Institute of Evolution and Ecology (EvE)

Animal Physiological Ecology

Our research group, jointly directed by Heinz Köhler and Rita Triebskorn, is interested in the impact of environmental stressors of both natural and anthropogenic origin on biotic systems at a broad spectrum of biological complexity. We focus on animals´ survival strategies and pathologies at the biochemical, cellular, individual and population levels, and their ecological, ecotoxicological and evolutionary implications. In this context, we strongly accentuate the combination of laboratory experiments and field studies, and the amalgamation of basic and applied research.

Current projects are in the fields of chemical and particle ecotoxicity, ecotoxicological monitoring and the improvement of wastewater treatment technology. In the context of global warming, we work on the ecological and evolutionary consequences of thermal stress.

We contribute to the education of both biology and geo-ecology students, particularly to those with main emphasis in ecotoxicology.



22/04/2024: Article in the Attempto! magazine about Rita Triebskorn and her research.

19/12/2023: Pictures online: Sciene Innovation Days 2023.
Talk by Rita Triebskorn at the wastewater treatment plant Tübingen, followed by a guided tour around the plant.

16/11/2023: Biomonitoring for the future: Report on the VDI and LANUV NRW workshop "Effect-based water monitoring" in Duisburg

20/08/2023: Getting started: EXTRESIGO - Influence of extreme weather events on the resilience of aquatic organisms.

21/04/2023: Results of the pHION project are implemented at EU level: Lowering of the environmental quality standard for the painkiller ibuprofen.

Visit by Christian Kühn on 02/02/2023.

Exciting exchange with the Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection

Sustainability award 2022 goes to Tatjana Tull!

Article in GEO 04/2021 on the topic „How is plastic changing our planet?“

Research about microplastics: contribution in CampusTV live

Research about microplastics: contribution to TV series "nano"

Parliamentary evening, November 2016. DECHEMA e.V. in Berlin


Prof. Dr. Heinz-R. Köhler
room 312, 2nd floor
+49 (0)7071 29-78890

Prof. Dr. Rita Triebskorn
room 315, 2nd floor
+49 (0)7071 29-78892


Margret Galli
Office hours Mo-Fr, 9-12
room 311, 2nd floor
+49 (0)7071 29-78869
fax: +49 (0)7071 29-35299


Animal Physiological Ecology
Institute of Evolution and Ecology
Auf der Morgenstelle 5
D-72076 Tübingen

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