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11.11.19:  Master/Bachelor Thesis/Project offer: How can clay mineralsimpact the toxicity of copper oxide nanoparticles towards soil organisms?

12.09.19: Das 12. Milbenkundliche Kolloquium findet vom 26. bis 28. September 2019 im Zentrum für Umweltforschung und nachhaltige Technologien (UFT) statt

01.09.19: On September 01, 2019 Parasto Norouzi, our new secretary, has started. A very warm welcome to our group!

10.07.19: Mitarbeiterstelle für eine Technische Assistenz (w/m/d) mit der Hälfte der wöchentlichen Arbeitszeit für 2,5 Jahre zu besetzen.

28.06.2019: The next paper which has been accepted: see

20.05.2019: A further paper has been published -

26.04.2019: One more paper has been accepted - see

15.04.19: Our new paper shows x-ray microphotographs of silver nanoparticle uptake in Collembola, and how their toxicity is affected by single soil components. Free download before June 4, 2019:

03.04.2019: Our new paper is out, and right in the University News:

Pflanzenschutzmittel: Forscherteam fordert Umdenken. Die Zulassungspraxis von Pflanzenschutzmitteln verfehlt die angestrebten Umweltstandards und trägt zum Verlust von biologischer Vielfalt bei. Deshalb fordert eine internationale Expertenguppe unter Beteiligung der Universität Bremen eine Veränderung des Zulassungsverfahrens.

01.04.2019: What a day: we welcome our PhD student Lea Spelzhausen, together with Yvonne Sakka and Antje Siol who will work on the new project "ALBINA" - more to follow soon!

23.02.19: The Ecology Blog goes online, thanks to Jan-Lorenz Formann

18.02.19:PhD Position (m/f/d) (Soil Biodiversity and Function) in Görlitz:
For the Leibniz Collaborative Excellence project „Integrative Analysis of the influence of pesticides and land use on biodiversity in Germany“ (INPEDIV), the Senckenberg Nature Research Society is inviting applications to its institute in Görlitz Museum of Natural History (SMNG) in the Department of Soil Zoology for a PhD Position (m/f/d) (Soil Biodiversity and Function)


10.01.2019: Open PhD position "Towards an improved understanding of carbon sequestration: the impact of fauna on decisive processes in soil“


07.01.2019: A hearty welcome to Prof. Richard Zytner, Univ. of Guelph, Canada! He and his student Elese St Louis will work with us until April 30 on crude oil degredation in soil as influenced by fertilizers, biochar and copper-based nanoparticles.


20.12.2018: The good news don't stop: two former PhD students, Elaheh Daghighi and Birthe Fischer [formerly Schröder] got new jobs as well - congratulations!


19.12.2018: Really Happy Holidays this year: funding will be granted for the project poroposal ALBINA, starting on April 1, 2019 - and our former MSc student Pascaline Diale got a PhD position in Stefan Schrader's group!


21.11.2018: Congratulations to our international students: Pascaline Dioh Lobe, Muahmmad Saiful Islam and Amelia Megia Guerrero got their research published in peer-reviewed journals - see


13.11.2018: Anna Evlanova successfully defended her MSc thesis on copper nanoparticle bioaccumulation: Congratulations!


29.07.2018: In a newspaper interview, Juliane Filser points out the connections between environmental problems, economy and consumer behaviour and calls for including sustainability in school education - see!5520279/


01.07.2018: Congratulations! In June, four candidates obtained their degree: Nicho Waidmann (BSc), Musa Ibrahim, Guillaume Patoine and Irene König (all MSc)


05.06.2018: While taking mesofauna samples, PhD student Hind Khalili found a really smashing surprise in her small soil cores - see


01.06.2018: Plant Protection and Environment - Due to recent dramatic declines especially of bees and other insects and the recent ban of some neonicotinoids in the EU the loss of biodiversity has increasingly gained public awareness. On May 23 2018, the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) published a discussion paper based on an expert group meeting held in 2017. "The Silent Spring - on the Need for Sustainable Plant Protection", co-authored by Prof. Juliane Filser, calls for changes in the European authorisation procedure for plant protection products. The article has received considerable attention in the media. More information:


09.04.2018:  Moira McKee very successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "Effects of silver nanoparticles on Collembola - from exposure situation to community interactions". Congratulations, dear Moira! We are very happy that you will stay with us for a few more years as a Postdoc!


05.03.2018: Two new students, Chiu-Hsiang Chieh (MSc Ecology) and Aboudi El Rabih (BSc Biology, Excellence module “LabTop”) attended their first group meeting: welcome to our group!


15.02.2018: After a three-month research stay with us, Danra Dieudonne is returning to his home university Ngaoundéré, Cameroon. It was a pleasure having you with us!


31.01.2018: Last working day of Dr. Yvonne Sakka, after almost seven years with us: thank you so much for all your engagement and inspiration, and the very best wishes for your future!


15.01.2018: After more than a decade of exclusively successful and pleasant cooperation, my UFT colleague PD Dr.Stefan Stolte and his wife Dr.Marta Markiewicz gave their goodbye-party. We will terribly miss you and wish you all the best for your future as Professor of Water Chemistry at the University of Dresden – trusting that the spatial distance won't stop us from pursuing common projects.


01.01.2018: Olivia Roithmeier has accepted a four-year fulltime position at the Federal Environmental Agency - Congratulations!


31.12.2017: End of the project “DENANA – Design Criteria for Sustainable Nanomaterials”, and at the same time of PD Dr. Maria Engelke’s contract: Thank you very much for all your excellent work and input over the last years – and have a great time!