Prof. Dr. Stefan Stoll, head of working group
  • 2020 Appointment to the Advisory Council for Nature Conservation of the Ministry of Environment, Energy, Food and Forestry Rhineland-Palatinate

  • 2019 Call to the University of Kassel (not accepted)

  • 2017 Habilitation and conferment of teaching authorization at the University of Essen, Faculty of Biology
  • since 2017 Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Protection, University of Applied Science Trier, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld
  • 2016 - 2017 Scientific head, research on ecosystems "Anlage Eußerthal" and team leader of fish ecology group University of Koblenz-Landau
  • 2009 - 2016 Researcher at Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt
  • 2005 - 2009 PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) University of Konstanz
  • 1999-2005 Study of biology (diploma)  University of Freiburg and University Center on Svalbard (Spitzbergen, Norway)

List of publications before starting work at the Umwelt-Campus

Dr. Thomas Meißner, research associate

Focus of my previous work were structural and functional changes of aquatic biocoenoses under influences of anthropogenic stressors. In my dissertation, I am investigating the effects of dams on selected ecological components in the lower reaches. In the course of this work, I dealt extensively with hydrological changes, their quantification and the effects on fish and the benthic invertebrate communities.
Here at the Umweltcampus I mainly work on the cooperation project, focus of my daily work is the coordination and implementation of the “WasserWissensForum”, the design and supervision of internships, as well as the scientific support of selected BlauPlus projects and their performance control.

Projects: WasserwissensforumBlau Plus Begleituntersuchung

Contact: t.meissner(at), Phone: +49 (0)6782 17 1880

CV and publication list

Wolfram Remmers, scientific assistant

As a scientific assistant in the ecology lab I work on a diverse set of topics and projects in science and education. The focus of my work lies on the analysis of ecological data from streams in and around the Nationalpark Hunsrück Hochwald and determination of aquatic invertebrates.
At the moment I am involved with the following topics and projects: long term ecological monitoring of streams in the national park, ecological monitoring of the Steinbach Reservoir, ecological assessment of stream restorations and “BlauPlus” projects, the school project “Our Common Future” of the Robert Bosch Foundation as well as the creation of information panels at a restoration site.
For my Phd at the University of Koblenz-Landau I investigate distribution patterns of the killer shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus). I am particularly interested in the effect of environmental factors on biotic interactions and the formation of stable distribution barriers for D. villosus.
Projects: NATIONAL PARK MONITORING Monitoring Steinbach reservoir Our Common Future 

Contact: w.remmers(at)  Phone: +49 (0)6782 17 1958

Nina Kaiser, doctoral candidate

In my PhD thesis I focus on the effect of river restorations on ecosystem services, specifically how restorations lead to a sustainable increase in ecosystem services. In addition, I consider the interactions of ecosystem services and biodiversity in the context of habitat renaturation. My doctorate is embedded in the project "Optimization of Renaturation for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services" of the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld of the University of Trier (Prof. Stefan Stoll, working group  Applied Conservation Research) and is funded by the Bauer Foundation and Rudolf-und-Helene- Glaser Foundation.

I am a volunteer member of the executive team of YESS (Young Ecosystem Service Specialists), which is a network of about 500 international young scientists in the field of ecosystem services. We are associated with the Ecosystem Service Partnership (ESP), a worldwide network to enhance the science, policy and practice of ecosystem services for conservation and sustainable development 

In addition, I am a volunteer at Urban Algae, a project led by international young researchers. We want to find out which ecosystem services are provided by urban ponds and how people perceive those services.

Contact: nina.kaiser(at), Twitter: @aquakaiserShort CV and Publication List

Project: Optimizing Restoration for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services 

Elodie Boussinet, doctoral candidate

During my PhD thesis, I will be able to develop strong knowledge on the life-history trait of Allis shad population, Alosa alosa, in the Rhine and carry out an implementation of successful monitoring for Allis shad spawners. For this purpose, fishes are collected along the Rhine and its tributaries. Using the microchemistry, otoliths (ear stones of fish) of juveniles and spawners are used to understand the migration pathway during the downstream migration as well as to know which fishes resulted from a natural reproduction in the Rhine or which come from the reintroduction program for the Allis shad since 2007 (i.e., from the Gironde system, South-West of France). Coupling the daily age with otoliths microchemical composition (Sr isotope, Sr:Ca, Ba:Ca and Mn:Ca) and water composition, I will deduce most precisely the migration pathway of each fish. 

Project: Reintroduction of Allish Shad in the river Rhine

Contact: e.boussinet(at), phone: +49 678217-1983

Lara Hoffmann, doctoral candidate

Lara Hoffmann

My PhD thesis examines the effects of short rotation coppice (SRC) on butterfly diversity in the agricultural landscape. Short-rotation plantations are fast-growing tree species that can be cultivated on agricultural land (no forest in the sense of the BWaldG), such as poplars, willows or robinias.
In the first part of my PhD thesis, I explore how butterfly diversity depends on the age of a short rotation plantation and how butterfly caterpillars are distributed over the different levels of the leaf canopy (succession ecology). From the statements on the preferred growth stages of butterflies and the height-zone differentiation of the caterpillar community, biodiversity-optimized rotation phases and harvesting methods can be determined.
The second part of the PhD thesis aims at the further development of the SRC to a possibly effective nature conservation measure. It aims to enable statements, which locations SRC should be given priority for establishing SRC in the agricultural landscape, so that they can develop a possible advantage to the butterfly diversity.
The third part of the PhD thesis is dealing with the economic profitability of a biodiversity optimized SRC. New management tools, such as the SRC, have to be implemented quickly by farmers and have to be compared with other crops. If the economic profitability is not given or turns out to be unattractive compared to alternative land use alternatives, the dissertation also aims at the identification of possible funding needs by politics.

Contact: l.hoffmann(at), telephone: 06782 17-​1934

Lucas Mignien, doctoral candidate

In my Ph.D. thesis, I am investigating the effects of hydrological variability, especially extreme hydrological events (floods and droughts) on fish communities and their microhabitat use patterns. By combining data driven analysis and experimental approach, the effects of these extreme events will be investigated on several temporal and spatial scales to have a synthetic overview on how fish communities are impacted. The experimental setup consists in a network of PIT tag antennas implemented in a braided stream section located at the Hunsrück-Hochwald National Park. This technology will allow us to detect small-scale movement patterns and microhabitat use of each fish in this stream. The data will be used to analyze diurnal, seasonal and event-based movement and microhabitat use patterns as well as intra- and inter-specific spatial interactions. Habitat modeling (PHABSIM, CASIMIR) is applied to compare predicted and observed microhabitat use patterns.

Contact: l.mignien(at) 

Heiko Schmidt, doctoral candidate

In my doctoral thesis I am working on the development of a prediction tool to assess the success of renaturation measures by combining a species distribution model and a fish distribution model. The tool shall enable spatial-explicit predictions on the effects of renaturation on fish biodiversity and thus a spatial prioritisation of renaturation as well as the consideration of project alternatives. The PhD thesis is a cooperation between the AG Aquatische Ökologie of the University of Duisburg-Essen and University of Applied Science Trier. 

Project: OPTIMIzation of river restoration for biodiversity and ecosystem services


Chris Mathias Seibüchler, student

Projects: Talperrenmonitoring OUR COMMON FUTURE
Contact: s13d49(at)

Former Team Members

Karolína Kalinová

At the University of South Bohemia in the Czech Republic I studied Environmental Management with a specialization in Landscape Ecology from where I graduated with a Bachelor degree, followed by a Master degree in Ecosystem Biology with a specialization in Conservation Biology.

Currently I have been working on a project dealing with visitor information and environmental education in German national parks – namely NP Bayerischer Wald and NP Hunsrück-Hochwald – within the internship of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt – DBU).

My interests include birdwatching, hiking and choral singing.

Dr. Alessandro Manfrin, postdoc

Alessandro Manfrin

My interests include theoretical and applied ecology, conservation and evolution, as related to freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. I combine observational and experimental studies, both in the field in laboratory setting to gain a better understanding of the interactions between multiple stressors. I developed particular competence in the analysis of large spatial and temporal dataset adopting linear and non-linear mixed-effects modelling in which potential spatial and serial dependency are considered. My interest is to continue my carrier in science

Project: Optimization of restoration for biodiversity and ecosystem services

Contact: a.manfrin(at)

Lena Kusanke

Lena Kusanke

Lena Kusanke worked on the "environmental DNA" aspect in the cooperation project "Schlammpeitzger" (European weather loach) with University of Koblenz-Landau. Personal Information

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