Markus Hermann – ESR 7 – Wageningen University and Research

Combined effects of stress posed by global climate change and chemicals on aquatic ecosystems (WP5)

Markus Hermann is an Environmental Scientist holding a Master degree in Environmental Science from Stockholm University, Sweden and a Bachelor degree in Geoecology from the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany.
During his study career he focused on the occurence, fate and effects of chemical pollutants in aquatic ecosystems. So far, his research aimed to understand the effects of distinct microplastics vs. naturally occuring particles or focused on (bioindicator based)  water quality studies of two influents of the trinking water reservoir Lake Constance.

He has a background in environmental chemistry and applied ecotoxicology, amongst others through participation in the 13th RECETOX Summer School (Brno,Czech Republic), a scientific internship at the department of System-Ecotoxicology of the UFZ (Leipzig, Germany) and international work as a scientific scholar at the United Nations office UNORCID (Jakarta, Indonesia).

Since March 2019, Markus Hermann is a PhD of the Chemical Stress Ecology Group at Wageningen University & Research and an Early Stage Researcher
of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks project ECORISK2050.

His PhD project addresses the effects of chemical stressors in combination with climate change related stressors (i.e. increased CO2 and temperature)
on aquatic communities. Particularly how increased CO2 and temperature alter the fate of chemicals and their effects on community sensitivity,
ecosystem recovery potential and physico-chemical parameters. Experimental research in field mesocosms at different ECORISK2050 research sites
will enable to study the combined effects under different geographical scenarios.

ECORISK2050 publications

Hermann, M., Peeters, E.T.H.M., Van den Brink, P.J. (2023) Heatwaves, elevated temperatures, and a pesticide cause interactive effects on multi-trophic levels of a freshwater ecosystemEnvironmental Pollution, 121498.

Polazzo, F., Hermann, M., Crettaz‐Minaglia, M., & Rico, A. (2022). Impacts of extreme climatic events on trophic network complexity and multidimensional stabilityEcology, e3951.

Hermann, M., Jansen, R., van de Glind, J., Peeters, E. T., & Van den Brink, P. J. (2022). A transportable temperature and heatwave control device (TENTACLE) for laboratory and field simulations of different climate change scenarios in aquatic micro-and mesocosmsHardwareX, e00307.

Polazzo, F., Roth, S.K., Hermann, M., Mangold‐Döring, A., Rico, A., Sobek, A., Van den Brink, P.J. and Jackson, M.C. (2022). Combined effects of heatwaves and micropollutants on freshwater ecosystems: towards an integrated assessment of extreme events in multiple stressors research. Global change biology28(4), 1248-1267.


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