The environment is faced with a number of anthropogenic threats like climate change, pollution, habitat degradation, biodiversity loss, depletion of natural resources and many more. Our research group would like to contribute to finding solutions for these global challenges by understanding the basic processes and underlying mechanisms.
We thus tackle a broad range of research questions related to environmental pollution and infrastructure development which directly induces habitat changes and may also contribute to the depletion of natural resources.
Our research employs mathematical modelling in combination with empirical and experimental data to understand biochemical processes that determine the environmental fate and effects of contaminants. In addition, another research domain focuses on the environmental effects of hydropower dams to improve decisions on location of dam construction, type of dam and operation mode. In the long-term, integration of socioeconomic aspects into environmental research will provide knowledge that directly serves the exchange at the science-policy interface.