Research Training Group 2360 Graduiertenkolleg 2360

Crossing boundaries:
Propagation of in-stream environmental alterations to adjacent terrestrial ecosystems

System Link investigates bottom-up and top-down mediated interactions in terrestrial ecosystems, which propagate from aquatic environments as a result of their exposure to anthropogenic stress. Doctoral researchers in System Link either conduct experiments in unique aquatic-terrestrial mesocosm facilities combined with laboratory and field research, or develop and apply process-based environmental models. They benefit from a targeted course program. System Link started in October 2019.



  • May 2021: Verena Gerstle, part of the Systemlink Ph.D. student group, won the poster award at the SETAC meeting. Access to the poster and video


  • May 31, 2021: Dr. Valeria Lencioni (Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Hydrobiology, MUSE Science Museum, Trento, Italy): “Response of chironomids ( Diamesa  and  Chironomus ) to pesticides and emerging contaminants in mountain streams”


  • March 15, 2021: Prof. Dr. Florian Wittmann (Department of Wetland Ecology, Karlsruhe Institute for Technology). Why rivers make the difference: examples from Amazonian


  • February 22, 2021: Dr. Moritz Bigalke (Institute of Geography University of Bern, Switzerland). The biogeochemistry of Cu and other trace metals in the soil system


  • February 10, 2021: Prof. Markus Brinkmann (Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada). The missing piece in the eel puzzle? New evidence indicates toxic metals and dioxin-like compounds might be responsible for recruitment failure in European eels


  • January, 28-29 2021: Virtual Research Workshop on Aquatic-Terrestrial Linkages. Access to the workshop videos

Further news

Introducing SystemLink

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