Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Geography Department

curriculum vitae

Scientific education
  • Diploma degree in Mathematics, 1973, University of Rostock
  • Doctoral degree (Dr. rer. nat.), 1981, Academy of Sciences, Berlin
  • Habilitation degree (Venia Legendi in Groundwater Hydrology), 1998, TU Berlin


Professional experience
  • 1977-1981      Research Assistant at the Research Centre of Soil Fertility, Dept. Agricultural Water Management, Müncheberg
  • 1982-1991      Senior Scientist at the Institute of Mechanics, and the Institute of Geography and Geoecology, Academy of Sciences, Berlin
  • 1992-2000      Senior Scientist at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Department of Ecohydrology, Berlin
  • 2001-  Head of the Department of Ecohydrology (IGB) and Professor for Hydrology, Geographical Institute, Humboldt University Berlin


Selected research projects
  • DFG Graduate School 780-Perspectives on Urban Ecology: PI of the Part Urban Hydrosphere. 2005-2008: Urban groundwater resources under changed climate and anthropogenic impacts; 2008-2011: Optimizing urban nature development-the role of pharmaceutical compounds on water resources
  • DFG Project LE 1356/3-1: Einflüsse von Makrozoobenthos auf Stofftransport und biogeochemische Prozesse in Seesedimenten. Add. Applicant, 2006-2010
  • PI of the NASRI-Project: Natural and artificial systems for recharge and infiltration: Removal of general and trace organic compounds in bankfiltration, funded by Veolia Water, Berliner Wasserbetriebe, 2001-2005
  • Head of the International Leibniz-Graduate School Aqualink, founded by the WGL, 2012 - 2015


Supervised doctoral theses in last 6 years
  • Blank,B. (2006): Qualitative und quantitative Charakterisierung des Nitratabbaus im oberflächennahen Grundwasser des Einzugsgebietes Schaugraben. Humboldt University Berlin, 2002-2006 / current position: PostDoc at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
  • Ertl,Ch. (2007): Analyse eines urbanen Gewässereinzugsgebietes als Planungsgrundlage nachhaltiger Wasserbewirtschaftung am Beispiel der Wuhle im Raum Berlin. Humboldt University Berlin, 2004-2007 / current position: senior scientist at Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe, Hannover
  • Gabriel, O. (2011): Der Einfluss der Hydrologie auf die Phosphor-Freisetzung und –Retention in einem teilvernäßten Spreewald-Polder. Humboldt-Universität Berlin / current position: Senior Scientist at University of Soil Science, Vienna, Austria
  • Greskowiak,J. (2006): Reactive transport processes in artificially recharged aquifers-Field and modelling studies. Humboldt University Berlin, 2003-2006 / current position: PostDoc at Universität Oldenburg
  • Hamann,E. (2009): Reaktive Stofftransportmodellierung einer urbanen Grundwasser-kontamination aus einem ehemaligen Rieselfeld. Humboldt University Berlin, 2006-2009  / current position: PostDoc at Free University of Berlin
  • Roskosch, A. (2011): The influence of macrozoobenthos in lake sediments on hydrodynamic transport processes and biogeochemical impacts. Humboldt-University Berlin / current position: senior researcher at Environmental Agency (UBA), Berlin
  • Stumpp,Ch. (2007): Estimation and quantification of the heterogeneity in water transport through the unsaturated zone using environmental tracers. University of Freiburg, 2004-2007 / current position: Research Leader (Hydrogeology Group) at Helmholtz Center Munich
  • Sukhodolova,T. (2008): Studies of turbulent flow in vegetated river reaches with implications for transport and mixing processes. Humboldt University Berlin, 2005-2008 / current position: PostDoc at IGB, Dept.Ecohydrology
  • Venohr,M. (2006): Modellierung der Einflüsse von Temperatur, Abfluss und Hydromorphologie auf die Stickstoffretention in Flusssystemen. Humboldt University Berlin, 2003-2006 / current position: Research Group Leader at IGB
  • Wiese,B. (2006): Spatially and temporally scaled inverse hydraulic modelling, multi tracer transport modelling and interaction with geochemical processes at a highly transient bank filtration site. Humboldt University Berlin, 2003-2006 / current position: senior scientist at GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam


Editorial activities, commissions
  • 2005   Editor of the book: Nützmann, G., Viotti, P. & Aagaard, P. (eds.): Reactive Transport in Soil and Groundwater: Processes and Models. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 295
  • 2008   Co-editor of the book: Abesser,C., Wagener,Th. & Nützmann,G. (eds.): Groundwater-Surface Water Interaction: Process Understanding, Conceptualization and Modelling. IAHS Publ., 321, pp. 214
  • 2007   Chair of the IAHS-Symposium “Groundwater-Surface water interactions, IUGG Conference, Perugia, Italy, 2007
  • 2008 Co-chair of DWA-Working group “Interactions between surface water and groundwater.
  • 2009   German respresentative for the ICGW (Internationale Kommission für Grundwasser) der IAHS
  • 2011   Co-editor of the book: Abesser,C., Nützmann,G., Hill,M.C., Blöschl.G. & Lakshmanan,E. (eds.): Conceptual and Modeling Studies of Integrated Groundwater. Surface Water and Ecological Systems. IAHS Publication 345, IAHS Press Wallingford UK, pp. 274
  • 2011   Co-editor of the book Endlicher,W., Hostert,P., Kowarik,I., Kulke,E., Lossau,J., Marzluff,J., van der Meer,E., Mieg,H., Nützmann,G., Schulz,M. & Wessolek,G. (eds.): Perspectives in Urban Ecology: Studies of Ecosystems and Interactions Between Humans and Nature in the Metropolis of Berlin, Germany. Springer, Heidelberg, pp. 351
  • 2011   Chair of the IAHS-Symposium “Integrated modelling studies of groundwater-surface water interactions with ecological implications, IUGG Conference, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2011   Secretary of the IAHS commission ICGW
  • Reviewer for Journals: Advances in Water Resources, Journal of Hydrology, Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, Hydrological Science Journal, Ground Water, Water Resources Research, HESS, Hydrological Processes.