Research Training Group 2360 Graduiertenkolleg 2360

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

SystemLink 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 SystemLink 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 an individual course program. SystemLink started in October 2019.



  • 20 April 2022: A midge fly can be a source of currently used pesticides for birds, bats. Alexis Roodt and colleagues report in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology that non-biting midge larvae accumulate contemporary pesticides from polluted water and retain the substances into adulthood. Learn more
  • January 2022: Various bachelor theses to be assigned. Learn more
  • 14 August 2021: SystemLink presents the ongoing experiments at the RSM during the visit of the State Secretary of the MWWK, Dr. Denis Alt. Learn more
  • May 2021: Verena Gerstle, member of the SystemLink PhD student group, won the poster award at the SETAC meeting. See poster and video here
  • 31 May 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”

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Introducing SystemLink

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