EU network of mesocosms facilities for research on marine and freshwater ecosystems open for global collaboration.



Short name: LMU
Contact name: Maria Stockenreiter
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Partner Description

LMU Munich is one of the few top-ranking universities in Germany with “excellence“ grade. The Seeon Limnological Station (SLS) is a field research station of the University for experimental aquatic ecology. SLS is located about 80 km southeast of Munich within a large lake area. About 60 lakes originating from the last Ice Age are within short driving distance; the lakes differ in size, depth, nutritional status and biodiversity. Mesocosms can be suspended in a variety of surrounding lakes.

Role and Commitment of key person(s)

Herwig Stibor (m, PhD 1995), Professor for Aquatic Ecology at LMU Munich and head of the SLS. He was PI of several mesocosm projects funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG) as well as PI of several EU funded projects (LIPIDO, HYDRALAB I & II). As an International Chair (Experimental Ecology) at the European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM), France, he was involved in planning and establishing a marine mesocosm infrastructure (France). Currently he is PI of an DFG-ANR funded project dealing with consequences of multiple stressors on food web dynamics and PI of a DFG funded project doing mesocosm experimentsinvestigating the effects of phytoplankton diversity in lakes (SPP DYNATRAIT). 62 papers, 1993citations, h-index 27.

Project role AQUACOSM: Leader WP9: JRA3: Lasting Science Integration, Task Co-Leader WP9.1: Transfer knowledge about key environmental challenges (WP2), best practices harmonization (WP3) and site specific environmental traits (WP6) into transnational joint research activities.

Project role AQUACOSM-plus: Leader WP8: Pilot execution of Grand Challenge scenario-testing through bridging scales of experimental and observational RI networks Leader WP8.1: Leader WP7.1: Transfer knowledge to (WP2), Contributor to all WPs

Maria Stockenreiter (f, PhD 2012), Assistant Professor in the Aquatic Ecology group at LMU since 2014 with more than 7 years of mesocosm experiment experience. Leading scientist in the international EU-project “LIPIDO” and several other international projects (ALGIESEL; Finland; NFS-project with E. Litchman and C. Klausmeier, USA). She was PI in DFG- SPP Dynatrait phase 1 and is currently PI in a DFG-SPP Dynatrait phase 2 grant and is/was involved in several other international grants (e.g. Hydralab III, Maj & Tor Nessling Foundation). 13 papers; h-index: 6, total citations 213.

Project role AQUACOSM: Task Leader WP6.11: Provision of TA to LMU: LMU Mesocosms, Contributor to WP5.

Project role AQUACOSM-plus: Task Leader WP7.1: Development of mobilized planktonic mesocosms; WP9.11: Provision of TA to LMU: LMU Mesocosms, Contributor WP8


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