. Dr. Antje Schwalb, M.Sc. Felix Nieberding, Dr. Nicole Börner, M.Sc. Kim Krahn, M.Sc. Wengang Kang, Daniela Misch, Dr. Anja Schwarz, M.Sc. Andreas Laug, Dr. Sandra Böddeker, Dipl-Biol. Hilde Rupp, M.Sc. Paula Gabriela Echeverría Galindo, Dr. Katrin Naumann, Dr. Liseth Carolina Pérez, Michael Klopschar

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.