Institut für Evolution und Ökologie

Prof. Dr. Rita Triebskorn


Postal Address

room 315, 2nd floor
+49 (0)7071 29-78892
+49 (0)7071 917499 (STZ)
fax: +49 (0)7071 29-35299


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

Education and occupation

2006 - present Extraordinary Professor for Animal Physiological Ecology at the University of Tübingen
2000 - present Group leader at the Institute for Evolution and Ecology, Animal Physiological Ecology Section, University of Tübingen, and head of the Steinbeis-Transfer Center for Ecotoxicology and Ecophysiology, Rottenburg
1999 Habilitation University of Tübingen (German Associate Degree)
1995 - 2000 Research Scientist at the University of Tübingen, Germany; several short-term stays at the University of Lund, Sweden
1992-1994 Research Scientist at the University of Hohenheim
1990-1992 Postdoctoral position at LONZA Ltd, Basle and Visp, Switzerland
1990 PhD, Zoology, University of Heidelberg
1987 State examination Biology and German Literature, Univ. of Heidelberg
1980 German university entrance qualification (Abitur), Hockenheim


1987-1988 PhD research grant BASF Limburgerhof. Topic: “Effectivity of the molluscicide BAS 263 in slugs”
1988-1990 PhD grant of the state of Baden-Württemberg (Grafög)
1997-1998 Margarete von Wrangell habilitation grant

Key qualifications


Major projects

2020-2023 Glymik: Effects of gylphosate in brown trout (BMBF); coordinator of 3 partners
2018-2023 Success control for the expansion of the Tübingen wastewater treatment plant (Ministry of the Environment, Baden-Württemberg); coordinator 0f 5 partners
2016-2019 MiWa: Mikroplastik im Wasserkreislauf (BMBF); research partner
2015-2020 Effect-Net (MWK Baden-Württemberg); research partner
2014-2016 EFF-PHARM (UBA): coordinator of 5 partners and research partner
2015-2016 SchussenAktivplus+ (Ministry of the Environment, Baden-Württemberg): coordinator of 5 partners and research partner
2012-2015 RiSKWa consortium SchussenAktivplus (BMBF): coordinator of 21 partners and research partner
2010-2012 SchussenAktiv (Ministry of the Environment, Baden-Württemberg): coordinator of 11 partners and research partner
2000-2003 XehoGamm (UBA); research partner
1995-2000 Valimar: (BMBF): coordinator 9 partners and research partner

Membership of professional bodies

2020-present Appointed member of the “Expert board for the assessment of micropollutants"of the Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMU)
2020-present Member of the EU Working group Chemicals for derivation of UQN
2019-present Appointed member of the KBwS (Commision for the assessment of pollutants hazardous to water) of the Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMU)
Since 2013 Member of RiSKWa Toxicology committee
2012-present Member of the steering committee of the BMBF funding framework “Risk management of emerging pollutants and pathogens in the water cycle – RiSKWa”
2009-present Member of the standardization committees: VDI / DIN “Effects of environmental pollutants on wildlife animals – fish”

15 most important publications

  • Schweizer M, (...), Triebskorn, R (2022).Fish health in the Nidda as an indicator for ecosystem integrity: a case study for Central European small streams in densely populated areas. Env. Sci Eir 34 (1)

  • Ziegler, M (...); Triebskorn, R (2021). Effects of the Antidepressants Citalopram and Venlafaxine on the Big Ramshorn Snail (Planorbarius corneus). Water 13 (13).

  • Ziegler, M, (...), Triebskorn, R (2021). Behavioral and Developmental Changes in Brown Trout After Exposure to the Antidepressant Venlafaxine. Frontiers Env. Sci 8.

  • Ziegler, M, (...); Triebskorn, R (2020). Biochemical and cellular biomarkers in brown trout (Salmo trutta f. fario) in response to the antidepressants citalopram and venlafaxine. Env. Sci Eur 32 (1).

  • Schmieg, H (...), Triebskorn, R (2020). Interacting Effects of Polystyrene Microplastics and the Antidepressant Amitriptyline on Early Life Stages of Brown Trout (Salmo trutta f. fario). Water 12 (9)

  • Triebskorn R, et al. (2018): Relevance of nano- and microplastics for freshwater ecosystems: a critical review. Trends in Analytical Chemistry 110: 375-392.

  • Jacob S, (...), Triebskorn R (2018): Does the antidiabetic drug metformin affect embryo development and the health of brown trout (Salmo trutta f. fario)? Environmental Sciences Europe 30: 48

  • Schwarz S, (...), Triebskorn R (2017): Impact of the NSAID diclofenac on survival, development, behaviour and health of embryonic and juvenile stages of brown trout, Salmo trutta f. fario. Sci. Tot. Env. 607-608: 1026-1036.

  • Wilhelm S (...), Triebskorn R (2017): Does wastewater treatment plant upgrading with activated carbon result in an improvement of fish health? Aquat. Toxicol.192: 184-197.

  • Grummt T, Triebskorn et al. (2017): RiSKWa-Statuspapier Methoden zur (öko-)toxikologischen Bewertung von Spurenstoffen im Wasserkreislauf. (RiSKWa status paper: methods for the eco(toxicological assessment of micropollutants in the water cycle). DECHEMA e.V. Frankfurt (Hrsg), 37pp.

  • Maier D, (...), Triebskorn R (2015): Biological Plausibility as a Tool to Associate Analytical Data for Micropollutants and Effect Potentials in Wastewater, Surface Water, and Sediment with Effects in Fishes. Wat. Res. 72: 127-144.

  • Köhler H-R, Triebskorn R (2013): Wildlife ecotoxicology of pesticides – Can we track effects to the population level and beyond? Science 341, 759-765.

  • Triebskorn R et al. (2007): Ultrastructural effects of pharmaceuticals (carbamazepine, clofibric acid, metoprolol, diclofenac) in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and common carp (Cyprinus carpio). Analyt. Bioanal. Chem. 387(4): 1405-1416.

  • Triebskorn R et al (2004): Toxic effects of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac. Part II: Cytological effects in liver, kidney, gills and gut of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Aquat. Toxicol. 68(2): 151-166.

  • Triebskorn R et al. (1994). Evaluation of bis(tri-n-butyltin)oxide (TBTO) neurotoxicity in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). I. Behaviour, weight increase and tin content. Aquat. Toxicol. 30(3): 189-197.


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