RESEARCH TRAINING GROUP 2360
Is a research training group with an innovative qualification plan for young researchers that investigates bottom-up and top-down interactions in terrestrial ecosystems, which propagate from aquatic environments as a result of their exposure to anthropogenic stress.
The impact of matter input from terrestrial sources on aquatic systems is well known. The reverse process has received less attention.
We hypotheses that invasive species and micropollutant exposure cause top-down and bottom-up mediated responses in terrestrial ecosystems.
PhD students in SystemLink either conduct experiments in unique aquatic terrestrial mesocosm facilities combined with laboratory and field research, or develop and apply process-based environmental models.
SystemLink thrives to increase the knowledge on effect translation across ecosystem boundaries by integrating biogeochemical fluxes and biological subsidies.
18 September 2023
After 1/2 a year of work, we have finished our large interdisciplinary SystemLink pot experiment in the greenhouse of Kaiserslautern campus.
Next step: genetic, chemical & ecotox. analyses. Many thanks to all helpers!
07 July 2023
SystemLink PhD student Sebastian Pietz successfully defended his doctoral thesis. We congratulate him on this great success.
Sebastian completed his dissertation on the topic “Aquatic contaminants reduce the quantity and nutritonal quality of aquatic subsidy to riparian consumers.”
14 June 2023
SystemLink PhD student Stephen Osakpolor successfully defended his doctoral thesis. We congratulate him on this great success.
Stephen completed his dissertation on the topic “Modelling the response of a terrestrial food web to a change in aquatic subsidies through environmental stress.”
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